Senior Julian Thomas and sophomore Isaiah Alexander stepped up in a big way for their team. The duo both tallied game-highs of 18 points in leading the Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball team to an important 61-46 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference basketball victory over Emmaus last Thursday night at Emmaus High School.
Not a lot went right for the Liberty football team last weekend against Parkland. There was some hope and confidence after the Hurricanes tied the game on a second quarter touchdown, but the Trojans wound up scoring the next 28 points to win an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division game last Friday night at Bethlehem Area School District stadium.
The Freedom football team needed a clock-eating drive late in the game to potentially stave off a late-charging Parkland team that was beginning to get its legs.
A powerful offensive line and skillful backfield took the stage and came through when they needed to most and killed off the final 6:38 off the clock to hang on for a 21-18 win last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.
The offensive disparity in the less than 24-hour period between games was evident for the Freedom field hockey team. After opening the 2019 season with a 5-0 victory at East Stroudsburg North in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action, the Patriots struggled to find the back of the cage the next day, falling 2-1 in a nonconference game to Salisbury Saturday morning at Freedom High School.
Freedom (1-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) fell behind 2-0 after the opening half, and then cut its deficit in half, but was unable to get all the way back and find the tying goal.
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.