Liberty Patriots face Juanita in key 3A battle

September 30, 2010

NEW — 12:15 p.m. Sept. 30, 2010

The Liberty High School football team, ranked No. 2 in The Seattle Times’ Class 3A poll, gets its toughest KingCo Conference test of the season Friday when the Patriots play at 7 p.m. at Juanita.

The host Rebels, ranked eighth, are 4-0 on the season and have one of the biggest offensive and defensive lines in the league. Running behind the offensive line is standout back Jeremiah Laufasa, who is averaging 115.8 yards a game. The Rebels are coming off a 58-0 rout of Sammamish. Juanita is coached by former Liberty assistant Shaun Tarantola.

Liberty enters the contest with a 3-1 record. The Patriots defeated Mount Si 38-22 Sept. 24. Jake Bainton, who had missed the previous two games because of an injury, caught two touchdown passes for the Patriots.

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Liberty High School Patriots torch Totems

September 22, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 22, 2010

The Liberty High School girls soccer team won its third straight 3A/2A KingCo Conference game Tuesday when the Patriots walloped visiting Sammamish 5-0.

Sara Duvall and Cassidy Nangle each scored two goals for the Patriots, who took over sole ownership of first place.

Liberty led 2-0 at halftime. Duvall scored an unassisted goal at the 17th minute and a minute later Cassidy, assisted by Mollie Cooke, scored.

Goalkeepers Macaire Ament and Jennifer Rucker shared the shutout.

In other action, Mercer Island knocked Interlake out of a first place tie with Liberty by beating the Saints 1-0; it was Juanita 3, Bellevue 0; and Lake Washington 1, Mount Si 0.

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Deep Skyline team eyes repeat state title

September 14, 2010

Stacy Maier (near), Issaquah sophomore, and Nina Zook, Skyline senior, battle head to head during the breaststroke leg of their 200-yard IM race Sept. 7. Zook pulled ahead to win by three-tenths of a second. By Greg Farrar

If anyone rooting for the Skyline High School girls swimming team was worried that it might not be as deep or thoroughly dominating in 2010 as last year’s 4A state championship squad, coach Susan Simpkins seemed confident the Spartans will remain strong.

Although state champ and all-around powerhouse Andie Taylor graduated, Skyline brings back possibly more experienced young swimmers than it knows what to do with. And while the 2009 team was 78 strong, the 2010 squad has 92 swimmers, six of whom are divers, Simpkins said. Read more

Skyline High School swimmers top Issaquah

September 8, 2010

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 8, 2010

Maria Volodkevich won two events and swam on two relays that posted state-qualifying times to help lead the Skyline High School girls swimming team to a season-opening 95-72 victory Tuesday against Issaquah at Julius Boehm Pool.

Skyline, the defending 4A state champions, won the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay with state-qualifying times. The 200 medley relay posted a time of 1:53.33 and the 400 freestyle relay won in 3:47.36. Volodkevich, Katie Kinnear, Meghan O’Keefe and Nina Zook composed both relays. O’Keefe, Zook and Volodkevich were members of last year’s Skyline state championship 400 freestyle relay.

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