Bethlehem Catholic’s number two doubles tennis team of Maureen Mazza and Gabby Duffy clinched the gold medal at the EPC Tennis Tournament last week at Freedom High School.
Mazza and Duffy defeated Parkland’s Joanna Wu and Jess Marks 10-5, but it was their prior match, against Easton’s Morgan Colver and Kaitlin Grogg that propelled them to the finals victory.
Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ cross country teams were swept by Parkland last Tuesday at Illick’s Mill.
Five Trojans crossed the finish line in succession led by Hailemichael Geiger who had a time of 16:47.
Freedom’s Isaac Gross came in eighth, Wil Cacciatore placed 15th, Josh Noel was 17th, and Kevin Pollock placed 19th. Adam Boyer was 23rd, and Nick Bauer was 27th.
Liberty boys’ soccer coach Jason Horvath walked toward his team with a controlled fist pump as the Hurricanes ran off the field, visibly proud, after defeating Emmaus 3-1 last Thursday, and for the Hurricanes, it had been a long time coming.
“This was big,” said Hurricane defender, Evan Larimer. “My brother played here for four years, and we never beat Emmaus. Emmaus was the team that knocked us out of districts last year.”
Liberty scored early in the first half on a goal by Abe Meral, but the Hornets responded on a goal by Evan Charlesworth.
Liberty’s girls’ cross country team swept its three opponents, topping Parkland 26-29, Allen 15-50, and Dieruff 15-50 last Tuesday at Illick’s Mill.
The Hurricanes had eight runners place in the top 25.
Raisa Kochmaruk came in first with a time of 18:52. Belle Weikert was third, Grace Haas was seventh, and Alicia Valladares was eighth.
Cara Kuykens placed 13th, Evelyn Sharken placed 17th, Katie Henry was 23rd, and Greta Stuckey was 24th.
Bethlehem Catholic striker, Joe Hawach, made good on his I.O.U. to coach Anthony Briody on Saturday, scoring the winning goal in double overtime against Whitehall.
“Well, being a starting striker, it’s expected to score, but I had nothing the last two games,” Hawach said.
Perhaps it was Briody’s friendly reminder from the sideline that gave Hawach some extra determination in the final minutes of overtime to give the Hawks a 2-1 win.
“It was incredible,” Hawach said. “The lights, the rain, double overtime. It was incredible.”
Better execution overall would have made the difference for the Freedom Patriot girls’ soccer team in its 0-0 draw against Northampton on Friday because, as coach Bob Eaton, said, it’s never just any one thing.
“Keep it simple,” Eaton said.
Northampton coach Chaz Saul said that other games have not been quite as frustrating for the K-Kids, so consistency will make a difference in the future.
“If we can get more consistent, we’ll stay around,” Saul said. “Our offense needs work, [for example] instead of passing, strike.”
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team added a win and a loss to its record last week, while Bethlehem Catholic fell to Whitehall on Monday.
The Hurricanes defeated East Stroudsburg South last Wednesday 4-1.
Madison Muller scored on an assist by Mia DelCorso towards the end of the first half, and on an assist by Olivia Askerneese towards the end of the second half. Merve Okumus scored a restart goal with 2:39 left in the game.
Gabrielle Bonnar made 21 saves for East Stroudsburg South, and Jess Becker made four saves for Liberty.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team succeeded in leaving last year’s win-loss record behind them by scoring a 3-2 overtime victory against Notre Game-Green Pond on Saturday, putting the Hawks at four wins as of this past weekend.
The Hawks struck first against the Crusaders when Joe Hawach scored from in front of the goal 12 minutes into the first half, assisted by Michael Spirk.
Notre Dame tied the game when Pat Elward put in a corner kick.
Freedom girls’ soccer coach Bob Eaton was just happy to be breathing after the Patriots’ 3-2 double overtime victory over Bethlehem Catholic last Tuesday night.
“We’re getting back to playing our game, our style,” said Eaton. “I felt we outplayed them in the second half. We did well against their transition.”
The Hawks almost took a 2-0 lead into halftime, but Freedom forward, Jaiden Coyne, put the Patriots on the scoreboard with 4:36 left in the first half on an assist by Ava Markle.
Liberty freshman, Belle Weikert, took second place behind Pleasant Valley’s Lizz Eberhardt during Liberty, Freedom, and host Bethlehem Catholic’s first girls’ cross country dual meet last Tuesday at Illick’s Mill.
“It was kind of cool, but kind of scary because I got lost, but I found [my way] pretty quickly,” Weikert said. “I was following the yellow tape, but then I followed the arrows.”
Eberhardt’s time was 19:16, and Weikert’s time was 20:42.