Photo by Erik Brooks
Liberty Bell’s Liv Aspholm, No. 761, completed her cross nation profession with a Twenty second-pace end on the North Central Regional Championship meet at Wenatchee final week.

XC, volleyball, soccer groups declare wins

By Rick Lewis

In a 12 months that has actually been topsy-turvy, the “fall” sports season at Liberty Bell High School, and within the state of Washington, has drawn to an in depth with the previous week’s motion.

The cross nation groups traveled to Wenatchee for a North Central Regional Championship, the place all lessons of faculties from the 1B/2B stage all the way in which up by way of 4A faculties raced in opposition to one another. It was the one occasion that resembled a type of a post-season championship.

Volleyball and women’ soccer every closed the season at residence on Saturday (April 3), with Tonasket and Pateros visiting the Lions’ Den in volleyball and soccer entertaining the Omak Pioneers on the house pitch. The soccer staff traveled to Chelan for a season-ending sport that was organized on the spur of the second.

Girls’ soccer falls to Omak

The Liberty Bell women closed out their season with a 4-1 loss on the ft of the Omak Pioneers. The residence staff’s already smallish numbers had been additional depleted by spring break. Liberty Bell fielded solely 9 gamers in opposition to the Pioneers’ full 11-position complement.

In the primary half, Liberty Bell held its personal, enjoying Omak straight up after giving up an early purpose on the primary Pioneer possession 20 seconds post-kickoff. At halftime, Liberty Bell was down by 1-nil.

Solid protection was complemented by a number of offensive possibilities. Maisy Shaw had pictures on purpose, and Sophia Newton and Jess Dinham additionally fired the ball towards Omak goalkeeper Kacie Vejraska, every time being turned away. In the second half, roughly on the 9:30 mark, Liberty Bell scored its lone purpose, a shot by Lillian Overbeck off of a cross from Wyatt Albright for the tally.

MacKenna Kurtz, filling in on the internet for the Mountain Lions, held her personal within the first half, turning away a number of pictures on purpose. Strong defensive efforts had been additionally turned in by Dinham and senior defender Megan Voigt. Voigt took a tough shot off her face halfway by way of the half, left the sector to be checked out and returned within the second half with a chipped tooth however no different accidents.

Being quick two gamers put the Mountain Lions at a major drawback, notably within the second half because the match wore on and legs grew weary.

“It has been a tough season and honestly, the girls have inspired me to keep the spirits high when the scoring was low,” mentioned first-year head coach Katie Overbeck. “They have continued to impress me with their spirit and grit, both of which can be a lesson for all of us during this pandemic.”

With the low turnout, lingering snowpack and lack of a enjoying area for a lot of the season, Overbeck’s expenses had been undaunted. The coach saved the message constant: “Keep wearing your flexible pants, we never know what this season will bring us.”

Senior recognition at halftime celebrated the efforts of three Mountain Lions, together with first-year participant Bella Chrastina, and veterans Megan Voigt and Cymone Van Marter.

A win for boys’ XC

The Liberty Bell boys stepped it up a notch on the North Central Washington Regional Championships, taking the highest spot among the many 1B/2B faculties by edging the league champion Manson Trojans at Wenatchee’s Walla Walla Point Park on April 1. The Mountain Lions’ 239 whole factors was good for Eighth-place total within the staff standings. Manson was ninth at 244, Brewster eleventh (260), Tonasket twelfth (312), Lake Roosevelt thirteenth (390) and Cascade Christian (Wenatchee) 14th (401).

The Liberty Bell women, battling some nagging damage points all spring, didn’t area a whole staff of 5 runners for scoring within the staff placings. Seniors Liv Aspholm (Twenty second, 22:28) and Lena Nelson (56th, 25:07) closed out their high faculty careers, and freshman Sandra Hernandez (sixty fifth, 26:28) continued her preliminary season enchancment monitor. Promising freshman Leki Albright was sidelined, as was senior Keeley Brooks, each by leg points.

“The team had a great final meet last week,” famous Coach Erik Brooks, “with all of the boys and most of the girls running their best times of the year.”

“Liv [Aspholm] avoided the temptation to go out too fast, tucked into a solid pack of runners and battled well to the finish,” he mentioned of the senior. “Sandra [Hernandez] put an exclamation point on her 9th-grade year,” as she bettered her 5K private document by 30 seconds. “Lena [Nelson]fought admirably through a series of side stitches and capped off an excellent career at Liberty Bell by demonstrating the will and determination necessary to finish.”

Aksel Thomson, Will Halpin and Isaiah Stoothoff had been the most effective high three runners on a staff of 1B/2B runners within the boys’ competitors, which was a key issue of their profitable efficiency. Tristan Schmekel was 50 seconds quicker than any time earlier this season, together with an earlier race two weeks in the past on the identical course. Kyler Mitchell ran the three.1 miles 30 seconds quicker than his earlier quickest time at that distance, and Madison Strauss ran within the mid-25 minute vary, enhancing his time by virtually three full minutes.

