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2017 Summer Select League Pre Season Primer

Catch Spokane presents, East Central Community Center Hosts… The Select Summer Basketball League. (Click for league site)

Initially created for home for the summer college players so they can have a highly competitive league in which to play during July and August. In this league players are not only given teams that will be as equally matched as possible but they will be exposed to new relationships in order to guide signing or transferring schools and prolonging collegiate careers and who knows possibly professional realities. “Networking is a large part of success in life and why not give the local basketball players the same tools in their possible field of work?” says Catch Spokane Director and East Central Community Center Athletic and Recreation Director. The league boasts players from the high school potential recruits up to current “over-seas” professional players. These higher level players are said to be part of the growing process for the younger players and to help them succeed playing against bigger, stronger, more experienced men. “Sometimes its frustrating to the kids but they are constantly reminded of how much it will help them later on, even by us”, quoted a referee that helps with the league’s vision.

Players also get a chance to be involved in the league by supporting the process of all that goes into managing a league like this. In these leagues players have access to game stats on a mobile app and website through Wooter, access to full game videos on the Catch Spokane You Tube channel as well as the ability to view any pictures or videos that are individually uploaded by players and fans, through the Wooter app and league website.

Matt Pigg is an example of a player that is as dependable and reliable for his team on the court, scoring and rebounding as he is to the organization keeping stats and cleaning up after games. Matt also helps run the score clock and video camera, in order to play games with minimum or no fees. That is part of the culture at East Central Community Center, everybody is involved and part of the rising of the new direction of the community center.

Community partners like Numerica Credit Union, All Star Sports Photography, Protein Puck, Wooter, and Moca Creations have been great additions to this year’s league sponsorship lineup. They are helping with the custom uniforms players will get to wear, action photos of games, and the ability for the league to branch out and connect players with resources to better the experience of a typical basketball league. These partners have also made it possible so the “struggling college student” can afford to play in a very detailed and professionally ran league with the sponsorships allowing the current college players to only pay half price!

Now lets talk about the teams and their players a little bit. The East Central Gold team was put together by Spokane networking giant and basketball giant, Andre Ervin. Andre has put together a team that he says is highly versatile and defensive minded. Players attached to this system include “superman” Brady Bagby who is from West Valley High School, Spokane CC, and then played 2 years at Lewis/Clark State College. Brady was Co-MVP of the Recruit League final we had during the Spring and is one of the most competitive players in the city who can do it all. They also have four players 6′-5″ or taller and six of the eight players have played up to atleast the college level. Matt Pigg, Dan Anderson, Daniel G, Matt Garcia, Jesse Hendersen, John Focht, and John Lynch round out the team.

Former Rogers High School stand out and Montana St-Northern college hooper Jesse Vaughan has put together a solid group for the Numerica CU team. This squad has size, shooting, and youth. Of the eight players including- Joseph Bodman (Regis University), Alfie Miller (Montans St-Northern) Will Stensgar(NW Indian College), Zach Nelson(Shoreline CC), Alex Allison(Shoreline CC), and Tre Boyd, they have 7 with college experience and will be a tough team to beat as they also have alot of time playing together at various schools.


The Catch Spokane All Stars will be running out a team headlined by Matt Brunell who is a local gone pro success story. His main role, other than being a force in the paint, is to help these younger players develop and provide a steady source of professionalism… and jokes. This exciting and stacked squad will have Levi Taylor- LC Tiger, SCC /NWACC MVP, David Kielian- a super shooter from Othello, Jacob Vargas- solid big man from the Tri Cities who played at SCC with Levi and is on his way to Walla Walla U, Denzel Brantley- Rogers HS and eventual college player still looking for his shot at a roster, Ryan Ricks- former NW Christian state B champ who will be headed to Northwest U in Kirkland, Austin Dill from University HS and currently playing at William Jessup U in CA. This train is going to be conducted by the ultra competitive point guard Ahbrae Harvey who played 2 seasons at SCC but most impressively with the ES Elite squad that has been dominating Spokane basketball leagues for years.

