Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off the field

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior, has taken no prisoners while on the fastpitch mound during her prep career, but as a giving youth volunteer is as kind off the field as she is aggressive on.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior, has taken no prisoners while on the fastpitch mound during her prep career, but as a giving youth volunteer is as kind off the field as she is aggressive on.

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle. Read more

Hazen’s Dominic Green signs with UW

April 30, 2015

By Greg Farrar Hazen senior Dominic Green goes for the score in the Highlanders win over Liberty. Green recently switched his pledge from ASU to UW.

By Greg Farrar
Hazen senior Dominic Green goes for the score in the Highlanders win over Liberty. Green recently switched his pledge from ASU to UW.

Once Dominic Green secured his release from the scholarship he signed last November with Arizona State University, the record-breaking Hazen High School star knew he wanted to continue his basketball career close to home.

After an informal visit to the University of Washington at the end of April, the 6-foot-7 small forward became intrigued about joining its stellar 2015 incoming freshman class that’s ranked second in the Pac-12 and ninth nationally by Scout.com. Read more

Hazen’s Graham Manson takes second at 5K

April 30, 2015

Contributed Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

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Newcastle resident Graham Manson runs at a recent Hazen High School track meet.

Newcastle runner Graham Manson posted a career finish at the Mercer Island 5K on March 22.

Manson, a 16-year-old Hazen High School junior, earned second place overall. He outran 833 competitors and was first in his age group, finishing the race in 18 minutes, 57 seconds. Read more

Run with the fuzz

April 30, 2015

Contributed Newcastle Police Department officers Steve Kajihiro (second from left), Scott Yamamoto (fourth from left) and Chief Melinda Irvine (second from right) join their friends, including Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon (far right), for a pre-race photo at the Seahawks’ 12K/5K run at The Landing in Renton on April 17.

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Newcastle Police Department officers Steve Kajihiro (second from left), Scott Yamamoto (fourth from left) and Chief Melinda Irvine (second from right) join their friends, including Sweet Decadence owner Sandra Wixon (far right), for a pre-race photo at the Seahawks’ 12K/5K run at The Landing in Renton on April 17.

Patriots come up big at state drill competition

April 2, 2015

Patriots pick up two state titles, while Highlander earns top-three in drill down

Contributed The Liberty High School drill team surrounds its new hardware after winning two state titles at the 2015 state championship March 27 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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The Liberty High School drill team surrounds its new hardware after winning two state titles at the 2015 state championship March 27 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

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Highlanders win rivalry match

April 2, 2015

The Hazen High School student turnout was small.

Not more than a dozen students made the very short trip to Liberty High School March 19, where their boys soccer team took on the rival Patriots.

Even with their lack of numbers, the cheers that emanated from the section after the game ended in a 2-1 Hazen victory were deafening.

While the Highlanders celebrated the big nonleague win over its Renton rivals, for Liberty, it was just another match. Read more

Hazen, Liberty athletes make all-league

April 2, 2015

KingCo and Seamount conference coaches announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2015 winter season. Listed below are the selections from Hazen (Seamount) and Liberty (KingCo).

Many Liberty lists were not readily available. If you can add information, or you have corrections, email newcastle@isspress.com.

Seamount boys basketball

Athlete of the Year — Dominic Green

First team — Dominic Green and Connor O’Hearn

Honorable mention — Brandon Brown Read more

Liberty’s Conner Small wins state title; two Hazen wrestlers medal

March 5, 2015

Conner Small didn’t achieve the dream of a lifetime on his own. The Liberty High School senior wrestler spent countless hours working toward a state championship with his father Bill.

By Greg Farrar Conner Small, Liberty High School senior, exults to his supporters in triumph as he wins the 170-lb. state 2A wrestling championship with a 7-3 win over Sedro Woolley senior Jacob Farrell Feb. 21 during Mat Classic XXVII at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small, Liberty High School senior, exults to his supporters in triumph as he wins the 170-lb. state 2A wrestling championship with a 7-3 win over Sedro Woolley senior Jacob Farrell Feb. 21 during Mat Classic XXVII at the Tacoma Dome.

The process was a long and sometimes painful one — Small finished fifth as a sophomore and third as a junior — but it was ultimately rewarding as he captured the Class 2A state crown at 170 pounds to close the Mat Classic XXVII, Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome. Read more

Hazen finds the podium, Liberty swimmers medal

March 5, 2015

The Hazen High School boys swim and dive team didn’t win a single event at the 2015 3A state swimming championship Feb. 20-21.

By Greg Farrar Derek Wei, Hazen High School junior, seem to be airborne as he strokes through the water his 100-yard butterfly race, winning in 53.17 seconds Jan. 20 against Liberty.

By Greg Farrar
Derek Wei, Hazen High School junior, seem to be airborne as he strokes through the water his 100-yard butterfly race, winning in 53.17 seconds Jan. 20 against Liberty.

Yet, the Highlanders’ top-to-bottom depth ensured the team had a spot on the podium when the meet came to a close Feb. 21 at Federal Way’s King County Aquatic Center. Read more

Patriots’ season comes to a close after regionals loss

March 5, 2015

Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps’ plan of attack appeared simple in the team’s Feb. 28 regional playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, is fouled by East Valley’s Hannah Burland (4) after stealing the ball from Elle Burland (12), as Jordan Phelan (5) follows the play, during the third quarter of their Feb. 28 Hardwood Classic 2A regional round basketball game.

By Greg Farrar
Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, is fouled by East Valley’s Hannah Burland (4) after stealing the ball from Elle Burland (12), as Jordan Phelan (5) follows the play, during the third quarter of their Feb. 28 Hardwood Classic 2A regional round basketball game.

Drive toward the basket, draw the foul and sink the free throws. She executed that sequence over and over, while opponent East Valley struggled to put a stop to it. Read more

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