K-State Grinds Out 4-3 Win Over Liberty Sunday – K-StateSports.com

GAME RECAP NR LIBERTY FLAMES 4-3 (0-0 Big South) NR K-STATE WILDCATS 6-2 (0-0 Big 12) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LIB 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 8 2 KST 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 X 4 6 2

W: Rigler (1-0) L: Bertsch (0-1) S: Floyd (4)

LEXINGTON, S.C. The Kansas State baseball team continued its best start to a season since 2011 with a 4-3 comeback victory over Liberty Sunday at Lexington County Stadium.

K-State (6-2) scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 and held on for its second straight come-from-behind win against Liberty (4-3). The Wildcats 6-2 start to the season is its best since the 2011 season when K-State started 11-2.

Again, another tough win by our guys, said head coach Brad Hill. Coming into the season, we stressed the importance of winning one-run games. Those are games that can turn an average season into a really good season. They arent easy to win, but so far weve been on the right side of it.

K-State is 4-0 in 2017 in games decided by one run, already eclipsing last seasons win total of three. By comparison, the Cats were just 3-10 in one-run games in 2016.

Both teams were able to get a run across in the opening inning. Liberty got three singles off K-State starting pitcher Parker Rigler and the Wildcats leveled the score with an RBI single by Jake Scudder in the home half.

After the first, Rigler surrendered just one hit and, at one point, retired seven straight Flame batters, but LU managed to push across the go-ahead run in the fourth inning by way of a bases-loaded walk. The senior lefty threw five innings and gave up two earned runs while striking out four in earning his first win of the season.

Headed into the fifth, Liberty starting pitcher Jackson Bertsch had set down 10 straight Wildcat batters but senior third baseman Quintin Crandall led off the inning with a walk. Following a single by junior Hanz Harker and freshman Will Brennan being hit by a pitch, the Cats had the bases loaded and nobody out.

Freshman leadoff hitter Cameron Thompson reached on a fielders choice that scored Crandall to tie the game at two. A second hit batsman of the inning loaded the bases for a second time and Harker scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Bertsch.

Sophomore catcher Josh Rolette singled home Scudder in the sixth to increase the Wildcat lead to 4-2.

In relief of Rigler, freshman Kasey Ford and senior Nick Jones held Liberty scoreless over a combined 2 1/3 innings to get the ball to closer Jordan Floyd in the eighth.

The senior left-hander converted a five-out save for his fourth save in four opportunities this season.

Hitting in the cleanup spot, Scudder finished the day 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored.

Crandall went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run, extending his on-base streak to 15 games, dating back to 2016, and is the only Wildcat to hit safely in all eight K-State games this season.

K-State will open its home schedule Friday, March 3 with the first of three games vs. Eastern Illinois. First pitch for the home opener is slated for 3 p.m., and will be broadcast worldwide on K-StateHD.TV. Fans can listen to Matt Walters (play-by-play) and Blair DeBord (analyst) call all three games with EIU on KMAN 1350 AM, 93.3 FM and streaming free online at k-statesports.com.


K-State scored four runs on eight hits and committed two errors and left six runners on base. Liberty scored three runs on eight hits and committed two errors while stranding 11 baserunners.

Liberty left 11 men on base for the second straight game vs. K-State.

The win was Riglers fifth career victory.

Scudder was the only Wildcat to record multiple hits on the day, his second multi-hit game of the weekend. He now leads the team with three doubles.

K-State hitters struck out a season-high 10 times.

K-State pitchers held LU to just 2-for-14 (.143) with runners in scoring position

On the season, K-State relievers have inherited 22 runners and have only allowed two to score (9%)

Thompson went 1-for-4 with an RBI and stole his second base of the season. The freshman leads the team with a .371 average.


K-State now leads the all-time series with Liberty, 3-0.

Crandall and Rolette have each reached base safely in all eight K-State games this season.

Crandall extended his on-base streak to 15 games, dating back to last season, and is the only Wildcat to hit safely in each game this season.

Entering Sunday, K-State led the Big 12 with a team ERA of 2.29.

K-State is 4-0 in one-run games this season and were 3-10 in games decided by one run in 2016.

The Wildcats have outscored opponents 8-2 in the first inning this season. Their eight first-inning runs are second-most in any single inning (12 in the sixth).

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UNC Asheville downs Liberty to gain share of title – Asheville Citizen-Times

MIKE GORE, CITIZEN-TIMES CORRESPONDENT Published 5:46 p.m. ET Feb. 25, 2017 | Updated 7:00 p.m. ET Feb. 25, 2017

The Bulldogs bench reacts after Ahmad Thomas scores a slam dunk Saturday afternoon against Liberty. Thomas poured in a career-high 31 points to help UNC Asheville win the game before a frenzied crowd of nearly 3,000.(Photo: Maddy Jones/mjones@citizen-times.com)Buy Photo

Ahmad Thomas made sure UNC Asheville got at least a share of a championship on Saturday.

The junior forward scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Bulldogs to a hard-fought 63-45 victory over Liberty before a frenzied crowd of 2,929 at Kimmel Arena.

The win propelled Asheville (23-5, 15-3) to at least a share of the Big South Conference regular-season championship. Now the Bulldogs must wait on the outcome of the Winthrop-Presbyterian College and High Point-Gardner Webb games and then perhaps a tiebreaker procedure to play out that may not determine the top seed until the next RPI figures are released. The latest RPI figures will come out Sunday morning. The top seed will host at least the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Big South Tournament starting on Thursday.