A NO NAME team partially put together by Everett CC bound Markieth Brown, University HS coaches, and league organizers will be another tough out with large amounts of shooting and youth. Josh Hager former U High player and current Walla Walla U sharp shooter, Ray Erwin who was once an East Central elite 3v3 league 4 time champion who played at Greys Harbor, plays anywhere anytime. Himo Bajramovic who is a recent graduate of Lewis and Clark and is looking for his chance to play at the next level. An East Valley High School duo, both headed to Blue Mountain CC next season, Jeremiah Hillard and Treyshaun Bracey, bring some more young legs and scoring punch. Post players Kenny Chandler and Lucas Evans give them some size to defend and even more athleticism, both known for their dunking ability. This team will be fun to watch as they take on the “experienced” teams.

Following that up with another young team of current college players and post high school hoopers is the squad from Medical Lake (mostly). Jaelon Stith, two-time All League performer from Medical Lake and most recently Skagit Valley CC brings with him fellow Cardinals- Donte Brown (Big Bend CC), Cole Soliday, Kevin Broadnax, Ethan Mendoza, Tyler H.   Cheney stud Jamiel Worthem and former West Valley guard and current Wenatchee Valley CC player Austin Yoakum, who is predicted to bring down the house with some serious jams, make up the roster. We should see some fireworks from this crew.


Another former pro (and Hoopfest Elite Champion) Bryan Rabas brings in a tough bunch with a combination of experience, versatility, and scoring. Just pick your poison with Integrity Spokane. Corey Allen(Former Hoopfest Elite Champion), Craig Hanson (Current Hoopfest Elite Champion), Anthony Brown(Shadle Park and Eastern Oregon throw back baller), Robert “Big Shot Rob” Lipman (NW Christian and Big Bend CC), the SCC players turned coaches duo of Eric Holbrook and Taylor Peterson, along with another long range 3 point shooter Zach Renner. This team will have nights where they will hit 20 NBA three pointers, watch out.

The Ballaholics which is a name known in the area as a group of all league players from Whitworth University.  They will definitely be vying for the title of Summer Select League Champs. Ross Nakamura who was an all league guard recently, has brought in teammates Dustin McConnel, Colton McGargar, and current EWU Asst Mens coach David Riley. Joining this dangerous foursome is Spokane’s perennial hoop league MVP and former Everett CC baller Dominique McClendon from ES Elite. This is going to be fun to see how he will blend all the same scoring, grit, hustle, shooting, toughness, and all around play he possesses, in with this group of already very accomplished and just purely good ball players. I cannot forget to mention do all and anything players like Mack Larkin, Kevin Bond, and Jacob Evans who give them a very, very solid team.

Lastly we have an always competitive team worthy of a spot in the Final put together by former University Titan and Spokane Community College shooting machine Jared Miller. Players for the ALL STAR SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY team includes former Zags- Rem Bakamus and Mike Hart. Fellow Titans- Cameron Chase, Zech Martin, Zach Bruce(EWU football),and Seth Morgan along with Caleb Spencer and Tanner Brill.


Games start Thursday June 29th.

6pm game- Numerica vs Catch Spokane

7pm game- East Central Gold vs Ballaholics

8pm game- Medical Lake vs Integrity Spokane

9pm game- No Name vs All Star Sports Photo

So follow along on WOOTER – “Summer Select League”  for schedules and stats and be sure to check the games in person for free at East Central Community Center. Follow Catch Spokane Sports on the various social media channels as well as Catch Spokane You Tube.

Hoop Scoop 2015/16


Five of the teams on the Boys’ side of the GSL are returning their top scorers (L.A.-Prep, K.J. Hassett-Rogers, Mike Ervin-Ferris, Riley Smith-NC, Isaiah Hernandez-LC).  However many teams are looking for a big jump in production from new players as there are as many underclassmen with legit college potential that has ever been seen in this league.  These are the guys I’m looking at to make a BIG impression this season.

Shamrock Campbell- Ferris.  So quick and crafty with the ball and a smart distributor.  He will be tough for any team to handle this season with one of the top scorers as a partner on the inside and a top 3 point shooter on the outside.  The point guard Sham-Rock will be able to wiggle his way into any play he wishes.

Devon Culp-  G Prep.  He will find himself on the top scorers list this season as a super athlete that has the skill to play any position on the court.

Andreas Brown- Shadle Park.  This could be the “Beast Year” for Brown.  He’s going to be the main scorer for a Shadle team that has very good guard play and a legit post player.  He can shoot, he can handle, and he can flat-out score.  Welcome DreBeast!