“We just did a really good job of racing the people around us and running the race that we were given,” mentioned Brooks, referring to the format for the boys’ race which included two flights separated by an interval at the beginning,  timed independently.

Seniors Aspholm, Nelson and Keeley Brooks accomplished their cross nation careers having been to the state championship meet in 2017, ’18 and ’19, profitable two staff state championships and putting second in November 2019, the final WIAA championship meet earlier than COVID-19 altered every thing.

The junior high/center faculty cross nation season completed at Okanogan Golf Course on March 31. Liberty Bell confronted Okanogan, Brewster, Manson, Nespelem and Lake Roosevelt. Dexter Delaney (7:40) and Boden Thomson (8:25) led the way in which for the sector and the Mountain Lions, putting 1-2 within the boys’ 1.5-mile race. Tristan Hover (8:52) positioned fifth out of the 26 runners.

Liberty Bell didn’t have the mandatory 5 runners to position as a scoring staff. Okanogan took the staff title over Manson, adopted by Lake Roosevelt in third.

The women did have a full staff of six runners and dominated the sector for the win, scoring 22 factors to Omak’s 43 and Manson’s 58. Seventh-grader Marit Nelson ran away with the title, circling the 1.5-mile course in 9:34. Nella Belcher (10:24) positioned third, Samra Newton (10:27) was 4th and Marta Schkrohowsky positioned fifth. Zoe Kaltenbach accomplished the scoring staff in twelfth place, adopted by Greta Schumacher (14:21) and Layla Buzzard (16:31).

Coach Liam Daily was happy with the trouble. “It was an undefeated season for the girls’ team,” he mentioned. “They had the individual winner in three of their four races this year. The boys also had he individual winner in three races. It was unfortunate they never had enough for a scoring team this year.”

Volleyball ends with break up

The Mountain Lions break up their matches of a triple-header on Saturday, defeating the Tonasket Tigers 3-0 (25-20, 25-10 and 25-16) in a late morning match, and dropping a hotly contested 1-3 set loss (23-25, 25-23, 22-25 and 19-25) match to Pateros within the nightcap.

Highlighted by some prolonged rallies, glorious entrance line play and thrilling defensive digs, the primary three units in opposition to Pateros might have gone both means. The Nannies pulled away late within the fourth to clinch the match.

Consistent with the remainder of the season, Liberty Bell was led by Jadyn Mitchell in kills and blocks on the entrance line. Joslyn Rispone and Ellie Blank had some strong performances serving.

It was senior recognition day within the Lions’ Den for just one Liberty Bell spiker, four-year letter winner Madison Surface. Coach Christine Scott described Surface as “a very athletic player who started out playing just the back row, using her quickness to scramble for off-speed balls and digs.” By her senior 12 months, Surface had labored her means into the complete rotation, blocking, hitting and serving constantly and properly.

“Madi has been a great asset to Liberty Bell volleyball with her heart and hustle, and her ‘leaving it all out on the court’ mentality,” based on Scott.

Surface plans to move for faculty within the fall, aiming towards a profession in legislation enforcement as a police officer. But first, we’ll see her on the softball area this spring along with her dad, Chad, teaching.

Lions submit
one other shutout

Liberty Bell soccer deliberate to shut the season out, and have a good time senior recognitions, 65 miles away at Bridgeport on April 2. COVID protocols at Bridgeport compelled cancelation of that sport, and some last-minute cellphone calls and sport guidelines changes despatched the Mountain Lions to Chelan on Thursday for his or her season-ending Senior Night celebration and sport.

“Chelan was very kind in offering their field for the program to celebrate our seniors”, mentioned Liberty Bell Activities Director Michael Wilbur.

Chelan, a category 1A faculty that performs the normal 11-man model whereas the Mountain Lions have been within the B8 class for a number of years, introduced a chance in creativity, so the coaches put collectively a sport plan that featured the eight-man sport when Liberty Bell was on offense and 11-man format when the Goats had the ball. The end result was just like the final three Liberty Bell video games, a 45-0 win for the 4th-ranked Mountain Lions.

It was Liberty Bell’s second straight shutout, and introduced their season document to 4-1, the one loss being of their first sport to No. 2 Almira-Coulee-Hartline.

Lion tracks

Spring sports open up this week with practices starting for baseball, softball, tennis and monitor and area. We will likely be previewing every of these sports subsequent week, with early baseball motion getting underway on Tuesday (April 13) because the Mountain Lions entertain the Warriors of Almira-Coulee-Hartline. First pitch is at 4:30 p.m. COVID protocols for outside occasions below Phase 3, masks and distancing, will likely be required.


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