Liberty’s Darian Street rose to the challenge and clinched the gold medal in the long jump at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.
“Yes, I felt a little challenged today. Thank God I pulled through,” Street said.
Street’s jump was 22-03.75. Pleasant Valley’s Michael Mitchell placed second with a 21-11.50.
“I was getting a little nervous, but I thought I have to go for it,” said Street. “I wasn’t getting enough height on takeoff, and I hurt my ankle on one, but it’s fine.”
Liberty’s number one doubles team of Dan Lynn and Louis Gruber became District 11 doubles tennis champions after winning their match against Hurricane teammates Luke Conrad and David Lynn 6-4, 6-1 last Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
“It feels great,” said Dan Lynn. “We’re a good combination, and we gelled. Louis was great, and he always finds a way to make the shot.”
Accustomed to playing more singles than doubles, Lynn and Gruber had to play with a different strategy.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams won 17 medals among them at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.
On Tuesday, Hurricane thrower Jackie Arthur won the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 36-10.50.
“It felt really great, and I am really thankful for my coach [Chris D’Emilio]. He is super positive, and I really need that right now,” said Arthur.
Liberty High School’s boys’ tennis coach Leo Schnalzer described the Hurricanes’ clinching the District XI Class AAA championship like this: “I sort of knew the bus was coming. I waited on the corner, they opened the door, and I got on,” after Liberty defeated Nazareth 3-2 last Thursday at Lehigh University.
“It feels great for me, but I look at it more as the kids have experienced it and will be able to talk about it for the rest of their lives,” Schnalzer said.
The Freedom Patriots scored one run in the third inning in their 11-1 loss to Easton on Monday, but two games are left in the regular season for the Pates.
“I knew we had a girl in scoring position, and I knew I had to get her in,” said Patriot center fielder Julia Roman, whose base hit knocked in Alexa Fancera.
With the game still within reach, Freedom trailed 3-1, but the Red Rovers scored five runs in the fourth inning, three on a triple by Courtney Grundhauser.
Liberty’s girls’ track and field team’s first visit to the new Freedom High School track ended in a 108-36 victory for the Hurricanes over the Patriots last Monday.
The Hurricanes had 15 first place finishes, including Payton Shaffer in the 100 meter dash in 11.9, Jade Dallam in the 200 meter dash in 26.9, and Greta Stuckey in the 400 meter dash in 1:00.
When the Hurricanes tell Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo that they’ve got this, he listens, even when they’re trailing 6-3 after four innings against Bethlehem Catholic, but the Hurricanes made good on their word and won 15-11 last week at Becahi.
“I trust them,” Carrodo said.
And so, the fifth inning began with Kristin Kaleycik’s lead off base hit to left field.
“I pulled it a little, but the fact that I got on base was huge because the inning started good runs,” Kaleycik said.
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team did everything they could to defend their new turf against Liberty, but the Hurricanes came out on top 83-67 last Monday at Freedom.
“Oh yeah, Kevin Pollock threw himself at the finish line of the 4x8,” said Freedom distance coach Bob Thear, regarding how far the Patriots went to score points. “Maybe this is the first time since the 80’s that a Liberty versus Freedom track meet was at Freedom.”
Adam Boyer led off for the Patriots in the 4x8, followed by Nick Bauer and Isaac Gross. Pollock was the anchor.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team earned most of its points in jumping and throwing events to top Emmaus 90-60 last week.
Daniel Damon won the high jump with 5-07.0, and Trevor Joseph won the pole vault with 11-09.0.
The Hurricanes locked up the long jump with Darian Street in first place with 22-01.0, Jonathan Heess in second place with 21-03.0, and Daeshawn Teague in third with 20-08.0.
The Hurricanes also took top places in the triple jump with Heess in first place with 42-04.0, Jay McGill in second place with 40-06.0, and Teague in third with 40-00.0.
Freedom’s 4x4 relay team of Kyree Marshburn, Nick King, Cyrus Thompson, and Dashaun Peterson came through in the clutch to clinch the Patriot boys’ 75-74 victory over Becahi’s boys in track and field last Monday at Freedom.
It was the Patriots’ first victory on their new home track, and as luck or fate would have it, the meet came down to the 4x4.
“From the jump, I knew I had to start off strong and hold my stride in the first 200,” said Marshburn. “Once I was out of the turn, I had to power up. Every leg was as strong as the first.”