Liberty girls cross country team gallops away with district title

October 28, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28, 2011

The Liberty High School girls cross country team showed that history does repeat itself.

The Patriots, with four runners cracking the 20-minute mark, captured the Sea-King District 3A championship for the second straight year Thursday at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Liberty finished with 69 points. Mercer Island, which won the KingCo Conference 3A title the previous week, and Lakeside, of the Metro League, were second with 75 points.

The previous week Liberty finished second at the KingCo championships. It was a repeat of last year when Mercer Island won the KingCo title and Liberty was second only to see the Patriots come back to win the district championship.

Allie Wood led the Patriots by placing sixth in 19 minutes, 27.52 seconds. Rounding out the Patriots’ top five finishers were Megan Chucka, who finished 13th in 19:42.66; Megan Larson, who was 15th in 19:43.32; Amy Broska, who was 21st in 19:56.89; and Sarah Bliesner, who was 23rd in 20:05.51.

Rachel Shaw was 53rd and Aimee Christensen was 63rd for the Patriots who head to Pasco next week for the state championships.

Katia Matora, of Mercer Island, was the individual champion. She won the 5,000-meter race in 18:22.13.

In the boys meet, Bellevue placed its top five runners in the top 10 and won the title with 30 points. Liberty was seventh with 204 points.

Hiron Redman, who finished 21st in 16:34.44, was the only Liberty boys runner to qualify for state. Rounding out the Patriots’ top five were Aaron Bowe in 44th place, Tyler Westenbroek in 48th place, Mason Goodman in 53rd place and Nick Knoblich in 57th place.

Joe Hardy, of Seattle Prep, was the individual champion. He won the race in 15:36.25.

Patriots win soccer finale

The Liberty High School girls soccer team completed another unbeaten KingCo Conference 3A/2A season Thursday when the Patriots overwhelmed visiting Interlake 6-0.

Liberty, which had already won the league title, finished KingCo play with a 14-0 record. Interlake, which entered the game in second place, finished at 10-3-1.

The Patriots, 15-1-0 overall, advance to the Class 3A state tournament next month and will host a first-round game.

Senior forward Cassidy Nangle led the Patriots against Interlake. She scored a hat trick, becoming the third Liberty player this season to score three or more goals in a game. Nangle has 13 goals on the season.

Kailiana Johnson scored her 14th goal, which leads the Patriots.

Nicolle Marlow had two goals for Liberty.

Goalkeeper Macaire Ament recorded her ninth shutout of the season.

Woodinville takes KingCo 4A football title

Woodinville High School defeated No. 1 Eastlake 17-14 Thursday in the KingCo Conference 4A football championship game in Bothell’s Pop Keeney Stadium.

Connor Zaback’s 28-yard field goal in the second quarter gave Woodinville a 17-7 halftime lead and proved to be the difference.

Eastlake’s touchdowns came on 3-yard run by Ryan Lewis in the second quarter and a 2-yard touchdown pass from Keegan Kemp to Danny Grotjahn in the fourth quarter.

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