Liberty cross-country teams make history

December 4, 2014

Mike Smith’s Liberty High School cross-country team wasn’t taking any chances.

After consecutive state meet appearances where something always went wrong on the day of the race, particularly for the girls, the Patriots’ superstitions were on high alert Nov. 8 at Pasco’s Sun Willows Golf Course.

“We were doing all the jinxy things,” Smith said. “We made sure not to stand on the podium the day before, and made sure that all laces were tied eight times. We were totally superstitious at this meet.”

It seemed to pay off, because, for the most part, everything went right for Liberty on a history-making day at the state cross-country championship. Read more

Liberty places eighth at state volleyball tourney

December 4, 2014

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School volleyball team is cheerful about the school’s first state tournament appearance  after a well-fought first set in its Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School volleyball team is cheerful about the school’s first state tournament appearance after a well-fought first set in its Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

In a fall sports season filled with firsts for the Liberty High School athletic department, the Patriots’ volleyball team made sure it got in on the action, too. Read more

Local tennis players headed to state

December 4, 2014

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves during their doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won the District 3 2A tournament Nov. 1 in Bremerton and will compete for the state championship in May.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves during their doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won the District 3 2A tournament Nov. 1 in Bremerton and will compete for the state championship in May.

The Hazen High School boys tennis team capped its undefeated season with a Seamount League championship and a solid showing at districts. Read more

Patriots make early exit in state soccer tourney

December 4, 2014

The Liberty High School girls soccer team ended its season short of the state championship game it won a year ago.

The Patriots’ defending 3A state champion girls soccer team made its first foray into the 2A postseason, taking a bit of a different journey to reach the state playoffs.

Liberty earned a state berth after cruising through the District 2/3 2A tournament. The girls defeated Franklin Pierce, 4-0, and then North Kitsap, 2-1, to win the district title.

The team earned an opening-round victory over Sehome, 4-1, on Nov. 12. The Patriots failed to advance past the quarterfinals, though, with a 4-3 home loss to Shorecrest on Nov. 15.

Shorecrest went on to take second in the 2A state tournament. A year ago, Liberty defeated Kamiakin for the 3A state title.

The Hazen soccer squad failed to make it to the 3A state tournament this year, after an opening round loss in the District 3 playoffs.

The Highlanders lost to Prairie, 3-0, putting an end to the season Nov. 4.

“That was our best effort of the season tonight,” Hazen coach Ken Matthews said after the loss. “We were fighting for every ball and didn’t back off their physical play.”

Last year, Hazen made it to the 3A state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

Area athletes chosen for all-conference teams

December 4, 2014

KingCo and Seamount conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Hazen and Liberty. If your sport is not listed and you could add information, or you have corrections, email newcastle@isspress.com.

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First team — DT Paul Charbonneau and DB Marquise Lee

Second team — LB Parker Trewet, C Parker Trewet and RB Marquise Lee

Honorable mention — DB Cody Stillings, WR Eli Azecueta, WR Justin Anderson, RB Kaleb Magee and QB Nolan Hoover Read more

Hazen playoff hopes dashed

November 7, 2014

By Marcus Mason Hazen running back Marquise Lee (3) bursts through for a big gain in the Highlanders’ Oct. 24 loss to Lindbergh, 56-12. The loss eliminated Hazen’s playoff hopes.

By Marcus Mason
Hazen running back Marquise Lee (3) bursts through for a big gain in the Highlanders’ Oct. 24 loss to Lindbergh, 56-12. The loss eliminated Hazen’s playoff hopes.

The Hazen High School Highlanders went on the road Oct. 24 to play Lindbergh on the Eagles’ homecoming night. Read more

Patriots prepare for playoffs despite 35-17 loss to Wildcats

November 7, 2014

The Liberty High School Patriots fell to the Mount Si Wildcats, 35-17, in a game that dropped Liberty’s season record to 6-3. The game on Halloween, Oct. 31, was the final game of the regular season before Liberty heads into the 2A playoffs to face Fife on Nov. 7.

“It’s disappointing because it felt like we were in the game and we could win,” head coach Steve Valach said.

The Patriots scored first blood against the Wildcats with a touchdown run from junior running back Joe Cunningham in the first quarter. The touchdown came after an interception thrown by Mount Si quarterback Jonathan Hillel. The early touchdown was the only time Liberty had the lead. Later in the first quarter, Hillel punched through on a quarterback keeper to tie the game. Read more

Liberty soccer puts up a touchdown against Hazen

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

By Greg Farrar
Jordan Hemmen (14), Liberty High School junior defender, watches her header score the first point for the Patriots in a 7-0 win Sept. 9 over Hazen High School.

If it were a football game being played at Liberty High School on Sept. 9, the 7-0 shutout win for the home team would have told the story of a mostly defensive stalemate between two squads. Read more

Patriots dismantle Highlanders on the gridiron

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Russell Boston (middle), Liberty High School senior running back, lies on the turf without his helmet after being tackled by Parker Trewet (left) and Kevin Govea of Hazen on the HighlandersÕ 11-yard line during the second quarter. The Patriots won the rivalry of Renton Highlands schools, 56-6.

By Greg Farrar
Russell Boston (middle), Liberty High School senior running back, lies on the turf without his helmet after being tackled by Parker Trewet (left) and Kevin Govea of Hazen on the Highlanders’ 11-yard line during the second quarter. The Patriots won the rivalry of Renton Highlands schools, 56-6.

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Liberty’s Ben Graham off to hot start

October 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Ben Graham, Liberty High School sophomore, watches his tee shot fly on the 309 yard, par 4 eighth hole Sept. 17 at Maplewood Golf Course on the way to a 4-under, 32 round over nine holes for medalist honors. Also under par for the Patriots was senior Dexter Simonds with a 35. The nonleague golf match against Issaquah was won by the Eagles, 181 to 189 strokes. The sophomore won WIAA Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

By Greg Farrar
Ben Graham, Liberty High School sophomore, watches his tee shot fly on the 309 yard, par 4 eighth hole Sept. 17 at Maplewood Golf Course on the way to a 4-under, 32 round over nine holes for medalist honors. Also under par for the Patriots was senior Dexter Simonds with a 35. The nonleague golf match against Issaquah was won by the Eagles, 181 to 189 strokes. The sophomore won WIAA Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

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