The RPI is a ratings percentage index that uses several factors to rate Division I mens college basketball teams. It is used by the NCAA Tournament Committee to help select and seed teams for the tourney. The lower the number, the better the ranking. Asheville entered Saturdays action at 74, with Winthrop right behind them at 75.

UNC Ashevilles Ahmad Thomas takes a shot during Saturday afternoons game against Liberty at the Kimmel Arena. Thomas, a junior forward, scored a career-high 31 points to help the Bulldogs defeat Liberty 63-45.(Photo: Maddy Jones/mjones@citizen-times.com)

Bulldog coach Nick McDevitt was fine with the RPI being used to determine whether Asheville or Winthrop hosts the Big South Tournament.

Its different but what are you doing to do, stated McDevitt. I mean Winthrop and Asheville are tied and when you look at all the different tie-breakers were still tied. You have to have something to break the tie and an RPI isnt a bad way to do it. Its better than a coin flip or point differential. Hopefully, our tough non-conference schedule will reward us but well see.

A teams non-conference schedule is one of the factors that goes into an RPI.

Asheville entered the day tied with Liberty and Winthrop for first place at 15-3. The win by the Bulldogs was their first share of a regular-season title since 2012.

For the Bulldogs to worry about their RPI, they first had to beat Liberty. The Flames led by seven midway through the first half and led 26-25 at halftime. Liberty forward Myo Baxter-Bell dominated Asheville inside with 14 points.

We didnt do a good job on Bell in the first half and Libertys defense stymied us, said McDevitt. They double-teamed us whenever the ball went into the post and we werent moving very well. We did a much better job in the second half in both areas.

Thomas simply took over the game in the second half. The Big South Player of the Year Candidate scored 23 points in the second stanza, including a four-of-four effort from beyond the arc. He also had an emphatic dunk that gave the Bulldogs a 44-40 lead with eight minutes left. The junior forward hit three of his treys in the final four minutes to allow Asheville to sprint away from the Flames (19-12, 14-4).

We made some tweaks at halftime both on offense and defense, stated Thomas afterwards. And our coaches did a good job of finding places for me to get the ball and get good looks. We just got tougher in the second half.

The Bulldogs out-rebounded Liberty 36-26 and allowed the visitors to have only one offensive rebound in the second half. Asheville outscored the Flames, 38-19 in the second half. The 45 points allowed was a season-low for a Bulldog opponent.

Ahmad was incredible today. He was special and just put on an amazing performance, added McDevitt.

David Robertson drives to the basket Saturday afternoon during the Big South regular season championship game against Liberty at the Kimmel Arena. UNC Asheville defeated Liberty 63-45.(Photo: Maddy Jones/mjones@citizen-times.com)

Macio Teauge bounds towards the basket Saturday afternoon against Liberty during the Big South regular season championship game at the Kimmel Arena. UNC Asheville defeated Liberty 63-45.(Photo: Maddy Jones/mjones@citizen-times.com)

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‘Moonlight’ casts a glow on Liberty City that will shine long after Oscars – Miami Herald

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Liberty and Prosperity group raises funds for small government message – Press of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY The second floor of the Irish Pub, decorated like an elaborate Victorian parlor, was packed with members of the nonprofit Liberty and Prosperity group Sunday for its annual fundraiser.

This is a little nicer than were used to, joked the groups Executive Director Seth Grossman. Were a bunch of deplorable people, referring to the words used by Hillary Clinton to describe Donald Trump supporters.

Free bumper stickers were stacked around food tables, saying No Toll Hikes! and Repudiate NJs Unconstitutional Debt!

The group is named for the states official motto, Liberty and Prosperity, Grossman said to the gathering of about 70 people.

It is an educational nonprofit, several attendees explained, dedicated to founding principles in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution.

The Constitution is the basic foundation. Cut that anchor and we are adrift and lose our identity, said Len Grossman, of Atlantic City, a physician who has no relation to Seth. The further away you get the less liberty people in the country will have.

He said the group educates about the nations founding principles and advocates for Legislatures to make laws, not judges.

Carlene Abbott, of Egg Harbor Township, said she has been a member for several years and its important to her for the government to control its borders and improve the economic situation so people can get jobs.

Were in economic dire straits here now, she said of the Atlantic City region. Im more than thrilled that Trump has been elected, and Im giving him all the space to prove what he is going to do. At this point its wait and see.

Len Grossman and his wife Dora said they find Atlantic City government spending unsustainable, but they dont think the state takeover is the answer because there is a lack of accountability. The state is not being transparent about what it is doing and how much money it is spending, they said.

Republican candidate for governor Jack Ciattarelli, the assemblyman representing parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties, was the guest speaker.

When asked about the state takeover of Atlantic City, he said he would have preferred the city go through a bankruptcy proceeding.

Im an MBA and a CPA, he said. A municipal bankruptcy would be in everybodys best interest because it removes all politics.

The room erupted in applause.

Conservatism means government should only do what the people cannot do for themselves, Ciattarelli said.

Government is trying to do too many things, he said. Were on the verge of collapse in the country and this state (because of it).

His five-point plan for improving the state includes reforming three things: school funding to solve the property tax crisis, public employee benefits to restore fiscal responsibility, and state tax laws to spark economic growth. It also includes making government smaller and improving bipartisan communication, he said.

People think after eight years of Gov. Chris Christie Republicans cant win, but this year is different, he said.

The Chicago Cubs are the world champs and Donald Trump is president, said Ciattarelli. Throw out conventional wisdom.

It was the Washington-Lincoln fund raiser, which Liberty and Prosperity hopes will fund its $18,000 annual budget.

The group spends about $1,500 per month to fund its activities, it said. In addition to this one February event, it raises money through membership dues of $30 per year.

