Liberty’s Steve Valach is Seahawks Coach of the Week

October 14, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks honored Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach as its Coach of the Week for his team’s 49-42 win over Mercer Island Oct. 2.

The honor, presented by the Washington Army National Guard, comes with a $500 donation to the football program, a $225 Sports Authority gift card, a Seahawks jacket and a personalized football.

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By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach receives the Seahawks Coach of the Week Award from representatives of the Washington Army National Guard.

Perfect in the pool

October 7, 2014

Liberty swim team defeats Issaquah in historic win

There is something special brewing in the waters of the Julius Boehm Pool, where the Liberty High School girls swim team practices and competes.

By Greg Farrar Abby Russell (right), Liberty High School freshman, is ahead of Issaquah sophomore Grace Morton on the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly, winning the race Oct. 2 in a time of 1 minute, 4.65 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Abby Russell (right), Liberty High School freshman, is ahead of Issaquah sophomore Grace Morton on the first lap of the 100-yard butterfly, winning the race Oct. 2 in a time of 1 minute, 4.65 seconds.

The 2A school is turning heads across the league, defeating schools much larger, on the way to an undefeated meet record more than halfway through the season.

Liberty defeated 4A schools Newport and Skyline; and on Oct. 2, the Patriots made history, defeating Issaquah for the first time ever.

“We’re a 2A team this year and we beat 4A teams,” Liberty senior captain Mackenna Briggs said. “It’s something that we couldn’t have envisioned and now that we’re doing it, we’re all really, really proud.”

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Skyline boys tennis team sweeps aside Mount Si

October 7, 2014

When you’re clearly more talented than your opponent, it’s often difficult for a tennis player to stay mentally sharp.

By Neil Pierson Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

By Neil Pierson
Nikita Moroz, Skyline High School junior, lines up another winning shot en route to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin.

It’s a phenomenon Skyline High School junior Nikita Moroz experienced in his match with Mount Si’s Matthew Griffin. Moroz was belting serves and cross-court forehands, and his opponent was struggling to get the ball back over the net.

Moroz didn’t get complacent, and he finished off a 6-0, 6-0 triumph in the No. 1 singles slot to lead Skyline past visiting Mount Si, 7-0, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis match Oct. 1.

“Sometimes you sort of drift off, and you don’t really feel like you’re in the match,” Moroz said of winning easily.

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Liberty High School hires new girls basketball coach

October 7, 2014

Carly Fromdahl has been tapped as Liberty High School’s new girls basketball coach, replacing Curtis Terry.

Fromdahl was an assistant on Terry’s staff last year, helping lead a team that was one of the best in the KingCo 2A/3A Conference.

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day is Saturday at Duthie Hill Park

October 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 3, 2014

Bring young bike riders up to age 16 to Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance’s Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4.

The event at Duthie Hill Park is free and open to all ages. It includes guided trail riding, an obstacle course for little ones, an exciting jump show from local and pro riders, a free barbecue and tons of prizes.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age to the when he passed away in 2002.

Learn more or register here. Get directions to, and more information about, Duthie Hill Park here.

 

Sign up Rotary’s Run with the Fishes

October 2, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 2, 2014

Sign up for the Issaquah Rotary Run with the Fishes, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Kids Dash for charity.

Kick off Salmon Days with the 5K that begins at 9 a.m., and the Kid’s Dash at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5.

The race course is flat and winds through Issaquah. Miles are clearly marked and water stations are available along the course. Register online or by mail at Issaquah Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 553, Issaquah, WA 98027.

Registration is $35 through Oct. 4; event-day registration is $40. Everyone who registers in advance will receive a commemorative Run with the Fishes T-shirt.

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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Cross country capers

September 30, 2014

By Greg Farrar The Issaquah High School boys cross country team sets out at the start of the 5-kilometer race Sept. 24 against Inglemoor and Bothell at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The Issaquah High School boys cross country team sets out at the start of the 5-kilometer race Sept. 24 against Inglemoor and Bothell at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore.

Luke George (right), Issaquah High School freshman, kicks to the finish line just ahead of junior teammate Jacob Brueckman, as they finish third and fourth in the Sept. 24 cross country meet against Bothell and Inglemoor.

Luke George (right), Issaquah High School freshman, kicks to the finish line just ahead of junior teammate Jacob Brueckman, as they finish third and fourth in the Sept. 24 cross country meet against Bothell and Inglemoor.

Cayla Seligman (left), Issaquah High School senior, freshman Kenna Clawson and her sister, senior Ellie Clawson, cheer the Issaquah boys during their cross country race Sept. 24 against Bothell and Inglemoor. Seligman had just won the girls 5-kilometer race in a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds, while Kenna and Ellie finished fourth and fifth. Their teammate Sami Corman had also finished third, helping the girls win the meet with 22 points and an undefeated season so far.

Cayla Seligman (left), Issaquah High School senior, freshman Kenna Clawson and her sister, senior Ellie Clawson, cheer the Issaquah boys during their cross country race Sept. 24 against Bothell and Inglemoor. Seligman had just won the girls 5-kilometer race in a time of 18 minutes, 40 seconds, while Kenna and Ellie finished fourth and fifth. Their teammate Sami Corman had also finished third, helping the girls win the meet with 22 points and an undefeated season so far.

Skyline downs Eastlake in KingCo soccer opener

September 30, 2014

The Eastlake Wolves girls soccer team had a solid nonconference run, going undefeated and outscoring their five opponents, 17-1.

But things got much tougher when Eastlake had to turn its attention to matches that matter, including Class 4A perennial powerhouse Skyline in the KingCo Conference opener.

Skyline got goals from Ke’ala Louie, Candace Hunter and Gabby Hart, and wore down Eastlake with speed at both ends of the field in a 3-1 victory Sept. 25 at Spartan Stadium.

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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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