Remembering Roper

The Liberty High School baseball program dedicated a new flag pole in memory of Matthew Roper, a former Red Devil baseball player killed in a 2002 car accident, by hoisting an American flag that had flown over the State Capitol on his birthday, Oct. 7. Roper’s brother Lance raised the flag during the National Anthem prior to Liberty’s win over Pickens Saturday. Roper’s nephew Blake also threw the first pitch of the day. Each year, Liberty coach Scott Kerwin gives the Matthew Glenn Roper Award to the player who gives 100 percent to the Red Devil baseball team. Pictured above are Roper’s cousins Bryant and Seth Dover and family friend Colt LeeRoy holding his framed jersey.