LibertyAndProsperity.org said it maintains two websites, a Facebook page, and sends email updates that reach roughly 15,000 people in New Jersey each week.

It also has breakfast discussions every Saturday at a local diner and sends speakers to high schools, colleges and civic groups throughout the state.

Every September it co-sponsors a ceremony to remember Somers Point hero Richard Somers, who died in Tripoli in the First Barbary War.

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Craigmont outlasts Liberty in Region 8-AA quarterfinal – Jackson Sun

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Liberty finished the first half on a big scoring run to take a 14-point lead into halftime and looked to be rolling on to the next round of Region 8-AA tournament play.

Unfortunately for the Crusaders the Craigmont Chiefs were not ready to go home without a fight. Craigmont fought back to a 63-61 victory to eliminate the Crusaders.

In the third quarter Craigmont outscored the Crusaders by 10 points to pull within two points going into the fourth.Branden Bailey scored nine points in the third quarter after not scoring a point in the first half.

Using an aggressive full court press, the Chiefs forced several Liberty turnovers that led to easy baskets.

We worked on breaking the press all week in practice, but we just continued to put ourselves in bad situations against it tonight, said Liberty coach Terrell Green. We kept picking up our dribble in the corner and made some bad passes by jumping in the air.

Craigmonts Bailey scored with 2:06 left in the game to give the Chiefs their first lead, 53-52, since early in the game.

Libertys DJ Bonds scored 10 seconds later later to put Liberty back in front for the last time 54-53.

Craigmont then went on a 6-0 run to take a five-point lead and held on for the victory.

Noel Blachard led the Chiefs in scoring with 18 points, and Bailey finished with 13.Mason Bates led them in rebounds with 10 and blocks with three.

Libertys Bonds and MartaviousMoore led the Crusader effort with 21 points each. Elijah Harris pulled down 12 rebounds and had two blocks.

The loss brings Libertys season to end with a record of 15-11.

Craigmont will play in the Region 8-AA semifinals on Tuesday.

If I were to sum the season up in one word it would be unpredictable. That is what we were this season, Green said. The players know I am disappointed, but they also know that I love them and know they are young and make mistakes typical of young men.











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Youngstown news, I-80 speed cam to remain off-limits for Liberty … – Youngstown Vindicator

Published: Sun, February 26, 2017 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Sarah Lehr



Township officials had hoped that new Ohio legislation would allow Liberty officers to expand speed camera enforcement to Interstate 80 within the township.

Under a law that will take effect April 6, however, I-80 will remain off limits.

The township debuted a handheld speed camera last summer in partnership with Optotraffic of Landham, Md. The private company provides the camera, mails citations and collects 35 percent of fine revenue.

Township officials have said civil citations from the camera will discourage speeding and improve safety. Additionally, the townships 65-percent share of fine revenue will benefit the general and police funds, which are running deficits.

From implementation in August 2016 to the start of December 2016, the township raised more than $40,000 from the camera, said police Chief Richard Tisone.

Liberty police have been focusing their camera use on state Route 11, state Route 304, state Route 193 and a Shady Road school zone.

Law Director Mark Finamore has advised the police department it cannot use the camera on I-80.

Finamore cited Ohio law restricting police serving small townships from enforcing traffic violations on national and interstate highways.

That distinction will change some April 6 when Ohio House Bill 378 takes effect. That new law will expand the authority of officers serving townships with populations under 50,000 people. Those officers will be able to make traffic arrests on national highways that are not part of the interstate system,

An earlier version of the bill would have allowed officers from small townships to make traffic arrests on interstate highways as well.

If that provision had passed, Liberty would have started using its camera on I-80, Tisone said.

Lawmakers, however, rescinded the interstate provision at the request of the Buckeye Sheriffs Association.

Bob Cornwell, Buckeye Sheriffs Association executive director, described the final version of the bill as an acceptable compromise. Cornwell said the association objected to the earlier draft because of concern township officers could place themselves in legal jeopardy if those officers ended up tailing a suspect in and out of township boundaries while attempting to pull someone over.

The representatives who sponsored HB 378 said it would enable township officers to use the highway system toward curtailing offenses such as drunken driving and human trafficking.

Hubbard Township briefly operated its own speed camera on I-80 before pulling the program due to concerns about its legality. Finamore is the law director for both townships.

Weathersfield Law Director Cherry Poteet, however, takes a different view. Weathersfield police officers have been operating a speed camera since December 2015, and officers do use the camera on I-80 within township limits.

Poteet said her interpretation derived from the definition of an arrest, as established by Ohio law. A citation from the camera does not count as a traffic arrest, she said.

Because of a 2014 Ohio law that effectively prohibited unmanned traffic cameras, speed cameras such as those used in Liberty and Weathersfield must be operated by a uniformed officer. That officer, however, has discretion about whether to pull over a suspected speeder.

After being nabbed by the camera, a driver will receive a civil citation in the mail. The driver can appeal the fine before a hearing administrator.

The cities of Youngstown and Girard also have been operating speed cameras, including on I-80. Under Ohio law, cities generally have more authority than townships.

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NCS soccer: Liberty, Livermore girls roll to championships – The Mercury News

DUBLIN Liberty High overcame an early 1-0 deficit to capture its second North Coast Section title in three seasons with a 3-2 victory over Carondelet in Saturdays NCS Division I championship game.

The Lions (20-1-1) had multiple chances to even the score in the first half, including a free kick from Delanie Sheehan that bounced off the left side of the post, but they were unable to capitalize.

While the first half belonged to the Cougars, the Lions came roaring back in the second.

