From Homeless to Living His NFL Dream

Written By: Justin Nelson

Staff Reporter

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, once a homeless man sleeping outside of a gym on a patch of grass in Miami, was able to live out his dream as a National Football League (NFL) wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns. 

Before Sheehy-Guiseppi was ever close to playing in the NFL, he was an NJCAA ( National Junior College Athletic Association) All American kick returner at Phoenix college.  

No NFL scouts have even heard of him even though he was awarded All American. 

He heard from a friend in a flag football league in Arizona about an NFL workout in Miami Florida. The bad thing is that he could only purchase a one way flight to Miami and he wasn’t even allowed to participate because he wasn’t invited to the workout. 

When Sheehy-Guiseppi arrived to the workout, he convinced the guard to let him in by saying that he knew who the Browns vice president of player personnel was, Alonzo Highsmith, which he knew nothing about except how Highsmith looked. Guiseppi was somehow let in.  

Sheehy-Guiseppi told ESPN:

“My mom has given me knowledge to think outside the box and just trying to use things to your advantage. Meet everybody you can meet and use that to your advantage,” said Guiseppi. 

Sheehy did not disappoint the coaches during the workout, running a 4.38 second 40 yard dash time, and catching Highsmith’s eye. 

He explained to ESPN that: 

“All the work [I] put in, all the moments I was in the gym in Arizona, sleeping in there, just all the moments I stayed up all night thinking. I wanted an opportunity. To get an opportunity, to make the most of it,” said Guiseppi. 

After the workout, Highsmith invited Sheehy to a workout in Berea, Cleveland a week later. 

In the meantime, Sheehy-Guiseppi slept on a patch of grass and outside of a 24 Hour Fitness gym for a few days because he had no money. He didn’t want to mention this to his mother because he didn’t want her to worry. 

When he arrived at the tryout he impressed the coaches to where they kept him around even until now. 

In the first preseason game against the Washington Redskins, Sheehy got his chance late in the fourth quarter. He returned a punt all the way into the endzone to score a touchdown and had his entire team celebrating on the field with him. 

Sheehy-Guiseppi is still not yet on the 53 man roster but if he keeps up the hard work, there’s no doubt his football dream will come true.


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Las Vegas Aces

Written By: Joseph Gallegos

Editor

Entering their second season in Las Vegas, the Aces had high expectations for the 2019 season.They especially had high hopes after they traded their point guard Moriah Jefferson, forward Isabelle Harrison, and the Aces first and second round draft picks in 2020 to the Dallas Wings for the  two time all-star forward Liz Cambage. 

Also, with Aja Wilson returning to the team, who had an amazing rookie campaign with the Aces, they  also had the number one draft pick in the 2019 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) draft, where they selected guard Jackie Young from Notre Dame. 

After a successful offseason, the Aces went from a lottery team to title contenders. 

However, ever since the season started, things have been shaky. It took Wilson five games to get her groove back and the Aces, as a team, were under performing. 

This trend would continue for most of the season. Just a week before the playoffs the Aces were 20-13 and in second place in the Western Conference. They also lost four out of their last seven games. 

With the playoffs around the corner, the Aces need to wake up and get back into rhythm. 

Some keys will be getting Kayla Mcbride and Kelsey Plum more comfortable shooting from the there point line. They also need Wilson and Cambage to be more dominant in the paint. Lastly, the bench needs to step up and provide scoring. 

The Aces played their final regular season game on September 8th with a 98 to 89 win against the Phoenix Mercury. The Aces will play in the second round of the playoffs and play the winner between the Minnesota Lynx and Seattle Storm.

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Antonio Brown v.s. The NFL

Written By: Justin Nelson

Staff Reporter

Star National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Antonio Brown, has been arguing with the NFL about how he can’t use the helmet he’s always used. 

Brown was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2010 and has been using the same helmet ever since. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders just this year. So when the NFL banned the use of this helmet, you could imagine why Brown would get upset. 

The reason Brown doesn’t like the non banned helmets is that they interfere with his vision. 

Brown has made threats about sitting out for the season if he doesn’t get his helmet back and has not been showing up for Raiders practices. 

