Freedom’s tennis team won its match against East Stroudsburg South, 5-2, on Saturday after losing to Pocono Mountain West, 4-3, last Thursday.
In the Patriots’ match against the Cavaliers, the Patriots won at two singles where Matt Mullen defeated Miguel Retto 6-2, 6-3, and at three singles where Paras Chand defeated Crew Bunn 6-0, 6-1, but the Patriots lost at one singles where Justin Szaro fell to Cory Cox 4-6, 3-6.
All of Freedom’s doubles teams won their matches against East Stroudsburg South.
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team was just five points shy of a win over Easton, but the Red Rovers prevailed, 72.50-68.50, last Thursday at Freedom.
The Patriots’ first place finish came in the javelin where Skyler Graves threw a distance of 129.20.
“I was so happy. I placed a few times last year, but getting first was just amazing for me,” said Graves. “Last year, my P.R. for javelin was 115. Today I P.R.ed three times, all three throws.
Liberty senior Kyla Benner’s three-run homer in the third inning lifted the Hurricanes to a 5-3 victory over Bethlehem Catholic, and Brooke Zigmund’s throw to Kira Kuhns at home plate in the seventh inning assured a Hurricane win over the Hawks last Friday at Liberty.
Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s softball teams won their season openers last Wednesday, but Liberty lost its first of the season against Easton 1-0.
“I thought we played an outstanding game,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “Everything we told them to do, they did it and more. We just didn’t score the runs.”
The Hurricanes left the bases loaded in the fourth inning after Liberty center fielder Mikayla Ruppert was intentionally walked.
Liberty’s softball team played its second game of the season against Hazleton on Saturday when the Hurricanes lost 3-2 at Liberty.
The Hurricanes had an opportunity for a first-inning lead after Paige Zigmund hit a line drive up the middle, Kyla Benner hit a single, and Julie Curti reached first base on an error, but the Hurricanes had miscommunication on the bases, which ended the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Mikayla Ruppert had a double, was awarded third base because of interference, and scored on an RBI by Alexa Burger.
The Liberty Hurricanes opened the 2018 track and field season with an 83-67 victory for the girls’ team over Easton and an 87-62 victory for the boys’ team also over Easton last Wednesday at Easton.
First place finishers for the Hurricane girls were Payton Shaffer in the 100 in 12.8 and in the 200 in 26.6.
Greta Stuckey won the 800 in 2:26.5.
Liberty’s girls won all three relay events, the 4x1 in 51.9, the 4x4 in 4:10.1, and the 4x8 in 10:16.8.
Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team has been fortunate in that the Hawks were able to get outside practice time before last week’s snowstorm in preparation for the 2018 season.
“We were able to practice on the turf in the back of the school; of course, we have to share that with track, and baseball, and lacrosse, but we were able to get 45 to 50 minutes a day,” said Becahi softball coach Rich Mazza.
The Hawks hope their season opener will take place against Parkland on Wednesday, but that depends on how fast the snow melts and the field conditions at Parkland.
Freedom High School softball coach Nora Lorady will be looking to seniors Julia Roman, Maddy Sheffer, Leah Thomas, and Samantha Barton for necessary leadership for the 2018 season.
“We have really good leadership, and good speed, good hitting. A bunch of them are out hitting on their own today,” said Lorady, the day after last week’s snowstorm. “They will be helpful in our success. We’re pretty aggressive and we’re ready.”
Roman will play center field, Sheffer will be at first base, Thomas will be at shortstop or second base, and Barton will play right field.
Because the Liberty Hurricanes are a team with not as much varsity experience as others, Coach Sam Carrodo and his staff will be working on maturing the team during the 2018 season.
“That’s going to be the goal, to get them ready for the next two years,” Carrodo said. “We’re going to win some games; just maybe not a district championship.”
Returning for the Hurricanes are seniors Mikayla Ruppert, Apryl Cruz, Kyla Benner, and Brooke Zigmund.
Kira Kuhns, also a senior, is a relative newcomer, who played some softball her sophomore year.
Last year, softball teams in the East Penn Conference participated in a Play Purple Day for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness, inspired by Nazareth player Toni Anne Hahn, and suggested by her coach Tony Cocca.
This year, the EPC softball teams will participate in Play Electric Blue Day for Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome Awareness, inspired by Owen Howkins, and suggested by Liberty coach Sam Carrodo.
Owen is the boy from England whom Carrodo first saw on an ESPN documentary, which told the story of Owen’s rare muscle disease and his bond with his dog Haatchi.