Liberty came out of the half on fire with a barrage of goals. The Lions scored three goals in the first five minutes. Devyn Gilfoy was involved in all three, scoring two and assisting Sheehan on the third.

It was kind of a silent message at halftime where we all looked at each other and said Alright, its time to turn it on, Gilfoy said. We got a little worked up after giving up the first goal but our coaches assured us and kept saying Its gonna come. Its gonna come. That really helped us out.

Liberty coach Tony Martins said Gilfoy and the rest of the seniors, who have been a part of four straight Bay Valley Athletic League championship teams, were a calming influence on the younger players.

Our team showed a lot of character coming out in the second half like that, Martins said. Our seniors took it upon themselves. It was a great team effort.

NCS Division II Livermore 2, Northgate 1

Livermore defeated Northgate in a championship game that featured a wild finish.

With Livermore ahead 1-0 in the final four minutes, Northgates Colette Cardinale fired a shot past goalkeeper Ashley Morton for the equalizer.

Two minutes later, Livermores Makenzie Farro sealed the victory with the game-winner from inside the penalty area.

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Jayne: We can’t allow liberty to die with thunderous applause – The Columbian


Greg Jayne, Opinion page editor

There is a scene in Revenge of the Sith an excellent movie, by the way, despite the scorn heaped upon the Star Wars prequels and despite the wooden acting of Hayden Christensen that seems somewhat relevant today.

Senator Padm Amidala is watching Chancellor Palpatine increase his power and seize control of the universe through the capitulation of the Galactic Senate. And as the chancellor is becoming The Emperor and the senators are cheering, Padm says, So this is how liberty dies with thunderous applause.

It was one of the most political moments in any of the Star Wars movies, and it has been co-opted by numerous pundits, politicians, and writers since it was first uttered in 2005. The thing about decrying the death of liberty is that it can be used to suit any number of purposes, and critics accused Barack Obama of destroying liberty nearly as often as the other side accused George W. Bush.

Therefore, we are reluctant to declare that one politician or another is going to mean the death of liberty; our political landscape has far too many Chicken Littles who are far too quick to declare that the sky is falling. This nation is too strong and our values are too secure to be shaken by a single person, regardless of how vehemently we might disagree with them.

But a move Friday by the Trump administration should concern all Americans and should lead to an examination of how willing we are to defend the liberty that forms the foundation of our nation. The White House, you see, was holding an off-camera news briefing and blocked CNN, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico, and BuzzFeed from attending.

You might think this is not a big deal, and perhaps you are correct. The off-camera briefing is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the daily question-and-answer session in the White House briefing room. You also might think that CNN or the New York Times deserved it because they have been trying to report facts about the Trump administration instead of alternative facts, whether or not the administration wants those facts to be known.

But, as New York Times editor Dean Baquet wrote: Nothing like this has ever happened at the White House in our long history of covering multiple administrations of different parties. We strongly protest the exclusion of The New York Times and the other news organizations. Free media access to a transparent government is obviously of crucial national interest.

I have been in this business long enough to understand that much of the public really doesnt care about the difficulties faced by the media; journalists typically stand somewhere near members of Congress in terms of respect. Yet, as Thomas Jefferson once wrote, Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. And unlike most Jefferson quotes you find on the internet, that one is accurate.

Without the media, we never would have known about the Constitution-trampling excess of the Nixon administration. Or the Catholic Churchs cover-up of sexual abuse by priests. Or a former Oregon governors sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old while he was mayor of Portland. Without the media, public officials would be able to act free of the disinfectant that is sunshine.

Because of that, the public needs the media more than the Trump administration does. The presidents constant harangues against the press are not the actions of a well-adjusted adult, nor are they the actions of somebody who is willing to endure scrutiny or is confident in his ability to lead.

I dont think President Trump is akin to Emperor Palpatine; I dont believe he can shoot lightning out of his fingers. I also dont think Trump is going to single-handedly destroy liberty. No, that will only happen if his attempts to limit the press are met with thunderous applause.


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First-half dominance helps Navy cruise past Liberty, 20-4 – CapitalGazette.com

The Navy women’s lacrosse team (3-1) opened up a 13-goal first-half lead en route to a decisive 20-4 victory over Liberty (1-4) on Saturday at Liberty Lacrosse Field in Lynchburg, Virginia.

“Our focus this week was trying to clean up silly mistakes and to generate transition and assisted goals and I think we did a good job of that against Liberty,” Navy head coach Cindy Timchal said. “We were able to generate the offense the way we did by having a strong effort on the defensive end by creating turnovers and give our offense a chance to score.”

Navy generated its fourth-straight 10-plus goal game in 2017 by recording a season-best 16 caused turnovers. Junior Blake Smith and sophomore Marie Valenti both tallied a game-high three caused turnovers.

Junior Julia Collins continued to give opposing defenses fits, recording her third five-plus point performance with a career-best seven points on five goals and two assists. Sophomore Meg O’Donnell tied teammate Julia Collins’ team-high performance with a career-best seven points on five goals and two assists, as well. Senior Morgan Young posted her third hat trick of the year and 14th of her career, tallying five points on four goals and one assist.

Junior Jenna Collins extended her point streak to 15 games, dating back to last season. During her streak, Collins has recorded at least three points in all 15 contests, which includes seven hat tricks.

Navy’s offense wasted no time, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first 5:17. Julia Collins led the charge with two goals, while freshman Kelly Larkin tallied two points on one goal and one assist.

Liberty cut the deficit to three, 5-2, with 23:06 left in the half. Paige Britton and Kayla Foster scored on back-to-back possessions.

