Liberty’s girls’ cross country team defeated all three of last week’s opponents, East Stroudsburg North, East Stroudsburg South, and Stroudsburg, and Becahi and Freedom defeated the East-burg schools last week at the course at Illick’s Mill.
Liberty’s Belle Weikert took first place with a time of 19:01.
“I stuck behind two of the Stroudsburg girls, and then right there, I sprinted up the hill,” she said. “I just kind of ran my own race.”
The last thing Bethlehem Catholic wanted was an overtime period in its game against Liberty, but a game-winning goal by Brooke Bisko and tough defense by the Hawks produced a 4-3 victory for Becahi, all within regulation, this past Monday.
“It’s exhilarating,” said Becahi defender and captain Samantha Gaydos. “Last season was so much different, and I think having losses is so much different than having five losses in overtime because to be that close and lose that many times...It’s redemption for us this year.”
The outcome of Bethlehem Catholic’s 5-2 tennis victory over Liberty would come down to singles wins for the Hawks and possible doubles wins for the Hurricanes, but that all changed when Becahi’s Kaitlyn Hartman and Sydney Foss won at two doubles 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
“We were pretty concerned about doubles,” said Hartman. “Hitting down the line was effective, and we talk throughout the point and call the ball.”
Hartman and Foss were also concerned about losing the second set.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis match against Northampton last week was chock-full of three set matches and tiebreakers as the Hurricanes pulled out a 4-3 victory over the KKids at Northampton.
“The last two matches were one singles and three doubles. Paige [Simons] played against [Liz Hozza] who was super consistent, and Angie [Ronca] played a great match [at three singles],” said Liberty coach Chris Conrad. “We were lucky enough to get to four before one doubles.”
At halftime during Freedom’s girls’ soccer game against Allentown Central Catholic last Friday, the Patriots talked about being more aggressive towards the ball, and it seemed to be working when Andie Graney scored on an assist by Haley Gschrey to break a 1-1 tie.
The Vikettes responded with a goal of their own, however, forcing the game into overtime which Freedom ultimately lost 3-2.
Liberty cross country runners Belle Weikert and Darlyn Fermin took first place in the Hurricanes’ meet against Pocono Mountain West, Pocono Mountain East, and Pleasant Valley last Tuesday at Pocono Mountain West.
Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s cross country teams also competed against the Pocono teams.
Weikert’s time was 19:32. Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau placed second in 20:09, Grace Haas (L) was third in 20:41, Greta Stuckey (L) was fourth in 20:52, and Mary Sweeney (F) placed fifth in 20:53.
Moravian Academy’s Lion Invitational saw 24 schools participating in cross country races with 1,075 runners on Sept. 1 at Moravian Academy Upper School.
In Class 1A team results, Moravian Academy’s boys’ and girls’ teams took first place.
Krysta Nichols ran the fastest time for the Lions’ girls in 22:45. Quinn O’Connor, Maddie Tran, Justine Dell, Carley Caruth, and Elizabeth Burke also competed.
Hunter Zahm ran the fastest time for the Lions’ boys in 18:25. Also competing were Dylan Carter, Noah Young, Aaron Salen, Joseph Zaladonis, Mason Tran, and James Foran.
Indescribable at first, but soon after an emotional, nail-biting, girl-boy soccer doubleheader between Freedom and Liberty on Monday night at BASD Stadium, the words finally came.
“Absolutely amazing,” said Freedom captain Julia Ackerman when the Patriots defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in the first game of the night. “We knew we had a better chance than ever because we’ve been working so hard, we’re incredibly passionate, and we’ve got great speed.”
In the second game, the Hurricanes defeated the Patriots 1-0 when Christian Tackett scored a goal in the final three minutes.
Two determined teams could produce only one winner last week when Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team faced off against Dieruff in a back-and-forth game that ended with the Hawks scoring a 4-3 victory in the final minutes at Becahi.
“I thought our offense was playing really well and really determined, but Dieruff’s a good team, and they always fight really hard, and their defense was no exception,” said Becahi midfielder Michael Spirk, whose header put the Hawks on the scoreboard first.
Freedom’s girls’ soccer team had a 1-0 lead on Bethlehem Catholic at halftime, but four more goals by the Patriots would put the game away at 5-2 on Saturday at Becahi.
“I think we came into this game strong, and we knew it was going to be a challenge,” said Freedom mid/forward Doris Muncan, who scored the Patriots’ second goal. “We worked on our technical skill, but today, we just had a good game. Basically, on all our goals, we did a good job connecting passes, which I’m really proud of.”