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.
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.
August 1, 2013
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.
July 5, 2013
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.
April 4, 2013
Drill team wins repeat state title
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
July 3, 2012
After qualifying for districts in a grueling match at the KingCo district tournament, Liberty High School sophomore Jenny Adams’ tank was on empty. But despite being miles away from the nearest gas station, she got out and pushed.
“She started off really strong,” Liberty tennis coach Mike Salokas said. “Strong in strokes, and strong in conditioning.”
After being up 3-2 in the first set, Adams quickly started struggling to keep up. She lost the first set, 6-3, and the second, 6-1, to Shea Wojciehowski, of Lakeside High School.
“Yeah, pretty much I just got really tired,” she said, “because last week was really competitive for me. But I definitely think I could have won if I wasn’t so wiped out.”
Because she’s only a sophomore, this was Adams’ first year of a more strenuous schedule.
May 31, 2012
Two unearned runs in an error-riddled bottom of the first inning proved to be an insurmountable lead as the Liberty High School Patriots’ fastpitch team lost to Everett in the first round of the 3A state tournament May 25.
Everett starting pitcher Lexi Levin took control after that, surrendering only one run in the top of the fourth on a steal of home.
Although the quick exit from the state tournament was not what Liberty had in mind, head coach Brian Hartman said he knows that the return of Liberty to the state tournament is a return to normalcy.
“It’s a big deal,” Hartman said. “The program’s kind of back where it belongs. I think we’re about ready to start another streak here. We had a 12-year run here. It’s fun seeing everyone here. It means you’re back playing with the elite. You’re one of the top programs in the state and that’s where we expect to be.”
Hartman said he thinks the several-year layoff and relative post-season inexperience was evident in his young team.
“I saw a team that hadn’t been to the state tournament in a few years,” he said. “They looked a little bit nervous to start the game, we made a few errors, definitely wasn’t our best game of the year. But we had a chance to beat a team that was 21-1. Like I told a few other people, I’m the happiest coach in the world to be here. There are a few other teams sitting at home right now that aren’t here. I’m proud of them. I’m disappointed that we lost, but Everett’s a great team.”
Hartman said he knew his team had some opportunities, but just weren’t able to string enough hits together off Levin.