Eastside Select wins state title

July 31, 2014

By Kerry Baker The Eastside Select Sports 14U baseball team, including players with both Hazen and Liberty high school roots, won the USSSA state championship at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, July 9.

By Kerry Baker
The Eastside Select Sports 14U baseball team, including players with both Hazen and Liberty high school roots, won the USSSA state championship at Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, July 9.

Orioles draft Liberty High School grad John McLeod

July 2, 2014

John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014.

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Patriots blow out rival Highlanders, 10-0

April 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson.

It doesn’t have the same energy as the football or basketball rivalries, but anytime Liberty and Hazen high schools meet on the diamond, it’s always a battle between familiar foes.

Just three miles separate the two schools, and despite the fact they reside in different school districts, many of the students grew up together playing in youth leagues.

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Local athletes get ready for the next level

March 5, 2014

Four Hazen High School students announced plans to continue their athletic endeavors in college at a signing day ceremony Feb. 5.

Hazen soccer standouts Gabby Brower and Chelsea Delgado will play the sport in college after leading this year’s team to its first outright Seamount League title since 1992, and a state tournament appearance.

Brower will play at Western Washington University, while Delgado will suit up at Bellevue College.

Contributed Hazen High School athletes (from left) Chelsea Delgado, Quadir Griffin and Gabby Brower signed to colleges Feb. 5.

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Hazen High School athletes (from left) Chelsea Delgado, Quadir Griffin and Gabby Brower signed to colleges Feb. 5.

Hazen football standouts Joe Glaefke and Quadir Griffin will also continue their athletic careers in college. The all-league performers will both play at Everett Junior College.

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Declining enrollment moves Liberty sports to 2A

February 6, 2014

Liberty High School sports teams will compete in the 2A classification for a two-year period beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released enrollment numbers showing Liberty, at 891.8, is the size of a 2A school. Schools with less than 990.8 students, but more than 472, are considered 2A.

In the recent past, the Patriots have opted up to the 3A level, despite its stature as one of the state’s smallest 3A schools, but this time around, administrators have decided to test the 2A waters.

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Pride of the Patriots

August 1, 2013

Liberty High School grad Tim Lincecum throws no-hitter

After seven years in Major League Baseball, Liberty High School product Tim Lincecum has accumulated his fair share of accolades.

The San Francisco Giants pitcher has won two Cy Young Awards, given to baseball’s best pitcher, two World Series championships and has appeared in four all-star games. He had not, however, thrown a no-hitter, despite the fact that he had come close a few times.

By Greg Farrar Former Liberty High School star Tim Lincecum, pitching in Major League Baseball since 2007 for the San Francisco Giants, makes his Safeco Field debut pitching against the Mariners in 2012.

By Greg Farrar
Former Liberty High School star Tim Lincecum, pitching in Major League Baseball since 2007 for the San Francisco Giants, makes his Safeco Field debut pitching against the Mariners in 2012.

That all changed July 14, when Lincecum used a whopping 148 pitches to no-hit the San Diego Padres on the way to a 9-0 Giants victory.

“I’m kind of speechless right now,” Lincecum said in a postgame TV interview.

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Elite baseball holds tryouts

August 1, 2013

Baseball Elite is holding free try-outs for two, possibly three teams, according to a press release from the organization.

Baseball Elite is run by a Major League Baseball scout. Players are held accountable to improve and get better every day, and the coaching staff carries a high standard of professionalism and hard work. Players are prepared for college and beyond.

Tryouts will be in August with team indoor training starting in November. The first tournament will be in March, with the season concluding at the end of July. Each team will compete in 12 tournaments.

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Baseball Elite league holds August tryouts

July 5, 2013

Baseball Elite is holding free try-outs for two, possibly three teams, according to a press release from the organization.

Baseball Elite is run by a Major League Baseball scout. Players are held accountable to improve and get better every day, and the coaching staff carries a high standard of professionalism and hard work. Players are prepared for college and beyond.

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Local players join Team USA in Latin American Baseball Classic

September 6, 2012

Justin Tucker (of Renton, seventh grade, McKnight Middle School) and Torey Anderson (of Newcastle, eighth grade, Maywood Middle School) recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where they represented the United States in one of Latin America’s biggest baseball tournaments, the Latin America Baseball Classic.

The Classic annually draws teams from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Aruba, Cuba and Mexico. Former major league pitcher Jim Parque, founder of Big League Edge in Auburn, was beaming about Team USA’s performance.

By Debbie Anderson
Team USA 12U poses with its championship trophy at the LABC closing ceremonies.

“I’ve done this for seven years now and this year was something special,” he said. “We had great kids who were great baseball players. The youngsters’ families showed great support and truly valued the cultural and baseball experience. Two firsts, a second and a third speaks volumes for where USA baseball is at. The youngsters can be proud of their accomplishments.”

Team USA fields teams ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old and handpicks its players from several tryouts held across the country.

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Positions open for Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club

August 2, 2012

The Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club is recruiting players for its 13 and under, 14 and under and 15 and under teams for 2013.

The Warriors team was organized by several parents from Newcastle in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

Athletes from across the Eastside are welcome to participate.

Players may not be older than 15 by May 1. Players who are younger and have advanced baseball skills and physical development may try out for all of the teams.

The coaches for the Warriors have a combined 54 years of coaching experience, with 29 years at the high school coaching level. Coaches aim to build solid players and help them attain skills to be successful on and off the field.

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