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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