Patriots preview: Liberty strives to be ‘tough’ and ‘together’ in 2015

December 9, 2014

Change is inevitable in high school athletics.

By Greg Farrar Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

By Greg Farrar
Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

Graduation means that every four years, new players filter in, while the now-seasoned seniors depart.

In 2014, the Liberty High School basketball team lost a big one, as guard Kellen Birdsall earned his diploma, taking his talents, and the Patriots’ main scoring threat, to the California Lutheran University basketball team.

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Liberty athletes make all-conference team

December 9, 2014

KingCo 2A/3A Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2014 fall season.

Listed below are some of the selections from Liberty High School. Read more

Skyline soccer shows heart in capturing third

November 26, 2014

Recovering from a heartbreaking loss isn’t something the Skyline Spartans wanted to do at the Class 4A state soccer tournament, but they did it successfully last weekend.

By Paul Gibian Skyline High School’s Lindsey Fujiwara (23) controls the ball through the middle of the field as Gig Harbor’s Kaysie Bruce (14) and Mia Ostergren (20) defend during the Class 4A state soccer tournament in Puyallup Nov. 22.

By Paul Gibian
Skyline High School’s Lindsey Fujiwara (23) controls the ball through the middle of the field as Gig Harbor’s Kaysie Bruce (14) and Mia Ostergren (20) defend during the Class 4A state soccer tournament in Puyallup Nov. 22.

Skyline got goals from three of its top offensive players — Lindsey Fujiwara, Amanda Johnston and Kelli Sullivan — to earn a 3-1 win over the Gig Harbor Tides in the match for third and fourth places Nov. 22 at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup.

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Liberty places eighth at state

November 26, 2014

In a fall sports season filled with firsts for the Liberty High School athletic department, the Patriots’ volleyball team made sure it got in on the action, too.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School volleyball team at the school’s first state tournament appearance is cheerful after a well-fought first set as the Patriots break from the huddle for the second set of their Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School volleyball team at the school’s first state tournament appearance is cheerful after a well-fought first set as the Patriots break from the huddle for the second set of their Nov. 14 match against Burlington-Edison.

Liberty made its first state volleyball appearance in school history Nov. 14-15 and proceeded to pick up the program’s first state trophy, with an eighth-place finish.

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Signs of future times

November 26, 2014

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (right), Liberty High School senior, licks his lips as he anticipates signing his college letter of intent, as fellow senior Mackenna Briggs poses for her signing with her teammates and coach Kris Daughters on Nov. 12 in the school library. Briggs will spend her collegiate career on scholarship as a swimmer at the University of San Diego; Small will be a wrestler at Arizona State University.

Area athletes chosen as all-conference picks

November 26, 2014

KingCo Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for all sports during the 2014 fall season. Listed below are the selections from Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools.

KINGCO 4A

FOOTBALL

Defensive MVP: Cameron Saffle, Skyline

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Eagles, Patriots make early exits in state soccer tourneys

November 26, 2014

Both Liberty and Issaquah girls soccer teams made early exits from the 2014 state 2A and 4A soccer tournaments.

Issaquah was sent packing after a second round loss to Gig Harbor on Nov. 15, while Liberty’s season ended with a 4-3 loss to Shorecrest on Nov. 15.

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Liberty’s Mackenna Briggs wins Athlete of the Week

November 26, 2014

After finishing her high-school swimming career on the highest of notes, Liberty High School senior Mackenna Briggs was named a Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Athlete of the Week.

Mackenna Briggs

Mackenna Briggs

Briggs swept the 50 free in 23.78 seconds and the 100 fly in a meet record 55.65 to lead the Patriots to their first 2A state team title with a record 348 points Nov. 15.

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Patriots win first state swim title

November 18, 2014

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15. The title was earned in style with a 2A-record 348 point total.

Patriot powerhouse — Brilliant Mackenna Briggs leads Liberty to 2A state swim title

November 18, 2014

Skyline’s Kathy Lin/relays medal and Issaquah’s Jenifer Matsuda picks up two

Just three days before the last state swim final of her career, Liberty High School star Mackenna Briggs was calm and determined.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School swim team cheers as 400-yard freestyle relay anchor Lauryn Hepp touches the wall and they see the winning time of 3 minutes, 37.43 seconds in the final event, giving them their record-setting, state 2A championship, 348-point total.

Briggs signed her name to papers Nov. 12 solidifying her commitment to swim for the University of San Diego.

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