It wasn’t a fluke.
With the new District 11 classifications allowing for more teams to make the postseason district tournament, there are going to be teams below the .500 mark that qualify for the playoffs.
Liberty was one of them.
Finishing the regular season at 4-6 overall after a victory over city rival Freedom on the 10th and final week, the Hurricanes earned the eighth seed in the District 11 6A tournament.
Soccer is considered worldwide as “the beautiful game.”
Last Sunday night at the Northampton Community Center, soccer was the main attraction, albeit off of the field.
Male and female Lehigh Valley high school scholar athletes were recognized, with a male and two females taking home the honors of the scholarship award.
When longtime Catasauqua Area High School head coach Trajano Bastidas was inducted into the Lehigh Valley Soccer Hall of Fame, he talked about his passion for the sport, and how he grew up around the game and gave the love of it to his three sons.
To get to the top you have to beat those at the top.
That is a saying that the Bethlehem Catholic, Central Catholic and Notre Dame G.P. hockey team and head coach John Heckenberger have been preaching this season.
And that team at the top is Parkland, one that every Lehigh Valley Scholastic ice hockey team has been trying to overcome for the past few years.
Parkland attacks with several different lines, all of whom are capable of scoring. That efficiency showed last Friday night as six different players recorded goals in an 8-4 win at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
When Nate Snyder scored with 8:04 to go to put Freedom back in front, the Emmaus ice hockey team did not panic.
Matthew Scheaffer answered just thirteen seconds later, his third of the night, to tie the game. And Luke Rheiner, Shane Miller and Wyatt Weber each found the back of the net in the final period to give the Green Hornets a 9-6 victory against the Patriots last Friday night at Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
The four consecutive goals by Emmaus was the third separate time a team netted four unanswered goals.
With the introduction of a new conference, there were some casualties.
One of those was the amount of games each team would play against each other.
As it turned out, Parkland and Liberty boys basketball teams did not face each other during the regular season in 2014-15, however they entered the EPC finals this past weekend as the top-two seeds.
It may have been viewed as a slight disadvantage, but the Freedom ice hockey team just did not have the numbers to throw on to the ice Parkland did.
With nine healthy skaters, including their goalie, the Patriots could not even rotate two full lines.
Even with those low numbers, though, Freedom (5-10 overall) made this one a game. Trailing just 2-1 midway through the third period, all of those minutes of ice time may have finally caught up to the Patriots. Parkland (12-0-1) would go on to score four goals in the last eight minutes of the contest to pull away and win 6-1.
When looking at the final score of last Wednesday night's dual-meet between Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, one would think it was a lopsided match that the Golden Hawks simply did everything right. But when asked after Becahi's commanding 51-3 victory to stay unbeaten in the East Penn Conference at 5-0, head coach Jeff Karam said otherwise.
"I think this match was very lackluster on our part," Karam said. "I just felt the fire wasn't there on our part."