Local tennis players make it to state

June 5, 2014

Liberty High School senior Jenny Adams placed fourth at the 3A state tennis singles tournament May 31.

Adams defeated Shadle Park’s Audra Spargo in three sets to win the fourth-place medal. Last year, Adams teamed with Kristy Braunston to take second at the state doubles championship.

Hazen High School sent two athletes to the 3A state tournament. Gregg Furumasu and Misa Takami each made the field of 16, but did not medal.

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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Liberty’s Jenny Adams loses in straight sets at district tennis match

July 3, 2012

After qualifying for districts in a grueling match at the KingCo district tournament, Liberty High School sophomore Jenny Adams’ tank was on empty. But despite being miles away from the nearest gas station, she got out and pushed.

“She started off really strong,” Liberty tennis coach Mike Salokas said. “Strong in strokes, and strong in conditioning.”

After being up 3-2 in the first set, Adams quickly started struggling to keep up. She lost the first set, 6-3, and the second, 6-1, to Shea Wojciehowski, of Lakeside High School.

“Yeah, pretty much I just got really tired,” she said, “because last week was really competitive for me. But I definitely think I could have won if I wasn’t so wiped out.”

Because she’s only a sophomore, this was Adams’ first year of a more strenuous schedule.

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A different team from yesterday

October 9, 2011

Mike Salokas Liberty High School tennis coach

Allow me recreate a scene from Sept. 20’s tennis match — Liberty versus Juanita.

On court No. 3, the final exhibition match was nearing completion and the thankful end of a one-sided match was concluding. Juanita coach Justin Ochsner and I are amid obligatory congratulations while I am packing supplies and equipment.

Suddenly, Justin and I hear commotion coming from court No. 1. Players from both teams run there in such haste the Juanita coach and I fear something terrible is occurring.

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Liberty High School tennis players named to all-league team

January 7, 2011

Three Liberty High School tennis players — Thomas Lowes, Sho Kato and Ken Kato — were recently recognized as KingCo 3A All-League players this year.

Lowes was named to first-team all-league, and the brothers Sho and Ken Kato — a senior and freshman, respectively — were named second-team all-league.

Liberty head coach Mike Salokas was also named KingCo 3A coach of the year.

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