The 2008-09 Liberty Boys' Basketball Team won their first South East Yosemite League Championship against the Garces Rams. In addition the team made it to the CIF Division II Central Section Championship. Under the leadership of point guard, Sam Marcus, they were considered to be the best team in Kern County that season, and the second best team in the Central Section behind Clovis East High School. The program has continued to improve under the coaching of Andy Hicks and Andrew Shearon.
In the 2009-2010 season, the Liberty Boys' Varsity Basketball team won their first valley championship in school history. With their big five: Sam Marcus, Westin Hill, Tyler Davis, Jaylin Howard, and Junior Morgan, and the supporting cast the Liberty boy's made school history, defeating the No. 1 ranked San Joaquin Memorial HS at Selland Arena in Fresno, CA. To reach the valley championship, Liberty defeated West High School (Bakersfield) and Tulare Union High School, two very highly ranked basketball teams. Liberty also made a rally in the CIF State playoffs by defeating Mark Keppel HS (Alhambra) by over 20 points, making it Liberty's first State Playoff win in school history. Liberty was defeated by Eisenhower HS (one of the top basketball programs in the state).
Liberty has continued to withhold a strong program in Bakersfield. In the 2010-2011 season, the Liberty HS Varsity boys team tied for the SEYL League champions with Bakersfield HS. In the following season (2011-2012), the LHS Basketball team won the outright SEYL championship, outshining the league powerhouse Bakersfield HS and their Cal Berkeley recruit, Tyrone Wallace. 2010-2012 Liberty stars included Junior Morgan and Jacob Martin.
Famous quotes containing the words basketball and/or liberty:
“Perhaps basketball and poetry have just a few things in common, but the most important is the possibility of transcendence. The opposite is labor. In writing, every writer knows when he or she is laboring to achieve an effect. You want to get from here to there, but find yourself willing it, forcing it. The equivalent in basketball is aiming your shot, a kind of strained and usually ineffective purposefulness. What you want is to be in some kind of flow, each next moment a discovery.”
—Stephen Dunn (b. 1939)
“A Tory..., since the revolution, may be defined in a few words, to be a lover of monarchy, though without abandoning liberty; and a partizan of the family of Stuart. As a Whig may be defined to be a lover of liberty though without renouncing monarchy; and a friend to the settlement in the protestant line.”
—David Hume (17111776)