Liberty, Hazen athletes ready for big weekend at state

February 19, 2015

NEW — 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2015

Athletes from across the state will descend on the Tacoma Dome this weekend to compete in both the Mat Classic XXVII and the state gymnastics meet.

Liberty and Hazen will both be well-represented at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 20-21. The Highlanders will send five athletes, while the Patriots will send three.

For the Patriots, Conner Small (170), Romney Noel (182) and Joanna Moreira (135) each qualified for the Mat Classic.

The Highlanders will send Anthony Scott (106), Tyson Mowrey (113), Nik Vargas (132), Derek Nichols (138) and Raven Svenson (155) to the Dome. Read more

Patriots prep for playoffs

February 6, 2015

As Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps took the starting tipoff position in the Jan. 23 game against Interlake, she paused for a moment to reflect. Read more

Liberty girls grab decisive 66-39 win over Hazen

January 6, 2012

Hazen senior Airashay Rogers contributes 19 points

As the Liberty High School girls basketball team squared off against Hazen High School, they knew they had a lot riding on their shoulders.

After beating out Sumner and Newport, as well as conference foes Sammamish, Bellevue, Juanita and Mercer Island, they remained undefeated.

The Patriots kept that streak alive on their home court with a decisive 66-39 victory over the Highlanders on Dec. 22.

Adele Payant (left), Liberty High School sophomore center, and Hazen High School sophomore forward Gabby Brower chase after a rebound late during the third quarter Dec. 22. By Greg Farrar

“We’ve been able to finish games off when they’re close, and we’ve had some close ones,” Liberty coach Randy Leifer said. “We shoot the ball well, and we’ve got three returning starters this year that give us an inside presence.”

The Patriots entered the game strong, scoring 23 points in the first quarter, and held the Highlanders to just 10 points in the first half.

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Liberty winter athletes take to postseason

March 4, 2011

Liberty High School’s swimmers and wrestlers stole the spotlight this winter season, reaching the state championships.

Swimmer Logan Briggs took second place in the state 3A championships in the 200-yard freestyle, helping lead Liberty’s swim team to a tie for seventh place at the state championships.

Hamilton Noel, Liberty High School junior, has the better position on Enumclaw’s Josh Musick early in their 152-pound state 3A championship match Feb. 19 at the Tacoma Dome. By Sebastian Moraga

Wrestler Hamilton Noel took second place in the state in 152-pound weight class.

Liberty’s basketball teams’ postseasons were cut short, with the girls falling in the Sea-King District Tournament, and the boys falling in the KingCo 3A Tournament.

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Liberty girls go 2-1 in tournament

January 7, 2011

The Liberty High School girls basketball team won two of three games last week in the KingCo/WesCo Challenge Tournament at Juanita High School.

Liberty, 7-3 on the season, defeated Glacier Peak, 56-53, Dec. 28. Aspen Winegar tallied 17 points to lead the Patriots. Liberty fell behind by seven points in the first quarter, but fought back to tie Glacier Peak 24-24 at halftime. The Patriots went ahead in the third quarter and held a 43-40 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Danni Sjolander contributed 12 points and Halie Ericksen 11 points for Liberty.

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Liberty Patriots’ basketball programs struggled at times through January

February 4, 2010

The Liberty boys and girls basketball teams found spotty success in January.

The girls team went 3-4 during the month, defeating Decatur 55-26, Interlake 71-62 and Sammamish 50-25. The team lost to Juanita 50-33, Mercer Island 56-52, Mount Si 57-46 and Bellevue 41-33. Read more