Liberty Patriots’ season comes to a close after regionals loss

March 3, 2015

Liberty High School senior Cherelle Demps’ plan of attack appeared simple in the team’s Feb. 28 regional playoff game.

By Greg Farrar Sitting sadly on the bench after the Demps sisters fouled out in the closing moments of Liberty’s 50-71 loss to East Valley are (from left) senior Cherelle Demps, junior Alissa Campbell, senior Danielle Demps, junior Savannah Metzger and sophomore Kylie Kirksey.

By Greg Farrar
Sitting sadly on the bench after the Demps sisters fouled out in the closing moments of Liberty’s 50-71 loss to East Valley are (from left) senior Cherelle Demps, junior Alissa Campbell, senior Danielle Demps, junior Savannah Metzger and sophomore Kylie Kirksey.

Drive toward the basket, draw the foul and sink the free throws. She executed that sequence over and over, while opponent East Valley struggled to put a stop to it.

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Patriots make history, win district playoff basketball game

February 17, 2015

The 2014-2015 Liberty High School boys basketball team did something Feb. 14 that no past Patriots squad has ever done.

By Greg Farrar Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

By Greg Farrar
Noble Cooper (right), Liberty High School junior forward, is fouled by Renton’s Malik Bundy during the second quarter of their West Central District III first-round game Feb. 12. Cooper made both free throws from the foul stripe. The Patriots lost the game, 53-60.

Liberty won a district playoff game for the first time in the boys’ program history, and thus, kept the dream of a state playoff berth alive.

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Patriots hit a wall with pair of losses as regular season comes to a close

February 4, 2014

It’s been nothing but smooth sailing this season for the 14-5 Liberty girls basketball team, but things got a little rocky just a week before the end of the season.

It began with a 53-45 loss to Mercer Island on Jan. 29, and continued with a 55-36 defeat at the hands of a determined Bellevue team Jan. 31. The Islanders and the Wolverines were both teams the Patriots beat earlier in the season

By Christina Corrales-Toy Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Samantha Kelderman (31), Liberty High School freshman, leaps for an offensive rebound in the Patriots’ 55-36 loss to Bellevue on Jan. 31.

“Hopefully, we’ve got this rough stretch out of the way,” Liberty coach Curtis Terry said. “I’d rather get it out now than in the playoffs, when it’s do or die.”

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