Flag Football Kicks Off The Season

Written By: Jean Hernandez

Staff Reporter

With the fall sports coming to an end, the winter sports are returning for another season.

            Flag Football has already geared up and has begun their training with  intramurals in mid October; their tryouts are on the 10th and 13th of November.

            Coming from a losing season where they didn't win any games, the girls’ only way to go is up.

            With only a few returning players, only some are able to show the team what the other Varsity Flag Football teams are about. From how tough the players are, what type of plays the other schools have up their sleeve, to how each school is on offense and defense.

             “The main goal for the season is to learn from our mistakes,” said Josie Rasamimanana (12).

“It can’t get any worse from last year...last year, the team definitely lacked rythme. This year, returning seniors and new coaches have been making a big push on sportsmanship and acting as a team to prevent the events from last year,” said Rasamimanana.

Their season starts very soon with their first game against Cimarron Memorial on Tuesday the 27th of November.  

“The biggest obligation is to compete. Every down, every play, every quarter, every game. We have have speed, we have intellect….all different kinds of talent and if we commit ourselves to competing, we’ll be okay,” said Head Coach Steven R. Fried            

              This season is their redemption season and an opportunity for them to showcase that Liberty isn’t a school to mess with.

Volleyball Playoffs

Written By: Alyssa Manterola

Staff Reporter

Liberty High School’s varsity volleyball team made it to playoffs this season, on the road towards a state ring. Although they didn’t have a strong start to their season, they did not give up. They brought their record from one win and 13 loses, to five wins and 13 loses. They went on a 4 game winning streak.

On the road to state in the playoffs, the first team Liberty played was Green Valley. Although Liberty took a loss to them during conference, that did not stop our Liberty girls from taking a win. Liberty won this game and it took them to quarter finals. LIberty's 2018-219 varsity team was the first team in all of Liberty volleyball history to win a playoff game.

Liberty played Green Valley on October 30th, at 6 p.m. The game took place at Green Valley’s gym. The game winning point was won by Aiyana Evans (10) as she served a ball and aced on Green Valley.

“Serving the game point is always the hardest part of a game. I am normally pretty relaxed serving in an average game but in playoffs, my heart was racing like no other. While I was serving, I stepped back and it felt like I had all the time in the world. After I served my teammates, coaches, and parents all ran to the court cheering” said Evans.

In the quarter finals Liberty played Desert Oasis, who during conference beat our Lady Patriots. Unbelievably, our Liberty girls pulled another win bringing them to semi-finals.

Liberty played Bishop Gorman in semi-finals. Bishop Gorman was some real competition. They’re number one in the state and number 10 in the nation. Liberty will play Bishop Gorman November 1st at 4 pm at Coronado High School.

Sadly, in the semi-final game Liberty Patriots took their first loss in the playoffs.

Jordyn Emmons (10) believes that they could have won that night.

“If our team wasn’t so stuck on social media and the talk between Gorman and uz, we definitely could have won, we should’ve. Once everyone was so caught up on the negativity, our heads weren’t in the right place. We couldn’t get the job done because we weren’t focused on the task at hand, Liberty was stuck on pride and being petty” said Emmons.

In the first set, the score was 25-7, giving Gorman the lead. Going into the second set, Gorman again won 25-9. In the third and final set, Liberty put up a fight and tried to take the game to four sets but could not keep up leaving the final score at 25-12.This kicked us out of finals and allowed Gorman to take their place in finals, becoming the 2018-219 state champions.

2018 Basketball Lineup

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter

The 2018-19 basketball season is just around the corner and our young Liberty Patriots squad would like to win state this year. December 6th is the exact date Liberty basketball will take the court against as they host conference rival Chaparral.

This Liberty squad is a powerful young team. Lead by four star junior recruit Julian Strawther (11), this team is pretty strong. Ranked nationally as the #33 best player in the country, Strawther is a four star recruit with offers from some of the best basketball schools in the country like UCLA, Kansas, or Connecticut. These are just some of his 23 offers.

The team last season ended with a final record of 18-10. They had a record of 5-1 at home, which speaks for itself as they open their 2018-19 season at home. The Patriots did make the playoffs last season but could not defeat 4A state champions Canyon Springs.

Onto the key returning players; Julian Strawther as mentioned earlier, team captain Jordan Wafer (12) and sophomore point guard (PG) Kobe Stroughter (10), cousin of Strawther. These players will be key to a successful season for the Patriots.

“I feel like we have a great team and we have a chance to make it to state this year if we keep working hard,” said Stroughter.

Based on last season stats and records, Liberty currently sits at the 25th best team in the 4A division out of 38 teams in the state.

The opening game against Chaparral is going to be a fun one to watch because in school history, Liberty is 7-1 against Chaparral.

