State tennis roundup — Patriots tennis duo medals at state

June 3, 2015

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao needed a little time to get warmed up, but once they did, opponents were on alert.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (right), Liberty High School senior, and Marek Pierepiekarz, junior, win their first-round 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (right), Liberty High School senior, and Marek Pierepiekarz, junior, win their first-round 2A state championship doubles tennis match May 29.

The Liberty High School doubles team took second place at the Class 2A state boys tournament, held May 29-30 at the University of Washington, picking up where they left off in the fall when they became the first tennis players in school history to win a district championship.

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Liberty baseball team makes state’s final four and other notes

May 26, 2015

NEW — 3:40 p.m. May 26, 2015

Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.

The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.

Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.

Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more

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Liberty athletes make all-conference team

December 9, 2014

KingCo 2A/3A Conference coaches recently announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2014 fall season.

Listed below are some of the selections from Liberty High School. Read more

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Sorting out Liberty’s 2A postseason

November 11, 2014

NEW — 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 2014

As the 2014 fall high-school postseason continues, most Liberty sports teams are finding that everything is just a little bit different this year.

The Patriots are now playing at the 2A level for at least the next two years. Liberty previously played at 3A, opting up a classification, despite the school’s size.

Liberty’s regular season remained unchanged. They still played a competitive schedule in the tough KingCo 3A/2A Conference.

But now that the school is in 2A, the road through the playoffs has a slightly different look to it. Read more

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Patriots drop season finale to Interlake

October 21, 2014

The Liberty High School boys tennis team wrapped up its regular season with a home-court loss to Interlake Oct. 16.

By Greg Farrar Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

By Greg Farrar
Matthew Cao (left), Liberty High School senior, is set for the return as his teammate, junior Marek Pierepiekarz, serves in the first set of their top-seed doubles match Oct. 16 against Interlake seniors Michael Kwong and Justin Lee at Tibbetts Valley Park. Cao and Pierepiekarz won, 6-3, 6-3.

The Patriots dropped five of the seven matches against the Saints, but found a sliver of hope when two players who normally compete in singles teamed up to show impressive mettle in the No. 1 doubles match.

Marek Pierepiekarz and Matthew Cao defeated Interlake’s Michael Kwong and Justin Lee in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

“Winning 6-3, 6-3 in the Interlake match was an amazing accomplishment for two singles players to achieve as a newly-formed doubles team,” Liberty coach Mike Salokas said.

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Liberty nets season’s first conference win

September 17, 2013

By Greg Farrar Marek Pierepiekarz, Liberty High School sophomore, throws his arms up and his head back in exaltation after winning match point in his top-seeded contest Sept. 12 against Juanita senior Brannden Nokes.

By Greg Farrar
Marek Pierepiekarz, Liberty High School sophomore, throws his arms up and his head back in exaltation after winning match point in his top-seeded contest Sept. 12 against Juanita senior Brannden Nokes.

In the first set of Marek Pierepiekarz’s Sept. 12 match against Juanita’s Branden Nokes, the Liberty High School sophomore was in complete control.

As the sun beat down and the sweat began to bead across his forehead, Pierepiekarz twirled his tennis racket with ease between serves while making quick work of Nokes on the way to a 6-0 first-set victory at the Tibbetts Park Tennis Courts.

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