The owner of the Raiders, Mike Mayock gave his opinion on Brown's persistence of skipping practices and threatening to sit out. 

“It’s time for him to be all-in or all-out,” Mayock told reporters.

The helmet that Brown wore was a Schutt AiR Advantage and the reason it was banned was because the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) only certifies helmets made within the last ten years. 

Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been trying to contact helmet companies and told Mayock what their plan was.

“Let’s get every available helmet that’s approved and get every one of them out. Let's find a solution,” Mayock told reports of Rosenhaus’ plan.

Antonio Brown is a very unpredictable person so it is still unclear whether or not we will be playing this season or not at all. 


Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

2019 Men's Soccer Season

Written by: Carmello Gullotta

Staff Reporter

Liberty men’s soccer had their first game to kick-off of the 2019-2020 season on Thursday, Aug. 22. The players are ecstatic to finally kick-off the preseason and fight in their school’s colors.

After having nine seniors graduate, the varsity squad has a solid starting line-up. While being smaller than most teams, the team believes they are one of the fastest and ready to compete.

“We’re gonna be strongest in the midfield and winger areas I believe. We have some great players in the middle of the field. We have so much depth there that we can’t even get everyone on the field at the same time,” said Jose Salcedo (11). 

The team believes that they will be able to compete as hard as they did last year. Liberty will fight in every match, but are more focused on teams like Coronado, South Tech, Gorman, and Duragno, who had knocked the team out of the playoffs last year.

“A couple big home games we have are the defending state champions, Las Vegas High School, and Bishop Gorman. However, we need support at the rival games like Coronado and Silverado,” said Jacob Lutostanski (11).

This year's team includes about six seniors. All excited to compete in their very last high school season. Two of them are this years captains, Alex Perez and Max Patton.
The season is looking bright if everyone plays to their full potential. I feel that this year's varsity squad is more united than lasts,” said Perez (12).

The team had their first three games at home on Liberty’s soccer field. The team faced Canyon Springs and won 3-1, Las Vegas High School but lost 4-2, and Slam Academy with a 5-0 win.

2019’s squad consists of many unique and skilled competitors. Salcedo looks to get more than he did last year with three goals and six assists. Masahiko Adachi (11) is playing in from Japan this year.

“I’m really liking the team this year, like I said we aren't as talented but we have great personalities on our team and I think if we work together we’ll be solid,” said Salcedo.

“Our team is full of players who can be productive on the field. We should perform,” said Lutostanski.

The athletes of the team need the support from their school as they are ready to play for Liberty’s varsity team. This is a team not to be taken lightly.


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UNLV Hires New Coach

Written By: Joseph Gallegos

Staff Reporter

On January 10th, 2016 UNLV made a decision that would affect the program for the next 3 years. They fired head coach Dave Rice after four & half seasons with UNLV, where he went 98-54, and made 2 appearances in the NCAA tournament.

That offseason, the hiring process was a complete disaster. Everything that could’ve gone wrong, did. UNLV first had their eyes set on Mick Cronin from the University of Cincinnati. After a meeting Cronin had “allegedly” agreed to become the next coach. However, he used UNLV as leverage to get a bigger contract with Cincinnati. By the next day, he left Vegas to sign an extension with his Original school

Faith was beginning to fade in the athletic department. Especially with the players. Shortly after the Cronin bailed, 12 players left the UNLV basketball program. UNLV basketball was slowly falling apart. However, the mood changed days later. Reports were coming in that Arkansas Little rock head coach Chris Beard was going to become the next coach. On March 27th, it was made official, Chris Beard was the next coach… for the time being.  In his first year, Beard went 30-5 at Arkansas, and went to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament.

It was a slam dunk hire. Things were finally back on track. Then things took a turn for the worst. After just 2 weeks on the job, many people became uncertain of Beards future at UNLV. Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith left for the University of Memphis. How does this relate to Chris Beard many asked. Well, Chris Beard spent nearly a decade as an assistant at Texas Tech and grew up just outside of Lubbock Texas. Days following the departure of Tubby Smith, Texas Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt flew out to Vegas to meet with Chris Beard, and the next day, he was gone. Beard has been at Texas Tech for 3 years now. He has led the program to two elite 8’s, and a Final Four. Leaving Rebel fans thinking what could’ve been.  

