Inexperienced Patriots to rely on ‘grit’ in 2015

September 1, 2015

NEW — 3:18 p.m. Sept. 1, 2015

Just before the Liberty High School football team hit the locker rooms after a sun-soaked Aug. 21 practice, they gathered in an end zone and knelt on one knee.

“It’s time for ‘Spotlight on a Champion,’” Liberty coach Steve Valach announced. He asked for nominees and the players quickly identified a teammate. Once chosen, Valach ushered him to the front and put his arm around him.

By Christina Corrales-Toy A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
A Nate Solly pass slips through the fingers of Liberty High School senior running back Max Batali at an Aug. 21 football practice at Liberty High School.

One by one, players and coaches threw out words such as “inspiring” and “hardworking.” They highlighted the best in the spotlighted champion’s character and made sure he heard it.“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more

Hazen, Liberty athletes earn spring all-league honors

August 6, 2015

NEW — 3:11 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

KingCo and Seamount conference coaches announced their all-conference selections for sports during the 2015 spring season. Listed below are the selections from Hazen (Seamount League) and Liberty (KingCo 2A/3A Conference).

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Baseball

Hazen
League co-champions — Hazen and Kennedy Catholic
Coach of the Year — Mike Brundage, Hazen
First team — C Logan Ricord, sophomore; 1B Ryan Gayte, senior; DH Eli Azcueta, senior
Second team — 3B Alex Combs, sophomore; OF Nolan Hoover, senior
Honorable mention — OF Mitchell Hard, senior; OF DJ Anderson, senior; P Ben Hoeper, junior; P Ryan Gayte, senior Read more

Liberty baseball team advances, Highlanders done

May 10, 2015

NEW — 1:50 p.m. May 10, 2015

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School first baseman James Workman claps as he trots to home plate, after scoring the Patriots' first run in a 10-0 win over Foster May 9.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School first baseman James Workman claps as he trots to home plate, after scoring the Patriots’ first run in a 10-0 win over Foster May 9.

Despite a regular season record below .500, and a seventh-place finish in the eight-team KingCo 3A/2A Conference, the Liberty High School baseball team is headed to state. Read more