Liberty senior will run for the Redhawks

April 22, 2014

Liberty High School senior Collin Olson, of Newcastle, announced April 11 that he will run cross-country and track and field at Seattle University next year.

He was a member of coach Mike Smith’s historic cross-country team this year. The Liberty boys team made its first state appearance in school history last fall.

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Eagles fly out of the gate

April 1, 2014

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior, tries to clear 5 feet, 2 inches. Wieburg won the event easily at 5 feet even and would love to clear      5-feet-6 at state.

Photos by Greg Farrar
Above, Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior, tries to clear 5 feet, 2 inches. Wieburg won the event easily at 5 feet even and would love to clear 5-feet-6 at state.

Above, Jason Crandall, Issaquah High School sophomore, makes this leap of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches, good for the victory in the long jump.

Jason Crandall, Issaquah High School sophomore, makes this leap of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches, good for the victory in the long jump.

Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds

Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds

In Issaquah High School’s first track and field meet of the season March 27 against Ballard, the boys squad won, 71-57, and the girls also   easily won, 82-59. At right, Roddy Jensen, Issaquah High School sophomore, wins the discus event with this throw of 104 feet. Below, Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds

In Issaquah High School’s first track and field meet of the season March 27 against Ballard, the boys squad won, 71-57, and the girls also easily won, 82-59.
Roddy Jensen, Issaquah High School sophomore, wins the discus event with this throw of 104 feet.

Skyline sprinters have big plans for senior seasons, beyond

March 4, 2014

There might not be a better situation for Dorie Dalzell to land in at the collegiate level, even though the school she chose wasn’t the one she thought she would.

Dalzell’s father and grandfather are University of Kansas alumni, and her boyfriend is currently attending the Division I athletics powerhouse in Lawrence, Kan. It was those factors that had her heavily leaning toward Washington, Arizona and Columbia for her running career at the next level, simply because she wanted a change of scenery.

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season. By Neil Pierson

Skyline High School seniors Alex Daugherty (left) and Dorie Dalzell could be among the state’s top sprinters this season.
By Neil Pierson

Kansas was the last school Dalzell visited, and a motivational video she watched with the coaches cinched her decision.

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Crossed routes

September 24, 2013

Kennan Schrag, Issaquah High School sophomore, has his own cheering section, including football players from practice, lining the track Sept. 18 as he wins the boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds during the Eagles’ cross country meet against Redmond and Ballard. Photos By Greg Farrar

Kennan Schrag, Issaquah High School sophomore, has his own cheering section, including football players from practice, lining the track Sept. 18 as he wins the boys’ race in a time of 16 minutes, 5 seconds during the Eagles’ cross country meet against Redmond and Ballard.
Photos By Greg Farrar

Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, arrives at the finish chute of the girls’ race to finish third on the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds during Issaquah’s Sept. 18 meet against Redmond and Ballard.

Ellie Clawson, Issaquah High School junior, arrives at the finish chute of the girls’ race to finish third on the 3-mile course in 18 minutes, 59 seconds during Issaquah’s Sept. 18 meet against Redmond and Ballard. Photo By Greg Farrar

Local athletes win at state track championships

May 28, 2013

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4x400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School teammates (from left) Ashby Brown, Hiron Redman, Romney Noel and Alex Olobia link arms and display their 4×400-meter relay medals after winning second place with a time of 3 minutes, 20.42 seconds during the 3A state track and field championships May 25 in Tacoma.

Immediately after Liberty High School track stars Alex Olobia and Hiron Redman competed in the last race of their high school careers, the seniors embraced as they shook off the disappointment of a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay at the state track and field championship.

“Bellevue had just that much more, just a little bit more,” Redman said. “He just got me by a 30th of a second. That’s it.”

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Issaquah triathlon is set for June 1

May 28, 2013

The 13th annual Issaquah Triathlon, Duathlon, 10K, 5K and Kids’ Triathlon, sponsored by Arbor Schools, is June 1.

The Sprint Distance Triathlon begins at 7 a.m. The Spring Duathlon runs concurrently with the triathlon. The Issaquah 5K and 10K Run/Walk begins at 7 a.m. The Kids Triathlon begins at 9:30 a.m. and is recommended for children ages 6-12.

Expect traffic delays in and around Lake Sammamish State Park the morning of June 1.

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Liberty’s Campbell twins bring double positives

May 21, 2013

By Greg Farrar Matt Campbell (left) and two-minute-older twin brother Sean, Liberty High School seniors, pose with their javelins. They finished fourth and second, respectively, at the 3A KingCo Track and Field Championships May 10 at Redmond High School. Sean had the state’s fifth-best 3A javelin throw through last weekend.

By Greg Farrar
Matt Campbell (left) and two-minute-older twin brother Sean, Liberty High School seniors, pose with their javelins. They finished fourth and second, respectively, at the 3A KingCo Track and Field Championships May 10 at Redmond High School. Sean had the state’s fifth-best 3A javelin throw through last weekend.

Teachers can tell stories about twins who equaled double trouble, but the Campbell twins, Sean and Matt, seniors at Liberty High School, stand out for their double positive contributions: double the effort in two sports and double the boost of a serious academic climate.

The twins find themselves at home on the basketball court, at track and field events, and in the classroom.

The twins come from an athletic family. Their father William and their mother Arleen are both swimmers; their sister Rebecca plays basketball as a high school junior, as does the younger sister Alissa as a freshman.

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Issaquah track teams close out season with win against Newport

May 7, 2013

The weather has not always been ideal during this spring sports season, but it was nearly perfect as the Issaquah High School track team closed out its regular season with a win against Newport on May 2.

Issaquah was a double winner, with the boys securing a 76-69 victory, while the girls continued their strong season with an 87-63 win against the Knights.

Personal records were falling all over the place, as many Issaquah athletes put together their best performances of the season.

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Patriots find hidden gems during rebuilding year

April 23, 2013

By Greg Farrar Romney Noel (center), Liberty High School sophomore, beats Mount Si’s John Proctor (left) and Bradley Stevens over the last 100-meter hurdle to win in a time of 15.7 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Romney Noel (center), Liberty High School sophomore, beats Mount Si’s John Proctor (left) and Bradley Stevens over the last 100-meter hurdle to win in a time of 15.7 seconds.

When in the midst of a rebuilding year, coaches like Liberty High School’s Michael Smith are resigned to appreciate the little victories.

Take, for example, the Patriots’ home track meet April 18 against Mount Si. In the steady rain, Smith was able to find the silver lining in the girls’ narrow 2-point win and the boys’ 30-point loss.

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Liberty High School relay buddies take final trip to podium

May 29, 2012

Josh Gordon (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the baton handoff from teammate Hiron Redman for the anchor leg of the 4x400 3A state championship relay race May 26 in Tacoma. By Greg Farrar

Hiron Redman could barely believe it.

“Wow,” he thought. “This is it.”

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