Liberty High School alumna targets title role in ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

November 1, 2011

Liberty High School alumna Vicki Noon stars in the title role of 'Annie Get Your Gun' at Village Theatre. By Jay Koh/Village Theatre

The title star in “Annie Get Your Gun” — sharpshooter Annie Oakley, a folk heroine — is a coveted role for actresses. So, too, is Elphaba, the green-tinted protagonist in “Wicked” and a witch infamous for menacing Oz.

Vicki Noon claims both roles — Elphaba in “Wicked” as the mega-musical embarked on a national tour and Oakley in a soon-to-open production at Village Theatre.

The actress, a Liberty High School graduate, said the ties between the characters, outcast Elphaba and country bumpkin Oakley, extend beyond the person in the role.

“Both of them have kind of been on their own,” she said. “Both of them have kind of had to fend for themselves and pull up their bootstraps and get their life. They’re both very independent people.”

“Annie Get Your Gun” opens at Village Theatre on Nov. 9 and runs through the holiday season.

“For me, it’s one of those ultimate female empowerment stories,” said Kristin Culp, a co-choreographer on the show. “The song at the end, ‘Anything You Can Do,’ it’s a story about if you put your mind to doing anything, you can really become a star or the best, no matter who you are or what your upbringing is.”

The proto-feminist Oakley is a challenge for actresses in the role.

“You have to do the things that scare you, especially when you’re an actress,” Noon said before donning a red-and-turquoise getup for a photo shoot. “You have to put yourself in a situation that might scare you or make you feel a little uncomfortable. That’s the only way that you grow.”

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Liberty girls cross country team gallops away with district title

October 28, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 28, 2011

The Liberty High School girls cross country team showed that history does repeat itself.

The Patriots, with four runners cracking the 20-minute mark, captured the Sea-King District 3A championship for the second straight year Thursday at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Liberty finished with 69 points. Mercer Island, which won the KingCo Conference 3A title the previous week, and Lakeside, of the Metro League, were second with 75 points.

The previous week Liberty finished second at the KingCo championships. It was a repeat of last year when Mercer Island won the KingCo title and Liberty was second only to see the Patriots come back to win the district championship.

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Skyline, Liberty girls soccer teams keep on winning

October 26, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, 2011 

The Skyline and Liberty high-school girls soccer teams, who have already locked up their respective KingCo Conference regular-season titles, kept on winning Tuesday.

Skyline, the KingCo 4A champion, closed out its regular season with a 1-0 victory against Redmond. Nicole Cangioglos, assisted by Anna Deweirdt, scored Skyline’s goal just four minutes into the game. The Spartans again played tough defense by registering their eighth shutout of the season. Goalkeeper Sydney Martinez recorded the shutout.

The Spartans finished league play with a 9-0-1 record and had a five-point lead over second place Issaquah, which had a bye. Skyline and Issaquah, who both have secured berths in the Class 4A state tournament, meet again Nov. 1 at Skyline in the KingCo championship game.

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Liberty Patriots clinch KingCo girls soccer title

October 25, 2011

Liberty eyes strong finish to No. 1 seed

Kailiana Johnson, Liberty junior forward, fires her hat trick into the Juanita goal in the 74th minute Oct. 20, for the 5-3 margin of victory over the Rebels. v

They’ve already wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Oct. 20 with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

They’ve already clinched the automatic No. 1 seed in the Class 3A state playoffs.

But make no mistake — the Liberty High School girls soccer team is still focused on the here and now.

“We’re not thinking about state yet,” Liberty junior Kailiana Johnson said. “We’ve been focusing on games coming up next week and then we’re going to focus on post-season during our off week and get prepared.”

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier in the week with a 3-0 win against Lake Washington.

This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

“Winning KingCo was No. 1 on our list,” Liberty coach Jaime Giger said. “Obviously we’re still looking at the next two games. I told the girls we’re not looking at state yet. I want to take care of this league. I want to win all of the games before us.”

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Liberty High School girls soccer team nets conference title

October 21, 2011

NEW — 4 p.m. Oct. 21, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team, already bound for the Class 3A state playoffs, wrapped up the KingCo Conference 3A/2A title Thursday with a 5-3 victory against host Juanita.

The KingCo title is the second straight for the Patriots, who captured the league’s state 3A berth earlier this week. This is the first time Liberty has won back-to-back titles since 2001, when the Patriots won their third straight KingCo title.

Kaliana Johnson had a hat trick to lead Liberty in its victory against Juanita.

Liberty got a battle from Juanita, which has just one league victory this season. Juanita took the lead three times in the game but Liberty always answered with a tying goal.

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Liberty girls soccer team clinches state berth

October 19, 2011

NEW — 11:15 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011 

The Liberty High School girls soccer team clinched a Class 3A state tournament berth for the second straight year Tuesday when the Patriots defeated visiting Lake Washington 3-0 in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A contest.

Liberty improved its league-leading record to 11-0 and captured the KingCo 3A Conference’s automatic Class 3A state playoff berth. As KingCo No. 1 the Patriots do not have to play in the league tournament for a state tournament berth.

The Patriots will enter the state tournament next month seeded as the District 2 No. 1 entry and will host a first-round game.

The Patriots, who have three games left to play in the regular season, stretched their lead to 11 points over Lake Washington, which entered the game tied with Interlake for second place.

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Liberty girls soccer team blasts Sammamish

October 18, 2011

The Liberty High School girls soccer team took another big step toward repeating as KingCo Conference 3A/2A champions Oct. 13 when the Patriots walloped host Sammamish, 7-0.

Liberty improved its league-leading record to 10-0. The Patriots have an eight point lead over Interlake and Lake Washington, who are tied for second place, with four games left on the regular-season schedule. Liberty entertained Lake Washington Oct. 18.

Cassidy Nangle and Kailiana Johnson each had two goals for Liberty in its victory against Sammamish. Johnson also had two assists. Kendall Downing, Kali Youngdahl and Nicolle Marlow scored Liberty’s other goals.

Kianna Hafferty had a hat trick Oct. 11 as Liberty walloped visiting Bellevue, 7-1. Hafferty also had an assist. Youngdahl had two goals and an assist, and Kimi Fry also had a goal and an assist for Liberty.

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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Issaquah High School volleyball team notches first win

October 12, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. Oct. 12, 2011

The Issaquah High School girls volleyball notched its first victory of the season Tuesday when the Eagles swept visiting Redmond 3-0 in a KingCo Conference 4A match.

Issaquah won the games 25-14, 25-14, 26-24.

This has been a rebuilding year for Issaquah, which graduated almost its entire team from last year’s squad that finished second in the 4A state tournament.

The Eagles got several solid performances in its match with Redmond. Sam Rogers had a team-high 17 kills and three aces for the Eagles. Lindsey Ferguson contributed 26 assists and three aces. Cassie Elenes led the Eagles with seven aces. Kirsten Fischer had a team-high eight kills. Misty Siochi had seven kills and 10 digs,and McKenzie Bostic had a team-high 34 assists.

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Liberty Patriots continue hot streak, blank Mount Si Wildcats

October 11, 2011

Two quick goals by Shannon Daly set pace for game

r Kimi Fry, Liberty High School senior midfielder, and Leah Corra, Mount Si High School sophomore defender, battle each other after the ball during the second period of their Oct. 6 soccer match. By Greg Farra

The Liberty High School girls soccer team has only dropped one game — its first — all season.

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