5KeanaKing-profileKeanna King played tennis during her last two years at Liberty Bell. Photo by Mike Maltais

 

This is the second of two articles profiling Liberty Bell High School senior athletes.

 

BY MIKE MALTAIS

Following are a few more summaries of the sports, honors and related activities that occupied 2013 Liberty Bell High School graduating seniors.

The graduates were, among other things, key contributors in the achievements of six LBHS varsity teams that qualified for state competition in girls’ soccer, wrestling, baseball, tennis, softball and track and field during the 2012-2013 season.

 

Justin McMillan

McMillan earned 12 varsity letters in four years at Liberty Bell, and competed in six state championships covering three sports as a junior and senior. The football, cross country, track and wrestling athlete placed second at state as a 126-pound wrestler his junior year and won the 1B/2B state title as a senior.

McMillan was a member of the LBHS 4×100-meter relay state team as a junior and went back to state his senior year on both the 4×100 and 4×400-meter relay teams. He also went to state as a junior and senior with the Liberty Bell cross-country team.

 

Keanna King

King has divided her high school sports between volleyball the last four years and tennis the last two. Off campus, snowboarding has been her passion since she was a freshman and a sport she plans to continue in the winter seasons ahead.

 

Alex Bosco played throughout high school, and is a two-time Golden Boot Award winner. Photo by Mike Maltais

Alex Bosco played throughout high school, and is a two-time Golden Boot Award winner. Photo by Mike Maltais

Alex Bosco 

Bosco stuck with soccer through all four years of high school and this season helped lead his team to an 8-6-1 record and the second-highest team grade point average in the state. A scholar-athlete and soccer Most Valuable Player, Bosco is a two-time Golden Boot winner for scoring the most team goals in a season. He was also voted to the All Conference Second Team this year as a striker.

Off campus, Bosco’s first love has been skiing, a sport he has pursued, he said, “all my life.” He plans to continue to hit the slopes, play soccer and some lacrosse.

 

Joe Hausman

Hausman is a cross-country runner and specialized in that distance event during his junior and senior years. He earned his varsity letters and helped the XC team earn a state berth both years. Hausman said he plans to continue distance running after high school.

 

Tom Zbyszewski

Zbyszewski divided his LBHS competitive time between four years of Knowledge Bowl and two with the Speech & Debate team. Off campus, he has been on the Killer Whales swim team for six years and has practiced martial arts since first grade.

Zbyszewski holds the rank of first-degree brown belt in tae kwon do, has been a state competitor in Speech & Debate for the past two years, and a Knowledge Bowl state competitor for three of the last four years.

 

Samantha Eiffert

Eiffert tried her hand at volleyball her freshman and sophomore years and also played softball as a sophomore. Her efforts won her the volleyball team’s Most Improved Server honors in 2009. Off campus, Eiffert is a member of the Red Lotus SEEDS, an American tribal-style belly dance group.

 

Nicholas Saunders 

Scholar-athlete Saunders squeezed three years of varsity soccer between three years of Knowledge Bowl and two on Speech & Debate. His main off-campus sport is swimming. As to sports plans after graduation Saunders said “maybe intramural soccer.”

 

Jachin Anderson

While at Ocosta High in Westport, Anderson was a four-sport athlete in football, wrestling, basketball and track before transferring to Liberty Bell. He’s a football defense MVP and was voted the team’s Most Improved Wrestler at Ocosta.

Anderson said he plays lacrosse in his spare time and plans to continue basketball after graduation.

 

Amaya Gracie

Gracie tried track and field as sophomore and likes to ride horses, snowboard and dance. Her dance specialties include pointe ballet and jazz and she’s a member of a traveling competition dance group.

 

Nic Ulmer

Ulmer stayed loyal to the LBHS soccer program through all four years of high school and was rewarded with a winning season following three previous seasons of mostly losses. He was voted Most Inspirational Player in 2009 and received the Coach’s Award in 2013.

In his spare time, Ulmer is a downhill skier and long boarder and took first place in the 2009 Loup Loup Slope style competition. Along with skiing, basketball, soccer and tennis keep him occupied and will continue to do so following graduation.

 

John Sinclair

Sinclair bypassed on-campus sports at LBHS to focus on Nordic skiing and competed as a Junior Olympian. During the warm months, Sinclair is a swimmer.

 

Emilee Bailey

Bailey played volleyball in seventh grade. Off campus, she swims, hikes, hunts and rides horseback in her free time. “I’ve done tons of stuff,” Bailey said.

She served as a photographer for the LBHS yearbook and applied her artistic talents to designing and painting murals and signs as well as pencil portraits and drawings.