Spencer Dodd- Mead.  This kid looks like he can develop into a true monster for Mead with his energy, picking, rebounding, and finishing around the basket.  He’s not afraid of physical play and will take over for Petersen at that high post as a focul part of Meads system.

Naje’ Smith- LC.  Smith is going to be a terror this season in his second year as a sophomore.  He grew another 2 inches on an already freaky athletic frame.  The only thing keeping this kid from making everyone trying to check him look foolish is that he has a team full of studs and he wont get as many chances to shine as he could.  But then again he could be the player that those studs follow to the top of the league standings!



It is going to be a fun year on the girls half of the league.  With so many seniors gone that had held their teams torches for so long we are bound to get some new favorites to watch.  Here are my players of potential pandemonian performances.

Kaiti Pannell- U High.  My lone senior on the list for a couple of reasons.  Mostly because I predict a 30 point game from this flame throwing 3 point shooter to bring every witness out of their seats!

Atyzha Upton- Rogers.  With a new coach and a new style of play Upton will lead the new wave of Pirate purple.  She may be a little raw but she is athletic and has a ton of potential that will show improvement every game.  Before the season ends she will make her name known.

Kerynica Keyes- G Prep.  “Ker” is experienced, skilled and lightning fast as a newcomer to the wing for the lady Pups.  I envision her a great compliment to senior PG Drynan, getting many a steals and fast break lay-ups as a first year sophomore letter who will make an impact on both ends for a somewhat rebuilding Prep roster.

Willow Risinger- Shadle.  Willow will be the Rising-one this season for Shadle, now that the Carr has driven off campus.  She showed last year that she doesn’t back down to anyone and with another year of low post development and improved outside shooting, she will be a respected piece of the Highlander play.

Lexi Hull- CV.  “IF” you happened to overlook her the last year on the CV power house you will not be able to miss her this season.  She is 1 of 2 girls who I believe WILL lead the league in scoring this year now that the machine Madison Hovren has joined the Army.  This Hull sister is swift and deadly from everywhere on the wood.  Look out league, you have a new scoring gun!

Tell us who you think we missed.


HS Hoops All Star Saturday Night 2015

ALLSTARSIGNThe first High School basketball All Star Saturday night showed the skills of 23 players from 14 area schools including- 4 from Deer Park, 3 from Rogers, 3 from Northwest Christian, 2 from LC, 2 from Wellpinit, U High, North Central, Newport, Lakeside, Mt Spokane, Springdale, Medical Lake, East Valley, and St George’s!

The gym at East Central Community Center proved to be the perfect venue for the event as the spectators filled in the bleachers to watch the Girls Shooting Stars competition.  Michaela Kay, senior guard from LC who has previously committed to play at Portland State got it started and did not disappoint, setting the bar high with a score of 96.  Scores were determined from a combination of made shots and the “94fifty” sensor ball PartchnKayand app, which measures the shooters arc, rotation, and shot release speed to CHEERdetermine the best “pure shooter” in the bunch.  Six girls competed including Jael and Damaris Guske, freshmen sharp shooting sisters from Deer Park, Jocelyn Cook-Cox from Lakeside who was the NE-A League MVP leading Lakeside girls, boasting All-State honors and finishing third in the competition.  The finals came down to Courtney Gray from Northwest Christian who finished her senior year as a first team All League selection, getting hot and pushing our champion Kaiti Pannell of University in the final round.  Pannell had a streak of 7 in a row from the top of the key that contributed to a top score of 120 paving the way for the first ever Girls Shooting Star.PanneellChamp


On the boys side we had nine competitors firing away for the rights to become the inaugural Shooting Star.  John Lynch of Springdale, sniper Carter Countryman of Deer Park, soph leadng scorer Cedric Bowen and freshmen Brandon Flett of Wellpinit, top dogs Ryan Ricks and David Olds of NW Christian, Isiah Wynecoop and Denzel Brantley of the 3A state qualifying team from Rogers, and our eventual Champion John Lyon who made the trip down from Newport.  SHOOTINGSTAR FINALSThis competition was very tight until the round of ten shots from the top of the key where 6 players were in the hunt for the final championship round.  Carter Countryman, Ryan Ricks, and Isaih Wynecoop, unfortunately had their lowest score from this spot eliminating them and Denzel Brantley scored a 108 which was not enough to overcome the eventual finalists.  David Olds shot a 118 making 8 of ten and John Lyon also matching his 8 of 10 but had a slightly higher shooting score of 121, which is the highest of the competition.  John Lyon kept his stroke going in the last frame hitting 7/10 scoring 112 for the trophy.RYANRICKS

