Patriots wrestling team places second in Knott Classic

December 20, 2011

The Liberty High wrestling team finished second Dec. 17 at the Barry Knott Classic at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School.

Federal Way won the team title with 196 points. The Patriots were second with 166.

Liberty’s Conner Small won the 138-pound division. Romney Noel (152) and Noel Brandon (195) placed second in their divisions.

On Dec. 15, Liberty lost to Interlake, 48-30, in a KingCo Conference 3A/2A match. Michael Shaw (120), Tyler Le (145) and Quin Magendanz (170) had pins for the Patriots.

A challenge to change the status quo

December 6, 2011

Hall Monitor Dawson Solly Liberty High School

Fall sports have just ended and the start to a new season has begun for winter high school sports such as basketball, gymnastics and wrestling.

For teams that moved into the playoffs and continued to the state championships, like the Skyline High School football team, it is an experience of a lifetime, but one thing missing from the playoffs is fan support. I think we need fan support from the district student body as a whole.

I know our district high schools have been rivals in the past and compete against each other, but times have changed as Skyline and Issaquah left 3A and moved on to 4A competition; the fan support should change, too. Instead of Liberty seeing Issaquah and Skyline as a rival in the playoffs we need to realize we are all part of the same district and that we all have an effect on our reputation as a whole.

Many may think that if this were to happen there would be a lot of conflict between schools, but think of how much our reputation as a district and community would improve. Districts across the state would think of our district as a trendsetter and a start to a new legacy.

Being an athlete at Liberty, I would see it as a positive, getting more support and gaining confidence because of it. Other athletes at Liberty agree — the more fans the better — particularly in sports such as wrestling, swimming/dive, gymnastics, tennis, and track and field, where individuals are on “the stage” alone.

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A ‘cannonball’ rolling all year long

April 26, 2011

Hamilton Noel, Liberty High School junior running back, eludes the last Bellevue defensive player during a 34-yard touchdown run in a football game in November. By Greg Farrar

Liberty wrestler Hamilton Noel has become a dominant three-sport athlete

For as long as he can remember, Liberty High School wrestler Hamilton Noel has learned from the best. His father, Wright Noel, was a state championship high school wrestler and an NCAA First-Team All-American wrestler at Brigham Young University.

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Patriot repeats as state’s No. 2

February 22, 2011

Hamilton Noel reached the finals at the Mat Classic for the second straight year. This time, the Liberty High wrestler reached the 152-pound finals of the 3A state competition Feb. 19 in the Tacoma Dome.

But, once again, Noel came up a bit short.

Noel lost to Enumclaw’s Josh Musick 6-2, after opening the match with a 2-0 lead.

Hamilton Noel, Liberty junior, has the better position on Enumclaw’s Josh Musick early in their 152-pound state 3A championship match Feb. 19 at the Tacoma Dome. By Sebastian Moraga

A disappointed Noel blamed himself for the loss.

“I knew it was going to be a good match; I came out, I scored on him, thought I had him, but I didn’t finish strong enough,” he said. “I’m just glad there’s next year.”

As it turned out, Noel was just one of two 3A KingCo Conference wrestlers to reach the finals.

Noel pledged to work on his conditioning for his senior season.

“I was a little gassed,” he said. “More than I should have been.”

Noel’s road to the finals began with a pin of Bishop Blanchet’s Myles Hollowed in the second period, a pin of Yelm’s Anthony Allred in the third, and a 4-2 decision over Mount Spokane’s Austin Pea.

Liberty coach Manny Brown praised his wrestler and the new champion.

“He gives us his all in practices and matches, everything,” Brown said of Noel. “Congratulations to Josh, who had a good match.”

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Two local wrestlers grab regional titles

February 15, 2011

David White, of Issaquah High School, and Hamilton Noel, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Feb. 12 in their respective regional wrestling tournaments.

White captured the 145-pound class at the Region II Tournament at Skyline. He defeated Austin Henderson, of Bethel, 7-2 in the final. White was the only 4A KingCo Conference wrestler to win a regional title.