Football Playoffs

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter

Varsity Football hasn’t been what every fan expected this season, but on the bright side, our Liberty Patriots are going back to the playoffs. With a 3-4 record right now and one last upcoming game against bitter rival Coronado, we can end the regular season 4-4, with a chance to still win our 9th straight Sunrise regional championship.

Liberty is 4-4 but should be 6-2; Liberty got into a bench clearing altercation with Desert Pines High School after we were already winning the game. The altercation cost Liberty and Desert Pines each two games, including that game as they had to forfeit.

One of the games they had to forfeit was a divisional game against Chaparral High School. This left Liberty with a 1-4 record and some scary playoff chances. Last time Liberty didn’t make the playoffs was in 2008.

Wide receiver Tyson Kohoutek (12) says that the ride to the playoffs has been rough and that no matter their record, this team does not give up.

“The ride to the playoffs has been pretty tough because of the adversities the team has faced to get there… our record does not show what this team can do, I still feel as if we have a great shot to win state and hopefully we handle business through the first two games and then play Gorman and knock them out. Then we go win this schools first state championship,” said Kohoutek.

Last season the Patriots came up a little short in the state semifinals to the 7 time, 4a state champs Bishop Gorman Gaels. Liberty looks to retrace their footsteps of last season’s playoff run, but to finally beat biggest rival Bishop Gorman.

Transfer Quarterback from Kapolei High School in Hawaii, Noa Faoa(11), is leading this squad into the playoffs and says they will go in strong.

“I don’t think it’ll be difficult as long as we really dial in and focus on the game plan the coaches have for the week then we’ll be good.” said Faoa.

Before the playoffs Liberty needs to focus on this week's game against Coronado (11-2-18) so they can end with a record of 4-4, to get a better playoff seed (A seed is a competitor or team in a sport or other tournament who is given a preliminary ranking for the purposes of the draw).

The Playoffs start next Friday night (11-9-18). We will see what happens and where Liberty places and what will end up happening on the journey this year.

2018 Wrestling Season Kickoff

Written By: Alyssa Manterola
Staff Reporter

Liberty High School’s wrestling team has been spending endless time in the wrestling room. All the boys are training to either lose or gain weight to make it into their weight division.

The boys on varsity are working on their technique and skill, putting in extra work to be able to represent Liberty High School at state this year.

Last year, varsity wrestler Jayden Rookhuyzen (10) represented Liberty at state. As a freshman last year, Rookhuyzen took Regional Finals, wrestling guys three years older than himself.

This year the varsity line up consists of Jayden Rookhuyzen (10), Kenny Marzola (11), Tehran Piza (10), Tyson Cuamba (9), David Scott (12), Jake Whiddon (12), Meagan Rivera (12), Marc Anthony (11), Derek Nua (12), Colten Pavlica (12), and a few others.

This season for Liberty’s wrestling team, there are 14 different weight divisions to wrestle in.

The varsity roster this year is stacked with girls and boy full of skill. The only girl on the team this season is Rivera.

     “Being the only girl is difficult sometimes but I still feel part of the team” said Rivera.

       There’s a lot to look forward to during this wrestling season.


Volleyball Update

Written By: Alyssa Manterola

Staff Reporter

The women's volleyball varsity roster is stacked with skill. During preseason, in the LVI tournament, they took 3rd place in silver division out of 20 high school teams.

During the conference season, although they have not had a great start with a record of 2-7, they are still fighting to get some wins to improve their record.

The women's volleyball team is ranked 54th in the state. Their kills per set stats are up there at 7.5 while the national hitting average is at 7.7. Their hitting average is blowing past the national average percentage with them at 7.7.

This year there is a brand new coaching staff. Coach Frederick Williams is the varsity coach.

“Everybody wants to go to win state, my goal is to bring out the best in everyone of my players,” said Coach Williams.

There are five seniors on the team this year, it’s their last year playing high school volleyball. Oceana Clemen (12) has been on varsity for all her four years. She will not be continuing her volleyball career in college. She is very sad that this is her last year playing high school volleyball.

“To leave a legacy,” said Clemen. Senior night for them is on Monday October 22nd, and is also the last home game of the season. This game is against Bishop Gorman; Bishop Gorman's record in the conference is 5-0.

The most current game that took place was Thursday October 4th. It was a home game against Silverado High School. It was an intense game going head to head. In the first set, Silverado High School won but Liberty High School did not give up. They came back and took the game to four sets. Liberty won everyone of the sets after that.

One highlight from the game was when Jordyn Emmons (10) banged line, scoring a point for Liberty. The final highlight was when Brylie Brewer (12), as a middle, was set when the score was 24-22 and hit the ball off the block and it flew out and the final score was 25-22. Liberty won the game after four sets.

