Inexperienced Patriots to rely on ‘grit’ in 2015

August 24, 2015

NEW — 2:48 p.m. Aug. 24, 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.

“What do you know about this guy that has nothing to do with football?” he asked his team. Read more

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Prep football kicks into gear at Skyline tournament

June 17, 2015

When high-school spring sports like baseball, soccer and track end, it marks the start of the season for football teams, who began their offseason workouts last week.

By Greg Farrar Blake Gregory, Skyline High School fall senior quarterback, throws footballs to receivers during scrimmages and drills June 13 during the annual Skills and Drills on the Hill event.

By Greg Farrar
Blake Gregory, Skyline High School fall senior quarterback, throws footballs to receivers during scrimmages and drills June 13 during the annual Skills and Drills on the Hill event.

For 11 teams around the region, the first competitive event of the 2015 season was June 13 at Skyline High School’s eighth annual Skills and Drills on the Hill event, which featured a seven-on-seven passing competition for quarterbacks and receivers.

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MASTERS OF THE MAT

December 17, 2013

Liberty wrestlers overwhelm Juanita, 58-4

By Greg Farrar Conner Small (bottom), Liberty High School junior, gives Juanita sophomore Mason McDaniel an unintended piggyback ride Dec. 12 as they grapple during the closely fought 160-pound bout. Small won 7-5, polishing off the Patriots’ convincing 58-4 victory.

By Greg Farrar
Conner Small (bottom), Liberty High School junior, gives Juanita sophomore Mason McDaniel an unintended piggyback ride Dec. 12 as they grapple during the closely fought 160-pound bout. Small won 7-5, polishing off the Patriots’ convincing 58-4 victory.

The Maywood Middle School gymnasium may not technically be the Liberty High School wrestling team’s home site, but the Patriots sure looked comfortable there as they cruised to a dominant 58-4 win against Juanita on Dec. 12.

The Patriots won all but one of their matches, making a statement about the strength of this year’s team, led by first-year coach Wright Noel.

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