December 23, 2013
Whether to be in the 2A or 3A sports division has caused an uproar at Liberty High School. Some see 2A as Liberty’s big chance to win, while others perceive 3A as home.
The main argument for remaining in 3A is Liberty has an opportunity to show that despite its size, it can win against larger schools.
“I honestly want to stay 3A. That’s where we’ve always been as long as I can remember,”
October 1, 2013
Russell Boston runs for 189 yards, 3 TDs
A week before Liberty’s Sept. 27 matchup against Juanita, running back Russell Boston had a special visitor.
Boston had dinner with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew prior to the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Jones-Drew, a star at UCLA, led the NFL in rushing in 2011 and is considered one of the league’s top backs.
“He told me to surround yourself with the right people and just go at it 100 percent every day,” Boston said.
September 24, 2013
The third time proved not to be a charm for the Eagles. The Issaquah High School football team played its third-straight 3A team Sept. 20 against O’Dea.
MaxPreps Freeman Rankings for Washington had Issaquah still at 24, despite a 1-1 start. However, it was the lower-ranked, visiting Fighting Irish (38) that pulled off the upset, 51-26.
The two teams were all square at 14 after one quarter. The Eagles scored a pair of touchdowns with the usual suspects — Derek Chapman scored on a 38-yard pass from Jack Neary and Jack Gellatly rambled in from eight yards out.
September 10, 2013
As the clocked ticked to zero, and the scoreboard showed an ugly 62-9 loss for the home team, something beautiful was going on in the stands at Liberty High School on Sept. 6.
Despite just witnessing their beloved Patriots sustain a blowout at the hands of a talented Eastside Catholic squad, the still-full Liberty student section cheered louder than ever as the team approached the stands to thank their fans after the game.
“We’ve got some great fans,” Liberty tight end Lorin Archibald said after the loss.
August 28, 2013
December 25, 2012
The Issaquah School District high school sports teams have a strong tradition of excellence, and 2012 was no different.
October 30, 2012
Though the Liberty High School Patriots lost to Mount Si, 35-7, on Oct. 26, to put their record at 3-6, it might be the best team Steve Valach has coached in his 14 years with Liberty.
“I tell you what,” he said. “If all my teams had the heart and courage of this year’s team, I’d coach until I was 100 years old.”
This was a rough season for the Patriots. Two seniors who might have had a shot as football scholarships decided to not even play this year, according to Valach.
The team has been rife with injuries. On Oct. 26, only 30 players suited up. The week before was even worse — 25.
But one of those injuries, a season-ending concussion for the Patriots’ starting quarterback, put one kid in the spotlight that no one in their right mind would want to be.
October 30, 2012
There are certain things that make the atmosphere at a Liberty High School football game special.
The smell of burgers sizzling on the grill, the sea of blue-and -green clad fans, the music of the band filling the stadium and, most distinctly, the sound of Patriot announcer Dan Braillard’s voice echoing through the night, all made the Friday night lights shine a little bit brighter.
“Friday night at Liberty was kind of a production,” Liberty coach Steve Valach said. “Dan used that microphone as a way to just enhance the whole experience. It was kind of like a Shakespearean performance.”
Braillard, who spent 25 years announcing Liberty football games and 15 years calling Patriot basketball games, died of kidney failure Oct. 1. He was 66.
October 23, 2012
It was Liberty High School’s turn to face the juggernaut that is Wolverine football when the Patriots went on the road to play Bellevue on Oct. 19.
While the Patriots fell to Bellevue, 49-11, they were the first team in the state to put up more than 10 points on the Wolverines this season, behind a Josh Johnson field goal and a score by Tynan Gilmore, as well as a 2-point conversion.
Heading into the game, the team knew it was a tough test, going up against a Bellevue team that is ranked among the best in the nation, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.
October 16, 2012
There wasn’t much offense between the Liberty High School football team and Mercer Island when the two battled Oct. 12.
Both teams were able to move the ball, but getting it into the end zone wasn’t so easy, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.
“It wasn’t like there was no offense at all,” he said. “There was some movement of the ball, but then both sides kept getting shutdown and having to punt it or turning it over.”
Ultimately, Mercer Island was the only one to reach the end zone as Liberty fell to the Islanders, 7-3.