Liberty Hill says farewell to Class of 2013 athletes

From Staff Reports

The Liberty Hill community will say farewell to its graduating senior athletes upon commencement, many of whom have spent all of their high school days together.

Kody Allen wore No. 29 on the varsity football team in 2012 and played defensive back for the Panthers.

Tyler Barrows started at the hot corner (third base) for the Liberty Hill baseball team and was named to the Academic All-District team and is an All-District Honorable Mention. He was also an All-District Honorable Mention in football as an offensive lineman.

Tyler Cannon played a relief pitching and defensive role for the Panthers’ baseball team this year and is an Academic All-District selectee.

Jessie Cousins came on strong midway through his senior season playing for Coach Barry Boren’s Runnin’ Panthers and was named to the All-District Second-Team. He plans on attending community college in Killeen to get his welding certificate.

Blake Danielak recently made his decision to play basketball at Drake University in Iowa. The 6-7, sharp-shooting forward helped lead the Panthers to a district title and shared District 8-3A MVP honors with teammate and friend Shane LaCaille.

Austin Davis played on the varsity basketball team for the past two seasons as part of a deep, rotating bench for Coach Barry Boren.

Jeremy DeLay proved to be an excellent lineman for the football Panthers throughout his career, often dominating his man at the point of attack. He was selected to the All-District Second-Team Offense as a center as well as receiving Academic All-District honors.

Cera Dixon started at guard for Coach Matt Kirschner’s Lady Panthers this season and was a defensive specialist. She also participated in cross country and track and field, winning her share of medals along the way.

Jacob Dudgeon played linebacker for the Panthers’ varsity football team and was named to the All-District First-Team Defense and also received Academic All-District honors.

Joseph Dudgeon made the move from defense to offense for his senior football season and as a result was named to the All-District First-Team Offense at tight end. He also received Academic All-District honors.

Drake Duncan, a tennis player, recently received the  Texas High School Coaches Association 2013 Scholarship. He will be attending Texas A&M University.

Jadon Durity-Boatright seemingly did it all during his time at Liberty Hill. He participated in football, basketball, baseball and track and field. He will attend the University of New Mexico on a football and track scholarship.

Colby Ellis wore the No. 16 jersey for the Liberty Hill Panthers. He played defensive back for the varsity team his senior season.  Tyler Eyre transferred to Liberty Hill from Vandegrift for his senior season and earned an All-District Honorable Mention. He brought toughness and leadership to the Runnin’ Panthers basketball team and is leaning towards playing at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

Erin FitzGerald was a team captain on the Lady Panthers’ varsity squad. In March, the sharp-shooter signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Saint Catherine University.

Chesney Goza played her way to the State Tennis Tournament during her junior year and qualified for the Regional Finals her senior season. As a junior she was girls singles district champ and was district runner up as a senior.

Shelby Hart played guard for the Liberty Hill Lady Panthers’ District 8-3A Championship basketball team. She plans on attending Texas State University, and majoring in education in preparation to become a high school math teacher.

Kody Kindle received an All-District Offensive Honorable Mention selection for his play at linebacker. He also earned Academic All-District honors.

Shane LaCaille was the leader and perhaps heart and soul of the Runnin’ Panthers’ team this season. For his stellar play he was named Co-MVP along with friend and fellow senior Blake Danielak.

Paige Lafferty, shortstop, earned Co-Offensive MVP honors in District 8-3A. Lafferty led the team in hits (50) and runs scored (40) while batting .446 for the season. She also batted in 22 runs, including one home run. She will play softball at Clarendon College.

Joe Lingren participated in multiple sports for Liberty Hill. He excelled at both cross country and track and field, earning many medals along the way.

Kyle Marshall was a fierce tackler as a defensive back for the Panthers’ football team and earned an All-District Second-Team Defense selection. He also was an All-District Honorable Mention for the baseball team after starting at shortstop as a senior. He will attend WyoTech to become a diesel mechanic.

Madelyn Metzger recently signed her letter of intent to play basketball for Chadron State College in Nebraska. She led the team in scoring and rebounding while playing her way to an All-District First-Team selection.

Spencer Pennington was a starting outfielder for the baseball Panthers this season and will most likely be attending ACC. He would like to be a paralegal or a radiologist.

Jesus (JJ) Perez had a breakout season for the Liberty Hill Panthers’ football team as a running back. He led the Panthers’ ground attack on his way to an All-District First-Team Offense selection.

Zach Perez was one of Liberty Hill’s leading tacklers as a defensive lineman on the football team. His play earned him an All-District First-Team Defense selection.

Emilie Philpott was one of the leaders on the Lady Panthers’ volleyball team. As one of the top players in 8-3A, she was selected to the All-District First-Team. Philpott will attend Nichols State University to play volleyball on a scholarship.

Samantha Rimann was simply the best volleyball player in the District 8-3A, and was officially named such with her earning District MVP honors. She also earned First-Team All-State honors following her stellar senior season. An academic all-state selection, Rimann will study kinesiology and play volleyball at Hesston College.

Jeremy Rizzotto played multiple positions on the Liberty Hill football team. Rizzotto is also an outstanding student, earning an Academic All-District selection.

Jordan Skinner was one of the fiercest players opponents faced on the football field when playing Liberty Hill. He also had an excellent season throwing the shot put for the track and field team, earning a few medals along the way.   Austin Steed had a memorable senior season as a swing man/receiver for the Panthers. He caught his first and only varsity touchdown as a senior that helped lead to a Panther victory.

Zack Stiles decided to try his hand at cross country for his senior year and he proved to be an admirable distance runner. However, Stiles absolutely excelled during track and field season, becoming the Area champ in the 800-meter run and qualifying for Regionals.

Presley Walker earned the right to be the Lady Panthers’ starting first baseman for her senior season and produced and had an outstanding year. One of the team’s unquestionable leaders, she earned All-District First-Team honors. Walker will be attending Texas State University and plans on becoming an anesthesiologist.

Courtney Weems was a go-all-out outfielder for the Lady Panthers’ softball team and came up with clutch hits throughout the season. Weems earned All-District First-Team honors and has signed to play softball for Texas Tech University.

Joshua White made a miraculous and moving comeback for his senior basketball season after sustaining an injury that nearly severed his leg less than a year earlier. On a team with two great scorers, he shined with his outside shooting ability.

Nathanael Whitmeyer was one of Liberty Hill’s most solid players on the football team’s offensive line. For his outstanding season he was named to the All-District First-Team Offense. Whitmeyer also earned an Academic All-District selection.

Danielle Wolesensky played her senior basketball season on the varsity team and found her shooting groove late in the year. Her first love is soccer and she plans on attending Texas State University and will try to walk on to play soccer.

Austin Zamarripa was one of the players that helped glue the Panthers’ baseball team together and helped turn around a slow start to Liberty Hill’s season. He plans on attending Texas Tech University to study environmental engineering.