All four of Liberty's fall sports teams get bounced in 1st round

Liberty’s football team ended the regular season on a high note by piling up 44 points and 474 yards of offense against Parkrose, but the postseason was not as kind, with Mountain View limiting the Falcons to a single touchdown last Friday in a 17-6 victory in a Class 5A state play-in game.

The loss ended Liberty’s season with a 5-5 overall record. Mountain View (8-2), meanwhile, advanced to the 16-team state playoff bracket, where the Cougars drew a tough first-round matchup against sixth-ranked Silverton (8-1).

Offense was tough to come by for both teams last Friday, but Mountain View benefitted from Cody Anthony’s big night. The junior running back carried the ball 28 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns, including a 49-yarder in the first half.

Zach Emerson added a 27-yard field goal that put the Cougars on top 17-6 at halftime, and Mountain View’s suffocating defense held Liberty scoreless the rest of the way. Joe Hagenbach had three sacks on the night, while Austin Phillips and Grant Lannin each had a sack and a forced fumble.

Mountain View quarterback Conor Nehl completed 3-of-4 pass attempts for 27 yards, but threw an interception and also fumbled once before being replaced by Blake Knirk, who went 7-of-12 for 97 yards without a turnover.

With the win, Mountain View advanced to the first round of the state playoffs for the eighth straight year. The Cougars will travel to Wilsonville tonight for a 7 p.m. game.

Volleyball falls to Willamette

Liberty’s volleyball team beat Hermiston in three sets last Tuesday to earn a spot in the Class 5A state playoff bracket, but the Falcons’ season ended on Saturday with a loss to sixth-ranked Willamette.

Liberty (12-10) got to host last week’s play-in game against Hermiston (8-9), and the Falcons made the most of it with a 25-14, 25-17, 25-20 victory. That momentum stalled on the road against Willamette (15-5) last Saturday, with the Wolverines posting a 25-20, 25-15, 25-21 win that ended Liberty’s season.

Boys soccer loses to Summit

It was a similar story for the Liberty boys soccer team, which outlasted Bend 2-1 on the road last Friday in a play-in game before losing 1-0 to Summit in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs on Tuesday.

Bend overpowers Liberty girls

The Liberty girls soccer team went on the road and posted a convincing 5-1 win over Woodburn last Saturday to earn their place in the Class 5A state playoffs, but the Falcons’ season ended on Tuesday with a 3-0 first-round loss against Bend.

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