The way that the Freedom boys basketball team has been playing this summer, with being on the wrong side of results due to regularly missing starters and regular contributors, and then having to face a Wilson West Lawn team fresh off a Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament championship last weekend, not many would have given them the chance.
But the Patriots battled and competed until the very end before falling to the Bulldogs 49-44 last Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley summer league at Cedar Beach.
No other team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has been playing better this summer than the Liberty boys basketball team. And the success continued as the Hurricanes erased a second half deficit and slow start to take down Emmaus 41-35 last Thursday night inside the auxiliary gymnasium at Whitehall High School in Lehigh Valley summer league action.
It was a fast-paced, high-tempo type of game with both teams competing at a high level like it was a postseason game and not a game played in the summer in front of a handful of fans.
In a matchup of the top-two boys basketball teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, one squad showed its muscle as Bethlehem Catholic got the better of Emmaus by double-digits, making a statement, winning 80-67 last Saturday night in front of a large crowd at Bethlehem Catholic High School.
It has been a rough, last three weeks for the Liberty football team. Having to play three of the top-five teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in a row, against two of which were coming off losses the week prior and more motivated than ever.
After winning their first two games to open up the 2018 regular season, the Hurricanes (2-3 overall, 2-3 EPC) have dropped their last three games to Parkland, Easton and Bethlehem Catholic each of the last three weeks respectively.
For nearly 15 minutes of game action last weekend, or a quarter-and-a-half, the Bethlehem Catholic High School football team looked like it was going to be another victim of the Parkland High School football team on its home turf.
It could not get anything going and the Trojans defense, normally stifling to the point of consistently recording shutouts, had not yet allowed a point to the Golden Hawks.
It’s been a long time coming, and it wasn’t easy.
The Freedom baseball team scored two runs in the top of the second inning, and used a strong pitching performance from seldom used in 2018 Tim Healy, to take down top-seed Parkland 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.
It is the first district title for the Patriots baseball team since 1999.
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Before this weekend’s 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, boys and girls senior representatives of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and Colonial League teams were honored at the Via All-Star Banquet Wednesday night at the Sands Events Center in Bethlehem.
Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz made history for his school and football program Sunday night, March 4.
Wentz became the second Indians student-athlete since 2006 to be awarded the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame football scholar athlete award at the 58th annual banquet at Northampton’s Banquet and Event Center.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Foundation holds the annual banquet to honor a high school football student-athlete from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
It was a familiar sight in the District 11 6A championship game. A year after playing in the district final, the Freedom and Parkland football teams met on the gridiron once again in the big game, and once again the Trojans came out on top.
Number one seed Parkland used the strength and legs of its senior running back Jahan Worth and its defense in keeping the sixth-seeded Patriots out of the end zone in winning its sixth straight district championship 30-6 last Friday night at Al Erdosy Stadium at Northampton High School.
Liberty’s field hockey team had a “moral” victory in their EPC championship loss, if it wants to hear that.
Emmaus continued its run of success with another championship, but it wasn’t easy.
Two first half goals from junior forward Riley Baughman were enough as the Green Hornets held on late, after surrendering a second half goal, to defeat Liberty 3-1 last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.
The victory was just another in a long line of them.