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.
“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more
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.
April 21, 2015
Liberty High School honored four graduating student-athletes at a special ceremony April 15.
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.
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
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.
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.”
September 9, 2014
September 2, 2014
After 16 years at the helm, Liberty High School football coach Steve Valach has seen his fair share of senior classes.
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.”
June 24, 2014
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.
December 23, 2013
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,”
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.