The final event was the boys one on one competition being best described as a modified version of “cut throat”.  Each possession started with an offensive player receiving a pass outside of the three-point line from the  game official and a new defensive player rotating in after each possession.  If the offense score they received 2 or 3 points depending on where the shot was from.  If the defense made a stop, they received 1 or 2 points depending on the play (defensive rebound was 1 point, a steal block/rebound, or charge taken were all worth 2 points).  allStar lineupThe eight players were given a maximum amount of offensive possessions (10) and a minimum amount (3) in the first round.  Felix Tsai of St Georges started the rotation versus Rogers defensive specialist Tate Dunbar.  Tsai made a shot fake dribble, step back and nailed the games first three-pointer!  Nate Guske of Deer Park who averaged 19 points a game for an all NE-A first team spot was in next rotating in on defense against Tsai and made the stop, he then proceeded to the top of the key to receive the pass to go against the next defender who was East FLETTSHOOTINGValley’s super athlete Dante Clayton.  Clayton made the stop pitting him against Kyle Griffiths of MT Spokane.  Clayton scored bringing on the next defender Julian Welge of LC, known to be the Tigers best one on one player.  Clayton was bogged down and Welge won the possession.  Next up was North Central’s leader and point guard Riley Smith to take on Welge’s offensive game but quickly made a stop and a three ball against his defender Jaelon Stith the 2nd teamer from Medical LakeRileyvsTateAt the end of the 1st round Felix Tsai and Riley Smith both had 15 points, Tate Dunbar had 13 and Jaelon Stith came on late with 9 graduating to the finals round.  Felix Tsai won the first possession and scored on his first three tries totally 7 points and getting a much-needed lead as the players were in full go mode by now. Tsai scored on 6 of his 10 possessions again maxing out on offense, while Smith scored 3 of 6 for a total of 9 points.  Tate Dunbar scored on 3 of 5 Felixscoringpossessions totaling 8. The biggest player at 6-3, Stith used his size to score more efficiently sensing that the prizes were on the line and finished the last round with 11, second behind Tsia.  The Dragon from St George’s dominated the games with all kinds of up fakes, crossovers, and CP3 jitter bug quickness for 15 points to become Catch Spokane’s First All Star Saturday Night One on One Champion!

Overall it was a good event with a decent turnout,  competitive players, and amazing volunteers!  We look forward to some changes for next year and hope to see you back next Spring for the second Catch Spokane High School All Star Saturday Night! felix1v1champ



Spokane Area Girls Basketball – High Scorers 2014/15

fireOn this list are the top scorers in the area.  These  girls were consistently lights out!

Christine Denny- Liberty– 38 points

Madison Hovren- CV–  34 points

Riley Lupfer- LC/ Madison Hovren-CV- 33 points

Christine Denny-Liberty/ Madison Hovren-CV- 32 points

Oti Gildon- G Prep/ Madison Hovren- CV/ Christine Denny- Liberty- 31 points

Christine Denny- Liberty- 30 points

Hannah Burland- EV/ Maddie Johnson- Reardan/ Hailey Higashi-St Georges– 29 points

Madison Hovren-CV/ Oti Gildon-G Prep/ Maddie Johnson-Reardan- 28 points

Megan Lee-Colville/ Hannah Burland-EV/Christine Denny-Liberty/ Hailey Higashi-St Georges- 27 points

Shyla Carr-ShadleCece Bergquist-St Georges/ Meika Heath-Davenport/ Oti Gildon-G Prep/ Hailey Higashi-StG- 26 points

Madelynne Flaig- Liberty/ Issabelle Miller- Freeman/ Hannah Burland- EV/ Oti Gildon-G Prep/ Cece Bergquist- StG- 25 points

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Spokane Area Boys Basketball- High Scorers 2014/15


This list was compiled to show off the high scorers for the 2015 high school season in Spokane and surrounding areas.  If you made this list you are an elite scorer, Congrats!

