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 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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Liberty wins district girls basketball title

February 24, 2015

It’s official.

The Liberty High School girls basketball season is starting to feel mighty similar to one Cinderella-type playoff run the school witnessed in 2013.

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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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Liberty dismantles Interlake on senior day

January 27, 2015

By Greg Farrar Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, draws a blocking foul from Interlake senior Adriana Cottle during the second quarter Jan. 23. Demps had a game- and season-high 20 points.

By Greg Farrar
Cherelle Demps, Liberty High School senior guard, draws a blocking foul from Interlake senior Adriana Cottle during the second quarter Jan. 23. Demps had a game- and season-high 20 points.

As Liberty senior Cherelle Demps took the starting tipoff position in Friday’s game against Interlake, she paused for a moment to reflect. Read more

Cross country teams win league titles

October 28, 2014

The Issaquah High School girls cross-country team continued its magical season Oct. 25, winning the KingCo 4A League championship for the first time in 21 years.

The Eagles had four runners in the top eight, led by Issaquah’s top finisher, Cayla Seligman. The Issaquah senior took third place overall, running the 3.1-mile course at Lake Sammamish State Park in 18 minutes, 7.32 seconds.

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Liberty cross-country sweeps Lake Washington, Sammamish

October 14, 2014

Patriots, Eagles do well at invitational

The Liberty High School cross-country team swept the competition, defeating both Lake Washington and Sammamish in an Oct. 8 meet at Bellevue’s Robinswood Park.

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School athletes (from left) Sarah Bliesner, Tyra Christopherson, Kelsey Takeuchi and Carlyn Schmidgall run in the girls cross-country race Oct. 8 at Robinswood Park against Sammamish and Lake Washington as coach Mike Smith cheers them on.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School athletes (from left) Sarah Bliesner, Tyra Christopherson, Kelsey Takeuchi and Carlyn Schmidgall run in the girls cross-country race Oct. 8 at Robinswood Park against Sammamish and Lake Washington as coach Mike Smith cheers them on.

The Patriots’ boys and girls squads each scored 22 points on the way to the win. Senior Trevor Sytsma was the top finisher for the boys, navigating the 3.1-mile course in 17 minutes, 54 seconds. Teammate Andrew Cooper was right behind him, finishing second with a time of 18:14.

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Patriots cross-country squads finish undefeated in KingCo

October 22, 2013

By Greg Farrar Aaron Bowe (right), Liberty High School senior, and sophomore Collin Olson run with three Islanders in the lead pack Oct. 16 at their cross country meet. Bowe won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds and Olson took second in 15:59.

By Greg Farrar
Aaron Bowe (right), Liberty High School senior, and sophomore Collin Olson run with three Islanders in the lead pack Oct. 16 at their cross country meet. Bowe won in 15 minutes, 38 seconds and Olson took second in 15:59.

On the back of the Liberty cross-country team’s blue sweatshirts is an outline of Washington state. Superimposed across it are the words “We run this place.”

The 2013 Patriots are well on the way to living up to the phrase, having just completed an undefeated KingCo 3A/2A regular season.

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