Liberty boys cruise to cross country win

September 16, 2010

NEW — 4 p.m. Sept. 16, 2010

The Liberty High School boys cross country placed five runners in the top 10 and cruised to a 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory Wednesday at home against Interlake and Lake Washington.

Tyler Westenbroek, of Liberty, finished first in the 5,000-meter race in 18 minutes, 34 seconds. Teammate Alex Velasquez was second in 18:36. Nick Knobich and Scott Turner were fourth and fifth respectively for the Patriots and Hiron Redmond was eighth.

Liberty won the meet with a low of 20 points. Interlake was second with 35 and Lake Washington took third with 83.

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Alums share love of sports with next generation of athletes at sports camp

August 17, 2010

Matthew Frerker throws the ball to a teammate closer to the goal in an attempt to score a point. By Tara Sackman

University of Portland standout runner Matthew Frerker could spend his summers hanging out with friends in the Portland area, saving a bunch of money for school or traveling. Instead, he returns to Sammamish to play sports with local youths.

The former Skyline High School cross country standout runs for the nationally competitive Division I Pilots. For the past four years, he has worked and coached a summer sports camp with David Clymer, his former coach and a Beaver Lake Middle School math teacher. Read more

A view from Vancouver

February 16, 2010

Sammamish skier chases dream downhill to the Olympics

Yina Moe-Lange marches alongside fellow Danish athletes during the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Feb. 12 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo contributed

The dream stretched back to childhood, when Yina Moe-Lange strapped on a pair of skis and took to the slopes. Through the years and countless downhill runs, she honed her skill with a singular goal in mind: competing in the Winter Olympics.

Moe-Lange, 16, assumed she might be too young to compete when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, and skiers competed in alpine events about four hours from Sammamish, where she and her family moved in 2005.

The premier skiers — like, say, Lindsey Vonn — reach peak ability in their 20s, so Moe-Lange trained with the 2014 Winter Olympics in mind. About a month ago, however, she received word from Denmark: Moe-Lange, a Danish citizen, had been selected to compete in the games, then just a few weeks distant.

The dream to compete in the Winter Olympics turned to reality ahead of schedule.

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