He opened the tournament with a 10-0 victory against Bothell’s Dustin Rhode and defeated Inglemoor’s Brian Trabun 13-2 in the semifinals.

Issaquah teammate Max Tickman placed third in the 112-pound class after defeating Brett Dykman, of Beamer, 10-4. Almen Thorpe, of Issaquah, took fifth in the 135-pound class with a 7-0 victory against Redmond’s Brandon Long. Sean Novak, of Issaquah, placed fifth in the 140-pound class after pinning Eastlake’s Nykolai Peterson in 2:26.

Issaquah finished ninth in the tournament with 56 points. Graham-Kapowsin took first place with 194 points.

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Duo fuels Liberty’s big dreams

February 8, 2011

Jay Chakravarty (left) has a leghold on Shane Small during the second period of their all-Liberty championship bout at 160 pounds during the KingCo 3A championships Feb. 5. Chakravarty won the title with a 3-2 win. Photos by Greg Farrar

It was Liberty against Liberty at Liberty.

The KingCo Conference finals, housed at the Renton school Feb. 5, had a duel of Patriots at 160 pounds: Jay Chakravarty against Shane Small.

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Middleweights leading the way for the Patriots

January 25, 2011

Jay Chakravarty, Liberty High School senior, throws Mount Si junior A.J. Brevick to the mat during their 160-pound wrestling bout Jan. 20. Chakravarty won an 11-3 major decision. By Greg Farrar

Despite a tough loss at Mount Si High School and a fourth-place finish at a tournament in Lacey, Liberty High School wrestling coach Manny Brown remains optimistic.

Not only are standout middleweights Jay Chakravarty and Hamilton Noel having good seasons, but better days might lie ahead, too.

The varsity alone has six freshmen.

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Skyline Spartans earn all-state soccer honors

January 21, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 21, 2011

Three members of the Skyline High School girls soccer team were voted to the Washington State Coaches all-state Class 4A first team.

Forward Michelle Bretl, midfielder Maddie Christ and goalkeeper Tina Vargas were on the first team. Three other Spartans were honored, too. Midfielder Madi Barney was voted to the second team. Defenders Jackie Wilson and Dom Randle earned honorable mention.

Forward Jaclyn Softli, of Eastlake, also received first-team honors.

Forward Kimi Fry, of Liberty, was named to the Class 3A first team. Cassidy Nangle, of Liberty, made the second team.

The all-state teams were based on voting by state high school soccer coaches.

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Issaquah boys basketball team snaps losing streak

January 19, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. Jan. 19, 2011

Steven Rael scored a season-high 20 points Tuesday as he led the Issaquah High School boys basketball team to a 69-64 victory in overtime against visiting Roosevelt. The victory for the Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak.

Issaquah, 2-6 in 4A KingCo Conference play and 5-9 overall, made a tremendous fourth-quarter rally to send the game into overtime. The Eagles trailed by nine points after three quarters. However, Issaquah outscored Roosevelt 17-8 in the final period to send the game into overtime. The Eagles outscored Roosevelt 16-11 in overtime to win the game.

Counting Rael, five players in all scored in double figures for Issaquah. Nik Landdeck contributed 14 points. Fletcher Martin, Evan Peterson and Nick Price each had 11 points. Joe Knight had 15 points to lead Roosevelt, which is 2-7 in league play and 3-10 on the season.

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Liberty grapplers’ comeback comes up short in pin bid over Bellevue

January 18, 2011

Josh Muttart thrills with emotional pin in first match after injury

Heading into the final four matches of the Liberty High School wrestling team’s final home meet of the year Jan. 13, the scene was grim. Bellevue High School wrestlers had manhandled the Patriots most of the evening, dampening Liberty’s spirits.

But when Liberty junior Hamilton Noel took to the mat, it was as if the Patriots’ passion had been reignited. It was the beginning of a thrilling late-meet comeback, and although it was not enough to get the win, it made the 46-35 3A/2A KingCo Conference loss feel slightly less painful. Read more

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