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Panther Soccer Notes

10 days ago

January 6, 2018

It's that time of year again...SOCCER.  The Panthers started the new year with an annual trip to Port Neches for the PNG tournament.  On Thursday, the Panthers faced off against the host PNG Indians and played a thrilling first half that stayed close.  Some late second half goals pushed the score in the favor of PNG.  The Panthers would rebound on Friday with two wins against Little Cyprus-Mauriceville and Bridge City.  Freshman goal keeper Jaime Lopez recorded his first career shut out against the LCM Bears, while his brother, junior midfielder Giovanni Lopez, would score the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute from a Victor Lopez free kick.  1-0 would be the final against the Bears.  Later in the day, the Panthers bested the Bridge City Cardinals 2-1.  Junior midfielder Jesus Landaverde buried an 11th minute penalty kick and senior forward Xavier Montez would secure what would be the winning goal shortly before halftime in the 39th minute.  The Panthers travel to Livingston on Tuesday January 9th to face the Lions, with start times at 5 pm (JV) and 7 pm (V).  Go Panthers!! 

JV Notes

On Saturday morning the Panthers faced off against 6A Beaumont Westbrook.  Normally, I do not give too much press to the sub-varsity squads, however, what happened Saturday was not normal.  In what seemed like something straight off the pages of a movie script, the Panthers overcame some very long odds indeed.  Because of illness, injury and work, the Panthers were left with only 7 available players (the minimum required to start an official match) to get on the bus.  Those 7 Panthers faced off against an 11 man side, with another 15 waiting on the bench, for an ENTIRE match and went toe to toe, securing a 1-1 draw.   Giovanni Ruiz leveled the score early in the second half with a 15 yard power shot that found the upper right corner.  Watching the game unfold from the sidelines and seeing and hearing the boys talk to each other, move in harmony with each other and most importantly, believe in one another, made every single early morning practice, every long bus ride, and every heart ache that I've experienced in coaching worth it.  In a sub varsity match that most people, aside from family, will never care about, 7 boys found their moment and exposed the very best of what they're made of.  Later on in life when the storm clouds circle them while Goliath taunts them and they are tempted to give up thinking all is lost, it is my prayer that they will remember this day when they looked into their hands and found a sling and some stones and realized that no situation was too big for them.  Edgar Reyes, David Gerardo, Jonathan Ruiz, Eric Jimenez, Miguel Galvan, Giovanni Ruiz and Jesus Landaverde have henceforth been dubbed the New Magnificent Seven.  

Joe Roberts

Liberty HS Theater Arts Director

Head Boys Soccer and Cross Country

By Lindsay Matlock

LHS Fine Arts Notes

10 days ago

December 16, 2017

This year has been so much fun!  All of the Fine Arts programs are doing wonderful and amazing things.  My Theater Arts classes are attempting to document as much as possible in a way that will allow me to teach them how to use video, audio, lighting and staging and then take those items and edit them in a meaningful way.  I want to say thank you to Christie Bean and her choir students for providing a palette for my kids to begin learning how to visually paint.  Coming soon are projects involving Mr. Bob Smith and his Jazz Band, as well as, Mr. Terry Higginbotham and his blossoming Law Enforcement program.  Merry Christmas and enjoy the LHS Choir Video.  Go Panthers!!

Joe Roberts

Liberty HS Theater Arts Director

Head Boys Soccer and Cross Country

By Lindsay Matlock

Lady Panther LMS Volleyball Team

3 months ago

October 9, 2017

The LMS A teams made quite a statement this weekend at the Tarkington Middle School Volleyball Tournament The 7th grade went 3-1 on Saturday and brought home 3rd place trophy, while the 8th grade went 2-1 and clinched 2nd!

The 7th grade A team started the day out early, with an 8:00 game against a very talented Bridge City team. Our girls battled, but missed serves and defensive errors got the best of the Panthers and they fell short 25-15 and 25-21. The girls would now have to work their way up the bracket in order to bring home the 3rd place plaque. Keifer Crossing, a New Caney Middle School,  was the next opponent the girls would face. The Panthers came out strong and with the help of Reese Evans and her 19 total points off of serves, the Ladies blew past Keifer Crossing with scores of 25-14 and 25-7. The third game the Lady Panthers played, was against Moorehead, a middle school out of Conroe. Knowing that a win over Conroe would put the girls in place to play for the 3rd place plaque, the ladies came together and played very aggressive volleyball. The serving game was again, strong for the Lady Panthers with, Reese Evans and Morgan Vaughn, standing out at the service line with 24 total points for the Panthers. The Panthers beat Moorehead with scores of 25-15 and 25-12 and would immediately play Diboll for 3rd place. 

An exciting and tough matchup for the Lady Panthers, the girls left everything on the court and came out on top in two, clinching the third place title, with the scores of 25-23 and 26-24.

The 8th grade A team faced Moorehead,  in their first match of the day. It was a tough battle of 3 games, but the Panthers overcame the opponent with the scores of 20-25, 17-25 and 15-8. The next game would be against Keifer Crossing, who they would beat 25-11 and 25-22. Coach McAdams was very impressed with her team and said it was the best the team had played all season. They worked together and communicated well. Emalee Villarreal,  was outstanding on defense while, Adrienne Trahan, was outstanding on offense. 