The Mids, then, went on a 10-0 run in the final 21:55 of the half to build a 13-goal lead, 15-2. O’Donnell sparked the run with the first two goals of the run before Julia Collins recorded a natural hat trick in a span of 5:15. O’Donnell then collected her final three goals of the game over a stretch of 9:21.

Navy continued its dominance in the second half, scoring the first three goals over a 6:28 span. Young tallied the final two goals of her four goals during the run.

Liberty’s Hannah Quast tallied back-to-back goals to help the Lady Flames cut the deficit to 14, 18-4 with 11:15 remaining.

Navy freshmen Carley Seekamp and Caitlin Blanche (South River) each tallied their first career goals.

Junior Ingrid Boyum tallied four saves on six chances in 40:44 for the win in net. Teammates Gab Harchelroad, Autumn Koh and Vicotria LaVeck combined for one save on three chances in the final 19:16.

Navy continues its two-game road trip with a Wednesday matchup against George Washington.


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Liberty Hill led by basketball royalty – KXAN.com

LIBERTY HILL (KXAN) Liberty Hill basketball team is made from years of hard work. Really. From elementary to high school, this team has indeed grown up together.

Since 4th grade, yeah 4th grade. Its been a while, junior Bethany Mcleod said.

Back to back trips to the 4A state tournament and the expectation to return, this year this family is set on going the distance.

We have so much heart and so much drive. We want it so bad thatwe have a good chance, senior Madeline Cheney said.

I tried to avoid the conversation for as long as I could and by midseason I embraced it. Theyve accepted that role. They understand where they need to be, coach Chris Lange said.

Thats where we want to be at the end of the year and come home proud to our home gym, junior Sedona Prince said.

Home is the key component. Sedona Prince is high school basketball royalty in terms of size and interest. A nationally ranked player college basketball programs around the country covet. Named after the city in Arizona, Sedona decided to stay home with the Texas Longhorns.

Texas was always there and I always loved it very deeply, Prince said.

It wasnt always the easy pick, the 6-7 junior looked around at the likes of Notre Dame and UConn before coming back to Texas coach Karen Aston and her staff.

They let me know that I was one of their biggest priorities and whenever I go up there its just a great atmosphere to be in. They constantly let me know that theyre here for me whatever I want to do theyll support me, theyll help me with it and yeah theyre right down the street, Prince said.

What makes Prince special is the college interest never swayed her support away from her family on the court.

She was always taller than us. By 7th and 8th grade, she was a head taller than everyone and its still been the same. Weve grown and shes grown, junior Kandyn Faurie said.

Definitely helps with the height thingrebounding. I dont know kind of when we get in trouble we just throw the ball up there and she gets it, Cheney said.

With that size it sounds so simple, though it hardly is.

Its not just being tall. Ive had tall post players before, but its being tall and being skilled. Its a real nice luxury to have a player like that surrounded by a bunch of quality players, Coach Lange said

The quality time together is what makes Liberty Hill a state championship caliber team.


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Boys Basketball: Extra energy lifts Liberty past Falcons – Carroll County Times

The Winters Mill boys basketball team got off to a better start against Liberty in the first half of the Class 2A West Section 2 quarterfinal Friday night than the team’s meeting two weeks ago.

But the ending looked all too familiar to the visiting Falcons.

Liberty won its third straight over Winters Mill with a 69-53 victory and advanced to the next regional playoff round.

“We realized we weren’t playing with enough toughness or energy in the first half,” Liberty sophomore center Tristan Kent said. “And that we needed to really step it up in the second half if we wanted to win.”

Kent had 24 points and Justin Brookhart, a senior guard, scored a game-high 27 to carry the Lions (13-9) to the victory.

“Justin has been just solid for us all year and he really stepped up tonight and shot the ball really well,” Liberty coach Brian Tombs said. “Tristan finished his shots and got some key rebounds for us.”

Winters Mill senior point guard Tre Woodyard totaled 21 points, three rebounds and three assists, and teammate Grant Sabad added 10 points. But the Falcons couldn’t stay with the hosts in the second half.

Liberty started to take control in the third quarter after leading by four points at halftime. Kent sparked the Lions with three layups in the first four minutes as their advantage grew to 39-30. Liberty pushed the advantage to 47-32 with 1:10 remaining on Jack Selby layup.

The Lions lead by double digits for the entire fourth quarter.

“We just had a lapse here and there where they took advantage of it,” Winters Mill coach Billy Mays said of the second half. “That’s how it’s kind of been this season. We miss some shots when we need them and they make the shots.”

Liberty jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the first 4:50 of the first quarter as Kent scored five points during that stretch.

Winters Mill had four turnovers and shot 1-for-6 from the field in that span. One of those turnovers resulted in Woodyard picking up his second foul and coming out of the game for three minutes.

Ronak Morgan hit back-to-back 3 pointers for Liberty to push its lead to 13-2 with about a minute remaining in the period.

But Devin Callahan drained a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc right before the buzzer to make it 13-5 at the end of the quarter. Winters Mill made more field goals (two) in the first two minutes of the second quarter than it did in the entire first quarter.

Still, the Falcons (2-22) trailed by double digits.

They cut the margin to 20-14 with 4:03 remaining in the second quarter on forward Sabad’s medium-range jumper, and tied it at 25-25 three minutes later. Brookhart made a layup and sank a jumper from just inside the 3-point line to give his team a 29-25 bulge at the intermission.

“We thought it would be a cakewalk at first, we quickly realized they are going to fight,” Kent said.

Liberty advances to face Francis Scott Key, which defeated South Carroll on Friday night, in the sectional semifinals.

