Issaquah, Liberty doubles tennis teams take second in state

May 28, 2013

Issaquah and Liberty high schools each sent doubles’ tennis teams to the state tournament this year, and each returned home with hardware.

The Liberty High School duo of Kristy Braunston and Jenny Adams took second place at the 3A state tournament in Kennewick. They are the first Patriots in school history to make state.

Braunston and Adams won three straight matches to reach the state finals in a rematch of the KingCo and District championships.

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Liberty’s doubles team advances to districts

May 14, 2013

The Liberty High School doubles tennis team of Jenny Adams and Kristy Braunston made history at the KingCo tournament.

The duo took second place, good for the No. 2 seed to the district tournament held May 14 and 15 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.

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Liberty High School tennis team falls to Lake Washington

September 25, 2012

The Liberty High School boys tennis team was blanked 7-0 by a solid Lake Washington team in a Sept. 20 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

The Patriots came into the match with a 1-1 conference record after they defeated Juanita on Sept. 18.

Liberty coach Mike Salokas said Lake Washington was the stronger team that day, but he’s optimistic about the future of his young squad.

“We have a solid, kind of young team,” he said. “I think the future looks very bright for Liberty High School. We have some learning to do, we have somewhat of a bumpy road ahead but again, I’m optimistic about the future.”

Issaquah High School volleyball team wins again

October 14, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 14, 2011

It took a while for the Issaquah High School volleyball team to get the knack of winning but the Eagles captured their second straight match Thursday by defeating host Eastlake 3-1.

Issaquah dropped the first set 25-19 but bounced back to win 25-18, 25-10, 25-18.

Sam Rogers led the Eagles with 21 kills and 10 digs. Lindsey Ferguson contributed 21 digs and Mckenzie Bostic had 42 assists. Kirsten Fischer gave the Eagles a strong game up front with 14 kills and Leanne Scott had 10 digs.

The victory was the second of the week and of the season for Issaquah, which is 2-5 in KingCo Conference 4A competition and 2-7 for the season. Eastlake dropped to 3-4 in league play and 4-6 overall.

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Liberty High School boys capture cross country finale

October 13, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 2011

Nick Knoblich and Aaron Bowe, finished first and second Wednesday, as they led the Liberty High School boys cross country team to victories against Mount Si and Liberty at Mount Si High School.

Liberty finished with 37 points to top Mount Si, which was second with 40 points. Mercer Island was third with 47 points.

Knoblich finished first in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. Bowe was second in 17:30. Mason Goodman, of Liberty, also cracked the top 10 by placing ninth in 18:06. Hiron Redman was 11th and Jason Murray 14th for the Patriots, who ended the regular season with a 6-3 record.

In the girls meet, Liberty finished second to Mercer Island. The Islanders had 27 points and Liberty had 39 points. Mount Si was third with 70. Allie Wood was Liberty’s top placer, taking third in 20:15. Amy Broska and Sarah Bliesner were sixth and seventh respectively for Liberty. Megan Larson placed 11th and Aimee Christensen 12th to round out Liberty’s top five runners.

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Issaquah High School Eagles open courts in shutout

September 20, 2011

The Issaquah High School tennis team celebrates on its new tennis courts, after beating Inglemoor Sept. 15 with its first 7-0 shutout in years. By Greg Farrar

After getting blitzed by a perennial KingCo Conference power earlier in the week, the Issaquah High School boys tennis team was ready to slam someone.

The Eagles found their prey Sept. 15 by overwhelming Inglemoor, 7-0, in a KingCo 4A match at Issaquah.

Issaquah won all the matches in two sets. Evan Cheung took the No. 1 singles match with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Scott Zheng. Andrew Kim won the No. 2 singles match by beating Derek Wang, 6-4, 6-1. Richard Bennett cruised by Nick Paulag, 6-0, 6-0, to win the No. 3 singles. David Park dominated Thomas Lancastor, 6-1, 6-1, to take the No. 4 singles.

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Student blog tackles sports topics of the day

November 23, 2010

Michael Payant

Some people unwind at the end of the day by writing in a journal or diary. They might record what happened at school that day, their crush of the week or vacation plans for next month.

Michael Payant takes a different approach. He vents in an online sports blog, and discusses things like the National Football League pregame show on FOX, or the alarming post that proclaims “We are all Yankees.”

Payant, a junior at Liberty High School, created Sports Guy Shuffle, a site where he discusses issues facing the sports world today. Read more

Issaquah volleyball team overcomes Eastlake

October 19, 2010

The unbeaten Issaquah High School volleyball team overcame an upset-minded Eastlake squad Oct. 13 to win the 4A KingCo Conference match 3-1.

Eastlake entered the match at Issaquah having just one league victory. However, the Wolves gave Issaquah a tough time in two of the games.

Issaquah won the first game 25-15, but Eastlake took the second game 25-23. The Eagles held off Eastlake 28-26 in the third game and wrapped up the match by winning the fourth game 25-15.

Sarah Hanna led Issaquah with 28 kills, 18 digs and four aces. Sam Rogers contributed 13 kills and three blocks. Setter Riley Sorenson had 61 assists and 13 digs. Libero Alexa Batiquin had 20 digs.

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Liberty High Schools girls race to another win

October 14, 2010

NEW — 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14, 2010

The Liberty High School girls cross country team placed seven runners among the top 10 finishers Wednesday to gallop away to an easy victory in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park.

Amy Broska, of Liberty, finished first in the 3.1-mile race in 19 minutes, 16 seconds. Teammate Megan Chucka was a close third in 19:18. Allie Wood, Michaela Chucka and Rachel Shaw, all of Liberty, finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively. Aimee Christenson was ninth and Megan Larson took 10th for the Patriots.

Liberty took first place with 22 points. Host Mercer Island was third with 43 points and Mount Si ended up third with 70 points.

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Liberty girls soccer team wins its sixth straight game

October 5, 2010

It’s been a while since the Liberty High School girls soccer team was one of the most dominant teams in the KingCo Conference and ranked among the best in the state.

However, the Patriots, under new coach Malia Arrant, have returned to their winning ways this season. Liberty won its sixth straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference game Sept. 30 by edging Mercer Island 3-2. Cassidy Nangle had a big night for the Patriots. She scored two goals and assisted on a goal by Kimi Fry.

The victory boosted Liberty’s league-leading record to 6-0.

Liberty also defeated host Juanita 2-0 Sept. 28. The Patriots scored both goals in the second half. Whitney Cain, assisted by Kailiana Johnson, broke a scoreless tie with a goal at the 60th minute. Nangle, assisted by Fry, scored eight minutes later.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker recorded the shutout.

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