Liberty’s return to state tourney is short-lived

June 5, 2014

By Greg Farrar Madison O'Connor (left), Liberty High School sophomore catcher, gets Bainbridge baserunner Riley Gregoire out at home plate in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single, during their 3A state tournament game May 30 in Lacey.

By Greg Farrar
Madison O’Connor (left), Liberty High School sophomore catcher, gets Bainbridge baserunner Riley Gregoire out at home plate in the fourth inning on a bases-loaded single, during their 3A state tournament game May 30 in Lacey.

The Liberty High School fastpitch team’s postseason magic came to an end May 30 after two straight losses in the 3A state tournament at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex. Read more

Colton Ronk named Most Valuable Player

June 5, 2014

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The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School senior soccer player Colton Ronk.

The midfielder was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. Ronk recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty.

Coaches across the league recognized that, voting him the KingCo 3A/2A league’s Most Valuable Player.

Ronk was also named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team. He’ll play at Highline Community College next fall.

Local tennis players make it to state

June 5, 2014

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams placed fourth at the 3A state tennis singles tournament May 31.

Adams defeated Shadle Park’s Audra Spargo in three sets to win the fourth-place medal. Last year, Adams teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second at the state doubles championship.

Hazen High School sent two athletes to the 3A state tournament. Gregg Furumasu and Misa Takami each made the field of 16, but did not medal.

Hazen senior becomes a Sea Gal

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.

Former Hazen star now roams Liberty sidelines

May 1, 2014

By Greg Farrar Sam Bunnell (20), now a Liberty High School soccer coach, plays in 2011 during his Hazen High School sophomore year against Liberty’s Nick Turner.

By Greg Farrar
Sam Bunnell (20), now a Liberty High School soccer coach, plays in 2011 during his Hazen High School sophomore year against Liberty’s Nick Turner.

Sam Bunnell, Liberty High School’s new assistant soccer coach, is no stranger to the school’s turf field.

In fact, he’s played on it quite recently. He just wasn’t playing for the home team at the time.

Bunnell suited up for the rival Hazen Highlanders, where just last year he starred on a team that won the Seamount League championship and earned a state tournament berth.

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Collin Olson will run for the Redhawks

May 1, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson (right), of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

Collin Olson

Collin Olson

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Registration open for sports camps

May 1, 2014

Newcastle will again facilitate Skyhawks sports camps this summer for children ages 4-12.

From June through August, beginner to intermediate players can develop their skills in soccer, basketball, golf, tennis, flag football or cheerleading.

Two to three sports are incorporated into the Skyhawks multisport program and for the mini-hawk program, youths learn the essentials of baseball, basketball and soccer.

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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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Patriots blow out rival Highlanders, 10-0

April 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson.

It doesn’t have the same energy as the football or basketball rivalries, but anytime Liberty and Hazen high schools meet on the diamond, it’s always a battle between familiar foes.

Just three miles separate the two schools, and despite the fact they reside in different school districts, many of the students grew up together playing in youth leagues.

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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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