By embracing players with Polynesian backgrounds, Liberty High has become a public school contender that even Bishop Gorman must prepare for.
Hunter Borgel produced two goals and two assists in a 6-0 victory over Centennial and scored a goal in a 2-0 win over Faith Lutheran last week.
Micah Alejado threw five touchdown passes, and Bishop Gorman jumped to a 21-0 first-quarter lead en route to a decisive win over Saint Louis on Friday night in Honolulu.
Bishop Gorman, ranked No. 6 by MaxPreps, led by 14 points in the second half, but eventually wore down against second-ranked and defending national champion Mater Dei.
Liberty only beat Bishop Gorman once in four tries, but it came in an overtime classic that netted the Patriots their first boys basketball state championship.
Liberty’s Joshua Jefferson averaged 17.7 points and 10 rebounds in his senior season and led the Patriots to the Class 5A state title with an upset win over Bishop Gorman.
Centennial’s Zoey Bonds won four events at the Class 5A state track and field meet and also was a setter and captain on the volleyball team, which finished second at state.
The incoming Southern California freshman and survivor of a house party shooting has graduated from Spring Valley High School.
Former Liberty High School pitcher Dawson Beard was the starter in a junior college game in which the opposing pitcher viciously tackled a batter after allowing a homer.
Aaliyah Gayles signed her national letter of intent Monday, ensuring that USC will honor her basketball scholarship as she recovers from gunshot wounds sustained at a house party.