Coach Kenneth Cokely
|Liberty 45 Orrick 32||Liberty 56 Park Hill 39|
|Liberty 68 Richmond 53*||Liberty
|Liberty 64 Excelsior 59||Liberty 38 Lillis 49|
|Liberty 77 Carrollton 23||Liberty 45 Lexington 46|
|Liberty 56 Higginsville 39||Liberty 38 Central 49|
|Liberty 64 Richmond 44||Liberty 41 Butler 80|
|Liberty 44 Clinton 47||Liberty
|Liberty 74 Higginsville 42*||Liberty 67 Park Hill 39|
|Liberty 55 Carrollton 47*||Liberty 64 Lexington 66|
|Liberty 72 Slater 41*||Liberty 65 Excelsior 51*|
|Liberty 68 Marshall 64*||Liberty 64 Lexington 40*|
Lee's Summit 39
Liberty Bluejays opened the season by participating in the William Jewell
Tournament, and won their first two games over Orrick and Kearney, but lost to
the Lillis Fighting Irish in the finale by a score of 49 to 38.
regular conference and non-league games just around the corner Liberty became
engaged in the preconference tournament held at Lexington and Richmond.
In the first encounter the Bluejays tromped Carrollton, but, lost a nip and tuck
battle to Lexington to put them out of contention for the finals. Liberty
won their final game from Higginsville to give them third place in the tourney.
the regularly scheduled season began with the Jays being turned back by K. C.
Central. The Liberty cagers ran past Richmond in the next game 64 to 44.
In the Lee's Summit Christmas tournament Liberty lost two straight to Butler and
Clinton and so they were out of the running. Returning to the season's schedule
the Jays lost to Lee's Summit by 12 points, but met Higginsville in the 3rd
annual Courtwarming game and blasted them 74 to 42, which led to a game winning
streak, including 3 loop victories. The Lexington Minutemen nosed out Liberty,
for the second time, 66 to 64 in the last seconds to end the Jay's consecutive
string. Liberty again embarked on their winning ways by drubbing Slater and
stopping arch- rival Excelsior Springs. In addition to these, the Bluejays
racked up wins over Marshall, Lexington, and Lee's Summit to wind up season's
play with 16 wins and 7 losses.
third year in a row Liberty either tied for or won undisputed possession of the
later the Cokely boys went on to win 3rd place in the regional tourney at St.
Joseph. Members of the 1955-56 squad were: centers; Art Carder and Kent McClard;
forwards: Dave Williams, Larry Elliott, Howard Dunn and Max Moyer; guards;
Charles Rutherford, Keith McDonald, Art Warman and Chal Beisenherz.