Dan Peone- Reardan–  41 points

Match Burnham- Liberty– 40 points

Brandon Rueben- Reardan– 37 points

Match Burnham- Liberty/Brandon Rueben- Reardan- 36 points

Ryan Ricks-NW Christian– 34 points

Nate Guske- Deer Park/ Will McPhee-Mead/ – 32 points

Ryan Maine- Freeman/ Cory Wagner- Medical Lake/Match Burnham-  31 points

Tyler Axtell-Riverside- 30/Match Burnham/Brandon Rueben-30 points

Match Burnham- Liberty/ Clay Flemming-Liberty/ Brandon Rueben-Reardan- 29 points

Robert Rucker-Rogers/Mike Ervin- Ferris/ Asher Cox- NWC– 28 points

Riley Smith-NC/ Logan Adams- G Prep-/ Tyler Axtell-Riverside/ Brandon Rueben-Reardan/ Match Burnham-Liberty- Cory Wagner- Med Lake-  27 points

Tellas Johnson- Med Lake/ Jake Phipps- Freeman/Jack Paukert- Freeman/ Ryan Ricks-NWC/Tyler Axtell- Riverside/ Match Burnham- 26 points























LC @ Shadle Park- Basketball (Jan 15, 2015)

BOYS- (Andreas Brown, George Pilimai,)

The Thursday night game started out a little bit lower energy than I anticipated, especially the Tigers,  but by the end of the first half both teams were playing with a much more intense pace and it carried over into the great second half that was showcased.  GP- George Pilimai allowed the crowd to again witness his all around offensive game hitting a couple smooth jumpers and a nice drive and score.  He really can score from anywhere on the court and other teams defenders must thank the rest of the Highlander roster because it if wasn’t so loaded with ALL STARs, George would score 25 every game with no problem.  Kobe Reece pretty much dominated the paint rebounding like a MAN, blasting shots into the walls, and scoring in the post. I absolutely love the chip on his shoulder that he plays with.   He shows no mercy and seems to contain the beast well in between the lines.  The most complete big man I’ve seen this year in the town of the KAN.  On the LC side, after the sluggish half they came out trapping and played a more energized game when Coach sat the starters and had 4 reserves making the run that began in the 4th quater.  Isaiah Hernandez, the “International Supreme”, turned up the heat and played a pesky style of defense that baffled the Shadle backcourt more than once.  At the end of the game he was the only starter left on the floor making a courageous comeback behind, who else…. Julian Welge.  Who put the quarter in this kid?  As LC was making it a game, Welge scored 10 straight points and all 19 starting in the middle of the 4th quarter.  The tear included 1…2…3 -three pointers, two of them were deeeeeeeep downtown, and a nice dribble drive that left the D for SP lost swatting for air.  It was nice!  I haven’t seen the zone like that in a while and it was fun to watch!  Cant complete this writing without mentioning another freshmen freak with some good Spokane blood lines…. Im talking about Naje’ Smith, nephew of a former ALL LEAGUE great and Catch Spokane “Seasoned Vet” Abdean Smith.  Who ironically had the highlight of the game going coast to coast finishing with a pretty “show me and take me away” scoop shot.  It’s sweet to see the young man run the court!  You should go watch for yourself…..

GIRLS (Shyla Carr, Michaela Kay)

I was actually more excited to watch this game, even with all of the talent on the floor in the boys game.  Let’s start with Shadle Park again.  I was here to see one of the more elite scorers in the League, Shyla Carr.  She showed improvement since last season, bringing with her in tonight’s match up a slick step back jumper that she executed more than once creating space and swishing the ball through.  That’s really the sign of a great shooter….they swish everything and Shyla and Abby Bauenfeind both do just that, not sure if either one of them hit the rim on a made basket all night.  Two great shooters!  The other phenomenon Shadle had that was a must see for me and should be for you is all the freshmen they play.  The foursome of Willow Risinger (starter), Makenna Grier, Emile Tangeman(first off of bench), and Jillian Groves all played well against some of the better and experienced players around and showed a lot of promise for the future of the program.  Risinger plays with heart and battles, I always love hoop warriors!  With that said the girl who stood out the most in this game was Grier.  Number 3 entered the game late first quarter off of the bench and immediately made plays.  She just simply has a knack for making things happen on both ends.  I tallied 4 deflections from her as she anticipates passes and she only played half of the game.  She nailed two treys and knows how to make the zone move with her skip passes.  I know that sounds simple but it is very underrated skill at that age.  For the Lady Tigers, one of my favorite teams to watch with Lupfer, Kay, Howlett, Bates, and all of their experience, which was in fact the main difference in this game.  They are a true team led by the Next Level Senior Michaela Kay, who can honestly score at will.  I think at this point in her high school career, she can call her shots.  I mean she can tell the defender exactly what she is going to do and still couldn’t be stopped.  Next up is Taylor Cunningham who came to play too.  She hit threes, sliced through defenders and finished with contact, and plays strong in the post at 5-11, a lot like Sue Winger at Mead.  She has a very bright future ahead of her as well.

