Skyline football juggernaut steamrolls Ballard

October 9, 2012

The stars appeared to be in perfect alignment for most of the Issaquah School District’s KingCo football squads last weekend, as Skyline and Liberty won handily Oct. 5. The next night, Issaquah’s Eagles traveled to Memorial Stadium in Seattle to take on Garfield, where they overwhelmed the Bulldogs, 40-0.

Skyline kept its league accounting to an untarnished 3-0, when it hosted Ballard on Oct. 5, demoralizing the visitors, 64-17, to stay abreast of undefeated nemesis Newport in the league standings.

The lopsided triumph over Ballard also elevated the Spartans’ overall record to an unblemished 6-0 as they continued to humiliate their adversaries, as they had in the previous five outings. Skyline is currently averaging a formidable 58 points per contest, while relinquishing one-third that many points to its “competition.”

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Liberty High School Patriots pound Sammamish Totems

October 9, 2012

Scott Dean (right), Liberty High School senior defensive back, picks up a block from teammate Max Hill on Sammamish junior quarterback Allen Terrence, who threw the interception to Dean for his 65-yard touchdown as time expired at the half. By Greg Farrar

Coming off of two straight losses and with an injury list that grew longer by the minute, nothing had been easy for the Liberty High School football team.

Still, the Patriots continued to persevere and put in the work during practice, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

On Oct. 5, the hard work paid off as a determined Liberty team knocked off Sammamish, 50-7, to bring their record to an even 3-3.

The Patriots had the game in hand by the end of the first quarter, when Liberty put up 36 points behind a strong rushing attack.

Tynan Gilmore put Liberty on the board first with a 26-yard rushing touchdown. On Liberty’s next possession, he did it again with a 22-yard score.

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Issaquah, Liberty host homecoming festivities

October 9, 2012

It’s homecoming time again and here’s what’s on the docket for Issaquah and Liberty high schools this week.

The theme for Liberty High School’s spirit week is “Lights, Camera, Liberty!” Students are dressing up all week at school and breaking out their spirit wear for Friday’s LHS Color War. Before the big game, catch the annual homecoming parade, which will begin at Maywood Middle School at 4 p.m. Oct. 12.

Liberty’s football team kicks off against Mercer Island at Liberty High School at 7 p.m. The week caps off Saturday night, Oct. 13, with the homecoming dance from 8:30-11:30 p.m.

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Liberty Patriots decimated by injuries in 38-7 loss

October 2, 2012

Liberty High School quarterback Robbie Thomas and a host of other Patriot starters were out with injuries when Liberty fell to Lake Washington, 38-7, Sept. 28.

Key Liberty starters including Thomas, linebackers Alex Batali and Matt Maggard, and cornerback Ashby Brown were among those sidelined by injuries, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“We’re a very thin squad in terms of numbers, which in the sport of football, is tough, because guys start going down and all of the sudden, you just don’t have a lot of depth,” he said. “So, that’s made it challenging.”

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Turnovers, injuries plague Liberty in loss to Juanita

September 25, 2012

The Liberty High School football team fell to Juanita, 28-21, on Sept. 21 when the Patriots traveled to Kirkland to take on the Rebels.

At halftime, the score was tied at 14, but the Patriots took a hit when three key starters — including quarterback Robbie Thomas — were knocked out of the game with injuries.

Those injuries, combined with several turnovers, were too much to overcome, Liberty coach Steve Valach said.

“It was a tough loss,” he said. “We had five turnovers and clearly it’s tough to win when you do that. I think that was a major factor in the game.”

Tynan Gilmore had two receiving touchdowns in the first half for the Patriots. Liberty sophomore Russell Boston had a touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.

Liberty heads out on the road again next week when the team takes on Lake Washington on Sept. 28.

Liberty football team tops Interlake in conference opener

September 18, 2012

The Liberty High School football team won its 3A/2A KingCo Conference opener by a score of 14-7 when it hosted Interlake Sept. 14.

Scott Dean and Robbie Thomas each had rushing touchdowns for the Patriots. The team had an effective day on the ground, compiling more than 250 rushing yards.

The defense, which held the Saints to only one score, was highlighted by Dean’s two interceptions and strong play from defensive lineman Max Hill.

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Liberty Patriots edge rival Hazen Highlanders, 25-22

September 11, 2012

Tynan Gilmore, Liberty High School senior receiver, powers through a group of Hazen defenders during Liberty’s 25-22 win over Hazen on Sept. 7. Gilmore had three touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving, in the victory. By Scott Coburn

A week after the Liberty High School football team struggled with turnovers in a loss to Eastside Catholic, the Patriots turned out a positive turnover ratio in a 25-22 win over Hazen.

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Turnovers plague Liberty High School Patriots in season opener

September 4, 2012

Coming into the season, Liberty High School head coach Steve Valach stressed the importance of fundamentals for his young Patriots squad, in particular, taking care of the football.

But it was turnovers that put Liberty in the hole early, as the Patriots fell to Eastside Catholic, 41-14, in their season opener.

On the very first play of the game, Liberty fumbled the ball to the Crusaders. Eastside Catholic capitalized on the turnover for a quick score. The Patriots would go on to turn the ball over three more times, with two fumbles and an interception in the game.

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Issaquah School District football preview ’12

September 4, 2012

Issaquah High School roster

Liberty High School roster

Skyline High School roster

Off the Press

March 6, 2012

Time flies when making a lifetime of memories 

Bob Taylor Press sports editor

Mr. Hune was a very insightful teacher. In my ninth-grade yearbook he wrote “to a future newspaper reporter.”

How did he know?

I do not believe Mr. Hune, who taught the newspaper class at my junior high school, realized I would later venture into an enjoyable career that would last 40 years.

Forty years — sometimes it does not seem I just started yesterday. In 1972, when my career started, “The Godfather” was playing at most cinemas. Regular gasoline cost just 36 cents a gallon and postage stamps were only 10 cents. Three Dog Night and Moody Blues were some of the hit bands.

And on a sunny June afternoon in 1972 I graduated from Western Washington University. I had no time for the congratulations from two aunts who came to the graduation ceremony, because I had to go to work. I had recently been hired by the Bellingham Metropolitan, a new, enterprising, weekly newspaper that expected to challenge the established Bellingham Herald for the reading audience. My assignment was to write a story about the graduation. With diploma in hand, I raced to the office to write my first professional story on a Royal typewriter.

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