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

NEW — 2:10 p.m. May 16, 2013

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

Liberty, Hazen soccer teams begin state competition

May 14, 2013

NEW — 3:10 p.m. May 14, 2013

The 2013 regular season was nothing but a success for the Liberty and Hazen high school boys soccer teams.

The Highlanders clinched their second straight Seamount League title. Led by the league’s athlete of the year Sam Bunnell, Hazen lost only one game this season.

Hazen was well represented on the all-league team, including Bunnell and coach Ken Matthews, who was named coach of the year.

Liberty matched the Highlanders, clinching the league title in a tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference. The Patriots lost only one game on the season. Coach Darren Tremblay was named the league’s coach of the year. Read more

Liberty soccer wins KingCo title

May 7, 2013

NEW — 11:50 a.m. May 7, 2013

The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue.

 

Liberty nets another draw with Mercer Island

May 1, 2013

By Greg Farrar Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

By Greg Farrar
Jake Ericksen (left), Liberty High School senior defender, and Mercer Island senior midfielder Jamie Lungmus share a collision, while trying to gain control of the ball from each other in the first period during a hard-fought 90 minutes of soccer which ended in a scoreless draw.

UPDATED: The Liberty High School boys soccer team clinched the KingCo title with a 2-1 victory against Mount Si on May 2.

Connor Noblat and Josh Johnson scored the two goals for the Patriots.

The win means that Liberty now goes directly to the state tournament, where it will host the No. 3 team from the WesCo 3A tournament at 7 p.m. May 15.

Liberty has had a dominant season so far, posting a 10-1-3 conference record. The team’s only loss this season was against Bellevue. Read more

Hazen soccer clinches Seamount League championship

May 1, 2013

Contributed The Hazen High School soccer team poses for a group shot after it clinched the Seamount League championship with a 1-0 victory against Kennedy Catholic on April 26.

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The Hazen High School soccer team poses for a group shot after it clinched the Seamount League championship with a 1-0 victory against Kennedy Catholic on April 26.

After about 75 minutes of scoreless play in the Hazen High School soccer team’s April 26 contest against Kennedy Catholic, senior Devin Sando was sitting on the bench with a bloody nose. Just a few spots next to him sat freshman Reyes Garcia, on the sidelines because of a yellow card. Read more

Liberty fades to finish fourth in state soccer tourney

December 6, 2012

A Liberty High School girls soccer squad that breezed through the regular season to win the KingCo 3A with a 12-0-1 mark, and automatically punch its ticket to the state tournament as the conference winner, could not have met with worse fortune in the semifinal round of the state tournament held at Puyallup High School’s Sparks Field on Nov. 16 and 17.

In the semis, against Columbia River, Liberty was cruising along and it seemed as though it had secured a surefire 1-0 victory, courtesy of a Tara Johnson goal scored in the first half off a Katie Noonan assist.

Suddenly in the contest’s 69th minute, the Chieftains took one of their two kick-and-a-prayer shots on goal they strung together during the entire game. It somehow got past one of the leading net minders in the state to knot the tally at 1 all.

Tara Johnson (11), Liberty High School junior midfielder, does half a fist-bump with Holy Names Academy sophomore midfielder Hannah Powers while going for the ball during the second period of their state 3A consolation final Nov. 17 in Puyallup. Johnson scored for the Patriots Nov. 16 in the 2-1 semifinal loss to Columbia River.
By Greg Farrar

The Chieftains shored up their defense to keep Liberty at bay the rest of the way in regulation, and after a pair of five-minute overtime periods yielded no winner, the semis shifted into a shootout scenario, from which Columbia River emerged as the game’s winner.

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Hazen, Liberty athletes selected for all-league teams

November 8, 2012

UPDATED — 3:25 p.m. Nov. 16, 2012

As the fall sports season comes to a close, athletes from Hazen and Liberty high schools are being honored for their athletic achievements as all-league teams are announced. Players and coaches select all-league teams annually. Email additional all-league honors to newcastle@isspress.com.

Hazen boys tennis

The following Hazen High School tennis players were named to the Seamount League all-league team:

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