Liberty (65): Ronak Morgan 6, Nick Tilson 2, Tristan Kent 24, Jack Selby 6, Justin Brookhart 27, Steven Goetz 3, Nick Loppatto 1.

Winters Mill (53): Grant Sabad 10, Chandler Gentzel 9, Avery Serafin 4, Tre Woodyard 21, Devin Callahan 9.

Halftime: Liberty, 29-25.



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First Person: The East Liberty I know – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

I have been getting my hair braided at Okapi braiding salon in East Liberty for seven years. Despite the salons success, it recently moved to its fourth location.From fifth grade to my senior year, I have watched Okapi, which was opened by a Congolese woman, grow. It is troubling to watch it shrink after all the effort thats been put into maintaining it.

Okapi isnt to blame for its constant movement. Many black women need their hair braided, and hair-braiding options are scarce in Pittsburgh. The problem has never been a shortage of clients or growing competition. The problem is gentrification.

Gentrification is a system in which a seemingly uninhabited or run-down neighborhood is renovated and developed by newer, wealthier, outside businesses, restaurants and residents. I have watched my neighborhood gentrify block by block.

While this may be seen as positive for some, I have firsthand knowledge that its not. The problem with this system is that when new people come in, the old people are forced out. Renovation comes at the cost of lower-income people. Gentrification is why Okapi, a thriving black-owned business, is in its fourth location on the outskirts of the neighborhood it was created in.

The same was true for the Shadow Lounge, a neighborhood venue for people of all ages that hosted open mic events and concerts for internationally recognized artists. The former community hub is now the Livermore, a hipster bar that Im not even old enough to enjoy. We lost Cut and Sew Studio, the place where I learned to sew. We lost Abay, the best Ethiopian cuisine in Pittsburgh, which had a full house every night. We lost Royal Caribbean and its sweet cocoa bread. Affordable, popular businesses were snuffed out and replaced with things that appeal to an entirely new demographic. We even lost our name. Now a sign reads East Side, because East Liberty sounds too old and too different and too black.

Gentrification is controversial because new people often see only its benefits. Growing up in a middle-class family, Ive experienced these benefits. Ive eaten at new restaurants, and Ive never worried about being forced out of my home.I could live a life of privilege in ignorant bliss, seeing only the positives of gentrification, but I wont. I still get my hair braided at Okapi salon, and its displacement still affects me. The small businesses that have existed in East Liberty since before it was gentrified should still be there.

Gentrification functions under the misconceived notion that an uninhabited neighborhood needs renovation when the reality is that these neighborhoods arent uninhabited. Historically, East Liberty was diverse and flourishing; it had a plethora of cultures, people and perspectives.

Living in East Liberty affects me deeply because of the culture and diversity that existed before gentrification, and because of the ways Ive witnessed that diversity be erased.

As long as those with power deem neighborhoods like East Liberty as uninhabited or run-down, our names will be lost, and the people who make Pittsburghs culture so vibrant will be forced further into the margins.

Ua Hayes is a high school student who lives in East Liberty.

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Real ‘religious liberty’ is not used to discriminate – The Hill (blog)

Religious freedom is a core American value not left or right; liberal, or conservative. It is a founding ideal of our nation.

Unfortunately, some misguided Americans are rallying under the flag of religious liberty in a tragic attempt to divide our nation rather than unite and to give preferential treatment to Christians, whether abroad or here in the U.S.

True religious liberty does not favor any religion and must not be used to discriminate. We stand with all of our Christians neighbors and defend their right to worship and congregate as their faith calls them to do. That right is enshrined in the First Amendment, and we hold that right to be sacred.

However, religious liberty does not extend to treating others in an unjust, unkind and discriminatory way.

Three communities are currently at particular risk for unjust treatment under the cloak of a narrow definition of religious liberty.

Muslims in the United States are finding themselves set up for a separate standard of suspicion for violence, and targets of surveillance, bans and potential registries all in clear violation of the religious liberty afforded to all. This stands in sharp contrast to the kind of pass that has too often been afforded to white Christian nationalists who use race and religion to promote bigotry and violence.

Another community that is clearly a target under the so-called religious liberty mantle are LGBT people, who must be afforded the same basic rights, human dignity and respect for their families as others.

Religious liberty laws promoted by some Christians seek to protect or withhold services to conservative Christians under the guise of religious liberty, when in fact this has nothing to do with religious liberty and everything to do with oppression.

The other group that is at risk with an abuse of the religious liberty principle are women who wish to exercise their own conscience in the area of reproductive health.

A too-little known fact is that the Southern Baptist Convention signed an amicus brief to the original Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case because they felt that if someone could dictate the conscience of a woman on her right an abortion or contraception, they could also dictate in the area of religious conviction. Today that wisdom is at risk of being lost.

There are two crucial tests of religious liberty at play right now.

The first involves the rights of congregations to declare themselves sanctuary spaces to protect those most vulnerable to draconian immigration policies currently mandated by the White House.

The second clear religious liberty issue at stake is the rights of the people of the Sioux Tribe for protecting against the the violation of their sacred land against commercial interests. Religious liberty is at stake in both of these communities and we support these communities in their struggle to live out their faith in the world today.

The protection of religious liberty offers the freedom for all people to live their lives, worship as they choose and to make moral decisions. Religious liberty is not about privileging and protecting one group, in this case, conservative Christians who attempt to dictate their preferences over and against their neighbors.

Rev. Dr. Katharine R. Henderson is the president of Auburn Seminary. Rev. Paul Raushenbush is the senior vice president of Auburn Seminary.

