Liberty nets season’s first conference win

September 17, 2013

By Greg Farrar Marek Pierepiekarz, Liberty High School sophomore, throws his arms up and his head back in exaltation after winning match point in his top-seeded contest Sept. 12 against Juanita senior Brannden Nokes.

By Greg Farrar
Marek Pierepiekarz, Liberty High School sophomore, throws his arms up and his head back in exaltation after winning match point in his top-seeded contest Sept. 12 against Juanita senior Brannden Nokes.

In the first set of Marek Pierepiekarz’s Sept. 12 match against Juanita’s Branden Nokes, the Liberty High School sophomore was in complete control.

As the sun beat down and the sweat began to bead across his forehead, Pierepiekarz twirled his tennis racket with ease between serves while making quick work of Nokes on the way to a 6-0 first-set victory at the Tibbetts Park Tennis Courts.

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Girls tennis teams are double trouble at state

June 4, 2013

Jenny Adams (left) and Kristy Braunston, Liberty High School doubles tennis team, pose with their second-place medals, after losing to Mercer Island at the 3A state championships in Richland. Contributed

Jenny Adams (left) and Kristy Braunston, Liberty High School doubles tennis team, pose with their second-place medals, after losing to Mercer Island at the 3A state championships in Richland. Contributed

The top doubles tennis teams from Liberty and Issaquah high schools had a lot in common this season.

Both teams paired a senior with a junior. Issaquah’s girls team consisted of senior Sam Garrard and junior Kelsey Wilson, while Liberty had a similar duo of senior Kristy Braunston and junior Jenny Adams.

The teams each took second place at the KingCo championship. Garrard and Wilson finished second to Garfield in the 4A tournament, while Braunston and Adams fell to Mercer Island in the 3A competition.

Finally, in what was a rematch of the KingCo championship for both teams, each earned second-place medals in the state tournament.

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Skyline’s Aman Manji places third in tennis

May 28, 2013

Skyline High School senior Aman Manji finished third in the state boys singles tennis tournament May 25 after defeating Oscar Burney, of Garfield, 7-6, 7-6.

Manji started his run with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Aaron Park, of Stadium. He then defeated Derek Welch, of Kentlake, 6-2, 6-2. Manji then lost to eventual second-place finisher Alex Marcinkowski, of Gonzaga Prep, 6-1, 6-1.

The Skyline boys doubles team of Alex Wu and Brayden Hansen finished fifth after defeating Chase Hassig and Henry Wurst, of Bellarmine Prep, 6-2, 1-6, 7-5.

 

 

Issaquah, Liberty doubles tennis teams take second in state

May 28, 2013

Issaquah and Liberty high schools each sent doubles’ tennis teams to the state tournament this year, and each returned home with hardware.

The Liberty High School duo of Kristy Braunston and Jenny Adams took second place at the 3A state tournament in Kennewick. They are the first Patriots in school history to make state.

Braunston and Adams won three straight matches to reach the state finals in a rematch of the KingCo and District championships.

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Patriots tennis duo punches ticket to state

May 21, 2013

At the beginning of the spring sports season, the Liberty tennis team’s top two singles’ players approached coach Mike Salokas and informed him that they were going to make the state tournament this year, and they were going to do it as a doubles team.

Fast forward just a few months later, and it appears that Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston are geniuses as they prepare to head to Kennewick to compete in the state championship May 24 and 25.

By Greg Farrar Kristy Braunston (left) and Jenny Adams, Liberty High School tennis doubles partners, volley back and forth to their coach Mike Salokas during practice May 17 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

By Greg Farrar
Kristy Braunston (left) and Jenny Adams, Liberty High School tennis doubles partners, volley back and forth to their coach Mike Salokas during practice May 17 at Tibbetts Valley Park.

“My greatest coaching accomplishment this year is saying OK to them playing doubles in the KingCo tournament,” Salokas said.

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Liberty’s doubles team advances to districts

May 14, 2013

The Liberty High School doubles tennis team of Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston made history at the KingCo tournament.

The duo took second place, good for the No. 2 seed to the district tournament held May 14 and 15 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.

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Skyline cruises to win over Eastlake

April 23, 2013

After having two of its singles matches decided in tie-breaking sets, the Skyline High School tennis team beat Eastlake 6-1 April 16.

“Skyline’s our rival. Obviously, we want to win, and when we can’t win, we want to put up a good match,” said the Eastlake Wolves’ coach Bud Peterson. “They are a good team. We had our hands full from the get-go.”

Thanks to inclement weather, including hail earlier that day, the match almost didn’t happen. Giving the court extra time to dry out, the two neighboring teams got started about 30 minutes late. Once they did, though, many of the girls found themselves face-to-face with very familiar opponents.

Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar returns a shot during her No. 2 singles match April 16 against Eastlake’s Michelle Knutson.  By Lillian O’Rorke

Skyline High School’s Shreenu Sivakumar returns a shot during her No. 2 singles match April 16 against Eastlake’s Michelle Knutson.
By Lillian O’Rorke

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Sammamish Tennis Club wins national championship

April 16, 2013

By Jane Clemente From left, Bill Hubbard, Yuko Matsuda, Mark Bennett, Sharon Jaeger, Mick Jaeger, Jed Moffitt and Kelly Terry are inducted into the Champions Club for the Sammamish Tennis Club’s last season.

By Jane Clemente
From left, Bill Hubbard, Yuko Matsuda, Mark Bennett, Sharon Jaeger, Mick Jaeger, Jed Moffitt and Kelly Terry are inducted into the Champions Club for the Sammamish Tennis Club’s last season.

The Sammamish Tennis Club played its final match Feb. 28, but went out with a bang, according to a press release from the club. In a tournament held in Chattanooga, Tenn., from March 20-24, the Sammamish Tennis Club mixed doubles team secured a National Tennis Championship title.

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Overmatched Liberty falls to Interlake, 7-0

April 9, 2013

By Greg Farrar Jenny Adams, Liberty High School junior, volleys against Isabelle Long, of Interlake, during warmups for their April 3 match at Tibbetts Valley Park.

By Greg Farrar
Jenny Adams, Liberty High School junior, volleys against Isabelle Long, of Interlake, during warmups for their April 3 match at Tibbetts Valley Park.

When Liberty High School tennis player Jenny Adams is at the top of her game, she can easily defeat an opponent in 30 to 40 minutes, she estimated.

Her April 3 matchup against Interlake’s Isabelle Long took nearly two hours, though, and unfortunately for Adams, ended in defeat.

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Skyline loses pre-season tennis match

March 19, 2013

With nearly all of its players new, the Skyline High School girls tennis team is starting fresh this year.

Mercer Island, on the other hand, is not. It beat the Skyline Spartans, 6-1, in a March 14 preseason match.

“Definitely, the skill set on Mercer Island is higher than ours,” said Bettina Gehle, head coach of the Spartans. “They are more aggressive. They are more demanding on the court.”

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