Maywood student picked for Youth All-American Bowl

October 29, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 12:05 p.m. Oct. 29, 2010

Cody Baker, an eighth-grader from Issaquah, has been selected to play in the 2011 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

A special jersey presentation is scheduled for halftime Friday at the Liberty High School football game. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Baker will play defensive end for the West team in the eighth-grade, no-weight-limit game. Currently, the Maywood Middle School student plays for the 5 Star Cougars of the Greater Eastside Junior Football Association. Baker began playing football in 2006 at age 9 and he is also a basketball and baseball player.

Pitting the nation’s top seventh- and eighth-graders against each another in an all-star format, the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl brings together the top youth talent in the nation.

The bowl will be webcast live at Football University and here.

Liberty girls capture district title

The cross country season just gets better and better for the Liberty High School girls team. Earlier this season the Patriots had their first perfect score ever in a meet. Then Liberty went unbeaten against other 3A KingCo Conference teams in league meets.

But the best was yet to come. The Patriots captured the 3A Sea-King District girls championship for the first time Thursday and became the first Liberty cross country team to ever qualify for the state meet. The state meet is Nov. 6.

Liberty, despite no individual finishing in the top 13, finished first with 78 points. KingCo champion Mercer Island was second with 99 points.

Mercer Island had two runners, Lindsey Benster (seventh) and Mikayla Davis (10th) finish among the top 10 placers. However, the key for Liberty was its ability to run as a pack. Aimee Christensen was Liberty’s top placer, coming in 14 with a time of 20 minutes, 25.41 seconds. Teammate Megan Chucka was 15th in 20:26.14. Isabel Ferguson, of Bainbridge, broke up the back by taking 16th. However, Liberty’s Rachel Shaw, Allie Wood and Amy Broska went 17, 18 and 19 respectively. There was no way Mercer Island could overcome the Patriots because the Islanders’ next runners came in 25th, 27th and 36th.

The Liberty boys team finished sixth but didn’t qualify for state as only the top five teams advanced. However, two runners did qualify individually — Scott Turner and Tyler Westenbroek. Turner finished 20th and Westenbroek 23rd.

Patriots’ soccer team goes unbeaten

The Liberty High School girls soccer team finished the 3A/2A KingCo Conference season unbeaten Thursday when the Patriots tied host Interlake 2-2.

Cassidy Nangle and Whitney Cain scored Liberty’s goals. Liberty finished the league schedule with a 11-0-3 record. The Patriots, 11-2-3 overall, advance to the 3A state tournament and will host a first-round game either Nov. 9 or Nov. 10.

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