Bethlehem Press

Thursday, November 21, 2019

LHS, BC in difficult postseason pairings

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are both hoping to make District 11 runs in the field hockey tournaments when they get underway.

The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (15-5) traveled to fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East (14-4-1)on Tuesday in the opener of the 3A tournament, which was past Press deadlines. Liberty was unfortunately placed in the top half of the bracket with top-seeded Emmaus (21-0), giving them an exact tournament route as they saw in the EPC tournament.

In their EPC opener, Liberty knocked off Pocono Mountain East 4-3 on the road before facing Emmaus in the semifinals and losing 8-0.

The path to the title always goes through Emmaus, but seeing Pocono Mountain East again in a short amount of time, isn’t ideal either.

The bottom of the bracket has Easton (16-4) and Northampton (14-5) squaring off in a three-six matchup, with second-seeded Parkland (16-2-1) hosting seventh-seeded Stroudsburg (10-9) in the other contest. In fact, the entire district tournament is seeded the exact same way as the EPC tourney, where Easton and Parkland advanced to the semifinals only to see the Trojans advance to the championship and fall to Emmaus by a 3-1 score.

In 1A, Bethlehem Catholic (9-9) hosts Lehighton (10-8) in a four-five matchup on Wednesday with the winner slated to take on top-seeded Moravian Academy (17-3), who lost to Southern Lehigh in the Colonial League championship last week 5-3.

Saucon Valley (12-7) and Palisades (10-9) are in the bottom of the bracket of a three-six matchup with Northwestern (14-5-1) hosting Palmerton (9-9) in a two-seven bout to round out the pairings.

Semifinals for Class 1A are slated for October 28 and finals are set for October 30. Semifinal and finals dates for 3A are yet to be determined.