UNLV was now without a coach, again. It was late April, and the program desperately needed a head coach. Not to mention, the team only had 3 players on the active roster. UNLV quickly decided that Marvin Menzies would be their next coach.

Now, let’s fast forward to 2019. Marvin Menzies has been the head coach for 3 years, and was 48-48. Less than 24 hours after UNLV’s season ended, so did Menzies career at UNLV. Yet again, UNLV was in the same spot. No coach, & no players as members of the team began exploring transferring.

As soon as the hiring process began UNLV failed landing Nate oats, and Porter moser who were the school’s top candidates. 11 days later, the school announced T.J Otzelberger would be named the next coach. The fans reaction was an absolute outrage of anger. However, the mood changed after Otzelberger’s first 3 weeks in the job.

He killed the press conference, kept the majority of the UNLV roster, & began recruiting top prospect players.

Rebels fans hope to see a whole new style when they roll out that red carpet next fall.

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Football Gets Revved Up For Spring

Written By: Alyssa Manterola

Staff Reporter

The 2019-2020 football season has officially began. Spring football for Liberty Patriots started up on April 1st. Spring football is basically just preseason for JV and Varsity. The football team has practice every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday until May 17.

This spring the boys have an intense schedule ahead of them. From 1:30-2:30 p.m. there is weight training and agility. Starting at 2:45 till 3:30 p.m., position meeting and film and install take place in Coach Baker and Coach Cobs room. Finally, the boys hit the field and begin pre-practice which is where they warm up and get ready to play from 3:45-4:00 p.m., and practice officially begins at 4:00-5:45 p.m.

This pre-season Liberty's football team has a busy schedule ahead of them and that is just practice; this does not include fundraising and team bonding.

In order to play in spring football, each participant has to have a GPA of 2.0 or higher or they you will not be allowed to participate.

Currently, Liberty’s football program is looking for team sponsors to buy banners that will be hung up on our home field every time they play.

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NFL Combine

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter

The NFL combine was another year of success for great upcoming pro athletes. Fans shocked and players proud to make their dreams come true. The combine started March 1st and went through March 4th.

On the second day of the combine, one of the best combine performances ever was by Ole Miss Wide Receiver (WR) D.K Metcalf. He is a 6’3, 228 lbs and rock solid. He had the 3rd best 40 yard dash time with a 4.33 behind Ohio State track star Parris Campbell who ran a 4.31. He had the most reps in bench pressing with 27 reps of 225 pounds. He stunned a lot of scouts and fans and is now a top target in the draft.

Lots of people were wanting to see Heisman winning quarterback Kyler Murray from the University of Oklahoma perform at the combine. Murray did not perform because he felt that he would be amazing and scouts would think he should switch his position at the pro level. Murray is projected to be the first overall pick in the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals.

Other good performances came from a lot of players. Zedrick Woods, the Running Back (RB) for Mississippi, ran the fastest 40 yard dash time this year with a 4.29. The fastest ever 40 yard dash was just broken in last years combine by WR John Ross as he ran a 4.22.

All of these players who were in the combine and even some who were not are trying to make the league and accomplish their dreams. The NFL draft is going to be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 25th through Saturday, April 27th.

As excited as everyone is to see who their team will pick in the draft this year, there is so much talent.

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Swim Team Splash Off

Written By: Carmelo Gullotta

Staff Reporter

It’s time for Liberty’s swim team to make their 2019 rounds. Students were excited for the intramurals that had started for the new season’s team.

The 2019 intramurals took place at the Multigen. They went from 2:30-3:30 every Wednesday and Friday. Everyone was welcome to participate and tryout.

“The environment is kind of laid back, but you gotta work hard and be open to instructions. Medium people attend the intramurals,” said Connor Steffensen (10).

