Freedom tennis players Natalie Sinai and Tashanna Smith sailed through the District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Tournament last week and were ultimately crowned district champions last Thursday at Lehigh University.
The pair had not lost a game all week until the first set of the final against Parkland’s Patricia Yao and Joanna Wu.
Sinai and Smith defeated the Trojan duo, 6-2, 6-0.
Two days earlier, Sinai and Smith defeated Stroudsburg’s Sara Denny and Paris Briegel, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinal, and Emmaus’s Shannon Stewart and Jocelyn Chow in the quarterfinal, 6-0, 6-0.
The EPC soccer championships continued Thursday with semifinals when Freedom’s boys prevailed over Parkland, 1-0, but Liberty’s boys lost to Pleasant Valley, 1-0.
The Patriots had not faced the Trojans all season and hadn’t won a game against Parkland in the past three years until last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.
EPC girls’ and boys’ soccer quarterfinals were played last Tuesday when Liberty’s boys and Freedom’s boys advanced to semifinals and Liberty’s girls did not.
The Hurricane boys took on Easton for the third time this season and won on Tuesday night, 1-0.
“We tied them before and we beat them so we were pretty confident we would get the job done,” said Hurricane defender David Reagan. “We knew we were the better team and could put them away.”
The game remained scoreless at halftime, so the Hurricanes talked about how to proceed.
Heading into the finish of the EPC Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, Lauren Charboneau heard someone say she started her kick too early, but the Freedom sophomore knew better.
“I was like, OK, I have one person behind me, so I just have to pick it up, and I stopped hearing her over by the trees, but I had to keep pushing. And then I heard a Parkland person say, ‘She started her kick too early,’ but I knew I didn’t because we did workouts right there,” Charboneau said.
Liberty distance runners Darlyn Fermin and Cole Frank medaled at the EPC Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Fermin placed sixth with a time of 17:00.4.
“I went out faster than my normal pace,” Fermin said. “I don’t like it cold. I was doing fine until the second mile. At the finish, I had nothing left in my tank. [For districts] I may try to stay behind the top five and let them take the air. Then after that, I’ll have to go early with my kick.”
Frank placed eighth with a time of 17:10.1.
The Freedom Patriots were crowned EPC boys’ soccer champions on Saturday after defeating Pleasant Valley in the final of the EPC tournament, 2-0, at Nazareth High School.
“I’m ecstatic,” said Freedom coach Matt Reightler. “I knew these guys could do it.”
The Patriots beat the Bears in the regular season, 3-0, but with the post season, everything is new.
After playing to a 1-1 tie in the first half, something changed on the Patriots’ side and Freedom took a 2-1 victory over Liberty on Thursday night at BASD Stadium.
“The girls absolutely stepped it up in the second half,” said Patriot coach Bob Eaton. “We told them to play our game, play quick, play fast, get the ball up the field, creating chances. We were really aggressive tonight and did a really great job.”
Freedom forward Haley Gschrey scored the first goal of the game with 22:26 left in the first half.
Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski was no worse for the wear by the time the Hurricanes defeated Freedom, 2-0, last Thursday night at BASD Stadium; he was, in fact, beaming.
“It’s unmatchable. You never see this kind of energy anywhere except for football games. You don’t see this in club. You’re playing for something in high school, and that makes it so much different,” Koski said.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s cross country teams wrapped up their regular season with a meet last Tuesday at Easton High School.
Liberty’s boys scored victories over Freedom, 17-40, Becahi, 15-50, and Northampton, 23-32, but lost to Easton, 33-23 and Nazareth, 31-26. Liberty’s girls scored victories over Freedom, 20-35, Becahi, 18-42, and Nazareth, 23-32, but lost to Easton, 34-23, and Northampton, 31-24.
The Freedom Patriots clinched the EPC tennis tournament championship last Wednesday at Freedom High School.
The Patriots had one gold medalist, five silver medalists, and two bronze medalists.
Freedom sophomore Tashanna Smith won gold at one singles after defeating Easton’s Elessa Jacobs, 10-2.
Natalie Sinai won silver at two singles after her match with Becahi’s Belen Blasco, won by Blasco, 10-7.