Among the three sports that he played at Liberty Ranch, basketball is the one for which Jayden Baroni will almost certainly be known.
Baroni was an integral part of the Hawks’ playoff teams all three of his years with the varsity program and will forever be in the record books after setting the record for three-point field goal percentage, according to Liberty Ranch athletic director Anthony Linebaugh.
Baroni, who graduated from Liberty Ranch last week, made 56 of 122 three-point field goal attempts in his senior year and finished with a percentage of 46% in his final season.
Baroni scored 746 points between his sophomore and senior years with the varsity Hawks, had 329 rebounds, 228 assists and 128 steals.
In this past year, he scored a career-best 382 points, had 212 rebounds and 107 assists, all career bests at Liberty. Baroni’s clutch shooting was among the Hawks’ highlights during their playoff run in 2019 and he clawed his way back from injury earlier in the year to finish with a breakthrough season.
The Hawks reached the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship game in 2018 as well as the first round of the CIF NorCal Regionals. In 2017, Baroni and the Hawks reached the second round of the SJS playoffs before going on to reach the third round of NorCals.
In his sophomore year, Baroni helped the Hawks reach the SJS basketball semifinals and the first round of the NorCal playoffs as well.
Baroni’s time in athletics as a Hawk was mostly spent on the basketball court – he helped the Hawks reach the playoffs all three years he was with the team – but he expanded his athletic time to the baseball field in his senior year as well as the football field as a sophomore.
In helping the Hawks reach the furthest they have ever gone in the baseball playoffs, as well as win the Sierra Valley Conference Championship, Baroni finished the 2018-19 season with three hits, five runs and six RBI. On the mound, Baroni pitched eight innings and had seven strikeouts.
The Hawks finished the year by reaching the second round of the SJS baseball playoffs and won the SVC Championship with a 13-2 record.
In the 2016 season, Baroni also played on the Hawks’ JV football team that went undefeated in league and went 7-1 overall.