February 7, 2014 Updated: February 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm
For entirely different reasons, Amon Frazier and Alex McAfee didn't wear the Liberty jersey for long, or at all, during their careers at the Academy School District 20 school.
So while they walked the halls of Lancer Nation, their athletic pursuits required their actions take place elsewhere. When they signed national letters of intent Friday morning, however, their school spirit burned as strong as the scarlet red that serves as the school's primary color.
"It's a tremendous joy to sign here in front of my family and friends," Frazier said. "It has been such a ride. This is such a great school with such a supportive cast all around."
Frazier, who signed with San Diego State soccer, and McAfee, who signed with Adams State men's lacrosse, were joined by five others in Friday's weather-delayed ceremony in the Liberty auditorium: girls' soccer players Wesley Flood (Regis) and Kyleigh Wierenga (Fort Lewis); baseball's Marcus Manzanares (Robert Morris); football's Dillon Watts (Midwestern State); and softball's Summer White (Seward Community College).
For Frazier's first two seasons at Liberty, he was able to juggle team duties with those with the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy. But before his junior year, the academy shifted its season to overlap with high school, meaning Frazier would have to choose one.
"It was devastating to me," Frazier said. "I wanted to try to play four years and get a state championship. It was a difficult decision, to look out for my future, but the guys were behind me 100 percent. I went to most every home game, and sitting in the stands is a different view. I would have loved to have been playing those last two years, but I was cheering for my best friends instead."
McAfee also had to make a choice, but in a different set of circumstances.
He could play high school lacrosse, but to do so, would have to wear an Air Academy uniform as the district's only team sanctioned by the Colorado High School Activities Association.
He considers himself a better player and person for his different route to playing high school lacrosse.
"It was different than what most people go through," McAfee said. "But I think it was a better experience because I got to meet more kids, not just from inside my school. I got to meet kids from Discovery Canyon, Air Academy, Pine Creek and Rampart, pretty much everywhere. It just gave me a different perspective."