Soccer Update

Written By: Alyssa Manterola

Staff Reporter

Liberty High School’s men's soccer season is going great. Their record is 4-1 and they’re currently ranked 27th in the state and ranked nationally at 188.

Hayden Prasad (Senior), number ten, has been named player of the game three games in a row. So far in this, season, Prasad has played 10 games and has 24 shots, 25 points, has scored 9 goals, had 7 assists and 6 steals.

“It sucks that the season is coming to an end soon, but I do plan on moving forward to college soccer,” said Prasad.

For the women's soccer team, their record in the season so far is four wins one loss and one tie. They’re  ranked 15th in the state and nationally ranked 896.

The most recent game for the girls team was a home game against Sierra Vista. On Tuesday, September 25th, the women's soccer team lost to Sierra Vista in a conference game, final score 4-2.

Lexi Gilliland (Junior) has been on varsity for three years.

“I love soccer and I’m sad that it’ll be coming to an end soon,” said Gilliland   

This year, the women's soccer team is working on their goal to make it to state this season.

Football Update

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter

Three games into the 2018-19 football season and our Liberty Patriots are looking pretty good even though their record is 1-2. We have a pretty solid squad this season and want a state title.

Game one was in Arizona against our out of state rival Saguaro Sabercats. We beat them 22-12 , and our offense was looking good for the first game. Our defense stepped up a lot and kept the Sabercats offense to under 200 offensive yards.

The play of the game was by Sophomore Zyrus Fiaseu (10) and older brother Austin Fiaseu (12). Austin Fiaseu blocked a punt on a 4th down while younger brother Zyrus ran and picked up the punt and took it back for a patriots touchdown.

Liberty’s home opener in week two against Lone Peak from Utah was a tragedy all around for the Patriots, resulting in a 21-10 loss. On the offensive side, we only passed for 29 passing yards and 101 total yards offensively. The only touchdown came from Defensive End (DE) Luke Toomalatai (12) off a blocked punt for return.

Starting quarterback (QB) Noa Faoa (11) got hurt early in the first quarter so slot receiver Victor Epstein (11) came in. Sadly another injury from Epstein late in the third quarter hurt the Patriots again. Third string quarterback, Kanyon Stoneking (11), came into the game and ended up leading Liberty in passing yards for the game with 11.

We ended strong after multiple injuries. The team did not lose their pride and had to move on from the tough loss and got ready for the number one team in the country, IMG from Florida.

Week three was a better looking Liberty team if you weren’t looking at the scoreboard. Liberty’s running game was their success in the game with 92 yards rushing against a top five defense in the country. Final score ended with IMG coming out on top 35-0.

This now puts Liberty at a starting record of 1-2 for the season. The last time Liberty started out 1-2 was in 2013 and still ended the season 10-4, reaching the State semi-finals. Wide receiver, Maurice Hampton (11), had some words about the 1-2 record.  

“We will come back strong, it isn’t only about the record, it’s about how the team comes together after the loss. It was a wake up call,” said Hampton.

Liberty has a bye (a week with no game) week this week to get back on track and head for a ninth straight Sunrise region division champs. Their next opponent is three time defending 3A state champions Desert Pines.

“We need to focus one week at a time… work hard as a team and fix our mistakes that we’ve made from previous weeks. This upcoming game is going to be a dog fight and one to watch,” said Hampton.

Meanwhile, Liberty’s JV team is off to a great start at 2-0 and also faces Desert Pines this week. Freshman football has a 3-0 start and a bye week this upcoming week (9/19/18).

Just wait to see what will happen with Liberty football and come out to support your Patriots; Show some Patriot Pride.

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Liberty vs. IMG

written by: Daniel Britt

Staff reporter

  

       The Liberty Patriot’s (nationally ranked 40th)  2018-19 football season kicks off this friday night (8/23/18) in Arizona against the second best team in AZ, Saguaro Sabercats.

       Week three is the week that all of us Las Vegas high school football fans have been waiting for, for about four months now. Our Liberty Patriots will face off against nationally ranked #3 IMG academy from Florida.

       IMG has three players on their roster that are top 50 players in the country. Defensive End (DE) Nolan Smith (12) is ranked the best player in the country going into his senior year. A couple of weapons on the offensive side of the ball for the Ascenders is Running Back (RB) Trey Sanders (12) and Offensive Tackle (OT) Evan Neal (12).

       In the past five years, IMG has a grand record of 47-3. There last lost was in 2014 to St. Johns High School in Washington D.C 35-2.

       Enough about IMG, Let’s move onto our Liberty Patriots who have won eight Sunrise Regional Championships in a row and look to defend our title.

