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.”
Liberty senior Dan Lynn won the silver medal at the District 11 Class 3A Singles Tennis Tournament after competing against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber who won the finals match 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
“Of course, I wanted gold, but it’s a good feeling, silver,” said Lynn. “I just wanted to come in and play my game, go for his backhand, and come to the net.”
In the first set, three games went to deuce, and in the seventh game, Lynn was picking up momentum, scoring three big points, one of which was a crosscourt at the net.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team throwers propelled the Hawks to a 78.50-65.50 victory over Freedom last week with first, second, and third place finishes in each event.
Rachel Tanczos won the shot put with a distance of 35-04, Julia Zambo was second with a distance of 31-09, and Sarah Baumann was third with a distance of 31-03.
Tanczos also won the discus with a distance of 128-11, followed by Tessa Zamolyi with a distance of 102-01, and Zambo, who had a distance of 84-09.
When Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo called a team meeting one day last month, the Hurricanes thought they were being gathered to review plays; instead, they received unexpected inspiration from a boy named Owen and his dog Haatchi.
Owen Hawkins is a nine-year-old boy from London, England whom Carrodo met on Facebook after watching an ESPN documentary on Owen’s struggle with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a rare muscle disease, which then led to Owen’s agoraphobia.
Bethlehem Catholic High School track and field coach Fred Rice has his hands full with 157 athletes on the roster this year, and he couldn’t be happier.
In addition, the Hawks have finally found a place to practice since Becahi does not have a track.
“Our A.D. Chris Domyan called Freedom’s A.D. Nate Stannard and asked if they would have any time availability, and then their new coach Ben Reph and I figured out what to do, how to lock up, and things like that,” said Rice. “They were so nice, and we are so thankful to them.”
Liberty’s number two doubles tennis team of Luke Conrad and David Lynn have advanced to the final of the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which will be continued at a time to be determined after being postponed because of rain last Saturday at Freedom High School.
Conrad and Lynn will face Parkland’s Kishan Unjia and Jesse Hence.
“I think it will be a challenge,” said Lynn. “Hopefully, we will do our best and go out and win. Our serves have been good all season. A lot of times, if we’re winning big, [Coach Leo Schnalzer] doesn’t go too deep with coaching.”
When Bethlehem Catholic pitcher Tatum Kresley was asked if she needed to come out of the game during the sixth inning of the Hawks’ game against Freedom last Thursday, her response was heck no, and Kresley and the Hawks proceeded to finish off the Patriots 8-3.
“I was feeling really, really good except for the sixth inning. I got a little tired,” said Kresley.
The Patriots strung together three hits to load the bases when Julia Roman doubled, Jana Boksan singled, and Shay Banas had a base hit.
Liberty tennis players Dan Lynn, Louis Gruber, and Jacob Berg have advanced to the finals in the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which was played last Friday and Saturday at Freedom High School.
Lynn began his match against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber at number one singles, but it was stopped due to rain and will be continued at time to be determined.
Down 2-5, Lynn won the second game and the seventh game on Saturday.