After nearly half a century of coaching and three previous “retirements,” Liberty Bell High School football coach Bob Bucsko said this week that the fourth time will be a charm. Bucsko, who coached the Mountain Lions the past two years, announced his retirement just ahead of spring practice. As of early this week, there had […]
Liberty Bell High School will play 8-man varsity football next season, a move intended to give the struggling program time to rebuild in anticipation of eventual return to 11-man play.
The 8-man proposal, supported by Liberty Bell head coach Bob Bucsko, was approved last week by the Methow Valley School Board.
“I’m really pleased to have an opportunity to rebuild this football program,” Bucsko said this week. “The first step is to give the kids a chance to compete and have some success.”
Liberty Bell Activities Director Michael Wilbur said the Mountain Lions will initially be an independent team and not part of a league this fall.
Liberty Bell High School is considering a return to 8-man varsity football, after another losing season in class 2B 11-man competition.
This time, the Mountain Lions may be able to join a league and participate in post-season play, Liberty Bell Activities Director Michael Wilbur said this week.
Wilbur, head football coach Bob Bucsko and assistant coach Jeff Lidey met with parents, current Liberty Bell players and past players on Nov. 15 to talk about the possibility of returning to 8-man play. Wilbur said the emerging consensus was to explore the 8-man option for next year. “We had a good conversation about the experience we had the last time we played 8-man,” he said.
Despite the seemingly lopsided score, Liberty Bell High School’s 34-14 Homecoming game loss to Tonasket last Friday (Oct. 19) could have come down to a few “ifs.”
If the Mountain Lions hadn’t been stopped just short of the goal line on two non-scoring drives. If Liberty Bell could have stalled just one Tiger drive. If senior Brayden White, returning to action after breaking his collarbone in a game earlier this season, hadn’t been sidelined with what appeared to a re-injury. If the home team had capitalized a bit more on a good passing night for quarterback Tanner White and a productive ground game.
On their home field against a 3A opponent, the Liberty Bell High School Mountain Lions scrapped to the finish before falling to the West Seattle Wildcats, 40-18, on a brilliant fall afternoon for football.
The Saturday game was unusual, as was the match-up of 2B Liberty Bell with the larger school. “It was a great game against a 3A school,” said Liberty Bell coach Bob Bucsko.
Big plays by Soap Lake and an inconsistent offense stymied the Liberty Bell High School football team last Friday (Oct. 5) in a 34 – 8 loss to the visiting Eagles.
It was the first of four consecutive home games for the Mountain Lions, who played their first five games on the road. The loss to Soap Lake leaves Liberty Bell with a 1 – 5 record for the season.
The road-weary Liberty Bell High School football team will play before the home fans for the first time this season on Friday (Oct. 5), and the rugged travel schedule has left the team a bit shorthanded.
The Mountain Lions host Soap Lake on Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m., after five away games that produced a 1-4 record including last week’s 54-0 loss at Lake Roosevelt.
The Liberty Bell High School football team’s season of long road trips took them nearly to Oregon last Saturday (Sept. 22), where the Mountain Lions lost 46-6 to the Cougars of Lyle-Wishram.
It was six-hour bus ride to Lyle-Wishram, a 2B school in southern Klickitat County on the Columbia River across from The Dalles, Oregon. There, the Mountain Lions had to contend with the home team’s Brandon Montoya, one of the best running backs in the state, Liberty Bell coach Bob Bucsko said.
The Liberty Bell High School football team and Winthrop Kiwanis recently teamed up on a community project that produced a win for everyone involved. Suellen White, who is familiar with the project, said that the administration at Jamie’s Place, the adult care facility in Winthrop, asked Kiwanis to put up a fence between Jamie’s Place […]
Following up on a heart-stopping homecoming win over Manson, the Liberty Bell High School football team traveled to South Whidbey last Friday (Oct. 27) to face the class 1A Falcons. The Mountain Lions lost their final game of the season, 34-15, to finish the year with a 3-5 record in league play and 3-6 overall. […]