State tennis roundup — Patriots tennis duo medals at state

June 3, 2015

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao needed a little time to get warmed up, but once they did, opponents were on alert.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (right), Liberty High School senior, and Marek Pierepiekarz, junior, win their first-round 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (right), Liberty High School senior, and Marek Pierepiekarz, junior, win their first-round 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29.

The Liberty High School doubles team took second place at the Class 2A state boys tournament, held May 29-30 at the University of Washington, picking up where they left off in the fall when they became the first tennis players in school history to win a district championship.

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Liberty takes fourth at state baseball tourney

June 3, 2015

Whether the Liberty High School baseball team liked it or not, the label “underdog” was slapped on the Patriots from the moment they qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.

It stemmed from a cursory peek at their record — it was below .500 — and continued with a look at their regular-season standings, as they finished seventh out of eight teams in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference.

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Issaquah, Skyline lacrosse teams bounced out in state semifinals

June 3, 2015

Brett Bottomley scored the go-ahead goal with just 56 seconds remaining to send host Mercer Island to the Division I finals of the Washington boys lacrosse state tournament, with an 11-10 semifinal win over 2014 state runner-up Issaquah on May 27.

Bottomley, a two-time All-KingCo Conference senior midfielder, scored unassisted to send the Islanders back to the state title game after a year’s absence.

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Liberty soccer grad suits up for local PDL team

May 27, 2015

When Liberty High School boys soccer coach Darren Tremblay reflects on the Patriots’ 2014 team, he remembers the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

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The Patriots won the Class 3A/2A KingCo regular-season title, but couldn’t make it back to the state playoffs after faltering in the conference tournament.

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Freshman Sami Corman outshines her elders at district track finals

May 27, 2015

Some ninth-graders have plenty of talent, but it isn’t until they start competing against opponents two and three years older that their potential starts to emerge.

By Neil Pierson Sami Corman, Issaquah High School freshman (center), battles with Woodinville’s Keagan Bolibol (left) and Jackson’s Brooke Kingma for control of the girls 1,600-meter run on May 20 at the District 2 championships.

By Neil Pierson
Sami Corman, Issaquah High School freshman (center), battles with Woodinville’s Keagan Bolibol (left) and Jackson’s Brooke Kingma for control of the girls 1,600-meter run on May 20 at the District 2 championships.

That could be the case for Issaquah High School freshman Sami Corman, who outlasted several juniors and seniors to win the girls’ 1,600 meters on May 20 at the Class 4A District 2 track and field championships in Lake Stevens.

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Skyline falls in state soccer playoffs

May 27, 2015

Giovanny Soto scored twice in the second half, helping the Wenatchee Panthers defeat the Skyline Spartans, 2-1, on May 19 in the first round of the Class 4A boys soccer state tournament at Wenatchee Valley College.

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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

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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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Liberty wins district soccer championship

May 20, 2015

The Liberty High School soccer team was a bit shorthanded for its May 16 district championship game.

By Greg Farrar Nate Steenis (left), Liberty High School senior forward, is congratulated by teammates Leoul Hancock (10) and Noah Anderson (9) immediately after his goal May 14 against Fife.

By Greg Farrar
Nate Steenis (left), Liberty High School senior forward, is congratulated by teammates Leoul Hancock (10) and Noah Anderson (9) immediately after his goal May 14 against Fife.

That’s because a handful of players traded their kits for tuxes, as the school celebrated its senior prom that night.

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Issaquah rallies to beat Eastlake, 7-4, in girls fastpitch

May 20, 2015

Some teams might have pushed the panic button after blowing a four-run lead, but the Issaquah High School fastpitch team just shrugged and kept smiling.

After host Eastlake put up a four-run fifth inning to tie the score, the Eagles responded with three runs in the top of sixth and held on for a 7-4 victory in the regular-season finale of Class 4A KingCo Conference play May 14.

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