Patriots stay perfect

September 30, 2014

Four weeks into the high school football season, only one Issaquah School District team remains undefeated — and it’s likely not the team you expected.

By Greg Farrar Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

The Liberty Patriots improved to 4-0 after a 28-0 road victory over the Lake Washington Kangs on Sept. 26, following wins against Lakewood, Hazen and Interlake.

“It’s amazing. It’s everything I wanted of my senior year,” Liberty running back and linebacker Drew Hall said of the Patriots’ start. “But we still need to keep in mind that it’s 1-0 every week, and we’re on to our next opponent.”

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Liberty High School’s Quinn Magendanz wins award

September 30, 2014

Liberty High School senior Quinn Magendanz won the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Athlete of the Week Award. Magendanz, a three-sport athlete currently starring on the football team, won the award based on his dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership and athletic performance.

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Fan frenzy for football

September 16, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (above) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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The high school football season is well underway for students, cheerleaders and fans from Liberty (top), Issaquah (below) and Skyline (right) as the grandstands become noisy with cheers and chants, and band music fills the air throughout the school district.

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Patriots wrap up spring ball

June 24, 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 wrapped up its spring practices June 17, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field.

Music blared, whistles sounded and footballs flew into the outstretched hands of open receivers.

This season will be different, though, for all Liberty sports teams, as they prepare to move from the 3A to 2A level.

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Skyline seeks new team identity

June 24, 2014

After winning back-to-back state championships, the Skyline High School football program didn’t have the glorious ending it expected for the 2013 season.

The Spartans cruised to an 8-1 regular-season record and the Class 4A KingCo Conference Crown Division title, but lost to Federal Way in the first round of the state playoffs.

By Neil Pierson Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

By Neil Pierson
Junior Blake Gregory will take over as the starting quarterback for this year’s Skyline High School football team.

Practices are underway in preparation for the 2014 campaign, and the Spartans are hungry for redemption. But seventh-year head coach Mat Taylor wants his players to establish their own identities, and not just look to replicate the program’s seven state title-winning teams.

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Jake Heaps transfers to Miami for senior season

June 17, 2014

The University of Miami announced June 15 that former Skyline High School quarterback Jake Heaps has signed a financial aid agreement and will transfer to the Atlantic Coast Conference school for his senior season — his third college team.

Heaps will be immediately eligible and is expected to compete for the starting job for the Hurricanes, who ended the spring with an uncertain quarterback situation. Projected starter Ryan Williams tore his ACL in April and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Heaps spent the past two years at Kansas, starting nine games last season. He will graduate at the end of June, making himself eligible for the 2014 season for what will be his redshirt senior season.

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Junior college football team hosts tryouts

April 29, 2014

The Eastside Junior College Bulldogs football team is prepping for its second season of play with three open tryouts.

Athletes interested in playing for the team must attend one of three combines at 11 a.m. May 3, 10 or 17.

The tryouts will take place at Crossfit Bellevue, 13425 S.E. 30th St., Suite 2C. Players must register in advance at http://eastsidejcfootball.com/registration.

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Chris Bennett is out as Eagles’ football coach

January 14, 2014

Issaquah High School football coach Chris Bennett was informed late last month that he would not be retained for next season.

Coaches work off year-to-year contracts. Bennett said he was taken by surprise when informed of the decision.

File Chris Bennett, during the team’s first practice Aug. 21, told players that doing every task right, no matter how big or small, prepares them for success.

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Chris Bennett, during the team’s first practice Aug. 21, told players that doing every task right, no matter how big or small, prepares them for success.

“To be honest, I was just told that my contract was not going to be renewed and when asked why, I wasn’t given a reason,” said Bennett, who compiled a 44-23 record in six seasons, along with an appearance in the 2008 state-title game.

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Freshmen phenoms

January 7, 2014

Liberty’s fall sports underclassmen take the stage

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School freshmen varsity athletes, swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming ‘We Are One,’ the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School freshmen varsity athletes, swimmer Sydney Hartford, cross country twin sisters Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi and football player Noah Pritchett, stand by a poster in the Liberty High School commons proclaiming ‘We Are One,’ the motto of Patriot athletes and their student body fans.

Less than a year ago, Brigette and Kelsey Takeuchi, Sydney Hartford and Noah Pritchett roamed the halls at Maywood Middle School.

Fast forward to their first year at Liberty High School. Three of them have competed among the top athletes in the state, while the fourth has found a place on a varsity squad that rarely makes room for freshmen.

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Former Issaquah QB earns awards

January 7, 2014

Former Issaquah High School quarterback Ryan Bergman broke school records and earned league honors as he wrapped up his junior campaign at Western Oregon University.

Bergman passed for 3,225 yards and 27 touchdowns, both single-season records for the school.

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