Liberty Patriots’ season comes to a close after regionals loss

March 3, 2015

Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps’ plan of attack appeared simple in the team’s Feb. 28 regional playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Sitting sadly on the bench after the Demps sisters fouled out in the closing moments of Liberty’s 50-71 loss to East Valley are (from left) senior Cherelle Demps, junior Alissa Campbell, senior Danielle Demps, junior Savannah Metzger and sophomore Kylie Kirksey.

By Greg Farrar
Sitting sadly on the bench after the Demps sisters fouled out in the closing moments of Liberty’s 50-71 loss to East Valley are (from left) senior Cherelle Demps, junior Alissa Campbell, senior Danielle Demps, junior Savannah Metzger and sophomore Kylie Kirksey.

Drive toward the basket, draw the foul and sink the free throws. She executed that sequence over and over, while opponent East Valley struggled to put a stop to it.

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Liberty wins district girls basketball title

February 24, 2015

It’s official.

The Liberty High School girls basketball season is starting to feel mighty similar to one Cinderella-type playoff run the school witnessed in 2013.

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Patriots make history, win district playoff basketball game

February 17, 2015

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School boys basketball team did something Feb. 14 that no past Patriots squad has ever done.

By Greg Farrar Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

By Greg Farrar
Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

Liberty won a district playoff game for the first time in the boys’ program history, and thus, kept the dream of a state playoff berth alive.

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Rotary Club honors students of the month

February 10, 2015

These seniors are Rotary Club of Issaquah Students of the Month.

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Liberty dismantles Interlake on senior day

January 27, 2015

By Greg Farrar Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, draws a blocking foul from Interlake senior Adriana Cottle during the second quarter Jan. 23. Demps had a game- and season-high 20 points.

By Greg Farrar
Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, draws a blocking foul from Interlake senior Adriana Cottle during the second quarter Jan. 23. Demps had a game- and season-high 20 points.

As Liberty senior Cherelle Demps took the starting tipoff position in Friday’s game against Interlake, she paused for a moment to reflect. Read more

Patriots cruise to win over Kangs

January 13, 2015

Demps twins lead in 63-52 victory over Lake Washington

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School girls basketball team has many strengths.

By Greg Farrar Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle.

By Greg Farrar
Danielle Demps (right), Liberty High School senior guard, bats a rebound out of the clutches of Lake Washington junior forward Georigia Romaine-Black during the first quarter of their Jan. 7 basketball game. Demps was team-high scorer with 18, one more than twin sister Cherelle.

Quickness, athleticism and a familiarity built through a core of players that have played together since fifth grade, are among them.

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Fastest foursome

June 3, 2014

Skyline’s 1,600 relay state title anchors fourth-place team trophy

By Greg Farrar Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4x400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

By Greg Farrar
Dorie Dalzell (left), Skyline High School senior and 4×400-meter relay anchor, is mobbed by teammates Alex Daugherty, Brandi Hughes and Mckenzie Deutsch the moment after they won the state 4A championship in a time of 3 minutes, 53.24 seconds.

The Skyline High School girls track and field team capped a solid 2014 season last weekend at the Class 4A state championships by winning the fourth-place trophy.

Skyline scored 35 points to finish behind Richland (37), Camas (48) and Federal Way (72), which successfully defended its state championship at Star Track XXXII, held May 29-31 at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

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Liberty track athletes excel at KingCo championships

May 27, 2014

Liberty High School junior Cherelle Demps continued a stellar track season with four wins at the KingCo 3A/2A Championship.

Demps won the 100 and 200 meter races and was a part of both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relay teams that took home gold. The 4×100 relay team lowered their two-week old school record to 49.39 seconds.

Danielle Demps won the triple jump. Kelli Anderson won the high jump. Kelley Johnson broke a 1995 school record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.64, and also won the 100 hurdles.

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Liberty track bests Interlake

April 29, 2014

As the Liberty High School track and field teams’ seniors gathered for a picture in what was the last home meet of their careers April 24, Patriots coach Mike Smith couldn’t believe how small the group was.

“It was kind of like, ‘Wow, that’s all we’ve got?’” he said. “But that’s pretty typical.”

The Patriots are indeed young this year, Smith said, but their youth didn’t hinder them as the boys and girls defeated Interlake April 24.

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Liberty’s season ends at regionals

March 4, 2014

Patriots fall to top-ranked Cleveland, 48-35

If anyone had any questions about the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s season goal, they need only to look at the players’ forearms as they stepped on the Bellevue College court for a March 1 loser-out, winner-to-state game.

By Greg Farrar Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

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Ashlan Applegate, Liberty High School senior forward, throws three of her 10 points to open the second quarter against Cleveland in their 3A state regional loser-out game March 1.

Scrawled in black, capital letters was the acronym DIFD — Do it for the Dome, the Tacoma Dome, that is.

The Patriots’ road to the state tournament, held at the Tacoma Dome, came to an end March 1, after a 48-35 loss to top-ranked Cleveland.

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