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Nevada State Football Championship Preview

Nevada State Football Championship Preview

By Cole Mitchum

Executive Editor, Liberty Tribune

The Liberty Patriots have done it again. They are the Sunrise Region's football champions again in 2012, completing the quest for the three-peat.

Liberty (11-1) defeated the Coronado Cougars (9-3) Saturday, 59-20, to claim the Sunrise Region title and have advanced to the state title game. This marks the first time the Patriots are in the state title game for football.

“I was extremely happy with the performance of the team against Coronado. It was our best-played game of the year,” Head Coach Rich Muraco said.

The Patriots will now take on local powerhouse Bishop Gorman (12-1) at 12:15 PM Saturday at UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium.

Gorman defeated Reed High School (Reno), 49-24, over the weekend to clinch their spot in the game. This will be the second time the teams meet in as many years.

Liberty Sparkle Squad First of its Kind in Southern Nevada

Liberty Sparkle Squad First of its Kind in Southern Nevada

By Brittney Loiselle

Editor-in-Chief, Liberty Tribune

Years from now, Liberty’s Sparkle Squad will be known simply as “The First.”

For today, they are just trying to be seen, heard and have fun.

The Sparkle Squad teams cheerleaders with those who have disabilities and forms an inclusive pep squad that brings excitement to games and awareness to all who see them.

“We are the first squad to join the Sparkle Effect in southern Nevada,” adviser Erin Murray said.

Cheer team members teach routines to their teammates and perform with them side-by-side at games and other events. The first Patriot Sparkle Squad performance was October 19, during the football game against Eldorado on Freedom Field.

Liberty HS Seniors to Appear on Katie Couric Show

By Joshua Wikler

Communications Director, Liberty High School

Liberty High School goes big time this week when two students appear Wednesday on The Katie Couric Show.

As a result of a fundraiser hosted by Liberty seniors Joseph Maurer and Ryan Popowcer for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the two have been invited to appear on the show featuring Fox. 

The boys’ plight caught the attention of a producer for the show after an article was published in The View on October 30.

The fundraiser raised nearly $2,000 and the boys had already raised $1,000 prior to the event at Sunrise Cafe on Eastern Avenue. Maurer and Popowcer have set a goal to raise $5,000 for the foundation.

Coronado High School to be Part of 'Every 15 Minute' Program


Students from Coronado High School will be part of the Every 15 Minutes program next week.

The two-day event works to personalize the consequences of drinking and driving. The Henderson Police Department is partnering with the Clark County School District, Henderson Fire Department and other groups to conduct the program.

On Thursday, November 8, a fatal car accident will be simulated for the students. During the demonstration, one student will be declared “dead”, another will be taken to the hospital with major injuries and the student driver will be arrested for driving under the influence.

There will also be students taken from class and declared “dead,” every 15 minutes. Those students will show other kids just how many teenagers die in a car crash around the country every day. It also demonstrates that every 15 minutes a driver, passenger or bystander dies from an alcohol-related car crash.

Sound of Liberty Marching Band Continues Strong Season

Sound of Liberty Marching Band Continues Strong Season

By Joshua Wikler

Communications Director, Liberty High School


The Sound of Liberty Marching Band continued their strong season in the past two weeks.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Patriots competed at Palo Verde High School against four other bands in their class. The Patriots came in a strong second place behind the Cheyenne Desert Shield Marching Band.

This past Saturday, the Sound of Liberty Marching Band competed at Clark High School at the annual Tournament on the Turf. Of the five bands that were in Class A, the Patriots again came in second place losing by just one point to Cheyenne. Even though the band placed second, they received first place in music and music performance.

"Saturday was our best run of the show in performance yet," Director Travis Whaley said. "Even though the kids didn't place first, they were still very happy with their performance."

Four Schools Earn the Votes to Get Big Checks

Four Schools Earn the Votes to Get Big Checks

Four schools from around southern Nevada have a lot more money this week thanks to efforts by Nevada State Bank.

The bank gave away $30,000 to the schools through its You Vote, Schools Win campaign. The school with the most votes received the biggest check. Repeating last year's win, Clark High School won the top prize of $12,000 after securing 7,296 votes. The students got the good news and the money Tuesday.

The school with the second largest number of votes was East Career and Technical Academy. It received more than 6,800 votes to earn $8,000.

Canarelli Middle School was third with more than 6,100 votes and Wolff Elementary School was fourth with 3,500 votes. Each of those schools will receive $5,000. The last check was given out Thursday afternoon.

“School spirit is definitely strong and these schools did an impressive job of getting people to show their support and vote,” said Dallas Haun, president and CEO of Nevada State Bank.

Vanderburg Elementary Named Blue Ribbon School

Vanderburg Elementary Named Blue Ribbon School

An elementary school in Henderson is being honored by the Department of Education.

Vanderburg Elementary School is one of only 219 public schools across the country to be named a Blue Ribbon National School. It was the only school in the state to receive the designation.

The award recognizes schools that are either academically superior or have made dramatic gains in student achievement. They also must show they have helped close the achievement gap among minority and disadvantaged students.

In order to be even eligible for the designation, the school must be in the top 10 percent of its state tests and have at least 40 percent of its students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.