Liberty athletes set records at track meet

April 29, 2011

NEW — 12:45 p.m. April 29, 2011

Hamilton Noel and Madison Birdsall each set school records Thursday to help their Liberty High School track and field teams defeat host Interlake in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference meet.

Noel won the pole vault with a school-record effort of 13 feet, 6 inches. He also ran on the Patriots’ winning 4×400-meter relay. Nick Knoblich, Joseph Bergmann and Hiron Redmon were other members of the relay.

The Liberty boys defeated Interlake 85-56.

Redmon won the 800. Devin Bennett captured three events for the Patriots. He won the high jump by going 6-3. He also won the long jump by going 19 feet, 1/4 inch, and took the triple jump by going 40 feet, 7 1/4 inches.

Birdsall won the 400 in a school-record time of 58.30. She also ran on the Patriots’ winning 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay. Delane Agnew, Elizabeth Ryker and Stacy Christensen were other members of the 4×200 relay. Ryker, Michaela Chucka and Agnew were other members of the 4×400 relay.

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Liberty High School track team excels at meet

April 27, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 26, 2011

After spending much of the spring practicing and competing in inclement weather, the Liberty High School track team got a treat April 23, when the Patriots competed in the Viking Relays at Tacoma’s Curtis High School.

There was no rain. After being a no-show for most of the track season, El Sol finally appeared.

The Liberty boys made the most of the pleasant spring day as they finished first in the team standings. Liberty totaled 57.95 points to top second-place King’s, which had 55.9 points. The Patriots’ girls team also fared well, placing third.

“It proved to be a wonderful meet. It wasn’t windy. It was just a gorgeous day. We actually had some sunburns,” Liberty coach Michael Smith said.

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Liberty High School netters whip Interlake

April 19, 2011

The Liberty High School girls tennis team took the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles matches April 12 as the Patriots defeated Interlake, 5-2, in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference match.

Amber Eastham won the No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Interlake’s Isabelle Long. Veronica Granger and Audrey LaFraugh defeated Interlake’s Iryna Strinyska and Miyati Raghavan, 6-3, 7-5, in the No. 1 doubles match.

Skyline girls bounce Inglemoor in tennis

The Skyline High School girls tennis team swept all three doubles matches en route to a 6-2 victory April 12 against Inglemoor in a 4A KingCo Conference match.

Alison Opitz and Molly Knutson, of Skyline, won the No. 1 doubles with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory against Leanna Thim and Mckayla Dear.

On April 11, Garfield swept the four singles matches to defeat Skyline, 5-2.

Skyline’s victories came in the doubles. Opitz and Knutson won the No. 1 doubles match by beating Lauren Schlechter and Sherry Tran, 6-1, 6-4. Sanjana Galgalikar and Rachel Kim, of Skyline, won the No. 3 doubles match by beating Hiroko Nakahara and Anna Cia, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.

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Skyline High School girls beat Eastlake, Garfield

April 15, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. April 15, 2011

Elena Frerker and Jordan Branch each won two events Thursday as they led the Skyline High School girls track team to 4A KingCo Conference victories against Eastlake and Garfield.

Skyline won the three-way meet with 73 points. Eastlake was second with 68 points and Garfield was third with 35.

Frerker won the discus and the javelin.

Branch captured the 1,600 and the 3,200. She also ran of the Spartans’ winning 4×400 relay. Erin Bryar, Caitlin McIlwain and Maddi Hutson were other members of the relay.

The Skyline boys finished second to Garfield, which totaled 81 points. Skyline had 69 points and Eastlake had 31.

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Patriots trample Beavers in season’s second dual meet victory

April 5, 2011

Ida Bakke, Liberty junior and foreign exchange student from Norway, leaps a hurdle during her winning 100-meter race. Bakke also won the 300-meter hurdles. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School track and field program headed for this week’s spring break feeling rather good about the season. Both the boys and girls teams had easily won their first two dual meets of the season and captured team titles at the Liberty Invitational.

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Skyline races to win first meet of the year

March 29, 2011

Skyline High School senior Kyle Branch didn’t even look like he was trying as he rounded the final curve on his way to a win in the 1,600-meter race against Woodinville.

Skyline High School’s Chase Premone (right) hands the baton off to Christian John during the boys 4x100 relay race March 24 at Skyline High School. By Christopher Huber

The standout distance runner finished way ahead of the competition, but afterward said he was actually trying to conserve energy for his next events, the 3,200 and the 4×400-meter relay.

“It was a nice, relaxed pace,” he said.

He finished in 4 minutes, 47.2 seconds.

His wins in the 1,600 and 3,200 (10:04.1) helped the Skyline boys to an 82-55 season-opening 4A KingCo Conference win March 24 against the Falcons. The Skyline girls also beat Woodinville, 88-62, despite lacking points from key returning players like high jumper Sydne Tingey, who was out with an injury.

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Issaquah baseball team edges Eastlake

March 25, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. March 25, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team earned its first victory of the season Thursday when the Eagles edged visiting Eastlake 3-2 in a 4A KingCo Conferencee contest.

Issaquah pitcher Andrew Kemmerer held Eastlake to three hits over 6.1 innings and struck out four to earn his first varsity win. Cole Westover, who relieved Kemmerer in the seventh inning, earned his first varsity save.

Kemmerer also drove in a run as Issaquah snapped a four-game losing streak.

In other action, Redmond topped Skyline 5-3. Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

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Track teams hope to follow 2010 title successes

March 22, 2011

The Skyline and Liberty high school track and field programs had banner seasons a year ago and both have high hopes for the 2011 season.

Kyle Branch, of Skyline, runs in last year’s KingCo 4A 3200-meter championship race. By Greg Farrar

Skyline, which has become one of the elite track and field programs in the state, had a very strong boys team last spring. The Spartans captured 4A KingCo Conference and district titles, and finished the year by taking second at state. It was most successful season ever for the Skyline boys.

Spartans coach Marc Hillestad said he is excited about the prospects for this season’s squad as many key athletes return.

Liberty’s boys team had a sensational season a year ago by winning the 3A Sea-King District title. The Patriots have some top talent returning from that team, but might not be strong enough to duplicate last year’s feat. However, the girls team looks stronger than ever and should contend for top honors in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference and Sea-King District.

The Issaquah High School program, which annually fields some of the stronger KingCo teams, will have competitive boys and girls squads this season, too.

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Spartan boys take second at state

June 1, 2010

Kasen Williams, Skyline junior, flings himself out of the sand pit after his final leap in the final round of the long jump. His longest distance of 24 feet, 1.25 inches came in second place. Williams won the triple jump and finished second in the high jump. By Greg Farrar

Junior Kasen Williams paces Skyline with two seconds, one first

Skyline High School junior Kasen Williams is still chasing the 50-foot mark in the triple jump. However, he has plenty to be happy about after taking a first-place and two second-place medals home from the 2010 state 4A track-and-field meet. Read more

Liberty, Skyline boys win district track championships

May 25, 2010


Joshua Gordon, Liberty sophomore, wondered on May 6 during the all-city track meet why he couldn’t come up with an extra quarter-inch to reach 21 feet in the long jump. His redemption came at the 3A Sea-King district meet, winning the event with a 21-foot, 10 1/2-inch leap. By Greg Farrar

The Skyline and Liberty high school boys track teams head to the state championship meet this week as district champions.

Skyline captured the 4A Bi-District meet title May 22 and Liberty took the 3A Sea-King District championship May 21 at the Southwest Complex in West Seattle.

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