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Patriot Profile: Taylor Kryzcki turns family tradition of drag racing into a reality

Sam Kelderman, Sports Editor
May 9, 2017
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

The smell of racing fuel on a warm summer night, the thrill of going 100 mph on a short track, and the pride in carrying on a long time family tradition: these moments are what senior Taylor Krzycki experiences in drag racing—a sport where drivers race their cars on a straight quarter mile track. The...

Liberty students take on challenges of rowing

Lillian Moore, Staff Writer
March 27, 2017
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

Most athletes would never even entertain the idea of playing two back-to-back varsity basketball games without a break. Yet, rowers continuously exert that amount of energy in only eight minutes during practice and competition. Liberty seniors Anna Benson and Megan Kirshner both row for Sammamish rowing...

Patriot Profile: Aiden Holmes is a competitive fencer at a national level

Sam Kelderman, Sports Editor
March 23, 2017
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

“I was about 10 years old, and I wanted to be a sword fighter when I grew up, so my mom put me in fencing.” Freshman Aiden Holmes is fulfilling his childhood dreams by fencing—a competition in which two people fight with swords to score points—and this sport has allowed him to meet new people...

Patriot Profile: sophomore Jessie Tappan plays Special Olympics basketball

Siri Christopherson, Staff Writer
May 12, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Outside Sports, Sports

On March 5 and 6, sophomore Jessie Tappan competed with a team in Washington’s basketball Special Olympics. She played with nine other kids between ages eight and fifteen from middle and high schools in the Issaquah School District. “[I was] kind of nervous to go out and play,” Jessie Tappan said....

Patriot Profile: Anna Benson rows to confidence

Ally Smith, Staff Writer
February 25, 2016
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

“You’re out there and you are giving it your all and once you hit the finish line knowing you’ve given everything you’ve got it’s the best feeling in the world,” junior Anna Benson said. Although Benson has only been rowing for seven months it has already begun to leave a lifelong impact...

Rhythmic gymnast leaves it all on the mat

Sara Flash, Staff Writer
June 2, 2015
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

If you mentioned rhythmic gymnastics to most people on the street, chances are they wouldn’t quite know what to think. Brief visions of ribbons, hoops, and music might flash through their minds, or maybe they’d think of the graceful people they’d seen once on TV during the last summer Olympics. But...

Equestrians take care of their 2000 lb. teammates

Skylar Kylstra, Senior Writer
May 18, 2015
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

When you think of your teammates on a sports team, a 2,000 pound animal doesn’t usually come to mind. But for equestrians Belle Sturm (12), Kelley Johnson (12), and Lena Diaz (9) that’s exactly what their sport entails. Equestrianism, also known as horseback riding, is a very diverse sport dating...

Lady Patriot packs a mean punch

Anna Malesis, Managing Editor
May 14, 2015
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

By day, she is a quiet, intellectual student. By night, she is ready to fight. Junior Clara Bardot is probably not the kind of person who comes to mind when you think “kickboxing,” but for the past five years, that’s just what she has been doing. More specifically, she practices Muay Thai,...

Junior navigates onto national orienteering team

Anna Malesis, Managing Editor
May 14, 2015
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

She is running through the woods, compass in hand. She looks down at her map: right or left? Time is running out—she can’t get lost now! Quickly reorienting herself, she chooses left and continues racing down the trail. No, junior Tyra Christopherson isn’t some sort of female Indiana Jones escaping...

En garde: Liberty Senior competes in fencing

Paige Hopkins, Staff Writer
November 26, 2014
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

Forget the valiant knights of the Middle Ages. Forget the swashbuckling pirates of the Caribbean. Senior Natalia Heller, a five year fencing veteran, has become the new champion of swordplay at Liberty. Heller started fencing at age thirteen, when a friend introduced her to the sport. She quickly...

Equestrian:

Jocelyn Tierney, Staff Writer
May 8, 2014
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

While equestrian isn’t a sport that many people do or know about, some liberty students have put many long hours and extensive hard work in perfecting their craft. "I got started when I was in Girl Scouts… we did this Horse trail ride thing and ever since then I just really wanted to be involved ...

Rowing creates scholarship opportunities for Liberty students

Sara Bluhm
December 10, 2013
Filed under Outside Sports, Sports

The interest in rowing is on the rise at Liberty as students like senior Jeremy Stroming and sophomore Duncan Wray take to the water with their crew teams outside of school. Rowing is less prominent than most sports. This creates more available scholarships to a greater number of people than more highly v...

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