Hazen, Liberty athletes earn spring all-league honors

August 6, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

KingCo and Seamount conference coaches announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2015 spring season. Listed below are the selections from Hazen (Seamount League) and Liberty (KingCo 2A/3A Conference).

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Baseball

Hazen
League co-champions — Hazen and Kennedy Catholic
Coach of the Year — Mike Brundage, Hazen
First team — C Logan Ricord, sophomore; 1B Ryan Gayte, senior; DH Eli Azcueta, senior
Second team — 3B Alex Combs, sophomore; OF Nolan Hoover, senior
Honorable mention — OF Mitchell Hard, senior; OF DJ Anderson, senior; P Ben Hoeper, junior; P Ryan Gayte, senior Read more

Renton School Board honors Hazen seniors

July 2, 2015

Twelve Hazen High School students were recognized as outstanding seniors by Renton School Board members at their May 12 meeting.

Students were selected based on academic achievement, leadership, co-curricular involvement, citizenship and character, community service and contributions to their classmates and school.

The honorees were Jesse Choi, Pauline Mogilevsky, Lina Li, Sarah Sherrod, Sablena Milinganyo, Eddie Garcia, Connor Broughton, Connor Garrels, Ryan Howe, Shelby Mathison, Tudi Le and Spencer Chin.

Local athletes commit to colleges

July 2, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony in April.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Read more

Newcastle’s Mandy Schendel is on 30 under 30 list

July 2, 2015

Newcastle resident Mandy Schendel was named to 425 Business Magazine’s “Thirty under 30” list.

Mandy Schendel

Mandy Schendel

The list honors “the brightest, most fun and most motivated business folks” under the age of 30 and living on the Eastside.

Schendel is most known for her 2012-2013 stint as Miss Washington. She finished in the top 10 at the 2013 Miss America pageant. Read more

Hazen and Liberty High School Graduations

June 25, 2015

Community spotlight — Congrats to the classes of 2015

June 4, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy A 2014 Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap at the Highlanders graduation ceremony last year. Both Liberty and Hazen students will receive their diplomas June 12.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A 2014 Hazen High School graduate adjusts her cap at the Highlanders’ graduation ceremony last year. Both Liberty and Hazen students will receive their diplomas June 12.

As another school year comes to a close, local public high schools are getting set to celebrate the class of 2015 with the annual commencement ceremonies.

Hazen High School will honor its graduates at 9 a.m. June 12 at the ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent.

Liberty High School will hold its ceremony at 8 p.m. June 12 at Safeco Field, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle.

Hazen brings back marching band

June 4, 2015

Hazen High School will reinstitute its marching band program in the fall thanks to contributions from parents, students, staff and the community.

An anonymous donor pledged a $2,000 matching gift if band students could raise $2,000 by the end of the school year.

Highlander band students, under direction of band and orchestra teacher Chris Coy, met the goal through a breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s, online donations from parents and the public, and other means.

Coy will use the funds to purchase a sousaphone, marching French horns, marching baritones, uniforms and more. Students will begin practice during the summer and be ready for performances at parades and field shows. Read more

Editorial — Celebrate safely this graduation season

June 4, 2015

You did it, grads!

You endured the tests, the homework, the projects, the classes, the early start times and the occasional sleepless night to get to this point — right here, right now, the finish line is in sight.

Liberty and Hazen high school seniors will receive their diplomas at separate ceremonies June 12. Hazen’s is at the Kent ShoWare Center, while Liberty’s is at Safeco Field.

Now is the time to reflect. When you stare in the mirror, dressed in full graduation regalia, what will you remember most? Read more

Hazen, Liberty soccer teams get to state

May 18, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. May 18, 2015

The Hazen High School boys soccer team is back in the state tournament, and boy, did they earn it.

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 earned a matchup against KingCo Conference foe Interlake in the first round of the state playoffs. They play the Saints 7:30 p.m. May 19 at Interlake High School. Read more

Highlanders clinch share of Seamount League title

May 5, 2015

NEW — 10:55 a.m. May 5, 2015

Contributed The Hazen High School baseball team hosts the league trophy, after earning a share of the Seamount League title May 4.

Contributed
The Hazen High School baseball team hoists the league trophy, after earning a share of the Seamount League title May 4.

The Hazen High School baseball team clinched a share of the Seamount League title after the Highlanders defeated Tyee 5-1 May 4.  Read more

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