Students named Merit scholarship semifinalists

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:59 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

Several local high school seniors were among about 16,000 semifinalists for the annual National Merit Scholarship.

The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half
of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title. Read more

To the Editor — Hazen marching band has more recent history

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:50 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

In reference to the September article “The Beat is Back,” I am extremely pleased Hazen once again has a marching band. However, someone provided Chris Coy with incorrect information when he states, “The Highlanders have gone without one since 1978.”

As president of Hazen High Band Booster Club, 1990-1992, I wish to correct that statement. From 1980 until the mid-1990s, Hazen had a very vibrant music program under the direction of Steve Burpee. During Burpee’s tenure, Hazen had not only a marching band, there was a pep band that played and marched at all Hazen home football games, a pep band for both boys’ and girls’ basketball games, a jazz band and a concert band.

My son was a member of the marching band and the jazz band for four years, graduating in 1992. During that time, Hazen participated each year in the International Band Festival in Abbotsford British Columbia. The competition included both concert and marching band and culminated with a parade of all the bands throughout downtown Abbotsford. Hazen’s jazz band also took part in several statewide Jazz Band competitions each year. My son, along with a number of other of Burpee’s students, continued as members of university and college marching bands. Read more

Patriots’ record has lone blemish

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:27 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

An overtime loss is the only blemish on the Liberty High School football team’s near-perfect record so far.

The Patriots are 3-1 to start the year, with five regular-season games still to be played, including matchups against Bellevue and Mount Si.

By Greg Farrar Joseph Cunningham (right), Liberty High School senior running back, slips past Hazen sophomore safety Jaeger Scheppe (7) to the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game.

By Greg Farrar
Joseph Cunningham (right), Liberty High School senior running back, slips past Hazen sophomore safety Jaeger Scheppe (7) to the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown run during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game.

Liberty began the season with a 14-6 win over Lakewood in a game that will be remembered as the debut of junior defensive end Mikey Walter. Prior to Sept. 4, Walter never played a down of high-school football. Read more

Highlanders are off to a rocky 1-3 start

September 30, 2015

NEW — 2:24 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

As the season approaches the halfway point, not much is going right for the Hazen High School football team.

The Highlanders are just 1-3 on the year, and two of those losses were double-digit blowouts.

By Greg Farrar Kaleb Magee (34), Hazen High School senior running back, runs the ball against Sam Harrington (left) and Alex Olague, of Liberty, during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game at Renton Stadium.

By Greg Farrar
Kaleb Magee (34), Hazen High School senior running back, runs the ball against Sam Harrington (left) and Alex Olague, of Liberty, during the third quarter of their Sept. 11 football game at Renton Stadium.

Hazen kicked off the season with a 35-7 nonleague loss at Lake Washington on Sept. 4. It was a game the Kangaroos dominated from the start. Read more

Hazen’s Kaleb Magee earns WIAA Athlete of the Week Award

September 23, 2015

NEW — 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 2015

Hazen High School running back Kaleb Magee earned Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Athlete of the Week honors for his Sept. 17 performance against Evergreen.

Magee rushed for 185 yards and a touchdown in the Highlanders’ 52-0 win. He also added a 23-yard touchdown reception.

All varsity level students in good academic standing at their schools are eligible to receive the WIAA Athlete of the Week Award. Winners receive a letter of recognition from the WIAA executive director, a commemorative WIAA Athlete of the Week beanie and a certificate.

View a full list of winners here.

Hazen marching band is back after more than 30 years

September 1, 2015

NEW — 6:15 p.m. Sept. 2, 2015

When Chris Coy interviewed for a teaching position at Hazen High School several years ago, it was clear administrators were looking for someone with a particular set of skills.

“The first question they asked me was what did I know about marching bands,” Coy, now the school’s director of bands and orchestra, said.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Hazen High School senior Devin Dolling plays the drum at an Aug. 18 preseason practice of the school’s new marching band.

Coming from Ohio, a mecca for marching band enthusiasts, Coy knew quite a lot. In addition to marching himself in high school and college, he also taught students to march and play. Read more

Hazen football looks to take next step in coach’s second year

September 1, 2015

NEW — 3:28 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

The Hazen High School mascot is a Highlander, but this year, the football team has wolves on its mind.

It stems from the squad’s 2015 motto, “Legs Feed The Wolf.” If a wolf wants to eat, it needs legs to hunt down its prey, Hazen quarterback Michael Mason explained.

By Christina Corrales-Toy David Kilpatrick-White, Hazen High School’s head football coach, leads his team through warm-ups at an Aug. 26 preseason practice.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
David Kilpatrick-White, Hazen High School’s head football coach, leads his team through warm-ups at an Aug. 26 preseason practice.

“Every guy represents the legs of the wolf, and for the wolf that is Hazen football to eat, we’ve all got to do our share and put in the work,” he said. Read more

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).

If you can add information, or you have corrections, email newcastle@isspress.com.

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

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