Longtime buddies on Patriots’ relay team take their final trip to podium

July 3, 2012

By Greg Farrar
Josh Gordon (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the baton handoff from teammate Hiron Redman for the anchor leg of the 4×400 3A state championship relay race May 26 in Tacoma.

Hiron Redman could barely believe it.

“Wow,” he thought. “This is it.”

After knowing one another since middle school, which they attended together, Liberty High School’s Redman, Hamilton Noel, Joe Bergmann and Josh Gordon would race together for the last time.

Bergmann and Redman are juniors, but their two pals are graduating. And the 4×400 relay race at the state meet May 26 was probably the last time they would all suit up in uniforms of the same color.

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Humble and respected, Liberty’s Josh Gordon is a quiet success

January 6, 2012

Deep-seated sports passion has family ties for football, track star

Josh Gordon, a standout athlete in track and football, Eagle Scout, honor student and brother, identified himself as a competitor at a young age.

Gordon and his father were attending a University of Washington football game and Josh pointed to the field.

Josh Gordon

“Someday, I’m going to make a touchdown there,” Josh told his father.

Now 17 and attending his final year at Liberty High School, Gordon is working hard to make good on that promise. He’s the leading receiver for King County in 3A football, and if football doesn’t work out, Gordon will look to track and field. As a junior, he won first place at state in the long jump and 1,600 relay, adding to the second-place medal he earned as a sophomore.

One would think his success might change his personality, or make him susceptible to the culture of boastful talking.

Not Gordon.

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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 High School junior is a triple-threat athlete

May 6, 2011

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

For as long as he can remember, Liberty High School wrestler Hamilton Noel has learned from the best. His father, Wright Noel, was a state championship high school wrestler and an NCAA First-Team All-American wrestler at Brigham Young University.

With the lessons learned from his father — and his own strength and determination — Hamilton Noel took second place in his weight class at the state wrestling championships for the past two years.

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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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