October 3, 2017

Last night, the lady panther volleyball teams traveled to Hardin Jefferson to take on the lady Hawks. 

7B kicked it off with a victory in a close matchup, with the winning scores of 25-23, 25-22. The team's lead servers were Sadie Cary and Autumn Bennett, with a combined total of 7 points in serves. These girls are now 3-1 in district play. 

8B battled in another tight match, but overcame the Hawks in the first set with a score of 25-23. The Panthers were able to pull away in the second match with the help of Isaballe Cannaday and Celeste Grana Espinoza who both put on impressive defensive performances. Katelynn Singh was the team's top server, scoring the team 11 points off of serves, including 2 Aces. The lady panthers won the second game 25-16. These ladies are now 3-1 in district play. 

7A was next to play and put on quite a show. The Lady Panthers found themselves down early to the Hawks with a score of 14-4. It was Morgan Vaughn who was able to serve her team back into the game. Morgan served 12 points in a row which gave the Panthers a 16-14 lead. The Lady panthers came together and defeated the Hawks in two games, 25-22 and 25-11, with the help of Reese Evans and her outstanding defense. These ladies played the best they have all season and are now 3-1 in district play. 

8A finished the night with a tough matchup against a talented Hawk's team. The ladies came out strong and were ahead of the Hawk's 20-14, but fell short 25-23. The ladies turned it around in the second game, with the help of Kirsten Moss, who served her team 10 points in a row, and won the game 25-21. In the third set, missed serves got the best of the Lady Panthers and they were unable to come away with the win. 

The Lady Panthers will travel to Tarkington this weekend to play in their final tournament of the season. The next district game will be Monday, October 16th against District rivals, Huffman Falcons. The game will be played in Huffman. Please come out and support these girls, as all 4 teams fell short against Huffman in the last matchup. It will be a great game! 

This win would put the team into the Championship game against District rivals, the Tarkington Longhorns. The first match of the game was a close one, but Liberty would come up short with a 25-17 loss. The second match did not go as planned. Miscommunication and defensive errors would keep the girls from clinching the 1st place title. The girls finished 2nd place in a very competitive tournament. 

Overall, LMS had a very successful weekend of volleyball. Congratulations to all of these ladies. The Lady Panthers will play the Huffman Falcons on Monday October 16th, in Huffman.  Please come out and support these ladies in what is expected to be a very good game!

This past Saturday, the 7th grade A team traveled to Barbers Hill for their first tournament of the season.The 7th grade came out strong early and defeated the Dayton Broncos in 2 games with the scores of 25-23 and 25-10. The girls fought hard in game two, but fell short to Barbers Hill South. The lady panthers would then play the Crosby Cougars for 3rd place. These young ladies came together and put on an outstanding performance and swept the Lady Cougars in two. All of these ladies worked hard and continue to show improvement each day. Please congratulate them when you see them! Our next game will be Monday, September 25th, against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. Please come out and support these young lady panthers. 

The Lady Panther 7A Volleyball team. Listed left to right. Top row: Madyson Goudeau, Morgan Vaughn, Kaylee Tanton, Asjia Fountain, Alex Wiley, Lily McNuttBottom Row: Katrina Tran, Reese Evans, Madison Swonke, Nailah Donatto, Kayla Dawson

By Lindsay Matlock

Running Panther Notes

4 months ago

September 23, 2017

Good morning Panther Nation!!  Earlier today, the Panthers traveled to Anahuac for a cross country invitational meet.  Both boys and girls teams greatly improved from last week's opening race, with each runner besting their previous Saturday run time by at least one minute.  Carlos Becerra paced the boys team with a top 20 finish, while Yasmine Valencia was the top finisher for the Lady Panthers. Miriam Valencia led the LMS Lady Panther team consisting of Julia Gerardo, Mariah Lopez and Lexi Smart.  Alberto Diaz represented the LMS Panther Boys with a strong showing as well. Next Saturday the Panthers will be hosting the annual Tony Munson Invitational at the Liberty City Park.  Be sure and come out to support the Panthers.  The first race will start at 8 am.  Go Panthers!!

September 16, 2017

This morning the Liberty Panther and Lady Panther cross country teams traveled across the river to run in the Dayton Bronco Invitational.  Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, this was the first competitive run for the cross country team.  With not much time to shake off the rust, the kids still competed well and were able to get good base line times as they work to improve and be ready for district in October.  

The following student-athletes competed in Dayton:

Boys:Carlos Becerra, Jonathan Espinoza, Ricardo Gallegos, David Gerardo, Xavier Montez, Edgar Reyes, Hector Lira

Girls: Tamia Banks, Ana Fuertes, Jessica Hernandez, Stephanie Hughey, Dayse Valencia, Yasmine Valencia, Drelyn Willis

The Panther teams will travel down to Anahuac next Saturday.  Go Panthers!!

Coach Joseph Roberts

By Lindsay Matlock

SJE Students Thank Liberty First Responders

4 months ago

Liberty First Responders were thanked by SJE students on Tuesday September 12th.  Students made cards, posters and books.  Chris Watson gathered members of the Liberty PD and Fire Department.

By School ADM