       We are 54-13 in the past five years as a team. Team captains Troy Fautanu (12), Kyle Beaudry (12), Luke Toomalatai (12) and Jeremiah Tai’ese (12) look to make their last ride as a Patriot an undefeated season. The game vs IMG is here at Freedom Field on September 7th under the lights for the Polynesian Classic game. The game be live on tv on the CW.

       Speaking of team captains Troy Fautanu has a huge decision this offseason as he has 21 offers and every school in the Pac-12 besides Stanford. Troy plays Right Tackle (RT) and he looks to dominate Nolan Smith on September 7th.

       Zyrus Fiaseu (10) was a big part of Liberty's success last season as he earned division one offers from top schools in the country and his play was huge also. To Fiaseu being able to play for a top school in the country is an opportunity to let everyone in the country know who Liberty football is.

       “Liberty is a special place and the energy this school has for football is amazing and it just feels like another family,” said Zyrus Fiaseu(10)

       Liberty will be ready for IMG and we have to wait and see how this battle goes. Let's hope for another great Polynesian Classic.

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Volleyball

written by: alyssa manterola

rookie reporter

This year the women's volleyball season dedicated their summer to training and working hard to make this season one to remember.

The women volleyball team’s first game of the season was Wednesday August 29th at 6:00pm. It was a home game and the visitors were Faith Lutheran.

The first team to play was JV and Freshman. JV putting up a fight taking the game to three sets unfortunately losing in the final game 13-15 Faith Lutheran. The freshman team taking home a win with the final score being 25-17.

The varsity roster is stacked with skill making them a real threat this year. The games starting lineup for the game was Sophomore Sydney Tuioti-Mariner setter, Junior Aureana Bernalesas libero, Sophomore Jordyn Emmons outside hitter, Senior Brylie Brewer as middle and Sophomore Faith Smith as middle two, Freshman Brooklyn Slater as outside and Oceana Clemens as opposite.

The ref blew the whistle and the first game of the season began. The girls got on the court filled with game day jitters,

“Game day jitters do go away, you end up getting used to them” Oceana Clemmens (12).

In the first set of the game, both teams fighting to take home the win. The score was 20-18, Liberty was falling behind working their hardest to catch up, but at the end Faith Lutheran ends up winning 25-20.

Entering the second set Liberty is not giving up and fighting to win this set. Our girls start off strong putting up a fighting lead. Sadly the girls could not keep up the fight and lost 25-16. When they entered the third set if Faith wins this set the game is over but if Liberty wins they will take the game all the way to five sets, giving Liberty a fighting chance.

The third set begins, it is not a good start Liberty, falling behind with the score 10 Faith Lutheran, Liberty 1. The crowd is silent, while the JV and Freshman are cheering them on trying to restore hope. Unfortunately, Liberty could not catch up after the downfall at the beginning. The final score was 25-10.

Following this devastating loss starting freshman Brooklyn Slater was asked how do you think you guys did together as a team what are some things your can improve on and she answered

“I could have been a little less nervous and team wise we needed to work together more and communication ” Brooklyn Slater (9).


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Kenyon Oblad

Written by: Daniel Britt

staff reporter

       

       Nevada’s high school passing yards record leader, Kenyon Oblad made his decision at the end of last season to commit to our hometown UNLV Rebels on a full ride scholarship and was named a “hometown hero” by his decision.

       “I am very happy with choosing UNLV and am very excited for what’s in store,” said Oblad.

       Oblad graduated early from Liberty last year to get a head start at UNLV and get to know the campus.

       Getting to know him a little, he was a four year starter as the varsity quarterback (QB). Oblad is doing very well at UNLV right now between school and Football.

       “I get most reps with second string at the moment and is still competing for the starting job,” said Oblad.

       Former Mountain West (MW) rookie of the year Armani Rogers is the “so called” starter right now as a sophomore. Oblad is on the UNLV roster 100%. He made the travel squad which means he will travel to all the away games. He enjoys all of his time there at UNLV.

       “The dorm life is awesome, meeting new people and everything, it’s a great experience and making a lot of friends,” said Oblad.

       Oblad thinks he is doing a good job right now between learning the offense and school.

       “I’ve learned 95% of the offense and have it down pretty well and that practices are very fast paced and high tempo. There isn’t a second wasted with distractions. So all and all i’m doing pretty good,” said Oblad.

       Kenyon seems like he is enjoying the college life and is working hard to be named the starter by sometime this season or the next.

       Liberty High has some more exceptional athletes like linebacker (LB) Kyle Beaudry(12) and safety (SS) Austin Fiaseu(12) who be joining Oblad next season in the UNLV locker room. All we can do is wait now and see what happens next at UNLV as they face USC this upcoming weekend (9-1-18) in California, it’s going to be a good one.

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