Liberty Boys stay perfect when it matters

The Liberty boys basketball team continues their perfect record with two wins after a team quarantine.


Katie Tippet

Senior Grayson Tyler drives with his left hand looking to score.

After a long two week quarantine for the Boys Varsity team, they were ready to back on the court and finally compete. The Bolts traveled to Cedar Rapids Prairie on Friday, January 22. This was a very close and competitive game throughout the entirety and even ended in overtime. The Bolts pulled out a 64-63 win.

Senior Kelby Telander was the Bolts leading scorer with 17. Senior Basil Aldoss also added 13. 

“Hitting those first couple of shots really gave me excitement for the rest of the game, especially getting back after our quarantine. I felt very confident and eager to stay aggressive the rest of the game,” said Telander.

Our team has put a lot of effort in behind the scenes this season, and one thing I have really focused on is shooting. I had a lot of confidence shooting the ball and brought some adrenaline to our team down the stretch and in overtime”

— Basil Aldoss

Aldoss also led the team in rebounds with 7, and senior Ethan O’Donnell grabbed 6.

With no time to spare, the Bolts were right back on the court Saturday the 23 at home vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier. The Bolts came into this game with an undefeated record of 4-0, and the Saints were an even 6-6. The Bolts looked to take their confidence and energy right into Saturday’s game.

The first half of the game was very high paced, high intensity but surprisingly low scoring. The Bolts had a 29-21 lead at the half. The second half was more of the exact same thing. In the end, Liberty won the game with a final score of 48-40.

Seniors Ira Hazeltine and Kelby Telander were the leading scorers for Liberty scoring 11 each. 

“Being a senior on the team feels really natural because most of us seniors have grown up together and have been teammates for our whole lives. We have all had a goal to go to state since we were younger, so if we keep playing really well we feel like we have a great chance at making it,” Hazeltine said.

On the rebounds, seniors O’Donnell and Aldoss led with eight each.

As the boys move to a 5-0 record. They take on a very good Cedar Falls team this Tuesday, January 26, and then on Friday, January 29, they take on City High for the second time this year.