Highlanders enter new era

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Nolan Hoover, Hazen High School senior quarterback, fades back and looks for a receiver August 20 during the Highlanders' first fall football practice of the 2014 campaign.

By Greg Farrar
Nolan Hoover, Hazen High School senior quarterback, fades back and looks for a receiver August 20 during the Highlanders’ first fall football practice of the 2014 campaign.

It’s not uncommon to hear speakers blaring with rap music and today’s latest hits when visiting a high-school football practice. Read more

Patriots ready to make the jump to 2A

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team took to the gridiron for fall practices, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field. Read more

Hazen’s Joe Glaefke plays in East/West all-star game

July 2, 2014

Hazen High School football star Joe Glaefke represented the Highlanders at the 2014 East vs. West All-State Game on June 27.

The rosters consisted of graduated seniors from 3A and 4A schools across the state, with teams split by region.

Glaefke, a linebacker, played on the West team, alongside players from high schools such as Skyline, Mount Si, Eastlake and Mercer Island.

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Hazen hires new football coach

May 1, 2014

Hazen High School hopes to capture some of the Bothell football team’s “Blue-Train” magic with the hire of its new football coach.

David Kilpatrick-White will lead the Highlanders, after spending the past three years on the coaching staff at Bothell High School.

He replaces outgoing coach Drew Oliver, who announced at the end of February that he would leave to take the helm at his alma mater, Newport High School.

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Freshman phenoms take center stage

January 2, 2014

By Greg Farrar Freshmen varsity athletes (from left), swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country runners and twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans, ‘We Are One.’

By Greg Farrar
Freshmen varsity athletes (from left), swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country runners and twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans, ‘We Are One.’

Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.

Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.

Liberty sports teams found a lot of success this fall, due in no small part to these budding stars.

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Patriots go 2-2 in second half

October 31, 2013

By Gary Babcock  Liberty senior Lorin Archibald catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Solly in the Patriots’ 38-7 loss to Bellevue Oct. 25.

By Gary Babcock
Liberty senior Lorin Archibald catches a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nate Solly in the Patriots’ 38-7 loss to Bellevue Oct. 25.

With just one game left in the season, the Liberty Patriots football team has a final chance to punch its ticket to the postseason.

Holding steady with a 4-4 record, it all comes down to the Nov. 1 regular season finale at Mount Si.

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Hazen finds its stride after rocky start to season

October 31, 2013

After a rocky 1-3 start for the Hazen football team, Highlanders coach Drew Oliver said his squad was close to getting over the hump.

He was right, as Hazen proceeded to go 3-1 in the season’s second half, riding a three-game win streak into the team’s Nov. 1 matchup against rival Renton.

“We’re just worried about ourselves, not anybody else,” he said. “The kids committed to that, and I think they’re starting to play with some confidence and that ‘we’ve been here before’ attitude.”

By Rob Nichols JD Peterson leaps in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nolan Hoover in Hazen’s 32-24 loss to Kennedy Catholic Oct. 4.

By Rob Nichols
JD Peterson leaps in the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nolan Hoover in Hazen’s 32-24 loss to Kennedy Catholic Oct. 4.

The Highlanders kicked off the second half of the season with a 32-24 loss to Kennedy Catholic Oct. 4.

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Highlanders get off to a rocky start

October 4, 2013

By Greg Farrar Marquise Lee (3), Hazen High School junior running back, outmaneuvers Liberty senior defensive back Kasper Lui Delange during the fourth quarter at Renton Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Marquise Lee (3), Hazen High School junior running back, outmaneuvers Liberty senior defensive back Kasper Lui Delange during the fourth quarter at Renton Stadium.

It’s been a difficult start for the 1-3 Hazen High School football team, but as Highlanders coach Drew Oliver puts it, his young squad is close to breaking out.

“We’re so close to being a good football team,” he said. “We’re certainly not there by our record and not by our performance on Friday nights, but we’re doing a lot of good things in practice.”

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At midseason, Patriots hold even

October 4, 2013

The Liberty High School football team is holding steady with a 2-2 record at the season’s midpoint, posting two convincing wins, but two blowout losses.

The Patriots began their season against Eastside Catholic Sept. 6, the team that lost to Bellevue in the 3A state championship game last year.

By Greg Farrar Russell Boston, Liberty High School junior running back, hits the jets at the midfield stripe to outrun three Juanita defenders during his 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Sept. 27.

By Greg Farrar
Russell Boston, Liberty High School junior running back, hits the jets at the midfield stripe to outrun three Juanita defenders during his 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Sept. 27.

It was an ugly 62-9 loss for the overmatched Liberty squad, but from it emerged a proud, faithful student section that’s been a steady presence in all four games this season.

Liberty students stayed even after the Crusaders put 21 points on the board in the first quarter alone. They continued to cheer as the Patriots went into halftime, down 49-6. It was not the start they hoped to see from their team, but they showed their support nonetheless.

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Liberty outlasts Hazen in Sept. 13 showdown

September 17, 2013

By Greg Farrar Marquise Lee (3), Hazen High School junior running back, works to elude Liberty defensive back Kasper Lui Delange on a play during the fourth quarter of their Sept. 13 football game at Renton Memorial Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Marquise Lee (3), Hazen High School junior running back, works to elude Liberty defensive back Kasper Lui Delange on a play during the fourth quarter of their Sept. 13 football game at Renton Memorial Stadium.

For the second straight year, it was the Liberty student section’s right to chant “We run Renton,” when the Patriots defeated the Highlanders, 28-7. Read more

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