Inexperienced Patriots to rely on ‘grit’ in 2015

September 1, 2015

NEW — 3:18 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.

“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

One by one, players and coaches threw out words such as “inspiring” and “hardworking.” They highlighted the best in the spotlighted champion’s character and made sure he heard it.“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more

Exemplary seniors receive Washington Scholars Award

April 30, 2015

The Washington Student Achievement Council and the Association of Washington School Principals recently announced the names of 654 Washington Scholars from 263 high schools this year.

The award represents the highest academic honor conferred by the state of Washington and is awarded to students who demonstrate the educational excellence and civic commitment so vital to the future of the state.

The local winners were:

Hazen High School — Andrea Dao, engineering; Tudi Le, pre-medicine

Liberty High School — Quinn Magendanz, computer science engineering; Signe Stroming, international relations

Patriots ready to make the jump to 2A

August 29, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team took to the gridiron for fall practices, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field. Read more

Local athletes, coaches make all-league teams

July 2, 2014

Coaches in both the Seamount and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 spring sports season.

 Baseball

KingCo 3A/2A

First team: UT Lorin Archibald, senior, Liberty

Honorable mention:

Liberty — Chase Vanek, Tyler Haselman, Michael Heath and Torey Anderson

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Malik Haythorne shines for Hazen at Mat Classic XXVI

March 5, 2014

Malik Haythorne’s senior season of wrestling was emblematic of his entire Hazen High School team — growth was evident.

A year after failing to win a match at the state championships, Haythorne nearly wound up capturing a Class 3A state title. He settled for second place at 152 pounds as the Mat Classic XXVI wrapped up Feb. 22 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Malik Haythorne (left), Hazen High School senior, works to get a takedown against Decatur senior Christian Aragon in his first round 152-pound bout during the 3A state wrestling championships Feb. 21 at the Tacoma Dome.

Haythorne’s tournament run began with a pin against Decatur’s Christian Aragon, progressed with a 7-5 overtime decision against Bainbridge’s Dylan Read, and reached the title bout with a 12-7 victory over North Central’s Cody Kiourkas.

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