July 2, 2014
Liberty Rugby sends two on New Zealand exchange
The Liberty Rugby Football Club has done a more than solid job of building a local following for the international sport, but try as it might, the enthusiasm pales in comparison to that seen in New Zealand.
June 5, 2014
Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel was selected as a member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals, for the upcoming season.
Mekel, who is also a member of the state-champion Hazen drill team, competed in a marathon of workshops, tryouts and auditions to be selected as a Sea Gal.
She used her athleticism, knowledge of choreography and passion to win over judges in the selection process. Out of the hundreds of women who try out, only 24-32 are selected for the squad.
See Mekel and the 2014-2015 squad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Sea.Gals.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.