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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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.

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.

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 preview: Liberty strives to be ‘tough’ and ‘together’ in 2015

December 9, 2014

Change is inevitable in high school athletics.

By Greg Farrar Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

By Greg Farrar
Connor Chapman, Liberty High School sophomore forward, drains a 3-point basket during the second quarter of the Patriots’ Dec. 3 basketball game against Hazen.

Graduation means that every four years, new players filter in, while the now-seasoned seniors depart.

In 2014, the Liberty High School basketball team lost a big one, as guard Kellen Birdsall earned his diploma, taking his talents, and the Patriots’ main scoring threat, to the California Lutheran University basketball team.

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Liberty basketball team stays busy

June 10, 2014

The Liberty High School boys basketball team played its final minute of the season in February, but the work never stops for the Patriots, who have a busy summer on tap.

Liberty’s long list of summer events began May 30 with its first golf fundraiser at Renton’s Maplewood Golf Course. More than 130 people attended the golf tournament, which also included a banquet and silent auction.

Assistant coach Steve Kelley, a former Seattle Times columnist, was the banquet’s master of ceremonies, while former Seahawks Mack Strong and Paul Moyer were special guest speakers.

By Caryn Frey Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

By Caryn Frey
Omar Parker, (right), Liberty High School boys basketball coach, jokingly attempts to putt a basketball while his team looks on at the program’s golf fundraiser May 30.

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Liberty girls take third at KingCo tournament

February 18, 2014

The scoreboard painted a bleak picture after the first quarter of the Liberty High School girls basketball team’s Feb. 13 contest against Juanita.

The Patriots managed just two points in the first eight minutes of play, while the Rebels racked up 15.

By Greg Farrar Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

By Greg Farrar
Sierra Carlson, Liberty High School senior guard, with a team-high 14 points, leaves the court smiling at the end of the Patriots’ come-from-way-behind, 44-33 win against Juanita in their 3A KingCo Conference tournament game Feb. 13 at Bellevue College.

Shots just weren’t falling for Liberty in the first quarter of the game that determined third place in the KingCo tournament. It was a struggle, senior captain Sierra Carlson admitted, to remain resolute as the misses just accumulated.

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