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.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

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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Puget Sound Gunners’ home opener is tonight

May 23, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 23, 2015

Puget Sound Gunners FC will return to Issaquah for the second straight season.

The Issaquah-based Premier Development League soccer squad hosts its home opener against Lane United FC at 7 p.m. May 23 at Issaquah High School.

The team features players from across the country, including athletes from major universities. There are players with local roots, too, including Issaquah High School student Ian Lambert and Liberty High School graduate Colton Ronk.

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Patriots drop match to rival Highlanders, 2-1

March 25, 2015

The Hazen High School student turnout was small.

Not more than a dozen students made the very short trip to Liberty High School March 19, where their boys soccer team took on the rival Patriots.

Even with their lack of numbers, the cheers that emanated from the section after the game ended in a 2-1 Hazen victory were deafening.

By Greg Farrar Hector Cervantes (left), Hazen High School junior defender, and Liberty sophomore forward Ethan Diaz collide as Cervantes kicks the ball away during the first period of their March 19 soccer match. Hazen won the nonleague game, 2-1.

By Greg Farrar
Hector Cervantes (left), Hazen High School junior defender, and Liberty sophomore forward Ethan Diaz collide as Cervantes kicks the ball away during the first period of their March 19 soccer match. Hazen won the nonleague game, 2-1.

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Liberty’s Colton Ronk named All-State

July 1, 2014

The postseason accolades continue to pileup for Liberty High School soccer player Colton Ronk, even after the senior graduated in June.

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association named him to its first-team All-State list in the 3A classification.

Colton Ronk

Colton Ronk

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Local soccer players make All-Area team

June 3, 2014

Boys soccer players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools were named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area team.

Liberty’s Colton Ronk, Skyline’s Jason Twaddle and Issaquah’s Saif Kerawala were all honored.

Ronk, a senior, recorded nine goals and seven assists for Liberty, and was a key reason the Patriots won the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title for the second straight year. He’ll play at Highline Community College next year.

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Liberty’s soccer playoff run comes to an end

May 20, 2014

The Liberty High School boys soccer team’s season came to an abrupt end May 15.

The KingCo regular season champions lost to Mercer Island and Mount Si in the league tournament.

The Patriots fell to the Islanders, 4-2, in the conference championship, before losing to the Wildcats, 1-0, in a loser-out game.

Despite a tough league tournament, it was a relatively successful year for the Patriots. Liberty senior Colton Ronk was named the KingCo 2A/3A Most Valuable Player, while head coach Darren Tremblay earned Coach of the Year honors.

Patriots Tyler Jensen, Tyler Wray and Colton Ronk were named All-League First Team; Quinn Magendanz and Antonio Lago were All-League Second Team; and Michael Duvall, Ryan Graham, Leoul Hancock and Jacob Muttart received Honorable Mentions.

 

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Liberty boys hope to recapture lighting in a bottle

March 18, 2014

The pressure is on for the Liberty High School boys soccer team.

After the school’s girls team brought home the state championship, the way junior captain Ryan Graham sees it, it’s the boys’ turn to collect some hardware.

“They have their trophy, now we want to have our trophy,” he said. “That would be fantastic for the school.”

By Greg Farrar Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Jensen, fighting for the ball against Mercer Island during a 2013 soccer match, returns as a junior to this year’s Liberty High School soccer team.

That’s the message behind this season’s team motto, “BTH,” which stands for “Bring This Home.”

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