Liberty junior Olivia Sahaydak was determined to win a district gold medal in the 800 meter run after winning a conference silver medal, so she made some changes to her strategy and clinched the gold at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“At the end, I needed to have a kick. Last week [at conferences] I had to hang on for dear life,” Sahaydak said.
This time, Sahaydak changed her tactic and stuck with the group for the first lap and a half.
The Liberty Hurricanes won their first game of the East Penn Conference softball playoffs against Whitehall, 4-0, last Friday at Liberty before losing to Emmaus 3-2 in the semifinal on Monday night at Pates Park.
The Hornets had a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning until Liberty catcher Cailin Donegan tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
Emmaus’s Abby Bartels hit a home run in the top of the eighth inning, and Liberty left two runners on base in the bottom of the eighth.
Bethlehem Catholic advanced to the semifinal round of the East Penn Conference Softball Tournament but lost to Parkland 4-1 on Monday night at Pates Park.
The Hawks were hoping for redemption after an earlier season loss to the Trojans.
“I thought we played extremely well against Parkland [the first time] even though we lost,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, “but I take the blame because sometimes I think I try to get them too pumped up.”
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.