September 23rd, 2018
Liberal Local News

‘Beautifully Broken’ opens in Liberal to capacity crowd

beautifully broken liberal premiere“Beautifully Broken” director Eric Welch takes a pic with the audience on hand to see the premiere of his film in Liberal Friday at the Southgate 6 Theater. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE
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Friday nights typically find theaters packed with movie fans waiting to see some of the latest flicks.

While the other screens at Liberal’s Southgate 6 may have seen their fair share of film watchers, one screen in particular had nary a seat left in it, as locals came in to see the directorial debut of 1987 Liberal High School graduate Eric Welch.

Welch himself was on hand for the screening of “Beautifully Broken” and was expected to be at showings this weekend as well, and he said loved being back in his hometown.

“It was pretty incredible to fly back in,” he said. “It’s pretty incredible just looking out the plane and seeing all the fields and all the irrigation and all the crop circles. It’s cool to be back and driving down Main Street and 54. It’s an incredible experience. I miss Taco Tico. I’m going to start a petition to bring Taco Tico back.”

Welch said he was also overwhelmed seeing many of the people he knew growing up in Liberal.

“It’s amazing just to see all the people who came out, all the old friends of myself, my family, my friends I went to high school with,” he said. “It was incredible. I really appreciate the support of everybody here from Liberal coming out. It means the world to us.”

Welch said this is the first time he has been back to Liberal in quite some time.

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Redskins take lead late in 4th only to fall 14-8

burciagarunningCesar Burciaga runs against the Wichita Southeast defense Friday in Wichita. The Redskins battled back from a 7-0 deficit lare in the fourth quarter for a touchdown and a two-point conversion to take an 8-7 lead, but the Buffaloes were able to put together one more scoring drive in the final five minutes, and Libera lost 14-8. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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WICHITA — The Liberal defense continued to make it difficult for opponents to score, but the Redskin offense continued to struggle to move the ball, and for the third straight game, Liberal fell one score short of a win with a 14-8 loss to the Wichita Southeast Buffaloes Friday night at Wichita Heights Field.

The Buffaloes only had one play that led to a score in the first half. Facing a third and eight at their own 36 yard line, the Buffalo quarterback dropped back for a pass and threw a deep pass down the right sideline. A Redskin defender had a chance to intercept or knock the ball down, but instead the ball sailed through the defender’s arms and into the hands of the Buffalo receiver who ran the final 30 yards to the end zone for a 64-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

The Redskins avoided disaster moments later when Elijah McCarter had a decent return on the kick-off but fumbled at the 37 yard line, and Southeast recovered.

But the Buffaloes fumbled on their first play, and the Redskins were able to take possession at their own 38 yard line.

Syris Dunlap attempted a pass over the middle that tipped off the fingers of one Redskin receiver and into the hands of Lee Hatcher who sprinted near the red zone for a 47-yard reception.

But after a penalty and a two-yard loss, the Redskins faced a second-and-17 from the 30 yard line before Dunlap completed a pass to Cesar Burciaga who moved the ball down to the 17 yard line.

Facing a third-and-four, Jaylen Staten took a hand-off from Dunlap but could only gain two yards, and on fourth-and-two, Dunlap rolled out for a pass but Hatcher had four Buffalo defender surrounding him near the goal line. Dunlap still attempted the pass, but the Buffaloes knocked it down, and Southeast took over at their own 15 yard line.

Early in the second half, the Redskins put together another drive that moved the ball into Buffalo territory, but Dunlap was speared after a long gain, and the targeting penalty added 15 yards to the play.

But Dunlap had to come out of the game holding a dangling left arm after the late hit.

Coach Jason Dunlap protested that the player should have been ejected, but the call stood as targeting with no ejections.

Braxton Hyde took over at quarterback, and the Redskins pushed the ball down to the Buffalo 21 yard line before the drive stalled.

The two teams traded three punts before the Redskins put together another drive deep into Buffalo territory late in the third quarter.

The Redskins drove down to the Southeast 5 yard line, but again the Redskins could not reach the end zone, and the Buffaloes started the fourth quarter with the ball at their own 8 yard line.

A hold near the goal line on first down pushed the ball closer to the Buffalo goal, and the Redskins wrapped up a Southeast runner in the end zone, but when the pile cleared, the ball was spotted at the half yard line.

The defense held Southeast to a punt, and the Redskins took over at their own 43 yard line.

The Redskins pushed into Buffalo territory and earned a first down, but a late hit moved the Redskins back to midfield.

Liberal overcame the penalty with a 10-yard run by Dunlap, and the fresh first down faced another setback after a false start.

A pass to Malcolm Wiltshire gave the Redskins a 16-yard gain and another first down at the Buffalo 25 yard line, but the third penalty on the drive, a holding call on the Redskins, set up a first-and 20 from the 35 yard line.

Cesar Burciaga ran for 10 yards, and after another one-yard gain by Burciaga, Liberal faced a long third-and-nine play and appeared to be on another drive that would stall deep in Buffalo territory.

But instead of going for nine yards, Dunlap went for the bundle, throwing a pass to Hyde near the goal line.

Hyde won the jump ball from the Buffalo defender at the 2 yard line, and he beat two Buffaloes for the final two yards for a 25-yard touchdown reception.

Liberal lined up for the point after attempt, but Southeast jumped offsides, and coach Dunlap sent his offense back on the field for a two-point conversion instead.

Burciaga dove over the right side of the line and into the end zone, and the Redskins had an 8-7 lead with 4:31 to play.

The Buffaloes completed a 38-yard pass on their next drive despite having three defenders around the receiver, and a screen pass at the Liberal 32 yard line broke free around the left side for a touchdown, and the Buffaloes reclaimed the lead with 56.3 seconds to play.

Liberal drove the ball to the 48 yard line, but an interception at the goal line ended the threat, and the Redskins fell 14-8.

“The kids played hard, officiating was suspect,” Dunlap said. “Our offense is a bit anemic. With that being said, we have to get better. It’s disappointing, but I am proud how our kids maintained their cool during dirty play. I am really frustrated in the way things were called and handled here tonight.”

But Dunlap challenged his offense as well.

“Our offense has to get better,” he said.

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Feinstein v. Kavanaugh: How can anyone take this seriously?



While questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about abortion during his Senate confirmation hearings, Senator Dianne Feinstein grossly misstated statistics about abortion deaths before Roe v. Wade. 

"In the 1950s and 1960s, two decades before Roe, deaths from illegal abortions in this country ran between 200,000 and 1.2 million. That's according to the Guttmacher Institute." 

The Guttmacher Institute has very close ties to the abortion lobby, but even their numbers proved Feinstein way off base. 

The Guttmacher study actually reported 200,000 to 1.2 million as the number of procedures. Regarding actual deaths, in 1965, for example, there were 200, according to Guttmacher. 

When corrected, Feinstein was dismissive of the gravity of her error. "So, a lot of women died in that period," she demurred. 

Feinstein's distortion of data points to the agenda driving this new discussion from the left to derail the Kavanaugh vote by any means necessary. 

Nothing, certainly not facts, will get in the way of their attempts to control the courts, regardless of any collateral damage done to the reputation of an upstanding and decent man.