Liberty baseball team takes fourth at state

June 4, 2015

Whether the Liberty High School baseball team liked it or not, the label “underdog” was slapped on the Patriots from the moment they qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.

By Karen Calcaterra Liberty High School pitcher Nate Steffens and catcher Tyler Haselman conference with head coach John Martin in the Patriots’ 6-2 loss to Centralia in the Class 2A state baseball semifinals May 29 at Yakima’s County Stadium.

By Karen Calcaterra
Liberty High School pitcher Nate Steffens and catcher Tyler Haselman conference with head coach John Martin in the Patriots’ 6-2 loss to Centralia in the Class 2A state baseball semifinals May 29 at Yakima’s County Stadium.

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Liberty girls run to trophy finish

June 4, 2015

Liberty High School’s girls track and field team made its mark at the Class 2A state championships last week, earning the fourth-place trophy with 42 points.

By Greg Farrar Carlyn Schmidgall (right), Liberty High School junior, races neck and neck in the final turn against Alexa Shindruk, of Lynden, in the 2A 3,200-meter championship May 30 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Carlyn Schmidgall (right), Liberty High School junior, races neck and neck in the final turn against Alexa Shindruk, of Lynden, in the 2A 3,200-meter championship May 30 in Tacoma.

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Hazen, Liberty soccer teams fall to state champs

June 4, 2015

The Hazen High School boys soccer team certainly earned its berth into the 3A state tournament, but a tough first round matchup sent the Highlanders home earlier than they expected.

The Highlanders endured three loser-out games in just five days to qualify for the 3A state playoffs, defeating Prairie, Capital and Shelton in the District 3/4 tournament.

“There is a lot of pressure playing one loser out game,” Hazen head coach Ken Matthews said in a news release. “Imagine what the guys have been going through playing three in five days. It wasn’t easy but they got to ‘The Dance.’”

Hazen drew a first-round matchup against Interlake, a team they lost to 5-0 in a nonleague game at the very beginning of the season. Read more

State golf roundup — Liberty golfers earn second place at state

June 4, 2015

The Liberty High School boys golf team earned a second-place team trophy at the 2A state tournament held May 27-28 at Liberty Lake Golf Course near Spokane.

Dexter Simonds was the Patriots’ top finisher, ending up tied for sixth with an overall score of 143. Chase McIntosh finished right behind him at 145, followed by Ben Graham at 146.

Collin Fletcher finished tied for 31st, while Alex Wilsey and Luke Hall did not advance past the first round.

In girls play, Liberty sent three golfers to the 2A state tournament at MeadowWood Golf Course near Spokane, and all three finished in the top 40. Read more

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

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