The Mountain Lion tennis team returned home for the first time this season to compete with the Entiat Tigers on March 29, taking advantage of sunny and calm weather. It was also a metaphorically bright day for the host school.
Assistant coach Keri Miles reported that everyone had a chance to play, and all college games resulted in shutout victories for the Liberty Bell High School squad: the boys won, 5-0, while the girls won 4-0.
“It was a fun first home game,” Miles said. “When both teams had some beginners, we played several players back to give everyone time to play a game. Nathan Buck played a great game as the No. 2 boys’ singles, fought his way through a 6-4 first set and came back to win the second set 6-1. ”
Sophomore Connor Gonzalez and freshman Malcom Bosco teamed up for a first-time double victory, 6-0 and 6-1. Gonzalez took a break from his usual role as the No. 2 singles player for the Mountain Lions. He and Bosco had solid control over the match from the start.
In her first season of Liberty Bell tennis, senior Sophia Newton teamed up with sophomore Amelie Stracke to win their first ever doubles match, 6-0, 6-0.
Liberty Bell traveled to Coulee Dam on March 30 for a meeting with the Lake Roosevelt Raiders, where the boys won, 3-2, and the girls took the day, too, 4-1.
The large number in the Raider program provided yet another opportunity to offer many players valuable time on the field.
Miles reported that players were taken into account during the match, where several matches were played in a “pro-set” style.
The afternoon highlight at the foot of Grand Coulee Dam was delivered by veteran Mountain Lion junior Angel Arellano, involved in an exciting three-set match. Arellano won the first set 6-4, and then came back in set two, 4-6. By the end of the second set, the clock had moved forward to after 6 p.m. 19, and the coaches decided to turn the third and decisive set into a long tie-breaker format. Arellano survived his opponent, 10-8.
Their players’ next match is scheduled for Tuesday (April 12) in Manson. The Okanogan Bulldogs will host the next home game on April 14. The first matches start at.
Three games kept the football coaches busy in the last week, dropping decisions on Okanogan and Tonasket and coming up with a win at Oroville just before the spring break.
The Mountain Lions traveled to Okanogan on March 25 for a league game that featured a defensive game in the first half. The Bulldogs scored the only goal of the half and slipped one of Mountain Lion goalkeeper Raiff Reichert to a 1-0 lead at the break.
Okanogan came out in the second half and broke the code on the Liberty Bell defense and broke out to five goals and a 6-1 victory. Eighth-graders Boden Thomson scored the lone goal for the Mountain Lions, taking the ball essentially coast-to-coast, according to head coach David Marz, and placing a shot in the back of the net to avoid a shutout.
It was on to Tonasket three days later and another league match. The Tigers jumped out to a lead in the first half of 3-1. Finn Simmons scored the first of his two goals in the first half for Liberty Bell.
“He scored on an unassisted effort in the first half,” Marz said. “(Simmons) took the ball around the entire Tonasket defense from our penalty box, end-to-end.”
Simmons scored again in the second half and Arlen Crum added a goal, but the Mountain Lions fell short, 5-3, on the final score. Jayden Hammer was credited with two assists in the match.
Liberty Bell traveled back to the Okanogan Valley on March 30, this time against the Oroville Hornets. Liberty Bell snatched the second win of the year, a 3-1 win for the youthful Methow Valley team, and broke a four-game slip. The Mountain Lions improved their season record to two wins against four losses.
“A squad that was emptied too early in the spring break was reinforced with a number of JV players in the final match before the school officially dropped out,” Marz said. “Oroville had seven seniors,” he reported, indicating that his young team played well against the more experienced, if not a little less controlled Hornets. “The [Oroville] received a yellow card three times, ”he said, referring to an apparent style of play that repeatedly angered the referee.
Simmons scored on a free kick from about 18 yards out and Clyde McCarthy added a goal after a pass from Simmons as the Lions took a 2-yard lead at the break.
In the second half, Simmons scored his second goal in two games, taking a pass from Braydn Schmekel and guiding it into the Hornet net for Liberty Bell’s final score. Oroville got a shot from Reichert right in front of the last horn and avoided a shutout.
Liberty Bell returns for University match on the field next Wednesday (April 13), a kickoff at. 16:30 at Brewster against the Bears. Their first home game is scheduled for April 14, when they will entertain the Bridgeport Mustangs at. 16.30. It will be the first of six straight home games over the next two weeks.
The Mountain Lions came up with a big, crooked number at the top of the sixth inning to pull away from the Tigers on the Tonasket for a 10-2 league win on March 30th. The Mountain Lions counted seven races in the big inning, driven by a barrage of hits and some sloppy field play from the Tigers.
On April 1, Liberty Bell traveled to Ephrata for an afternoon double-header with Tiger JV from the 2A-class school. Ephrata swept the Mountain Lions 3-0 and 7-5.
The first game was a classic pitchers game where Damon Alumbaugh was on the mound for Liberty Bell, who just handed over two hits and an undeserved run over his 5 innings of work. But the Lions were also caught by a strong arm on the mound, and were only able to muster two own strokes, a single by Alumbaugh and a double from Noah Holston’s bat.
The Tigers took the night cap, 7-5, in a slightly more offensive game. Errors were still an issue for Liberty Bell as only three of the seven Tiger races were scored as earned races, and three field errors leading to the other four races.
Mountain Lions open a long home run this Saturday (April 9) against the Cashmere Bulldogs, at. 11 a.m. first course, followed by a visit Tuesday (April 12) from the Tonasket Tigers, 4.30 first course at Mountain Lion Field.
Liberty Bell softball had a tough home-and-home series of two games with traditional force Okanogan, with the Bulldogs meandering their way to a pair of crooked wins at each spot on March 29 and 31.
Next time for the fastpitch team is a Saturday double-header on Mountain Lions’ home field, first pitch in game one at. 11 as the Cashmere girls travel to Liberty Bell for Saturday’s double-dip. Monday (April 11) Bridgeport Fillies visits the Liberty Bell campus for an afternoon double-header, first match starting at. 15.30. On Thursday (April 14), the Mountain Lions will once again be at home for a single match at. 16.30 with Tonasket Tigers.
A small group of mountain lions went to Oroville for a March 31 meeting with mostly B-class schools for north central Washington. Again, distance runners were the story of Liberty Bell for the most part, with a few notable performances in field events.
Sophomore Sandra Hernandez took first place in the girls’ 200-meter dash, her 30.10 time sipping Oroville sophomore Faith Hamilton by 0.26 seconds. Hernandez finished second in the 400M and also placed a respectable 6th place in the javelin throw.
Leki Albright took a break from the 1,600M to win the 3,200M race, recording a time of 11:58 and surpassing the field by about one and a half minutes.
On the boys side, second place Kyler Mitchell (59.11) finished third in the 400M, Aksel Thomson took a couple of 2nd places home in the 800M and 1,600M and set a personal record in the former. Dexter Delaney set another personal best in the 3,200M race with a time of 9:57. Liberty Bell’s 4x400M relay team consisting of Mitchell, Morgan Spellman, Aksel Tomson and John Chavez-Hernandez ran a solo of 4: 22.63.
On the field, second-year student Omar Ortega set a personal record of 68 feet in the javelin throw, junior Isaiah Stoothoff was the top high jumper and managed the crossbar at 5 feet, 8 inches, while Thomson (15 feet, 2 inches) and Spellman (14). feet, 3 inches) set both personal records in the long jump.