Newcastle Days takes shape

August 6, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 6, 2015

The bright lights of Broadway are coming to the Lake Boren Park stage this September.

A cast of community members will dance and belt out tunes from various hit musicals in the hourlong “Broadway at Boren” spectacular 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

“It’s some singing, some dancing. Just a variety of whatever talent we happen to get,” said Wendy Kirchner, Newcastle community activities liaison.

“Broadway at Boren” represents the opening act of the city’s expanded 2015 Newcastle Days celebration. Read more

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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Hazen, Liberty sports programs had a good 2014

January 2, 2015

There was no shortage of success stories in the 2014 Hazen and Liberty sports seasons. Here are the ones that stood out among the rest.

Hazen drillers make it three in a row

Contributed The Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their third consecutive first-place trophy after the Dance and Drill State Championships March 29 at the Yakima SunDome.

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The Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their third consecutive first-place trophy after the Dance and Drill State Championships March 29 at the Yakima SunDome.

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Hazen senior becomes a Sea Gal

June 5, 2014

Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel was selected as a member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals, for the upcoming season.

Mekel, who is also a member of the state-champion Hazen drill team, competed in a marathon of workshops, tryouts and auditions to be selected as a Sea Gal.

She used her athleticism, knowledge of choreography and passion to win over judges in the selection process. Out of the hundreds of women who try out, only 24-32 are selected for the squad.

See Mekel and the 2014-2015 squad on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Sea.Gals.

Hazen senior makes the Sea Gals dance team

May 7, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. May 7, 2014

Contributed Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel is the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals.

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Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel is the newest member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals.

Hazen High School senior Errin Mekel was selected as a member of the Seattle Seahawks dance team, the Sea Gals, for the upcoming season.  Read more

Hazen drill team wins third state championship in a row

April 3, 2014

If Kristin Sargent’s career as the head coach of the Hazen drill team was written as a book, it would have the perfect fairy tale ending.

The preface would note that her Hazen roots run deep. She was a member of the Liberty High School drill team before coming to Hazen, where she was the drill team captain in 1999.

Contributed Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their newest state championship trophy at the Yakima SunDome March 29. Hazen placed first in 3A pom.

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Hazen High School drill team and coaches show off their newest state championship trophy at the Yakima SunDome March 29. Hazen placed first in 3A pom.

The body of the story would detail her seven years as the Hazen drill coach, a golden era of sorts, as she led the Highlanders to several state titles.

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Hazen drill team comes up big at state championship

April 5, 2012

The Hazen High School drill team was able to bring home a little hardware from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Dance and Drill State Championships after taking first place in several categories at the March 24 event.

The team placed first in 3A military, first in 3A pom and fourth in 2A/3A kick categories.

Hazen beat Decatur and Shorewood high schools for first-place in military, and Shorewood and Capitol for first in pom.

Liberty High School placed sixth in the 3A military category.

Hazen coach Kristin Sargent, in her fifth season of leading the squad, said the team’s success is the result of hours of practice, sweat, tears and sisterhood.

“Being a Hazen Driller is being part of a family,” she said.

The team — consisting of 29 girls that include sophomores, juniors and seniors — compete in three separate categories: military, pom and kick.

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Hazen drill team to host showcase night March 16

March 8, 2012

NEW — 10:30 a.m. March 8, 2012

The Hazen High School drill team will host “Just Dance”at 6 p.m.  March 16 to raise money to cover a portion of the team’s state competition expenses.

“Our large competition in January was cancelled due to the snow storm, and we are trying hard to earn enough money to get to state later this month,” said coach Kristin Sargent.

The showcase night  will take place at the school located at 1101 Hoquiam Ave. N.E. in Renton.

General admission is $5. Students can get in for $3 with an ASB card and children younger than 5 are free.

The event will feature performances by local dance, military, pom and hip hop groups.