Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 15, 2018

Liberty knocks off Becahi in semifinals

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In a Bethlehem rematch that stood at 1-1 from the regular season, Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed in the East Penn Conference softball semifinal last Thursday when the Hurricanes defeated the Hawks, 5-2, at Pates Park in Allentown.

“I was a little nervous going in, but I had a little break since Nazareth, so my arm felt good,” said winning pitcher Paige Zigmund.

LHS boys track has 11-0 regular season

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes boys track and field team were honored at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School for their regular season conference championship which included an 11-0, undefeated season.

“It was a goal,” said Liberty coach Andy Messa. “Two years ago when Chris [D’Emilio] and I took over, the boys were 4-7. Last year, we turned it around to 7-4, and coming into this year we knew we had a pretty good team.

Seabrooks takes first

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic sprinter Zaheer Seabrooks clinched the gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the District XI Class 3A Boys Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.

“That was my best race all year. I was a hundred percent, and when I crossed the finish line, I looked at my teammate Joe Kurtz, and he was proud of me, and I was proud of him,” Seabrooks said.

Kurtz placed fourth with a time of 11.32. Seabrooks’s time was 11.25.

’Canes Greta Stuckey grabs first in the 800

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey clinched the gold medal in the 800 meter run last Thursday at the District XI Class 3A Girls Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School.

“It was good,” Stuckey said. “I knew [Katherine Ellmaker] was very close, especially the last lap. I could feel her right next to me, and I knew I had to go because my first lap was slower.”

Ellmaker, who is from Easton, came in second with a time of 2:19.25 to Stuckey’s time of 2:18.55.

LHS advances to finals, but falls to the Trojans

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In the second game of a doubleheader for Liberty last Thursday, the Hurricanes lost in the East Penn Conference softball final, 11-0, to the Parkland Trojans at Pates Park in Allentown.

“We’re not going to give any excuses. They beat us,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I know, it’s tough to play two games in one day, and you’ve got to face whatever uphill battle, and that’s what the girls did.”

’Canes win; Pates fall

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty center fielder Mikayla Ruppert hit a grand slam during the fourth inning in the Hurricanes’ 7-0 victory over Nazareth in an East Penn Conference softball playoff game on Monday at Nazareth.

The Blue Eagles were the top seed in the EPC tournament while the Hurricanes were the eighth seed.

Freedom, the sixth seed, lost to third-seeded Easton, 6-4, in their EPC playoff game on Friday at Easton.

Gruber, Lynn win doubles title

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn were crowned District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Champions after winning their match against Nazareth’s Gabe Knowles and Nate Tauber, 6-2, 6-0, last Thursday at Lehigh University.

“It feels good knowing that, coming into this, we weren’t necessarily the favorites, but we knew as long as we were playing well and working well together, we knew we had a really good opportunity and we did that,” said Gruber.

The Hurricanes trailed the Blue Eagles only once, and that was early in the first set.

Pates Marshburn takes fourth

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom senior Kyree Marshburn was a fourth place medalist at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.

Marshburn medaled in the 400 with a time of 51.71.

“This is a really competitive league so getting any kind of medal, any kind of recognition, you can only be happy,” Marshburn said. “My coach told me he wanted me to get to the first 200 meter mark with a high 22, low 23. I guess 250 meters in, 300 meters in, I just hit that wall, and when you hit that wall, it’s hard to fight through that.”

Liberty boys, girls take 3rd

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s track and field teams placed third at the East Penn Conference Championships where the girls scored 82 points overall and the boys scored 76 points overall last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.

Points were given for the top seven finishers in each event, and medals were awarded to the top four in each event.

Greta Stuckey was the only gold medal winner for the Hurricanes. The Liberty junior took first place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.54.