Student athletes at Liberty Bell High School once again proved their overall mettle — both in the game and in the classroom.
Liberty Bell finished fifth out of 62 schools in the state’s 2B classification in the Scholastic Cup — certainly the most wide-ranging measure of success recognized by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA).
Schools received scores based on how high each team placed in athletic competition throughout the 2018 – 19 school year. The WIAA also awarded points to each team based on the academic performance of its members. The overall score included a sportsmanship factor that decreased according to the number of players ejected during the year.
Liberty Bell received 675 points in 2018 – 19 to earn fifth place. Northwest Christian of Colbert, Asotin, St. George’s and Colfax finished first through fourth.
Among schools in the 2B Central Washington League, Liberty Bell ranked highest with Tonasket second at 14th in the state.
The biggest contributors to Liberty Bell’s score this year were the girls’ cross country team, which earned 100 points for finishing first in the state tournament last fall; and the boys’ cross country team, which also got 100 points for having the best overall GPA.
Liberty Bell has a recent history of finishing high in the Scholastic Cup standings. The school has finished between fourth and sixth place in each of the past four years.