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At Ontario Underground Railroad Sites, Farming and Liberty – New York Times

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Summary of recent criminal activity in Hubbard, Liberty and Girard – Youngstown Vindicator

Published: Fri, February 24, 2017 @ 7:33 p.m.

A summary of recent criminal activity in Hubbard, Liberty and Girard:


Feb. 17

Arrest: A traffic stop on West Liberty Street led to the arrest of Dache C. Dawkins, 25, of Ashford Street, Hartford, who was wanted on a Youngstown Municipal Court bench warrant charging failure to appear in court.

Feb. 18

Child endangerment: Officers received a complaint that a 4-year-old girl had been walking alone on Stewart Avenue with no coat in 35-degree weather.

Feb. 19

Domestic violence: Vanessa L. Kolbrick, 46, of Creed Avenue, Hubbard, was charged with domestic violence and assault after a woman alleged an intoxicated Kolbrick had ripped out a clump of her hair during an argument that apparently had started over a pair of shoes.

Theft: A Girard man alleged his estranged wife had taken a pay stub from the accuser when he lived on Moore Street.

Feb. 20

Criminal damaging: Someone near state Route 304 used a sharp-tipped object to scratch a vehicles drivers-side doors and do an estimated $500 in damage.

Theft: A Moore Street man reported his wifes purse stolen after she had patronized a business in the 300 block of West Liberty Street.


Feb. 18

Arrest: Suspicious activity in the 3900 block of Belmont Avenue caught officers attention before they took Kevin L. Johnson, 25, into custody. Johnson, of Holly Drive, Liberty, was wanted on a township warrant charging burglary.

Breaking and entering: Someone pried open a rear door and broke into Craft Automotive Repair LLC, 4506 Belmont Ave., before stealing a 2005 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Other property that was missing included miscellaneous tools, three sets of tires and rims, a hard drive for video surveillance cameras and a scanning tool, for an estimated $66,583 loss.

Recovered property: A 2015 Chrysler vehicle was in an accident in Youngstown after an East Liberty Street man had reported the car stolen.

Feb. 19

Arrest: Weathersfield Township police handed to Liberty authorities Julius Jordan, 36, of Union Street, Warren, who was accused of failing to appear in court.

Criminal damaging: A car in the 2000 block of Pleasant Valley Road was found with two smashed windows. Damage came to about $1,000.

Criminal damaging: Someone in the 500 block of Murray Hill Drive evidently had used BBs or pellets to damage a vehicles windshield and place dents on its body and rear quarter panel.

Assault/theft: A Holly Drive woman alleged a Girard man, 36, had punched her during an argument between them near Belmont Avenue. Afterward, he fled and took a set of keys with him, she further reported.

Feb. 20

Arrest: Authorities were dispatched to the Mahoning County jail to pick up Kevin M. Sabo, 39, of Gordon Street, Campbell. He was wanted on a probation-violation charge related to a theft count.

Theft: A woman in her 70s reportedly stole $73 worth of groceries that included cat food from Giant Eagle, 4700 Belmont Ave.

Possible drug overdose: Police responded to a possible overdose at a Motor Inn Drive motel, where a woman reported having found a man unconscious on a restroom floor. He was given one dose of Narcan to reverse or block the effects of opioids, then taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Arrest: Authorities conducting a traffic stop near Colonial Drive arrested Jakwan L. Rudolph, 23, of Southern Boulevard, Boardman, who was wanted on a warrant. Rudolph also was charged with obstructing a police officer when, they alleged, he provided a false name.

Feb. 21

Arrest: After pulling him over in the 1000 block of Gypsy Lane, police took Jujuan L. Pinkard, 23, into custody. Pinkard, of Locust Avenue, Boardman, was wanted on a Weathersfield Township warrant charging failure to appear in court.

Identity theft: A Shannon Road woman discovered her missing bank card had been used to make $359 worth of fraudulent activity that originated in Chicago.

Citation: Marcus Chaney, 29, of Mansell Drive, Liberty, was cited on a charge of violating a township ordinance regarding confining and restraining dogs after police said they got a complaint that a dog had been running loose in the neighborhood.

Feb. 22

Menacing: An Anderson-Morris Road man said hes received text messages and calls in which he was threatened with bodily harm, apparently regarding money owed.

Arrest: Police responded to possible drug activity in the 100 block of Laurel Avenue, where they arrested Willie A. Key, 30, of Halleck Street, Youngstown. He was wanted on a township warrant.


Feb. 20

Criminal mischief: A woman told officers that another woman had dumped a can of soda on her vehicle during an argument between the accuser and the other womans boyfriend at a West Liberty Street apartment building.

False alarm: Police and firefighters responded to a report of a house fire in the 1000 block of Patricia Drive, which proved to be unfounded. The homeowner told authorities she was asleep and didnt know who had made the call, a report said.

Theft: An Illinois Avenue man reported about 15 feet of wooden fence planks had been removed from his backyard.

Feb. 21

Criminal mischief: A North Avenue woman noticed various decorations had been removed from her apartment door.

Identity fraud: A Wellman Avenue woman found out someone without consent had tried to buy an airline ticket with her personal information, and that a $150 unauthorized charge was made to her credit card.

Burglary: To a residence in the 300 block of Mosier Road. Stolen was more than $10,000 worth of merchandise that included mainly various collectible items.

Theft: A woman reported a Sony PlayStation 4 console and related accessories missing from her South Elruth Court apartment.

Menacing: A Gordon Street woman said a neighbor had threatened to harm her grandchildren.

Feb. 22

Trespassing: Six boys age 15 and 16 reportedly were caught trespassing on property that belongs to the Ohio Central Railroad Co. off Byers Street.

