Patriots’ season comes to a close after regionals loss

March 5, 2015

Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps’ plan of attack appeared simple in the team’s Feb. 28 regional playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, is fouled by East Valley’s Hannah Burland (4) after stealing the ball from Elle Burland (12), as Jordan Phelan (5) follows the play, during the third quarter of their Feb. 28 Hardwood Classic 2A regional round basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, is fouled by East Valley’s Hannah Burland (4) after stealing the ball from Elle Burland (12), as Jordan Phelan (5) follows the play, during the third quarter of their Feb. 28 Hardwood Classic 2A regional round basketball game.

Drive toward the basket, draw the foul and sink the free throws. She executed that sequence over and over, while opponent East Valley struggled to put a stop to it. Read more

Patriots prep for playoffs

February 6, 2015

As Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps took the starting tipoff position in the Jan. 23 game against Interlake, she paused for a moment to reflect. Read more

Hazen basketball star makes school history

February 5, 2015

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Feb. 5, 2015

There’s a new name atop the Hazen High School boys basketball career scoring list.

Senior Dominic Green took over the top spot after a Wednesday night victory over Tyee. Green now has 1,137 career points, edging out 1992 Hazen graduate Jason Hamilton’s 1,109.

Green, a small forward, will continue his career at Arizona State University next year. He signed his national letter of intent in front of family, friends and teammates Nov. 12.

At the time, Green told the Newcastle News that he chose the Sun Devils because of their great coaching staff and the school’s ideal location. Read more

Liberty’s season ends at regionals

March 3, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws up three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

By Greg Farrar
Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws up three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

If anyone had any questions about the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s season goal, they need only to look at the players’ forearms as they stepped on the Bellevue College court for a March 1 loser-out, winner-to-state game. Read more

Highlanders surprise on the court

February 6, 2014

By Greg Farrar Isaiah Davis (right), Hazen High School senior guard, drives around Lindbergh senior forward Michael Smith on Jan. 29 to put up the last two points of the game in the Highlanders’ double-overtime, 71-64 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Isaiah Davis (right), Hazen High School senior guard, drives around Lindbergh senior forward Michael Smith on Jan. 29 to put up the last two points of the game in the Highlanders’ double-overtime, 71-64 victory.

The 2013-2014 Hazen High School Highlanders boys basketball team isn’t used to losing, so when it suffered its second loss of the season against Renton Jan. 24, the boys couldn’t wait to get back on the court.

“We took two days off and I think they were just excited to get back competing on the court again, which was encouraging to see,” coach Ryan Thompson said.

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Liberty basketball girls turn heads

February 6, 2014

If you scoured the 3A state girls basketball rankings at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t find Liberty High School mentioned on any lists.

The Patriots weren’t even considered in the same class as KingCo 3A/2A giants Juanita and Bellevue. It’s understandable — this group, with virtually the same roster, went 13-11 last year, good for fourth in the conference.

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate (44), Liberty High School senior forward, puts up a shot as Marissa Therriault, of Sammamish, defends during the first quarter of their Jan. 17 basketball game. The Patriots won against the Totems, 54-28.

By Greg Farrar
Ashlan Applegate (44), Liberty High School senior forward, puts up a shot as Marissa Therriault, of Sammamish, defends during the first quarter of their Jan. 17 basketball game. The Patriots won against the Totems, 54-28.

The Patriots girls basketball team is quickly turning heads across the state, though, with big wins against ranked opponents Everett, Bellevue and previously unbeaten Juanita.

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Highlanders defeat Patriots, 50-44

December 6, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Anthony Phillips, Hazen High School junior center, goes to the basket as Liberty defends during their Dec. 1 basketball game. Hazen defeated Liberty, 50-44.

After the final buzzer rang in the boys basketball matchup pitting Renton rivals Hazen and Liberty high schools against each other, the court was filled with a sea of celebrating students — Hazen students, that is.

Hazen’s sizable student section, all clad in white, stormed the court at Hazen High School after the Highlanders knocked off Liberty, 50-44, Dec. 1.

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50 Newcastle families hoop it up at world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tourney

August 2, 2012

Last month, more than 70 players from 50 Newcastle families participated in Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world.

Hoopfest was June 30 and July 1 in downtown Spokane. It spanned 42 city blocks with 458 courts, 7,000 teams and 27,000 players.

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Some of the more than 70 Newcastle boys and girls celebrate with a group photo after finishing their basketball tournament play at the 2012 Spokane Hoopfest.

David Cour said many kids are part of the Liberty Select Basketball program, which is a select feeder program for the high school.

Cour traveled with his wife and three sons to the event, their fourth time participating. Their sons Chase, 12, and Griffin, 9, both played in the tournament. (Their third son, Kellan, 6, is too young to play.) Chase won his bracket and Griffin came in second place. Cour said the trip is very enjoyable, especially if families are into basketball.

More than 1,000 volunteers help run Hoopfest, including a monitor for each court. Games are 25 minutes or end when the first team gets to 20 points. There were also a lot of sponsor booths and other activities for kids.

Every year, the presence of Newcastle has grown in the event because of word-of-mouth. Dennis Rattie heard so many good things about it from others that he decided to take his 8-year-old, Ethan, to play.

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Liberty’s Winegar signs with The University of Montana Western

July 3, 2012

Liberty High School girl’s basketball player Aspen Winegar signed a letter of intent to play basketball at The University of Montana Western.

Winegar earned four varsity letters in basketball and was named a captain as well as the most valuable player at Liberty. She rose through the rankings of the all-league teams in her time at Liberty, making honorable mention in 2010, second-team all-league in 2011 and first-team all-conference and all-state in 2012.

“Aspen Winegar was a positive force on the Liberty girls basketball team for four years,” Liberty coach Randy Leifer said in a press release. “She is an outstanding player that can play with her back to the basket in the post or move outside, where she led the league in 3-point shooting percentage. Aspen is not only an excellent player, she is also a great teammate who set a good example for others, worked hard, was very coachable and kept teammates smiling.”

The University of Montana Western competes in the Frontier Conference of the National Intercollegiate Athletics Association.

Liberty girls topple Mercer Island for 59-50 win

February 3, 2012

As Liberty High School Patriots girls basketball coach Randy Leifer looks to wrap up the regular season, he’s sure this year’s past and future success hinges on how deep his bench is.

As the Patriots took on conference opponent Mercer Island the evening of Jan. 25, all but two players on the roster scored for the team.

“I think we really have a lot of depth on our team, and we shot the ball well tonight,” Leifer said after the 59-50 victory over the Islanders. “We didn’t rebound as well as we should have been, though, and we’ll work on that.”

Starting junior forward Delane Agnew had a team-high 14 points for Liberty — eight of those dropped the first quarter to give Liberty a big push up front — in the contest.

By Greg Farrar Delane Agnew, Liberty High School junior forward, lofts two of her 14 points against Mercer Island over sophomore guard Ari Moscatel during the third quarter.

Starting sophomore guard Sierra Carlson contributed 12 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Stephanie Yea knocked down two three-point shots in the first half and ended the game with eight total points.

The score was 29-14 at the half.

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