Liberty baseball team makes state’s final four and other notes

May 26, 2015

NEW — 3:40 p.m. May 26, 2015

Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.

The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.

Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.

Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more

Skyline doubles team qualifies for 4A state tennis tourney

May 20, 2015

Julia Lioubarski and Jasmine Ye are going back to the place they wanted to be all season.

The Skyline High School doubles team qualified for the Class 4A state girls tennis tournament, placing second at the KingCo Conference tournament held May 11-15 at Skyline.

It’s the second straight year Lioubarski and Ye have reached state, and they’ll be aiming to improve upon their eighth-place finish of last season. The state tourney will be held May 29-30 in Richland.

By Greg Farrar Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline High School senior, and teammate Julia Lioubarski, junior, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah High School junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin on May 14 during the KingCo Conference 4A tennis tournament.

By Greg Farrar
Jasmine Ye (left), Skyline High School senior, and teammate Julia Lioubarski, junior, battle for a 6-3, 6-4 doubles win over Issaquah High School junior Inyoung You and senior Emma Gavin on May 14 during the KingCo Conference 4A tennis tournament.

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Skyline outlasts Issaquah in girls KingCo tennis

May 12, 2015

Fans of the Skyline and Issaquah high school girls tennis teams couldn’t have asked for a much better match than what they witnessed when the rival schools got together in the Class 4A KingCo Conference regular-season finale.

Issaquah came out on top in a couple marathon singles matches, but visiting Skyline earned a 4-3 win May 6 by sweeping the three doubles matches.

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Patriots tennis dominates the Totems

March 31, 2015

Liberty High School senior Sadie Demme was the last singles player to leave the tennis court March 26.

By the time her match against Sammamish’s Jessica Jou finished, most of the doubles teams were wrapping up their games.

By Greg Farrar Sadie Demme, Liberty High School senior No. 2 singles player, returns a volley to Jessica Jou, of Sammamish, during their long two-set tennis match March 26 at Tibbetts Valley Park. Demme won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

By Greg Farrar
Sadie Demme, Liberty High School senior No. 2 singles player, returns a volley to Jessica Jou, of Sammamish, during their long two-set tennis match March 26 at Tibbetts Valley Park. Demme won, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.

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Eagles tennis returns to action

March 25, 2015

By Greg Farrar Lucy Huffman, Issaquah High School senior, returns a volley to Liberty sophomore Sienna Rice in their top-seeded tennis match during a nonleague meeting between the two schools. Huffman won, 6-0, 6-2. Team match results were unavailable at press time.

By Greg Farrar
Lucy Huffman, Issaquah High School senior, returns a volley to Liberty sophomore Sienna Rice in their top-seeded tennis match during a nonleague meeting between the two schools. Huffman won, 6-0, 6-2. Team match results were unavailable at press time.

Pine Lake women’s tennis team triumphs

March 10, 2015

Contributed Pine Lake Evergreen Women’s Tennis Team won the Seattle Area Cup Division 2015. The team, which consists of 12 members, coached by Pine Lake Athletic Club tennis pro Tricia Diebner, has captured the No. 1 ranking for the 2014-2015 season after competing with 26 teams in the greater Seattle area. Team members shown are (from left to right) Sylvia Cascante, Susan McBride (captain), Tao Watson (captain), Bobbe Sitz, Ariel Hillen and Sunita Shastri.

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Pine Lake Evergreen Women’s Tennis Team won the Seattle Area Cup Division 2015. The team, which consists of 12 members, coached by Pine Lake Athletic Club tennis pro Tricia Diebner, has captured the No. 1 ranking for the 2014-2015 season after competing with 26 teams in the greater Seattle area. Team members shown are (from left to right) Sylvia Cascante, Susan McBride (captain), Tao Watson (captain), Bobbe Sitz, Ariel Hillen and Sunita Shastri.

Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

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 at the King County Aquatic Center, 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 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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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

Issaquah High School’s Jackson Suh captures KingCo tennis title

November 4, 2014

The Class 4A KingCo Conference boys tennis tournament was supposed to last three days, but heavy rain stretched it to five.

By Greg Farrar Jackson Suh, Issaquah High School sophomore, hits the ball back to his opponent while winning an exhibition match Sept. 12 against Bellevue.

By Greg Farrar
Jackson Suh, Issaquah High School sophomore, hits the ball back to his opponent while winning an exhibition match Sept. 12 against Bellevue.

The weather delays didn’t seem to bother Issaquah High School sophomore Jackson Suh, who outlasted all of his competitors to win the singles bracket Nov. 1 at Skyline High School.

Suh, the runner-up at last season’s state tournament, cruised through his four matches en route to the KingCo title, and will now have several months to rest up and hone his game before the state event in May.

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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

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