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.”

Read more

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.

Read more

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.”

Read more

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.

Read more

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,”

Read more

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.

Read more

Issaquah loses 51-26 to O’Dea

September 24, 2013

The third time proved not to be a charm for the Eagles. The Issaquah High School football team played its third-straight 3A team Sept. 20 against O’Dea.

MaxPreps Freeman Rankings for Washington had Issaquah still at 24, despite a 1-1 start. However, it was the lower-ranked, visiting Fighting Irish (38) that pulled off the upset, 51-26.

The two teams were all square at 14 after one quarter. The Eagles scored a pair of touchdowns with the usual suspects — Derek Chapman scored on a 38-yard pass from Jack Neary and Jack Gellatly rambled in from eight yards out.

Read more

Eastside Catholic douses Patriots, 62-9

September 10, 2013

As the clocked ticked to zero, and the scoreboard showed an ugly 62-9 loss for the home team, something beautiful was going on in the stands at Liberty High School on Sept. 6.

Despite just witnessing their beloved Patriots sustain a blowout at the hands of a talented Eastside Catholic squad, the still-full Liberty student section cheered louder than ever as the team approached the stands to thank their fans after the game.

By Greg Farrar Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a 16-yard pass for a second-quarter touchdown Sept. 6 against Eastside Catholic junior defensive back Austin Moss.

By Greg Farrar
Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior wide receiver, pulls in a 16-yard pass for a second-quarter touchdown Sept. 6 against Eastside Catholic junior defensive back Austin Moss.

“We’ve got some great fans,” Liberty tight end Lorin Archibald said after the loss.

Read more