Liberty’s swim team’s first meet of 2019 is on March 2nd. They take on Basic High School at Heritage Park Aquatic Complex. On April 13th they take part in the Las Vegas Spring Break Meet, and on May 6th they start Regional Prelims at UNLV.

“A lot of people are excited, especially me who is competing for the first time,” said Jacob Lutostanski (10).

Liberty’s previous season was not successful, but they did have a few regional finalists compete. One relay made their to regional finals as well.

“Previous season was pretty good, Liberty did pretty good in regionals. It was fun, a lot of hard work though. Based on the intramurals it is looking better because last year our boys team was lacking. It was harder to score points. If all the guys come out to try outs this year, the season could go better,” said Steffensen.

The coaches of the swim team are Carolyn Battin and Ms. Michelle Lawell. Ms. Lawell is also the photography teacher for Liberty. They are both very experienced swimmers and love to take part in Liberty’s swim team.

“They are both experienced coaches who know how to coach from their vast experiences. This affects me in that I am more effective as a swimmer, and last year I was able to progress far because of that,” said Steffensen.

“The coaches are very supportive answering any questions you may have,” said Lutostanski.

The students that take part in intramurals were ecstatic for the season to start. They believe they have a better squad than most, and they know their team is willing to put in the needed work.

Liberty swimmers are excited for the 2019 season to begin and hope to cause an upset to the other schools.

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March Madness

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter

March 19th is the official day that kicks off March Madness 2019. After last years amazing championship game that hosted #1 Villanova and #3 Michigan. Villanova topped off Michigan 79-62 off of Donte DiVincenzo’s 31 point game.

This year's March Madness tournament will hopefully bring a lot of attention and excitement like past years have. The whole talk of college hoops has been the young team of Duke. Freshman Zion Williamson is supposably the best college player in the country and is suppose to be the number one draft pick in next years NBA draft. Most say Williamson is the next Lebron James with his athleticism and many more talents. Others amazing players on that squad like Freshman RJ Barrett or Freshman Cam Reddish. This team is loaded and is looking to dominate March Madness.

But when you talk about Duke, you have to talk about the one team that is ranked higher than them. Tennessee Volunteers, a team that has a record of 22-1 right now and is on a 18 game win streak… most in school history. This is by far the best Tennessee team in history and look to win their first championship in school history.

There are plenty of other good teams to talk about that are shocking the college hoops world. Top teams like #6 ranked Michigan, #3 Gonzaga, #4 Virginia, #8 North Carolina and many more. Most of these teams have all won championships.

Another team that has truly shocked the world of basketball is #7 Nevada Wolfpack. Sitting at the number seven team in the country with a record of 23-1. Nevada is defending their Mountain West Conference championship title from last season. The absolutely turned the program around fast from the season of 2016 where they went 24-14.

There are plenty of good programs in the country that will all battle it out in March Madness to go chase a championship. Villanova will try to defend their title and try to go back to back. Only eight teams have ever went back to back from when March Madness started in 1939.

Hopefully we will be entertained with another year of March Madness, remember all the fun starts March 19th. Let's wait and find out to see if someone can shock the world.

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Superbowl LIII

Written By: Daniel Britt

Staff Reporter'

Super Bowl 53 (LIII) is going to be held in Atlanta, Georgia in the new Mercedes Benz stadium. February 3rd is the set date that plenty of fans are waiting for. This year’s big matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots should be big to watch.

No shocker that Most Valuable Player (MVP) candidate quarterback (QB) Tom Brady is back in the Super Bowl for his third consecutive year. Brady has led the Patriots to the Super Bowl four times out of the past five seasons. No quarterback has ever done that in history.

On the other end of the field playing against the Patriots is the Rams. A team that finished the regular season tied with the best record in football at 13-3. The Rams powerhouse running game led by Todd Gurley and CJ Anderson will be tough to stop for the Patriots Defense. The Rams amazing defense is top five in the NFL with sacks and interceptions this season. L.A is just an all around brutal team.

