The Liberty Hurricanes boys track and field team were honored at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School for their regular season conference championship which included an 11-0, undefeated season.
“It was a goal,” said Liberty coach Andy Messa. “Two years ago when Chris [D’Emilio] and I took over, the boys were 4-7. Last year, we turned it around to 7-4, and coming into this year we knew we had a pretty good team.
Bethlehem Catholic sprinter Zaheer Seabrooks clinched the gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the District XI Class 3A Boys Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
“That was my best race all year. I was a hundred percent, and when I crossed the finish line, I looked at my teammate Joe Kurtz, and he was proud of me, and I was proud of him,” Seabrooks said.
Kurtz placed fourth with a time of 11.32. Seabrooks’s time was 11.25.
Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey clinched the gold medal in the 800 meter run last Thursday at the District XI Class 3A Girls Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School.
“It was good,” Stuckey said. “I knew [Katherine Ellmaker] was very close, especially the last lap. I could feel her right next to me, and I knew I had to go because my first lap was slower.”
Ellmaker, who is from Easton, came in second with a time of 2:19.25 to Stuckey’s time of 2:18.55.
In the second game of a doubleheader for Liberty last Thursday, the Hurricanes lost in the East Penn Conference softball final, 11-0, to the Parkland Trojans at Pates Park in Allentown.
“We’re not going to give any excuses. They beat us,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I know, it’s tough to play two games in one day, and you’ve got to face whatever uphill battle, and that’s what the girls did.”
Liberty center fielder Mikayla Ruppert hit a grand slam during the fourth inning in the Hurricanes’ 7-0 victory over Nazareth in an East Penn Conference softball playoff game on Monday at Nazareth.
The Blue Eagles were the top seed in the EPC tournament while the Hurricanes were the eighth seed.
Freedom, the sixth seed, lost to third-seeded Easton, 6-4, in their EPC playoff game on Friday at Easton.
Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn were crowned District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Champions after winning their match against Nazareth’s Gabe Knowles and Nate Tauber, 6-2, 6-0, last Thursday at Lehigh University.
“It feels good knowing that, coming into this, we weren’t necessarily the favorites, but we knew as long as we were playing well and working well together, we knew we had a really good opportunity and we did that,” said Gruber.
The Hurricanes trailed the Blue Eagles only once, and that was early in the first set.
Freedom senior Kyree Marshburn was a fourth place medalist at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Marshburn medaled in the 400 with a time of 51.71.
“This is a really competitive league so getting any kind of medal, any kind of recognition, you can only be happy,” Marshburn said. “My coach told me he wanted me to get to the first 200 meter mark with a high 22, low 23. I guess 250 meters in, 300 meters in, I just hit that wall, and when you hit that wall, it’s hard to fight through that.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls track and field team placed fifth overall, and Becahi’s boys team placed fourth overall at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Liz Lieb won two silver medals, one in the long jump with a distance of 17-08.25 and one in the triple jump with a distance of 37-01.50.
Liberty’s track and field teams placed third at the East Penn Conference Championships where the girls scored 82 points overall and the boys scored 76 points overall last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Points were given for the top seven finishers in each event, and medals were awarded to the top four in each event.
Greta Stuckey was the only gold medal winner for the Hurricanes. The Liberty junior took first place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.54.
The Liberty Hurricanes were crowned District XI Class 3A team tennis champions for the second year in a row after scoring a 3-2 victory over Parkland last Thursday at Lehigh University.
Liberty’s players, most of whom returned from last season but in a new lineup, also avenged an earlier-season, 1-6, loss to Parkland, which made the victory all the more sweet.