Inexperienced Patriots to rely on ‘grit’ in 2015

August 24, 2015

NEW — 2:48 p.m. Aug. 24, 2015

Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.

“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more

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Liberty students get more than $2.3 million in scholarships

June 17, 2015

Liberty High School and the Issaquah School District are grateful for the generosity of the community who contributed in part to more than $2.3 million in scholarships to Liberty’s class of 2015 as reported by students and their parents.

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Patriots make their college choices

April 21, 2015

Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony April 15.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School seniors (from left) Russell Boston, Nate Jarvis, Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma smile while listening to coaches talk about their high-school careers at a special Signing Day ceremony April 15 in the Liberty library.

Runners Sarah Bliesner and Trevor Sytsma, as well as football players Russell Boston and Nate Jarvis, announced their commitments to continue their athletic careers at the college level.

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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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Patriots stay perfect

September 30, 2014

Four weeks into the high school football season, only one Issaquah School District team remains undefeated — and it’s likely not the team you expected.

By Greg Farrar Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Drew Hall (44), Liberty High School senior running back, powers between Lake Washington senior safety Elijah Singstad (23) and senior defensive back Riley Simonson for a 28-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter for a 21-0 lead on the way to the Patriots’ Sept. 26 victory.

The Liberty Patriots improved to 4-0 after a 28-0 road victory over the Lake Washington Kangs on Sept. 26, following wins against Lakewood, Hazen and Interlake.

“It’s amazing. It’s everything I wanted of my senior year,” Liberty running back and linebacker Drew Hall said of the Patriots’ start. “But we still need to keep in mind that it’s 1-0 every week, and we’re on to our next opponent.”

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Liberty Patriots prevail in first football game of season

September 9, 2014

Russell Boston, Liberty High School running back, snakes through defenders in the Patriots’ 27-22 win at Lakewood on Sept. 5.

Photos by Gary Babcock Russell Boston, Liberty High School running back, snakes through defenders in the Patriots’ 27-22 win at Lakewood on Sept. 5.

Romney Noel, Liberty High School senior, leaps into the air to intercept a pass intended for the outstretched arms of a Lakewood receiver.

Romney Noel, Liberty High School senior, leaps into the air to intercept a pass intended for the outstretched arms of a Lakewood receiver.

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Liberty Patriots ready to take on 2A

September 2, 2014

After 16 years at the helm, Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach has seen his fair share of senior classes.

By Greg Farrar The Liberty High School Patriots’ top athletes, in their brand new weight room, include, from left, senior lineman Nate Jarvis, senior running back/linebacker Drew Hall, senior running back/linebacker Romney Noel, senior running back/defensive back Russell Boston, senior lineman Alec Waters, senior offensive/defensive lineman Quinn Magendanz and junior quarterback Nate Solly.

By Greg Farrar
The Liberty High School Patriots’ top athletes, in their brand new weight room, include, from left, senior lineman Nate Jarvis, senior running back/linebacker Drew Hall, senior running back/linebacker Romney Noel, senior running back/defensive back Russell Boston, senior lineman Alec Waters, senior offensive/defensive lineman Quinn Magendanz and junior quarterback Nate Solly.

This year’s, though, the class that will graduate in 2015, is in the running for the best he has ever coached.

“I think we were 3-7 in their sophomore year, so they’ve seen some lean times and still kept competing,” Valach said. “There’s some talent, and then it’s bigger than ability, it’s who they are as guys.”

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Patriots wrap up spring ball

June 24, 2014

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School offensive players huddle to hear the call on the next play from scrimmage June 17 during the final spring practice for the Patriots.

As the Liberty High School football team wrapped up its spring practices June 17, not much looked different on the Patriots’ field.

Music blared, whistles sounded and footballs flew into the outstretched hands of open receivers.

This season will be different, though, for all Liberty sports teams, as they prepare to move from the 3A to 2A level.

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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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Career game not enough in 55-21 loss

October 1, 2013

Russell Boston runs for 189 yards, 3 TDs

A week before Liberty’s Sept. 27 matchup against Juanita, running back Russell Boston had a special visitor.

Boston had dinner with Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew prior to the team’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Jones-Drew, a star at UCLA, led the NFL in rushing in 2011 and is considered one of the league’s top backs.

“He told me to surround yourself with the right people and just go at it 100 percent every day,” Boston said.

By Greg Farrar Russell Boston, Liberty High School junior running back, hits the jets at the midfield stripe to outrun three Juanita defenders during his 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Boston ran for all three Patriot touchdowns, despite their 21-55 loss to the Rebels.

By Greg Farrar
Russell Boston, Liberty High School junior running back, hits the jets at the midfield stripe to outrun three Juanita defenders during his 62-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Boston ran for all three Patriot touchdowns, despite their 21-55 loss to the Rebels.

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