Liberty’s Conner Small comes up big with state wrestling crown

February 24, 2015

Conner Small didn’t achieve the dream of a lifetime on his own. The Liberty High School senior wrestler spent countless hours working toward a state championship with his father Bill.

The process was a long and sometimes painful one — Small finished fifth as a sophomore and third as a junior — but it was ultimately rewarding as he captured the Class 2A state crown at 170 pounds to close the Mat Classic XXVII, Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar Conner Small, Liberty High School senior, exults to his supporters in triumph as he wins the 170-pound state 2A wrestling championship with a 7-3 win over Sedro Woolley senior Jacob Farrell on Feb. 21 during the Mat Classic XXVII at the Tacoma Dome.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small, Liberty High School senior, exults to his supporters in triumph as he wins the 170-pound state 2A wrestling championship with a 7-3 win over Sedro Woolley senior Jacob Farrell on Feb. 21 during the Mat Classic XXVII at the Tacoma Dome.

 

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Patriots send three wrestlers to state

February 17, 2015

Three Liberty High School wrestlers will compete at the state wrestling tournament Feb. 20-21.

Conner Small (170), Romney Noel (182) and Joanna Moreira (135) each qualified for the Mat Classic XXVII.

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Patriots prepare for postseason

February 10, 2015

As the 2015 winter high-school postseason begins, most Liberty High School sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

By Greg Farrar Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

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Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School sophomore forward, drives to the basket and draws a foul from Bellevue’s Kathryn Roberts during the second quarter Feb. 4.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

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Patriots’ swim title tops year’s best sports stories

December 31, 2014

It was another successful year for Issaquah community sports.

By Greg Farrar The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

By Greg Farrar
The trophy looks awesome up close for the Liberty High School swim team as it celebrates the school’s first-ever state swim team championship Nov. 15 at the King County Aquatic Center, earned in style with a 2A-record 348-point total.

Athletes at the three district high schools took home conference titles, state championships and, in Liberty’s case, made history in 2014.

Here is a recap of the year’s top sports stories, in no particular order:

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Patriots win league opener, 39-33

December 16, 2014

The Liberty High School wrestling team’s Dec. 11 homecoming was a victorious one, complete with a league-opening win over Juanita, 39-33.

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (left), Liberty High School senior, drives Mason McDaniel, of Juanita, to the mat in the second period on the way to a 6-4 win in their 170-pound bout during the Patriots’ Dec. 11 wrestling meet against the Rebels.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (left), Liberty High School senior, drives Mason McDaniel, of Juanita, to the mat in the second period on the way to a 6-4 win in their 170-pound bout during the Patriots’ Dec. 11 wrestling meet against the Rebels.

The Patriots returned to its home court last Thursday, after construction forced the team to spend much of the past two years down the road at Maywood Middle School. Read more

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Patriots send five wrestlers to state

February 18, 2014

As the winter sports season comes to a close, five Liberty High School wrestlers aren’t ready to hang up their singlets just yet.

They have a date at the Tacoma Dome, where they will compete at the state tournament Feb. 21-22.

Joanna Moreira, Kyle Armstrong, Conner Small, Romney Noel and Quinn Magendanz will all compete among the state’s best at the 26th edition of the Mat Classic.

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Patriots’ wrestlers leave state battered, but better

February 19, 2013

Her face was caked in sweat, her shoulders had mat burns and her nostrils were leaking red. And yet, Joanna Moreira could not stop smiling.

The Liberty High School wrestler had just defeated Angelica Vaschenko, from Franklin Pierce High School, in the second round of consolation at the state tourney in Tacoma. The win, a 12-8 tussle of wills, assured that the 137-pound Patriot from São Paulo, Brazil, would finish better at state than in 2012.

“This is a big accomplishment,” she said. “I wanted to be better than I was last year.”

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Joanna Moreira, Liberty High School sophomore, complete with nosebleed, is declared the 10-5 winner over Centralia’s Jenna Gillaspie in her first-round, 137-pound bout during the state 3A wrestling championships Feb. 15 at the Tacoma Dome.
By Greg Farrar

In 2012, a freshman Moreira had lost in the second round of consolation. This year, she finished eighth. A week earlier, she had finished third at regionals in Sedro-Woolley, improving her 2012 performance by one spot.

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