Local athletes get ready for the next level

March 5, 2014

Four Hazen High School students announced plans to continue their athletic endeavors in college at a signing day ceremony Feb. 5.

Hazen soccer standouts Gabby Brower and Chelsea Delgado will play the sport in college after leading this year’s team to its first outright Seamount League title since 1992, and a state tournament appearance.

Brower will play at Western Washington University, while Delgado will suit up at Bellevue College.

Contributed Hazen High School athletes (from left) Chelsea Delgado, Quadir Griffin and Gabby Brower signed to colleges Feb. 5.

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Hazen High School athletes (from left) Chelsea Delgado, Quadir Griffin and Gabby Brower signed to colleges Feb. 5.

Hazen football standouts Joe Glaefke and Quadir Griffin will also continue their athletic careers in college. The all-league performers will both play at Everett Junior College.

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Liberty’s season ends at regionals

March 3, 2014

NEW — 4:30 p.m. March 3, 2014

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws up three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

By Greg Farrar
Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws up three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

If anyone had any questions about the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s season goal, they need only to look at the players’ forearms as they stepped on the Bellevue College court for a March 1 loser-out, winner-to-state game. Read more

Highlanders earn fifth place at state swim meet

February 26, 2014

NEW — 2:55 p.m. Feb. 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar Hazen High School’s 200-yard medley relay team of (from left) Malcolm Mitchell, Nolan Hoover, Derek Wei and Connor Broughton stand on the podium with their medals after a fourth-place finish  in 1 minute, 39.64 seconds at the 3A state swim championships.

By Greg Farrar
Hazen High School’s 200-yard medley relay team of (from left) Malcolm Mitchell, Nolan Hoover, Derek Wei and Connor Broughton stand on the podium with their medals after a fourth-place finish in 1 minute, 39.64 seconds at the 3A state swim championships.

A certain sense of uncertainty surrounded the Hazen boys swim team at the beginning of the season. Read more

Haythorne shines for Hazen at Mat Classic XXVI

February 24, 2014

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Feb. 24, 2014

By Greg Farrar Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome. Haythorne won by pin at 5:51 in the match on the way to his second place state award.

By Greg Farrar
Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome. Haythorne won by pin at 5:51 in the match on the way to his second place state award.

Malik Haythorne’s senior season of wrestling was emblematic of his entire Hazen High School team – growth was evident. Read more

Hazen, Liberty wrestlers punch ticket to state

February 17, 2014

NEW — 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2014

By Rob Nichols Hazen High School wrestling team members (from left) coach Rory Magana, Tyson Mowery, Derek Nichols, Zach Moore, Malik Haythorne, Jairo Barahona and coach Aaron Martin, are all smiles after a strong showing at the regional competition at Skyline High School.

By Rob Nichols
Hazen High School wrestling team members (from left) coach Rory Magana, Tyson Mowery, Derek Nichols, Zach Moore, Malik Haythorne, Jairo Barahona and coach Aaron Martin, are all smiles after a strong showing at the regional competition at Skyline High School.

As the winter sports season comes to a close, wrestlers from Liberty and Hazen high schools aren’t ready to hang up their singlets just yet. Read more

Highlanders surprise on the court

February 6, 2014

By Greg Farrar Isaiah Davis (right), Hazen High School senior guard, drives around Lindbergh senior forward Michael Smith on Jan. 29 to put up the last two points of the game in the Highlanders’ double-overtime, 71-64 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Isaiah Davis (right), Hazen High School senior guard, drives around Lindbergh senior forward Michael Smith on Jan. 29 to put up the last two points of the game in the Highlanders’ double-overtime, 71-64 victory.

The 2013-2014 Hazen High School Highlanders boys basketball team isn’t used to losing, so when it suffered its second loss of the season against Renton Jan. 24, the boys couldn’t wait to get back on the court.

“We took two days off and I think they were just excited to get back competing on the court again, which was encouraging to see,” coach Ryan Thompson said.

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Declining enrollment moves Liberty sports to 2A

February 6, 2014

Liberty High School sports teams will compete in the 2A classification for a two-year period beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released enrollment numbers showing Liberty, at 891.8, is the size of a 2A school. Schools with less than 990.8 students, but more than 472, are considered 2A.

In the recent past, the Patriots have opted up to the 3A level, despite its stature as one of the state’s smallest 3A schools, but this time around, administrators have decided to test the 2A waters.

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Liberty basketball girls turn heads

February 6, 2014

If you scoured the 3A state girls basketball rankings at the beginning of the season, you wouldn’t find Liberty High School mentioned on any lists.

The Patriots weren’t even considered in the same class as KingCo 3A/2A giants Juanita and Bellevue. It’s understandable — this group, with virtually the same roster, went 13-11 last year, good for fourth in the conference.

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate (44), Liberty High School senior forward, puts up a shot as Marissa Therriault, of Sammamish, defends during the first quarter of their Jan. 17 basketball game. The Patriots won against the Totems, 54-28.

By Greg Farrar
Ashlan Applegate (44), Liberty High School senior forward, puts up a shot as Marissa Therriault, of Sammamish, defends during the first quarter of their Jan. 17 basketball game. The Patriots won against the Totems, 54-28.

The Patriots girls basketball team is quickly turning heads across the state, though, with big wins against ranked opponents Everett, Bellevue and previously unbeaten Juanita.

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Reminder: Hazen wrestlers tackle pancreatic cancer Jan. 17

January 16, 2014

NEW — 1:10 p.m. Jan. 16, 2014

Contributed Rory Magana (second from left), Hazen High School wrestling coach, stands with his wife Alyssa, mother Susie and brother Kyle at last year’s Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer event.

By Rob Nichols
Rory Magana (second from left), Hazen High School wrestling coach, stands with his wife Alyssa, mother Susie and brother Kyle at last year’s Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer event.

The Hazen High School wrestling team will do its part to fight back against a deadly disease with its annual Taking Down Pancreatic Cancer dual meet Jan. 17. Read more

Freshman phenoms take center stage

January 2, 2014

By Greg Farrar Freshmen varsity athletes (from left), swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country runners and twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans, ‘We Are One.’

By Greg Farrar
Freshmen varsity athletes (from left), swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country runners and twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans, ‘We Are One.’

Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.

Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.

Liberty sports teams found a lot of success this fall, due in no small part to these budding stars.

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