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

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

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

Local athletes make all-state team

July 2, 2014

Liberty High School midfielder Colton Ronk added another postseason honor to his arsenal.

Ronk, a now-graduated senior, was named to the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association All-State 2014 Spring Soccer First Team.

The midfielder was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season soccer title for the second straight year. Ronk recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty. He’ll continue his career at Highline College.

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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.

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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Hazen soccer coach attends training

March 5, 2014

Hazen High School soccer coach Ken Matthews was one of six state coaches to complete the recent National Soccer Coaches Association National Diploma course held at Walla Walla’s Whitman College.

The NSCAA’s National Diploma is an advanced-level, 45-hour course for experienced coaches. The course stresses technical and tactical knowledge and includes sessions about the teaching process, psychological skills training and laws of the game.

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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 wins first ever girls state soccer title

December 4, 2013

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School players and coach Tami Nguyen (left) squeal in delight over their trophy after the Patriots won the state 3A girls soccer championship, 2-1, against the Kamiakin Braves in Puyallup Nov. 23.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School players and coach Tami Nguyen (left) squeal in delight over their trophy after the Patriots won the state 3A girls soccer championship, 2-1, against the Kamiakin Braves in Puyallup Nov. 23.

As time wound down and the Liberty High School girls soccer team secured a 2-1 victory over Kamiakin in the Nov. 23 3A state championship game, two things were certain.

First, the Patriots would capture their first state title in girls soccer; and second, the team, which had sworn off fast food this season, would feast on McDonald’s that night.

“If I was really on it, I would have had Happy Meals delivered,” Liberty coach Tami Nguyen joked.

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Hazen soccer advances in state tournament

May 16, 2013

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The Hazen High School soccer team did not have their best stuff as state tournament play opened on May 15, but it was just good enough to defeat Mountain View, 3-2.

Senior midfielder Casey Guay put Hazen on the board first, scoring a quick goal, just four minutes into the game.

The lead would be short-lived, because just three minutes later, Mountain View responded with a goal of their own.

The Highlanders took the lead back in the 17th minute, when junior midfielder Luis Puga scored what would be the first of his two goals. Read more

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