Whos next?


Riverside @ Lakeside Basketball- Jan 6, 2015


Whoa! talk about a packed house.  I walked in about 15 minutes before tip-off and couldn’t find a seat… they were out of programs and then I had to find my way upstairs to get a looksy next to the band.  Next time  I will show up 30 minutes early to this particular event between two 8-1 teams fighting for first place in the NEA.  Right away I see  the studs strutting their stuff.  For the home team Lakeside, they have Junior PG Cameron Gay, a tall, lanky, bomber.  The “Green Light” doesn’t hesitate to cast em up from deep.  As the game got close at the end he did his best Kobe imitation launching from everywhere.  He can score, and that is true statement.  Ryan Quigley, their 6-6 man-child, stated his case as the dominate big man in the game.  Quigley plays with good positioning and patience with the ball on the block.  He shows an ease when finishing and will continue to dominate.  The wild card on this team was Dominique Watson, #32.  This kid is a “do it all” type of guy with a solid post game and good follow through on his jumpers, as he hit two from 12-15 feet out.  He’s a tough rebounder, especially late when it matters most and also made a very nice drop pass in traffic for a bucket.  For the visiting Riverside Rams, Jesse Anselm can shoot shoot shoot!  This dude may be small but good luck keeping him out of the scoring column. He made three triples in the second half and 4 FTs in the fourth to help decide this big game.  Tyler Axtell, no surprise was the best player on the floor tonight.  He has so much confidence in his handle that the full court press was a waste of time as he either blew around the defense or waited for the double team to show him which teammate to pass to.  A true leader, scorer, and baller.  He finished with an easy 30!  After the back and forth battle for  three quarters, Riverside sealed the game with 10-11 FTs in the 4th and won going away.


Let me start by saying that the Lakeside girls are LEGIT!  They have two sets of sisters from a freshman to a senior, that can be all be interchanged and it doesn’t matter which one is playing where on the court.  The roster numbers 21-24 are carbon copies of one another…. almost.  #21-Sonja Marikis, #22-Stefanie Marikis, #23-Sienna Swannack, and #24-Shaye Swannack can all handle, shoot, steal passes, pressure on D, push the ball on O, whatever.  Throw in a freak athlete like Jocelyn Cook-Cox, who has a 40+ vertical- (slapping glass on lay-ups at 5-8!), hits threes, and plays rough and tumble defense along with her post up ability to finish with either hand, and good luck!  They play with a defensive ferociousness and alertness that I can’t see how they lose a game in league or the end of season tourney.  They are a very deep, well coached team and Id love to watch a practice sometime (hint, hint Coach).  With all of that said,  the Riverside Rams did have a couple of players of their own that showed a lot of heart and determination.   Haley Pace, plays the defensive passing lanes very well with good anticipation.  Although she started the game at the point and had some trouble with the pressure, she was not deterred to attack when she got the ball and made sure it wasn’t easy for the ladies holding court.  The player that stole the show was Julianna Trepanier. This all around ball player was not rattled one bit by the Lakeside crowd or opposition.  She played with poise, scored on a number of spot ups, pull up bank shots, driving scoops, had very good court awareness, and a competitiveness throughout.   Needless to say she led all scorers with 20, half of Riverside’s points against the toughest team in her division.  That’s saying something.

I still want to see LC, Deer Park, Reardan, Springdale, Rogers,NW Christian, East Valley, Liberty, etc…

WHO’s Next?