Onto the quarterback comparison, for New England their 41 year old QB Tom Brady is a 14x pro bowler, 5x Super Bowl champ, 3x League MVP, and much more. Most say he is the greatest of all time. Brady is facing up against the youngest QB to ever play in a Super Bowl and his name is Jared Goff. This 24 year is a 2x pro bowler and has a great career ahead of him.

Brady has been to nine Super Bowls alone, that is more than any team in NFL history. He plans to win Super Bowl 53 and get his sixth ring.

Most of the country is against New England to win the Super Bowl and want to see this young L.A team win. People say they are tired of seeing the Patriots in the Super Bowl every year. But in reality, everyone is witnessing history and Tom Brady’s legacy.

During Super Bowl 53 this year the halftime performance will be held by three time grammy winner Maroon 5. This is their first time performing the halftime show at the Super Bowl, so it should be fun to watch.

Super Bowl LIII will be fun to watch. So as people say, grab your popcorn and get ready, it is going to be a good one.

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Patriots: Slam Dunk Season

Written By: Alyssa Manterola

Staff Reporter

To start off the season, Liberty’s basketball teams’ first home game was Wednesday, January 9th. All six teams played: Womens Freshman, JV, and Varsity, as well as Mens Freshman, JV, and Varsity. Since this game was the beginning of the season it was silent night. The whole point of silent night is for the crowd to be silent until our team scores their first 10 points. After that the crowd can be as loud and as rowdy as they want.  

That night of the men's varsity game, student council was handing out noise makers so that the moment we score 10 points the students could make as much noise as they pleased.

The visiting team for the first game of the season was Coronado High School. They are Liberty’s rivals; the two schools are always in competition. Before the game, Liberty and Coronado’s records were the same with one win and zero losses.

Coronado’s team had Jayden Hardy (10) on their line up. He is the third ranked 10th grader in the nation, and is ranked 9th in the country. Liberty has Julian Strawther (11) on their line up. Strawther is ranked as the 33rd Junior in the nation, he is the eighth straight forward in the nation, and is ranked second in Nevada behind Jayden Hardy who is ranked number one.

On the night of the game both Julian and Jayden scored an incredible amount of points just them by themselves. Julian scored a total of 30 points for Liberty, while Jayden scored 40+ points.

Liberty’s mens varsity basketball team is ranked 19th in Nevada while Coronado is ranked fifth.

The final score of the night was Coronado 97:Liberty 78. Coronado gave Liberty their first loss of the season but Liberty will have another chance at redemption when they play Coronado again on February 8th.


Team Captains: Winter Edition

Written By: Alyssa Manterola

Staff Reporter

Every team has a leader; the one who makes the calls to bring the team to victory. Every sport at Liberty High School has one captain, maybe more, depending on the coach.

On the football team, Coach Rick Muraco chose four boys to be team captain this season. The captains include Kyle Beaudry (12), Luke Toomalatai (12), Austin Flaseu (12), and Brandon Yates (12).

“I have been playing football since I was in 5th grade, and I am a 3 year varsity starter, ” Beaudry.      

These four boys brought the varsity football team a record of seven wins and six loses.

“Being a captain is a special privilege. It’s a huge deal to have your teammates and coaches believe and put their trust in you and to lead the group,” said Beaudry.

Another set of captains are the women's varsity volleyball team. The two captains were Abbie Johnson (12) and Sydnie Tuioti-Mariner (10).

Tuioti-Mariner has been a two year varsity starter and this is her first season being a captain. Johnson has been a four year starter on varsity, and it’s also her first year being captain. These two girls took Liberty’s Varsity team to the playoffs and won their first two games, making them the first women's volleyball team in Liberty history to make it past the first round in playoffs.

Liberty men's varsity soccer team had three captains this season. Angel Gilliand (12), Hayden Prasad (12), and Ivan Rodriguez (12).

“I’ve been playing soccer for 14 years, and was on varsity all four years,” said Prasad.

These three took the men's soccer team to the first round of playoffs with a record of 11 wins, eight loses, and one tie.

“Being a captain means being able to pick the team up when everybody else is down,” said Prasad.  

The goal for all varsity team captains is to be able to take their team to state. There are many definitions of a team captain, all it means is to be there for your team, win or lose.



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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