Liberty teams could move to 2A

December 24, 2013

Liberty High School athletic teams could find themselves competing in a lower division next school year, after the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association released new classification data.

Every two years, the WIAA examines enrollment numbers to determine in what division school sports teams will compete.

“Although this process is not complete, there is high probability that LHS will compete at the 2A level starting next year,” Liberty Principal Josh Almy wrote in an email to parents.

With an enrollment number of 891, Liberty is the size of a 2A school, though in the past it has opted up to play in the 3A division.

Liberty would continue to compete in the competitive KingCo League, which already includes both 3A and 2A schools. The difference would come in postseason play, when the Patriots would compete against other 2A schools.

 

Liberty: 3A or 2A?

December 23, 2013

Azan Sarosh Liberty High School

Azan Sarosh
Liberty High School

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,”

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November 26, 2013

Singing Liberty trio performs in Nashville

November 15, 2013

NEW — 1:55 p.m. Nov. 15, 2013

Nov. 7 was just another regular day of rehearsal for Liberty High School choir students Cassi Cox, Sarah Edmonds and Jennifer Wood.

They stood, staggered among their peers, with their faces buried in the music sheets, singing along as teacher Robin Wood dutifully instructed.

Just a week earlier, though, the Liberty trio was in Nashville, Tenn. performing in front of an audience of more than 2,500 people, hand selected to stand among the best singers in the nation.

“It was kind of surreal, performing with so many talented singers,” Edmonds said.

Liberty High School students (from left) Sarah Edmonds, Cassi Cox and Jennifer Wood, with Liberty choir teacher Robin Wood, take in the indoor gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. (contributed photo)

Liberty High School students (from left) Sarah Edmonds, Cassi Cox and Jennifer Wood, with Liberty choir teacher Robin Wood, take in the indoor gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. (contributed photo)

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Patriot Players ‘Dream’ of Shakespeare classic

November 12, 2013

William Shakespeare’s literary works have succeeded in confounding high school students for years.

Whether it’s the Elizabethan English or the iambic pentameter, the name Shakespeare and ease of comprehension generally do not go together.

By Sarah Edmonds Bottom, played by Liberty High School junior Parker Simpson, isn’t quite sure to what to make of the strong come-on from Fairy Queen Titania, senior Natalie Gress, in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

By Sarah Edmonds
Bottom, played by Liberty High School junior Parker Simpson, isn’t quite sure to what to make of the strong come-on from Fairy Queen Titania, senior Natalie Gress, in the Patriot Players’ production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

That changes when his work is acted out on a stage, though, said Liberty senior Alison Fesler.

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Lacrosse players commit to college

November 12, 2013

The Eastside Catholic High School boys lacrosse program had two players give oral commitments last week to play NCAA Division I college lacrosse.

Josh Matte, a sophomore goalkeeper, has orally committed to the University of Denver. Teammate Arend Broekmate, a junior defender, gave an oral commitment to Lafayatte (Pa.) College.

Matte, who lives in Issaquah, isn’t eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent for two more years, but with Denver, he’d be joining a program that has made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. Last spring, Denver advanced to the semifinals before falling to top-ranked Syracuse.

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Liberty’s boys cross-country team makes history

November 5, 2013

Heading into the 2013 Sea-King District meet Oct. 31, the Liberty boys cross-country team knew it would take the perfect race to qualify for state.

They knew they had the talent, Liberty coach Mike Smith said, but nothing is ever a given in the competitive Sea-King District.

Photos by Greg Farrar Above, the chanting in a rally huddle deafens as the Liberty High School boys’ varsity cross country team prepares to race, and the girls’ varsity joins in for support after their finish minutes before, as both teams made state together for the first time in school history Oct. 24 during the SeaKing District 2 championship at Lake Sammamish State Park. At right, senior Aaron Bowe heads up the backstretch of the final lap to a second-place finish.

Photos by Greg Farrar
The chanting in a rally huddle deafens as the Liberty High School boys’ varsity cross country team prepares to race, and the girls’ varsity joins in for support after their finish minutes before, as both teams made state together for the first time in school history Oct. 24 during the SeaKing District 2 championship at Lake Sammamish State Park.

“As a team, that was their goal, they wanted to go to state and they knew with the senior group we had this year, it was probably the best chance we’ve had in a long time,” he said.

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Patriot Way becomes a reality

September 7, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 7, 2013

The long road toward Liberty High School officially bears a rather appropriate name, after new Patriot Way Southeast signs were installed Sept. 6.

The name change for the road formerly known as 168th Avenue Southeast was approved by the King County Council in June after students from the Liberty Associated Student Body, along with support from the school’s dean of students Michelle Munson and school resource officer Dave Montalvo, paved the way to make it happen.

“A lot of folks worked really hard the last year, including members of every class and graduated seniors, to go through a really tough government process,” King County Councilman Reagan Dunn said, addressing the school at a Sept. 6 assembly.

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Another day, another world record

August 20, 2013

Liberty graduate sets new marks for Rubik’s Cube

The Riviera Convention Center is filled with excited chatter, but Kevin Hays remains focused, completely still except for his hands, which are fervently manipulating a 7-by-7 Rubik’s Cube.

He sits next to a large digital clock, which is timing his race to solve the cube down to a hundredth of a second, but he blocks out everything except the cube. However, when he completes the solve, he immediately drops his composure and jumps from his chair, yelling, “Yes!” with his hands in the air, as friends and other onlookers clap and cheer for him.

By Donna Hays Kevin Hays is seconds from completing his world record solve in the 6-by-6 event at the Rubik’s Cube World Championships in Las Vegas.

By Donna Hays
Kevin Hays is seconds from completing his world record solve in the 6-by-6 event at the Rubik’s Cube World Championships in Las Vegas.

Hays has just set a world record.

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Back in the game

August 13, 2013

Bellevue Bulldogs JC football team gives local players a second chance

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

Dalton Darlington (right), Liberty High School graduate and defensive lineman/linebacker, blocks an offensive lineman Aug. 6 during a team drill. Photo by Greg Farrar

For most high school football athletes, their career on the gridiron ends when the last of the Friday night lights flicker to darkness.

Some go on to play the sport at the collegiate level and beyond, but that isn’t an option for the majority. The itch to get on the field, tackle an opponent and be a part of a unique brotherhood is not easily tossed aside, though.

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