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Hurricanes top Pates Patriots

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s track and field team hosted Liberty to end the regular season last week when the Hurricane girls won, 105-45.

Top finishers included Gabrielle Phillips in the 100 in 12.60, Essynce Botz in the 200 in 26.80, Yamilet Ferrufino in the 400 in 1:02.00, and Greta Stuckey in the 800 in 2:24.00, all for Liberty.

For Freedom, Lauren Charboneau won the 1600 in 5:43.00, and the 3200 in 12:18.00, and Lola Willey won the 100 hurdles in 17.80.

Liberty’s Alicia Rodriguez won the 300 hurdles in 50.40.

Becahi knocks off Liberty

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team wrapped up its city rivalry games with a 4-3 victory over Liberty last week at Becahi.

“It was huge because we’re having a horrible year and it’s not that we’re a bad team. I think we’re a pretty good team, but things are happening and we’re losing. Maybe now they’re going to start believing in themselves,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “I wouldn’t have cared who it was. We beat a good team. If you beat a good team, then you’re capable of being a good team yourself.”

Pates get by Becahi

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s 12-1 softball victory over Bethlehem Catholic on Monday was the second time the Patriots played the Hawks this season and the second time the Patriots won.

For their part, Becahi had scoring opportunities throughout the game, but a strategic move by the Patriots in the top of the sixth inning seemed to be the beginning of the end for the Hawks.

Becahi outfielder Jaden Spigner led off the sixth and got hit by a pitch. Teighan Boyle’s sacrifice bunt moved Spigner to second base, and Shylynn Cordero turned her base hit into a double while Spigner went to third.

BC boys beat CCHS

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ track and field team scored a 106-42 victory over Allentown Central Catholic last week at Freedom.

Nick Lucien won the 100 in 11.10 and the 200 in 23.90, Caden Giordano took first place in the 400 in 53.30, and Daniel Smith was first in the 3200 in 11:05.00.

Steven Santostefano won the 300 hurdles in 43.10.

Tavian Banks, Lucien, Matt Stianche, and Tristan Buscemi won the 4x1 relay in 45.50, and Marco Calantoni, Connor Thierry, Matt Millen, and Issaiah Lopez took first in the 4x4 relay in 3:46.00.

Freedom track splits vs. Central

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ track and field team defeated Allentown Central Catholic, 108-40, and Central’s girls defeated Freedom, 90-58, last Thursday at Freedom.

In boys’ results, Thawadah Rock took first place in the 100 in 11.30, Gabe Caton won the 200 in 23.60, Alexander Heidemann placed first in the 800 in 2:14.00 and the 1600 in 4:48.00, and Dylan Stahl won the 3200 in 11:06.00.

In the 4x1 relay, Caton, Vince Reph, Rock, and Matty Russin won in 44.30.

Hawks hope to continue progress

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team has experienced an up-and-down season thus far, but the Hawks hope to level things out as they prepare to face their Steel Division opponents for the second time this season.

“We’re struggling a little bit, but we’re playing better,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Kids are doing what we thought maybe they could do at the beginning of the year and it wasn’t happening. Now they’re starting to do it. We were hitting fly balls and now we’re hitting the line drives and doing much better.”

Hawk girls top Central

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team defeated Allentown Central Catholic, 83-66, last Thursday at Freedom.

Top finishers for the Lady Hawks were Brooke Bisko in the 100 in 13.10, Mikayla Jones in the 200 in 26.80, and Marcela Banuelos in the 1600 in 6:18.00.

Becahi won two relays: the 4x1 (names unavailable) in 52.90 and the 4x4 made up of Isabelle Rosario, Taylor Adams, Maddie Wickel, and Mikayla Jones in 4:27.00.

Liz Lieb won the long jump with a 17-00.25 and the triple jump with a 34-11.50.

Liberty track and field teams get wins

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ track and field team improved to 5-0 with a 97-35 victory over Nazareth and the Hurricane girls improved to 3-2 with a 78-56 victory over the Blue Eagles last Monday at Liberty.

Top finishers for Liberty girls were Greta Stuckey in the 800 in 2:25.9, Emily Jobes in the 3200 in 12:20.0, and Hazel Deschamps in both the 100 hurdles in 16.9 and the 300 hurdles in 49.5.

Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Yamilet Ferrufino, and Stuckey won the 4x4 relay in 4:27.5, and Madison Drager, Regan Gunn, Katie Henry, and Evelyn Sharkan won the 4x8 relay in 11:24.0.

D-11 tennis postseason set to begin this week

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The high school tennis regular season ended last Thursday with victories all around as Liberty defeated Allen, 7-0, Bethlehem Catholic defeated Notre Dame East Stroudsburg, 5-2, and Freedom defeated Easton, 5-2.

This week will be the District XI Singles tournament and team districts will follow. The Hurricanes are undefeated in the regular season and hope to repeat as district team champions after defeating Parkland for the title last year.

Patriots knock off Liberty in softball

Thursday, April 25, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots wasted no time in their 5-1 victory over Liberty when Brenna Ortwein hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning on Monday at Liberty.

“I missed the first one, but then she started throwing higher, and I decided if she throws another one, that’s my chance, and I got on it,” Ortwein said.

The ball was hit to right center and also scored Gabby Glick and MaKenzie Smith.

“Definitely when it hit the bat, I knew it was going to be a solid hit, but it didn’t go over until I was past first base, so I had to run it out,” said Ortwein.