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Eagles Starting to Soar: Liberty Boys Reaping Benefits of Past Growing Pains

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After opening their run at the Winchester Invitational Monday with a 62-22 win over Griggsville-Perry Liberty is now 13-4.

That's not only already more wins than last season, but nearly as many as the Eagles have had over the past three seasons combined.

Liberty was 17-60 since making a run to the state tournament in 2016, but while the youth had to go through the growing pains of building a program, the wins may not have been present, but the optimism about the future always was.

Head Coach Greg Altmix said, "They understood when they were freshman, sophomores, they were going to take their lumps.

And you know they did. And they stuck with it and continued to work hard and continued to understand what they needed to do."

Junior guard Nolton Klingele added that, "I just think team chemistry.

Us getting in everyday, working hard and being like a family.

We're always doing stuff together outside of school, inside of school."

Many of the key players from this year's Liberty squad were in middle school when they watched the Eagles make their third ever state tournament run and even through the low points like a 2-23, 2017-18 season, those memories stayed planed firm in the Eagles minds especially as they try and march through a loaded field in Winchester.

Senior shooting guard Jordan Neisen said, "That team kind of inspired us and we just want to get to that level and push it as much as we can and if we can get to that level that'd be great.

I think our seeding is not where we should be.

I think we should be higher and I feel like we can prove a lot by this and make our way up to the top."

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David Sugarman

David Sugarman is the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter at WGEM News.

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