LHS honors athletes at fall sport banquet

LIBERTY — Liberty High School recently recognized its outstanding fall sports athletes at the annual LHS fall sports banquet.
Four Red Devils earned All-State nods this fall, including sophomore Miranda Dalton, who was named State AA Cheerleader of the Year after the LHS squad earned its fifth consecutive state championship. Also named to All State teams in their respective sports were Amber King in volleyball and Jake Goodnough and Dakota Stewart in boys’ cross country.
In addition to Dalton, who was named Region Cheerleader of the Year, Raleigh Felton, Chelsey McDaniel, Hope Ricken and Jessica Smith were named to the All-Region cheer squad. LHS coach Missy Ricken was the region’s Coach of the Year.
Goodnough was named Region Player of the Year in cross country, leading the team to a region title and a third-place finish in the state championship meet. Stewart, Logan Gibson, Dalton Kirby and Tanner Lewis were also named to the All-Region team, and Devils coach Mike Riggins was Region Coach of the Year.
King’s efforts on the volleyball court helped the Lady Devils to a Region I championship and earned her Region Player of the Year honors. LHS Coach Carla Simpson was named Region Coach of the Year, and Hailey Collins, Emily James and Megan Kelley were also named to the All-Region squad.
Three Red Devil football players were named to the All-Region team on the gridiron, despite Liberty’s disappointing 1-9 record in 2010. Senior Alex Edwards, the lone 12th grader on the LHS team, was named All-Region along with Phillip Rainwater and Daniel Sanchez.