Patriots prep for playoffs

February 6, 2015

As Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps took the starting tipoff position in the Jan. 23 game against Interlake, she paused for a moment to reflect. Read more

Liberty starts new youth football program

February 6, 2015

If you’ve ever been to a Liberty High School football game, you know what “We are one” means.

It’s the chant that, without fail, win or lose, emanates from the packed Liberty home bleachers, showcasing the pride and camaraderie that comes with being a Patriot.

Now, the Liberty football program truly is “one,” from top to bottom — elementary school to high-school varsity — with the creation of the Patriots’ new youth football program.

The Liberty Junior Football program will kick off its inaugural season in 2015, allowing kids to grow and learn within one program from age 7 through high school. Read more

Hazen basketball star makes school history

February 5, 2015

NEW — 12:35 p.m. Feb. 5, 2015

There’s a new name atop the Hazen High School boys basketball career scoring list.

Senior Dominic Green took over the top spot after a Wednesday night victory over Tyee. Green now has 1,137 career points, edging out 1992 Hazen graduate Jason Hamilton’s 1,109.

Green, a small forward, will continue his career at Arizona State University next year. He signed his national letter of intent in front of family, friends and teammates Nov. 12.

At the time, Green told the Newcastle News that he chose the Sun Devils because of their great coaching staff and the school’s ideal location. Read more

Hazen, Liberty sports programs had a good 2014

January 2, 2015

There was no shortage of success stories in the 2014 Hazen and Liberty sports seasons. Here are the ones that stood out among the rest.

Hazen drillers make it three in a row

Contributed The Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their third consecutive first-place trophy after the Dance and Drill State Championships March 29 at the Yakima SunDome.

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The Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their third consecutive first-place trophy after the Dance and Drill State Championships March 29 at the Yakima SunDome.

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Hazen wrestling team looks to get back to the Dome

December 5, 2014

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 2014

Hazen wrestling kicks off the season Saturday at the Edmonds Invitational at Edmonds Woodway High School.

Hazen had its first state placers in more than a decade last year, and the squad looks to continue on that success as the 2015 season embarks.

The Highlanders return three state participants, as well as a handful of wrestlers looking to make a splash in the 3A state rankings.

Senior Derek Nichols will lead the team this year in the 138-pound weight class. Nichols has made two trips to the Tacoma Dome, and is eyeing a spot on the podium in his final year. Read more

Brilliant Briggs

December 4, 2014

Senior leads Patriots to 2A state swim title

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as they celebrate their school's first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as they celebrate their school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined. Read more

Hazen’s Dominic Green signs with ASU

December 4, 2014

By Greg Farrar Dominic Green, Hazen High School senior, holds his signed letters of intent Nov. 12 and poses with his brother, Hazen freshman Jalen, for a photo taken by their dad, Jevon, on the Highlander campus.

By Greg Farrar
Dominic Green, Hazen High School senior, holds his signed letters of intent Nov. 12 and poses with his brother, Hazen freshman Jalen, for a photo taken by their dad, Jevon, on the Highlander campus.

With the swift stroke of a pen, Hazen High School senior Dominic Green made a permanent decision about the setting of his life’s next chapter Nov. 12. Read more

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

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