October 5, 2015
NEW — 3:55 p.m. Oct. 5, 2015
The Liberty High School girls soccer team dropped its first match of the season Oct. 1, falling to an undefeated Mercer Island squad, 1-0.
Earlier in the week, the Patriots defeated Bellevue, 2-0. Freshman Cameron Nelson scored in the 23rd minute, assisted by Maddy Mak. Sophomore Makenna Carr added an unassisted goal in the 59th minute. Goalkeepers Sydney Argosino and Jasmine Curl combined for the shutout.
As of press time, Liberty’s 3-1-1 Class 3A/2A KingCo Conference record, good for 10 points, had the Patriots in third place behind league-leading Mercer Island and Bellevue. Read more
September 28, 2015
NEW — 2:10 p.m. Sept. 28, 2015
Girls swimming and diving
The Liberty High School girls swimming and diving team won 11 of 12 events at its meet against rival Hazen on Sept. 22.
Sophomore Abby Russell led the Patriots with two individual wins in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles. Read more
September 14, 2015
NEW — 1:15 p.m. Sept. 14, 2015
The chants began almost immediately.
Battle cries of “We run Renton!” echoed from the visitors’ section at Renton Memorial Stadium even before kickoff in Liberty High School’s annual football showdown with rival Hazen on Sept. 11.
Liberty’s dominance over Hazen, a school that sits just three miles away, is well documented. The Patriots won the previous three meetings, and it was more of the same last week, as the Patriots defeated the Highlanders, 28-6. Read more
September 7, 2015
NEW — 11:57 a.m. Sept. 7, 2015
Basketball star has breakout gridiron debut for Patriots
Prior to Sept. 4, Liberty High School junior Mike Walter never played a down of high-school football.
Walter has made his name on the hardwood, starring on the Patriots’ varsity basketball team since he was a freshman. But this year, he decided to hit the gridiron, much to the delight of Liberty football coach Steve Valach.
“My job is to get the best athletes and best kids out for football and my team, and this is one of those guys that everybody knows,” Valach said before the season. Read more
August 24, 2015
NEW — 2:48 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015
Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.
“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.
“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more
February 3, 2015
If you’ve ever been to a Liberty High School football game, you know what “We are one” means.
It’s the chant that, without fail, win or lose, emanates from the packed Liberty home bleachers, showcasing the pride and camaraderie that comes with being a Patriot.
November 11, 2014
NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2014
As the 2014 fall high-school postseason continues, most Liberty sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.
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.
Liberty’s regular season remained unchanged. They still played a competitive schedule in the tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference.
But now that the school is in 2A, the road through the playoffs has a slightly different look to it. Read more
September 9, 2014
September 2, 2014
After 16 years at the helm, Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach has seen his fair share of senior classes.
This year’s, though, the class that will graduate in 2015, is in the running for the best he has ever coached.
“I think we were 3-7 in their sophomore year, so they’ve seen some lean times and still kept competing,” Valach said. “There’s some talent, and then it’s bigger than ability, it’s who they are as guys.”
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,”