Feb. 23

Theft: A woman discovered a package containing nine types of medication missing after it had been delivered to her North Avenue residence.

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LIBERTY GERMAN – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)


On February 13, 2017,Liberty German, age 14, and Abigail Williams, age 13,were hiking on the Delphi Historic Trail near the Monon High Bridge just east of Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana. Liberty and Abigail werereported missing to police after their parents were unable to locate them at the pick-up location. Volunteers subsequently discovered the girls bodiesin the woods east of Delphi in Carroll County, Indiana, on February 14, 2017.

Investigators havedistributed a photo (shown above) of a person observed on the Delphi Historic Trail. The photo appears to depict a White male wearing blue jeans, a blue coat/jacket, and a hoodie. During the course of the investigation, preliminary evidence has led investigators to believe the aforementioned person is suspected of being involved in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams.


LIBERTY GERMAN – Federal Bureau of Investigation (press release) (blog)

A ‘Refugees Welcome’ Banner Was Just Unfurled On The Statue Of … – GOOD Magazine

Activists took to one of Americas most enduring icons to publicly fight the anti-immigration doctrines introduced by the Trump administration during its first month in office.

Accessing the public observation deck at the top of the statues base, protestors hung a 20-foot by 3-foot banner off the decks edge which read simply REFUGEES WELCOME.

A group known as Alt Lady Liberty has taken credit for the act and posted this tweet:

The group also emailed out the following statement:

“Almost all Americans have descendants from somewhere else. Immigrants and refugees make this country great. And turning away refugees, like we did to Anne Frank, does not make us great. Refugees are welcome here, Muslims are welcome here and immigrants are welcome here.

And it’s not just our ancestors. Every American knows an immigrant or a refugee. We wanted to send a reminder about America when we’re at our best — the country that’s a beacon of freedom to the world, built by immigrants. Walling off countries or entire religions is against our values. That’s what the Statue of Liberty stands for.”

The act is illegal, as hanging anything off the landmark is strictly prohibited, but that didnt keep like-minded tourists from snapping selfies that prominently displayed a sentiment near to their hearts. Shortly after the banner was hung it was removed by Park Rangers who oversee the attraction.

Authorities have stated that an investigation is underway to ascertain the identities of those behind the act.

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Georgia governor opposes new ‘religious liberty’ bill – MyAJC

Gov. Nathan Deal was unequivocal in his opposition to a revived religious liberty measure on Thursday, signaling he would veto the bill if it made it to his desk.

I didnt want there to be any confusion about where I stand on the RFRA bill: I have no desire or appetite to entertain that legislation, Deal said.

He was referring to a one-page proposal introduced this week by state Sen. Marty Harbin that brought the debate over the legislation back to the forefront. Harbins measure would require the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to apply in Georgia.

The governor on Wednesday said the state must take an extremely cautious approach to the measure but also said it was only fair that we give it due consideration. A day later, though, Deals position had hardened as he criticized Harbins proposal in unsparing terms.

Our state is doing exceptionally well and weve seen rather disastrous consequences from other states who have made a departure on that issue, he said. I see no reason or justification for us to do anything further.

An uphill climb

Harbins measure is significantly scaled down from the eight-page bill that Deal vetoed last year, in part to make it harder for the governor to oppose. Deal, while a member of Congress, voted for the federal version of the legislation that Harbins measure addresses.

Even though it has about 20 Republican co-sponsors, the legislation faces an arduous climb in the statehouse.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston backed last years version of the proposal but moved this year to try to put the contentious debate behind them. Both have repeatedly said it should be up to federal lawmakers and not state ones to tackle the debate thats divided the Legislature for more than three years.

In a clear sign that he is still queasy with the measure, Cagle assigned Harbins proposal, Senate Bill 233, to a committee on Wednesday that gives him and his allies more control over whether the bill moves forward.

The legislation has taken on various forms over time, but supporters typically want Georgia to join the 21 other states that have similar laws they say will protect people of faith from government intrusion, as well as strengthen legal protections for opponents of gay marriage.

Harbin and other supporters say that, at the very minimum, Georgia should commit to upholding the 1993 RFRA legislation supported by a bipartisan group of lawmakers and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton.

That statute requires the government to prove a compelling governmental interest before it interferes with a persons exercise of religion. A 1997 U.S. Supreme Court ruling concluded that the law doesnt apply to the states, and dozens of legislatures have since passed their own versions to cover actions by state governments.

State Sen. Josh McKoon, one of the most outspoken advocates for the legislation, said Republican lawmakers owe it to their constituents to vote on the measure.

Almost every Republican legislator I know of with a contested election last year campaigned on religious freedom legislation, McKoon said. Can anyone credibly say if a Democratic governor was threatening a veto of SB 233 that there would be any hesitation among Republican legislators moving forward? Of course not.

Not part of my agenda

The opponents, including powerful business boosters and gay rights groups, warn the measure amounts to legalized discrimination and point to executives from dozens of big-name companies, including Apple, Disney and Time Warner, who called on the governor to veto the bill.

And theyve been quick to cite Indiana and North Carolina as cautionary tales. Indiana still faces economic aftershocks after passing similar legislation in 2015, while North Carolina has been at the center of a raging national debate and the loss of high-profile sports and cultural events after adopting a much broader measure involving transgenders using bathrooms.

Deal, too, invoked the struggles in both those states when pressed on his stance for this years legislative proposal. In two separate interviews, he tacked to his veto message from last year, in which he said religious liberty legislation threatens to undercut Georgias pro-business environment and its welcoming image.

This is not something that is part of my agenda, he said, and its something I do not view as being beneficial to the state.

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