Hazen drill team wins third state championship in a row

April 3, 2014

If Kristin Sargent’s career as the head coach of the Hazen drill team was written as a book, it would have the perfect fairy tale ending.

The preface would note that her Hazen roots run deep. She was a member of the Liberty High School drill team before coming to Hazen, where she was the drill team captain in 1999.

Contributed Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their newest state championship trophy at the Yakima SunDome March 29. Hazen placed first in 3A pom.

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Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their newest state championship trophy at the Yakima SunDome March 29. Hazen placed first in 3A pom.

The body of the story would detail her seven years as the Hazen drill coach, a golden era of sorts, as she led the Highlanders to several state titles.

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Hazen football coach steps down

March 5, 2014

Hazen High School football coach Drew Oliver announced on the team’s Facebook page that he will leave the Highlanders to coach his alma mater, Newport High School.

Oliver took over the program in 2009, and under his direction, Hazen returned to the state playoffs during the 2011 season, for the first time since 1993.

Drew Oliver

Drew Oliver

“I feel that the program at Hazen is in a much better place now than it was five years ago, and I’m confident that with the fine community of support and culture of hard work we’ve created, it will continue to get even better,” he wrote.

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Local runners place at Newcastle 5K

October 4, 2013

Ryan Keeney, of Tukwila, took top honors at the Sept. 8 Newcastle 5K Run/Walk, crossing the finish line with a time of 17 minutes, 53 seconds.

The top three finishers for men were Keeney; Dario Cirlicione, of Renton, finishing in 18:53; and Michael Bowser, of Renton, with a time of 19:34.

The top three finishers for women were Laurie Elliott Wilson, of Newcastle, finishing in 22:06; Melinda SanJule, of Bellevue, with a time of 22:19; and Newcastle resident Julie D’Adamo, who crossed the finish line with a time of 23:46.

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Hazen drill team hosts mini camp

October 4, 2013

The state champion Hazen High School drill team will host a one-day camp for aspiring drillers Oct. 24.

The camp, from 4:30-7 p.m. at Hazen High School, is aimed toward preschoolers and students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Campers will learn drills, cheers and a full routine from Hazen drill team members and coaches. At the end of the day, they will perform for parents.

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Hikers get sneak peek of the city’s new trail

August 1, 2013

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, the remains of an old rusted panel van greet hikers starting out on the May Creek Trail where it begins off the Pipeline Trail south of Southeast 89th Place. At right, May Creek rushes over rocks and through pools at the bottom of the valley where the new trail parallels the stream.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, the remains of an old rusted panel van greet hikers starting out on the May Creek Trail where it begins off the Pipeline Trail south of Southeast 89th Place. At right, May Creek rushes over rocks and through pools at the bottom of the valley where the new trail parallels the stream.

Several eager hikers at the Health and Wellness Fair at Lake Boren Park the first weekend of June were given guided tours of the newest portion of the trail system that meanders through the green belts and waterways of Newcastle.

Participants on the preview trek along the 2.8-mile stretch of the May Creek trail were forced to sidestep around piles of small stones and stashes of tools left by volunteers who hope to have the trail ready for its official opening.

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Newcastle Dentistry takes over Newcastle 5K

July 5, 2013

File Runners take off as the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk begins last September at Lake Boren Park.

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Runners take off as the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk begins last September at Lake Boren Park.

In February, the Newcastle 5K Run/Walk faced an uncertain future, after founder Lee Strom announced he could no longer shoulder the brunt of the work that it takes to direct the race due to work commitments.

The future became a whole lot brighter recently when Newcastle Dentistry agreed to assume race management, ensuring that the popular September event would continue.

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Hoo-ray for Hazen

April 4, 2013

Drill team wins repeat state title

Contributed The Hazen High School drill team poses with its state championship trophies at the Yakima SunDome March 22. Hazen placed first in 3A pom and second in 3A military.

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The Hazen High School drill team poses with its state championship trophies at the Yakima SunDome March 22. Hazen placed first in 3A pom and second in 3A military.

Hazen High School is home to a burgeoning dynasty, even if its leader, drill team coach Kristin Sargent, may be too humble to admit it.

That’s what it’s called when a team wins back-to-back state championships and has placed at the state competition every year since 2008.

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Liberty rugby player represents the USA

April 4, 2013

Ian Wright has Olympic dreams

Liberty rugby player Ian Wright is used to donning the blue-and-green uniform of the Liberty Rugby Football Club.

The Liberty High School senior temporarily traded in the Patriots’ colors, though, for the familiar red, white and blue of USA Rugby, when he represented the country at an international competition in February.

Contributed Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

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Liberty Rugby Football Club player Ian Wright attempts to evade a defender as he runs across the pitch. Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans.

Wright was selected from a pool of more than 120 elite athletes to join the USA Rugby High School All-Americans. Only 24 athletes were chosen to fill two teams that competed at the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens Tournament, going up against squads from Canada.

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Newcastle teen races in Head of the Charles Regatta

December 6, 2012

It may be hard to believe that the mere sight of a waterway can bring tears to a person’s eyes.

But for a rower, it is nearly impossible to remain emotionless when standing at the foot of the iconic Charles River in Massachusetts, and it wasn’t any different for Newcastle teen Justyn Jacobs, who competed on the river in late October.

“They always say that when you see the Charles, you are going to cry because the river, the bridges, the Boston skyline behind it, is just breathtaking,” she said. “I couldn’t even have dreamed of something like that.”

By James Conlu
Members of the Sammamish Rowing Association, including Newcastle resident Justyn Jacobs, compete at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in October. Jacobs, a senior in high school, will row for Oregon State University next year.

The Charles River plays host to the marquee competition in the rowing community, the Head of the Charles Regatta. College teams, Olympians and top junior rowers, like Justyn, gather at the river yearly to compete in the sport’s pinnacle event.

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5K Run/Walk will award $3,000 in scholarships

November 1, 2012

Proceeds from the 2012 Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk will be used to award $3,000 in scholarship funds for college-bound students.

In all, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who live in Newcastle or attend Hazen or Liberty high schools.

Scholarship applications will be available beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

Interested individuals can email Newcastle5K@hotmail.com to receive application notifications and details.

The 2012 Newcastle Days 5K Run/Walk drew almost 250 participants.

 

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