J.D. Grana pushes through the final stretch of his 1,600 meter race Thursday, April 1. (Jax Drezek)
J.D. Grana pushes through the final stretch of his 1,600 meter race Thursday, April 1.

Jax Drezek

Spring Sports Preview

Rundown on how spring sports have started off their season

April 2, 2021

Baseball 

The Eagles baseball team got off to a solid start winning two out of the four games with the most recent win coming against Francis Howell North. Liberty hopes to keep up the success with a multitude of games in the coming weeks, highlighted by a home game showdown against Washington on April 6. STL high school sports has pitcher Victor Quinn as one of its top players to watch this season. The Oregon State signed pitcher can throw a 98 mph fastball and will headline a really talented team through the rest of the season. When asked about the team looking ahead, Coach Clements said, “not only are they a talented group of baseball players, but also a really good group of kids. They get along really well with each other and already seem really close-knit.” This mix of talent and chemistry will serve the Eagles team well this season. 

The Liberty baseball team prepares to play their home opener against Summit on March 19. The Eagles won the game 10-4. (Monica Reyes )

Girls Soccer

Another spring sport everyone’s excited to watch is girl’s soccer. Although they didn’t get to take the field last year due to COVID19, in 2019 the team captured a district championship. Expectations are high for a really talented team this year. The girls started off on fire with a 6-1 win against St. Charles. Chloe Netzel and Hailey Jolliff had two goals each in a great outing to start the season. They followed this up with an 8-0 victory against Francis Howell North on Tuesday, March 30, and 7-1 victory against Fort Zumwalt North on Thursday, April 1. Their first home game is against Howell on Friday, April 2. Tune in as the Eagles look to carry that first game momentum into a great season. 

Track

Track is a sport that everyone was wishing they would have got to see last year. It is back now though and Liberty is bringing great athletes to each event. Track had a meet Wednesday, March 31. Track teams all around the state are seeing the effects of missing last season and Liberty is no different. When asked about this obstacle, coach Glavin said, “Some of the biggest areas I see affected by not having track last year are the field events especially the pole vaulters and other special things like hurdles just because they haven’t done it they basically lost a year of practice.” However, despite this, the expectation for the team is high. “Two years ago we had some young kids who performed really well at the end of the year so obviously we have a lot of high expectations for them. As a team, both our boys and girls teams are really good this year we feel like,” coach Glavin said. So regardless of the pause, the track is back and ready to go. 

Boys Tennis 

The boy’s tennis team started off their season strong with strong wins over Fort Zumwalt North and district rival Timberland. They have high goals for the rest of the season. Coach Campos said he is “glad tennis is finally going through this year looking forward to getting some more matches in. Our big expectation is to win GAC’s and to send everyone to state.”   The Eagles are in district four this year. The other teams in the district are Fort Zumwalt East, Fort Zumwalt South, Hannibal, McCluer, and McCluer North. The tennis team is loaded with talent and ready to make a run. 

Sam Arrington prepares to serve a ball at practice early in the season. (Grayce Page)
About the Contributors
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Grayce Page, Reporter

Grayce Page is a sophomore this year. Even though this is Grayce’s second year at Liberty, this is her first year of journalism. In her free time you...

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Jax Drezek, Reporter

Jax Drezek is in his sophomore year of high school with this being his second year in publications. He does swimming and wrestling. Outside of school he...

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