By Mike Maltais
A roster full of players from the Liberty Bell High School football team has been voted to the Central Washington 2B 2013 All-League First, Second and Honorable Mention offensive and defensive teams.
Along with senior Cesar Dominguez – who was named defensive Most Valuable Player, First Team offensive line and First Team defensive linebacker – Chip Jones, Austin Watson and Milo Holston were selected for the Offensive First Team. Holston, Emmett Fink and Jorge Lara joined Dominguez on the Defensive First Team.
Following a slow early season that forced Liberty Bell to cancel its first two non-league games against Darrington and Concrete, the Mountain Lions came out with a roar against league opponents Manson and Bridgeport with respective 50-7 and 61-13 wins over the Trojans and Mustangs.
Liberty Bell mounted a thrilling come-from-behind rally at Oroville when they recovered from a 20-0 deficit to tie the Hornets, 27-all, before losing by three on a last-second field goal.
The Mountain Lions went on to defeat Lake Roosevelt, 45-0, and Kittitas, 48-8, and were poised for a state playoff berth when a 37-27 loss to White Swan ended their season.
Head coach Sy Bannick and assistant coaches Brent Walker and Brian Wilbur guided the Mountain Lions to a 4-2 winning record this season.
Offensive First Team: Chip Jones, quarterback; Austin Watson, running back; Milo Holston, receiver; Cesar Dominguez, offensive line.
Offensive Second Team: Emmett Fink, running back; Chase Kurtz, receiver; Colby Smith, offensive line; Jorge Lara, kicker.
Defensive First Team: Cesar Dominguez, Most Valuable Player and linebacker; Milo Holston, linebacker; Emmett Fink, defensive line; Jorge Lara, punter.
Defensive Second Team: Chip Jones, defensive back.
Offensive Honorable Mention: Jacob McMillan, running back; Kelsey Jensen, offensive line.
Defensive Honorable Mention: Chase Kurtz, defensive back; Colby Smith, defensive line; Jacob McMillan, linebacker; Garrett Jensen, defensive line; Jaymis Hanson, defensive back.
The football team will hold its season-end dessert banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 21) in the LBHS multi-purpose room. A final gear turn-in will precede the banquet at 6 p.m.