Liberty baseball team advances, Highlanders done

May 10, 2015

NEW — 1:50 p.m. May 10, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School first baseman James Workman claps as he trots to home plate, after scoring the Patriots' first run in a 10-0 win over Foster May 9.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School first baseman James Workman claps as he trots to home plate, after scoring the Patriots’ first run in a 10-0 win over Foster May 9.

Despite a regular season record below .500, and a seventh-place finish in the eight-team KingCo 3A/2A Conference, the Liberty High School baseball team is headed to state. Read more

The Freak Tim Lincecum makes pitching debut at Safeco Field

June 20, 2012

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16. By Greg Farrar

With their season on the line in a loser-out playoff game in the KingCo tournament, the 2003 Liberty Patriots knew they something had to give. Read more

Coaching a community

April 5, 2012

John Martin happy to take the helm of Liberty’s baseball squad 

By Greg Farrar John Martin, the new Liberty High School baseball coach, works his team in the gym while it’s snowing outside March 13 on the Patriots’ baseball field.

While he always had an interest in the game, Liberty High School coach John Martin never anticipated he’d end up dedicating the past 20 or so years to coaching it.

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Hazen bests Liberty 6-2 in nonconference baseball matchup

April 5, 2012

In a 2A/3A KingCo Conference versus Seamount matchup March 20, the Hazen High School baseball team bested the Liberty Patriots with a final score of 6-2.

The game was played at Liberty.

Hazen was able to start the game strong with two runs scored in the top of the first inning by junior Jared Howell and senior Jimmy Schmidt.

Hazen senior Zac Kolterman and junior Cody Moorhead had one RBI each in the first.

Hazen added one run in the second inning with a leadoff single by senior Sam Cook, who scored on a game-winning RBI single by senior Kyle Arinobu to bring the score to 3-0.

The Patriots added their first run scored to the board in the fourth inning after an RBI-single by senior Blake Reeve.

Liberty closed in on the Highlanders in the fifth inning after an RBI-single by sophomore Loren Archibald, but Hazen pulled away from the Patriots to lead the contest, 5-2, after six innings played.

Hazen ended its scoring efforts with one additional run scored in the seventh.

Jake Kolterman, a Hazen sophomore, went on to be selected as the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association’s state athlete of the week for March 18-24 after he was one strike from a no-hitter before settling for a one-hit, 12-0 shutout against Kennedy Catholic High School on March 22.

Kolterman finished the game with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

Liberty hires new baseball coach

September 27, 2011

NEW 2:35 — Sept. 27, 2011

Liberty High School athletic director Stark Porter announced Sept. 26 John Martin has been hired to be the Patriots’ new baseball coach.

Martin was a pitching coach at Liberty for several seasons and was on the staff when Liberty won the 3A state title in 2003.

Among his prized pitchers that season was future Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

Martin has spent the last several years as an assistant coach at Auburn Mountainview. He has also coached summer select baseball teams.

Martin replaces Steve Darnell, who directed Liberty to a 6-8 record last season, when the Patriots were knocked out in the first round of the KingCo Conference 3A tournament.

Liberty boys track and field team places second at state

June 3, 2011

The Liberty High School boys team placed second overall out of the 3A schools at the state championship track and field meet at Tacoma’s Mount Tahoma High School May 27 and 28, thanks to phenomenal performances from Josh Gordon and the school’s boys 4×400 meter relay team.

Gordon, a junior, took first in the 3A long jump with a 22-10 1/2 jump and second in the high jump, clearing 6-6.

The latter set a new personal best and a school record.

Devin Bennett, Liberty High School senior, flies in the air for his 44-foot, 8 1/2-inch triple jump, to take fifth place at the 3A state track championships May 28 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

“The last few weeks, I’d been really down, only clearing 6, 6-2, so to come out on a nice day and get that was really great,” Gordon said about the high jump. “It just felt really good. I just came off just flying through the air. I’m over the bar and I don’t feel it yet. It was just really a great feeling.”

The 4×400 team — Gordon, Devin Bennett, Joseph Bergmann and Hamilton Noel — took first place with a time of 3 minutes, 22.08 seconds.

Also, Liberty’s Hiron Redmon, a sophomore, took third in the 800-meter dash with a time of 1:56.1; Bennett took fourth in the 400 with a time of 51.01; and Noel took sixth in the pole vault with a jump of 13-6.

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Liberty baseball, Hazen soccer playoffs cut short

May 12, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. May 12, 2011

Liberty High School’s baseball playoff run was cut short after a 10-1 loss to Mercer Island High School May 10, and Hazen High School’s boys soccer playoff run suffered the same fate after a 3-0 loss to Auburn Mountainview High School the same evening.

Liberty’s loss came in the first round of the KingCo 3A Tournament, and Hazen’s soccer loss came in a seeding game en route to the West Central District III Tournament.

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Hazen soccer advances to playoffs with 3-0 win

May 9, 2011

NEW — 4:05 p.m. May 9, 2011

The Hazen High School boys soccer team took down Highline High School 3-0 in a tie breaker game May 7 at Renton Memorial Stadium for the final Seamount League playoff spot. The Highlanders next take on Auburn Mountainview High School at 7 p.m. May 10 at Harry Lang Stadium in Tacoma.

With a win in Tacoma, Hazen would take on Columbia River High School at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at Olympia’s Ingersoll Stadium. The winner would advance to the West Central District III Tournament to battle for a spot in the state tournament.

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Liberty High School track and field athletes set records throughout April

May 6, 2011

Liberty High School’s track and field team set several new school records in April, overshadowing what was a mostly gloomy month for other spring sports.

Liberty’s baseball team went 4-8 in April, bringing its conference record to 3-8 and its overall record to 6-10.

The softball team went 4-5 in April, bringing its conference record to 5-6 and its overall record to 6-6. The boys soccer team went 2-5-1 for the month, bringing its conference record to 3-7-2 and its overall record to 4-8-2.

In track and field, junior Josh Gordon led the way, setting three personal records in the long jump, beginning with a 22-foot, 7-inch jump April 8 at the Arcadia Invitational just outside Pasadena, Calif. He followed up the performance with a 22-foot, 8.5-inch jump April at the Eason Invitational at Snohomish High School, and a monstrous 23-foot, 7.5-inch jump at the Viking Relays April 23 at Curtis High School in University Place.

The latter was the longest jump recorded by a 3A athlete in the state this year.

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Liberty, Hazen reload with youthful baseball squads

April 1, 2011

Jacob Hofferber, Liberty senior pitcher, throws out of jam during an increasingly rainy game March 18 against Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Liberty and Hazen high school’s baseball teams are back and ready for springtime action.

Both teams will rely on younger talent this year, and they will face off against each other at 3:30 p.m. April 1 at Liberty High School.

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