After Freedom won the Steel Division in EPC softball at the end of the regular season, Patriot pitcher Jen Slanovec tossed a 12-0 shutout against Stroudsburg in the conference quarterfinal last Thursday at Freedom.
“We’re coming into this really confident because I think with us finishing at the top of our division, it really gives us a big push for leagues and districts so it’s a really good win,” said Patriot outfielder Taylor Resetar, who had her first ever walk-off grand slam on Thursday.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams competed in the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School where medals were awarded to the top four finishers in each event.
Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Emily Jobes, and Greta Stuckey won gold medals in the 4x8 relay for Liberty with a time of 9:39.46.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team is the 2019 Dual Meet and League Meet Champions, scoring a meet record 148 points at the East Penn Conference Championships last week at Whitehall High School
Gold medal winners from Liberty were Darlyn Fermin in the 3200 with a time of 9:42.94 and Christian Tackett in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.82.
Silver medalists from Liberty were Trevor Harris in the shot put with a 48-06.75 and in the discus with a 146-04.00.
For Liberty tennis coach Chris Conrad, Thursday’s District XI team championship was his first solo head coaching crown, but for some of his players, it was their third consecutive when the Hurricanes defeated the Nazareth Blue Eagles, 3-2, last Thursday at Northwood Racquet Club.
“It’s something we strove for the entire season. We didn’t want to play the favorite role, but one of the hardest things was trying to get this team to make sure that we were in check and weren’t complacent. That’s one of the things I loved about this team,” said Conrad.
Liberty’s boys track and field team finished the regular season undefeated with a 98.5-51.5 victory over Freedom last week at Freedom.
Top finishers included Liberty’s Devon West who broke the school record in the 100 with a time of 10.50 and also won the 200 with a time of 22.60.
Darlyn Fermin, also for Liberty, won the 400 in 54.70.
Freedom’s Alex Heidemann took first place in the 800 in 2:09.00 and the 1600 in 4:36.00.
Liberty’s Cole Frank won the 3200 in 10:20.00.
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.
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.”
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.
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’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.