The 2016 inductees into the Liberty High School Hall of Fame have been announced. Anyone wanting to honor and recognize this group can attend the ceremony on September 29, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Restoration 1894, 1 East Kansas Street (Liberty Square).
Reservations may be purchased for $40.00 each by visiting www.lhsbluejaycamps.com. Click on the link “Hall of Fame Reception”
Reservations may also be purchased by mailing a check or money order payable to Blue Jay Nation (please include your name and number of tickets on the memo line).
Liberty High School
200 Blue Jay Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
Appetizers and desserts will be served.
Here’s a look at the 2016 Honorees:
1996 Liberty High School Graduate; played football, basketball and baseball (All State Football and Baseball), played football at Kansas State and a member of Kansas State Ring of Fame. After his success at Kansas State, Allen played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars and St. Louis Rams. He completed his professional career in 2006 with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Stephan E. Butler:
Butler was a longtime Liberty Educator, Coach and Administrator. He was the Liberty High School Varsity Football Coach (1991-1993) and Liberty High School Athletic Director (1992-1999), (2002-2008). In 1993 he was voted Kansas City area Football coach of the year.
Scott Carroll graduated Liberty High School in 2003. He played football, basketball and baseball. He was named to All-Conference and All-District in all three sports. Additionally he was named Liberty High School Male Athlete of the year 2002/2003, a Simone Award Finalist, All- Metro (baseball, football), and KC Metro Sports MO Male Athlete of the Year (2002-03). He attended Purdue and Missouri State University before being drafted in 2007 by the Cincinatti Reds. He is currently a member of the Texas Rangers organization as a starting pitcher (AAA-Round RockExpress).
Chiarelli graduated from Liberty High School in 2004. He participated in jazz and concert bands which eventually led to a career as a professional musician. He currently serves as Florida Georgia Line’s lead guitarist. They were voted ACM duo of the year four consecutive times. They received Diamond status for selling 10 million copies of their hit song “Cruise” and released seven #1 songs.
Jack DeWees III:
DeWees graduated from Liberty High School in 1992. He was a 4-year Football Letterman (All-District, All-Conference, All-Metro), 3-year track letterman, all-state band and choir member, National Honor Society member, and All-State Drama Club. He was granted a scholarship to play football at William Jewell College where he was a 4-year football letterman graduating in 1996 with a BA in Communications.
Hoover was a longtime (1968-98) educator and coach in Liberty schools. He coached cross-country, football, baseball and wrestling. He also coached several state champions as head wrestling coach at Liberty High School.
Martin was a 1994 Liberty High School graduate. He was a football letterman where he was awarded 3-time all-conference, 2-time all-state, all-district and all-metro, and 1993 Buck Buchanan Award. He was considered the top offensive lineman in MO and perhaps the top recruit in the Kansas City area. He led LHS to three straight conference and district titles. Martin is a graduate of Kansas State where he played football four years.
Robinson graduated from Liberty High School in 1998. He participated in soccer and basketball and received numerous awards including all-state, all-metro, all-district and all-conference. He was a member of National Honor Society and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. Robinson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford where he also played basketball. Since graduation from Stanford he has been both an assistant and head basketball coach at the college level. Robinson coached for Stanford, William Jewell, LSU, and Southern Utah.
Professor E.J. Scott (Legacy Honoree):
Organized team sports at LHS began in the fall of 1902 due primarily to the efforts of Professor EJ Scott, who was superintendent of Liberty schools. The first football team became a reality after much work by Prof.. Scott, D.A. Sharp, and Mr. Burch from William Jewell College. The first game (which Liberty won) was played at William Jewell, and Liberty completed that season with a 1-1-1 record. The next year the football team completed a winning season with a record of 7-1. Most believed the success of the 1903 season was due to the leadership of Scott and Coach Tim Hallissy. In 1904, continuing his belief in the importance of sports to the reputation of a school, Prof. Scott managed the baseball team. After his departure in 1905, he left a legacy of his devotion to growth and improvement for LHS.
Megan (Dennis) Soto:
Soto graduated from Liberty High School in 2005. She was a 4-year varsity softball player; 3-time first-team in district; all-metro sectional, regional and State; awarded the Gatorade and All-Metro Sports Player of the Year in 2004. In 2005 the Liberty High School softball team won the state championship, and Megan earned MVP honors. She continued her softball career at both University of Missouri and Emporia State. In 2010, she earned a BS degree in business.
Stessman retired in 2000 when he was the longest tenured Liberty High School administrator. While with the district, his achievements included first summer basketball camp, developmental youth basketball league, Liberty High School head Men’s basketball coach (winning various tournament championships), head men’s tennis coach, development of Liberty High School Alumni directory, composition of lyrics for Liberty High School fight song, founder of KLHS TV Cable Channel, student council sponsor, and founder of LHS Boys’ Basketball Tournament that bears his name.