Annual tournament raises $200 for scholarship 

Student waiting their turn watch a badminton match

Liberty High School Physical Education Department held its annual Ron Francisco Ping Pong and Badminton Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 29, in the high school gymnasium.

TStudents and staff sit in the stands in a gymnasiumhere were more than 100 participants and almost 200 students and staff who watched, the largest since at least before COVID, Athletic Director Erin Alvord said.

“In the end, this was probably one of our best tournaments of all time. The students were organized, followed direction and were supportive of one another,” she said.

The champions were:

  • Girls Ping Pong: Julia Juron
  • Boys Ping Pong: Enrique Mercado
  • Staff Ping Pong: Gene Doyle (two years in a row, and was also champ when he was a student.)
  • Student Badminton: David Philips and Ben Visconti
  • Staff Badminton: Beth Quatrale and Liz Hannold.

The event, named in honor of a former PE teacher Ron Francisco, raised $200 for the memorial scholarship in his name. Two scholarships are awarded annual to seniors who have demonstrated positive character in PE classes and in their athletics.

More photos will be posted to the district’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.