Collin Olson will run for the Redhawks

May 1, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson (right), of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

Collin Olson

Collin Olson

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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.

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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Hazen runners are academic champs

December 6, 2012

Hazen High School’s varsity girls cross-country team has been named academic state champions, thanks to the group’s combined grade point average of 3.958 through the fall sports season.

The award, sponsored by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association, the Dairy Farmers of Washington and Les Schwab Tires, recognizes the team with the highest GPA among all Washington high schools in their enrollment classification.

Hazen High School’s varsity girls cross-country team, named 2012 academic state champions with a collective grade point average of a near perfect 3.958, are (from left) Kate Ahearn, Alexis DeBrock, Cindy Truong, Vicki Tang, Laura Truong, Cassandra Slaugh, Kristin Ericksen, Alisha Piazza, Vivian Tang, Lucia Rios-Flores and Coach Sarah Menaul.

The team, led by Coach Sarah Menaul, received its award at the state’s cross-country championship in Pasco Nov. 2-3.

“We try our best to excel in class, on the track and in all aspects of our lives,” Vicki Tang, the team’s captain, said.


Hazen, Liberty athletes selected for all-league teams

November 8, 2012

UPDATED — 3:25 p.m. Nov. 16, 2012

As the fall sports season comes to a close, athletes from Hazen and Liberty high schools are being honored for their athletic achievements as all-league teams are announced. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually. Email additional all-league honors to

Hazen boys tennis

The following Hazen High School tennis players were named to the Seamount League all-league team:

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Hazen athletes recognized for academic success

November 1, 2012

Athletes at Hazen High School have been doing exemplary work on the field and in the classroom, according to the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association, which honored 14 of the school’s 16 fall sports teams.

Both varsity and junior varsity teams for girls cross country and boys tennis qualified for the Outstanding Team Award, given to teams with a cumulative grade point average above 3.5.

The varsity girls cross country team, led by coach Sarah Menaul, recorded a near perfect cumulative GPA of 3.958.

The varsity and junior varsity teams for boys cross country, girls soccer, girls swimming, boys golf and volleyball qualified for the Distinguished Team Award, given to teams with a cumulative GPA above between 3.0 and 3.49.

Course record broken at 10-mile leg of trail run series

August 2, 2012

By Christina Lords
Eddie Strickler, 28, is the first runner to round the final corner of the 10-mile Cougar Mountain Trail Run on July 7. The Seattle resident finished the run in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 54 seconds — a new course record.

Beating the course record by nearly two and a half minutes, Seattle resident Eddie Strickler crossed the finish line of the latest installment of the Cougar Mountain Trail Run series July 7 with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 54 seconds.

The previous record for the 10-mile run was held by Matt Messner’s 2006 time of 1:17:28.

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Former Hazen athlete wins cross-country award

March 2, 2012

The Seattle University cross-country teams were well- represented on the 2011 Great West Conference Fall Academic All-Conference squad, as six males and six females received the academic recognition, including former Hazen High School student and Newcastle resident Peter VanNuland.

It was the first time VanNuland, a sophomore, has received the honor in his collegiate career. He graduated from Hazen in 2010 and is the son of Mike and Mary VanNuland.

According to the conference office, 175 Great West Conference athletes in the sports of men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and volleyball were named to the team based on a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade point average. The athletes also must have participated in at least 50 percent of their respective team’s contests.

First-year students and JC transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

The cross country team finished its third and final season in the Great West Conference this past fall. On July 1, the program will join 15 other Seattle U teams and move to the Western Athletic Conference.

Hazen boys cross country ranked No. 9 in coaches poll

August 29, 2011

NEW — 4:50 p.m., Aug. 29, 2011

The Hazen High School cross country boys team will start out its season ranked in the top 10 in the state for the 3A Class.

The team was selected for the No. 9 spot in the 2011 Washington State Cross Country Coaches poll that was released Aug. 28.

North Central was selected for the top spot across the state for the 3A class, followed by Bellevue in the No. 2 slot and Kamiakin in third.

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Liberty High School junior is a triple-threat athlete

May 6, 2011

Hamilton Noel, Liberty High School junior has the top position on Enumclaw’s Josh Musick early in their 152-pound state 3A championship match Feb. 19 at the Tacoma Dome. By Sebastian Moraga

For as long as he can remember, Liberty High School wrestler Hamilton Noel has learned from the best. His father, Wright Noel, was a state championship high school wrestler and an NCAA First-Team All-American wrestler at Brigham Young University.

With the lessons learned from his father — and his own strength and determination — Hamilton Noel took second place in his weight class at the state wrestling championships for the past two years.

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Liberty wins first district title to qualify for state

November 5, 2010

Liberty girls’ cross country team members run with other 3A Sea-King District teams Oct. 28 at Lower Woodland Park. By Michael Smith

A promise is a promise. Liberty High School cross country coach Michael Smith kept his Oct. 28 after the Patriots’ girls team captured the 3A Sea-King District title.

Smith, with some help from the Liberty team, did a dive into Green Lake. Scoring wise, the dive wasn’t a perfect 10 because he was pushed into the lake. But he kept his promise.

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