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Read on for some of the best moments of the past year in prep sports. Fall The Lindbergh boys cross-country team maintained an amazing run of success and won the 2A state title. The Eagles haven't lost a league meet since 2006 and have placed in the top eight at state every year since 2004.
With the spring season now wrapped up, Lindbergh had the best overall year with nine league championships. The Eagles edged Kennedy Catholic (six) thanks to a strong spring with league titles in baseball, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys track and field, and girls track and field.
Liberty's Aspen Winegar signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for the University of Montana Western. Winegar, a 6-foot forward, earned all-league and all-state mentions this year. Her 12.5 points per game were third in the KingCo 3A/2A. She also averaged 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 2.2 assists per game during her senior season.
After winning the Seamount League and making the 3A state tournament, the Hazen soccer team placed four players on the all-league first team. The Highlanders' Conner Hall (defender), Jordan Lewison (forward), Sam Bunnell (forward) and Ryan Wong (midfielder) all made the first team. Lindbergh defender Troy Jaramillo also made the first team.
After winning the Seamount with a perfect league record, Lindbergh's Benny Benavides won the Seamount's Coach of the Year award. The Eagles also placed six players on the all-league first team, Tyler Gould (catcher), Matt Stuart (first base), Billy Hernandez (third base), Ryan White (shortstop), Craig Yamaguchi (outfield) and Cooper Stevens (outfield).
The Liberty girls softball team capped off a weekend of action at the 3A state softball tournament with a 9-5 loss to Camas Friday. The Patriots (12-16) overcame a rigorous schedule to make state after a three-year absence. Liberty lost to Everett 5-1 in the first round. Miranda Bukantz went 3-3 with a run and two doubles in the game.
Led by Josh Gordon's state title in the long jump, the Liberty boys track and field team placed fifth at the 3A state tournament. Gordon jumped a distance of 22 feet, eight inches, which was good enough to win the title - his second straight state title in the long jump - by eight inches. Gordon also took third in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump. Gordon, along with Joseph Bergmann, Hamilton Noel and Hiron Redman placed third in the 4 X 400 relay.
Relays led the day for Lindbergh at the 2A state track and field meet. Behind a fourth-place finish in the 4 X 100 team of Aaron Arzaga, Joe Simpson, Luke Cruaz and Calebse Cange, the Eagles boys team placed 29th. Renton finished tied for 37th. On the girls side, Lindbergh took 23rd, while Renton tied for 41st.
The Lindbergh boys tennis team placed second at the 2A state tournament last weekend. It is the second straight top finish for the team after tying for the title last year. The Eagles scored 17 points, behind only Interlake with 28 and ahead of Washington, with 12.
All along, Liberty softball coach Brian Hartman knew his team was being underrated. Once the Patriots made it to the postseason, they got to prove it. “Our record doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality of our team,” Hartman said. “We were super close the entire year, and we just had to break through.”
The Lindbergh tennis team won the West Central District championship last weekend. Lindbergh's doubles team of Adrian Villanueva and Sam Bayna won the district title. The team will take on Nick Gigstad and Jeremy Teske of Ellensburg in the first round of the state tournament.
The Hazen baseball team fell to Kennewick 4-0 in the first round of the 3A state tournament Saturday. The Highlanders tied a team record for most wins in a season with 15, and finished the year at 15-8.
The Liberty boys and girls track teams each placed third at the 3A Sea-King district meet last week. The boys scored 72 points, behind O'Dea in second and Bellevue in first. The girls finished with 59 points, behind Holy Names and Juanita in first.
The Hazen baseball team is getting ready for the state tournament and will leave for Yakima Friday afternoon. The team takes on Kennewick at 10 a.m. Saturday at County Stadium in Yakima. "It's all been the kids," said Hazen coach Mike Brundage. "I'm lucky to be in the situation I'm in. These guys put in all the work and all I've got to do is fill out a lineup. I've been very blessed."
The Liberty baseball team finished one game short of state after falling to West Seattle 2-1 Tuesday. The Patriots (9-15) won six out of their final eight games, including three of four in the KingCo 3A tournament to make a deep playoff run after starting the year 0-9.
Hazen senior Jimmy Schmidt pitched a one-hit shutout as the Highlanders beat Enumclaw 1-0 to advance to the 3A state tournament for the first time since 2008. The Highlanders (15-7) take on Kennewick (18-7) May 19 at 10 a.m. in Yakima in the first round of state.
The Lindbergh boys baseball season came to an end with a 9-1 loss to North Kitsap in the district tournament May 12. Earlier in the day, the Eagles (16-3) topped Franklin Pierce 8-0 thanks to another standout performance by Matt Stuart.
The Liberty girls track and field team won the 3A KingCo title, while the boys took third. Megan Chucka won two league titles, sweeping the 1,600 and 3,200 races. Megan Larsen won the 800. Emily Pestl-Dimmitt won the 100 hurdles. Danielle Richards won the pole vault.
Janayla Scott, Sarah Reiter, Travis Downen, Immanuel Carter cruise at sub-districts | 2A Track & field
Lindbergh's Janayla Scott and Travis Downen, plus Renton's Immanuel Carter each won multiple titles at the Seamount/Interlake sub-district last week. Carter won the 400 and long jump. His long-jump distance of 22 feet is a personal best. Downen swept the long distance events, garnering wins in the 1,600 and 3,200. Lindbergh's Mitchell Hughey won the 800.
Lindbergh junior Janayla Scott has been one of the state leaders all season long. The challenge now is maintain consistency into the postseason. “She’s talented and she’s fast,” said Lindbergh girls track coach Jeff Stuart. “You’ve got to have speed. And she’s very coachable. She’s always listening and trying to improve.”