Freedom spent the first 40 minutes of Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls soccer quarterfinals trying to read and react against Pleasant Valley’s defense.
The Patriots had it figured out in the second half.
An early second-half goal from Haley Gschrey lifted Freedom past the Bears 1-0 and into the EPC semifinals. The Patriots will play No. 2 seed Emmaus Tuesday.
Nathan Rosahac prides himself on working hard on the field, in the classroom and in the community.
The Jim Thorpe senior was recognized for his efforts Sunday night.
Rosahac was honored at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter’s Awards banquet, winning the Albert M. Beneck Memorial Scholarship as the top scholar athlete.
Spooky season? Not for Lehighton.
This is when the Indians feast.
A district runner-up the last two years, Lehighton enter this postseason as the top contender for the crown - and with a target on their back.
Don’t expect the Tribe to buckle under the weight of those expectations.
Lehighton lived up to its billing as the No. 1 seed with a 3-1 win over Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class A semifinals on Monday.
The treat? The Indians will play Northwestern in the championship game on Wednesday, Halloween.
The Hurricanes set the tone early against Pleasant Valley, forcing a safety on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage.
Forced to start from its own 2-yard line after a punt, Liberty’s defense swarmed Pleasant Valley tailback Nasai Moon in the end zone for a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.
Rushing scores from Nasir Legree (120 yards) and Roberto Rivera on their next two possessions gave the Hurricanes a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
A glance at the six finalists in the 2014 PIAA Volleyball Championships revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.
Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.
Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.
Bethlehem Catholic's victory over Fort LeBoeuf in the PIAA Class AA volleyball championship match was, in a number of ways, a fitting end to the tournament for the Golden Hawks.
In advancing to the final, Bethlehem Catholic had gone four sets in its first three matches of the tournament.
This past Saturday, it took the Golden Hawks five sets to overcome a 2-1 deficit to claim the program's first state championship with a 20-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12, 15-8 triumph over the Bison.
Prior to Saturday's final in the Class AAA 300-meter hurdle race at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, Bethlehem Catholic's Freddie Simmons had a simple objective – medal.
What the Golden Hawks' junior got was that, and much more.
Simmons used a strong start to claim an impressive second place finish, a result he was admittedly thrilled with afterwards.
"My mentality was just to go all out and see what I could do," Simmons said. "I knew that I didn't run my best time yesterday (in the semifinals)…and I just kind of had an underdog mentality."
When the 2014 PIAA Championships came to an end late Saturday afternoon, there was little doubt that the best team was Bethlehem Catholic.
The Golden Hawks' Jake Riegel, Luke Karam and Zeke Moisey all earned gold for the first time, while six others placed to help the program earn the team title with a state record 138.5 points.
For Moisey, the honor was a long time coming after the senior finished second the last two years.
Entering this weekend's Class AA Southeast Regional tournament, expectations for the Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team were admittedly high.
The Golden Hawks did, after all, capture seven gold medals in last week's 2A District 11 championships.
With the stakes high and a chance to advance to this week's PIAA Championships on the line, the team did not disappoint.
Luke Karam (113), Zeke Moisey (126), Nick Cortopassi (170) and Andrew Dunn (220) all claimed regional titles, while seven others secured spots in Hershey by finishing in the top-five.
Expectations were high for Sage Karam entering Saturday's Pocono 100, and for good reason.
The Nazareth Area High School senior, and son of Liberty wresting coach Jody Karam, entered the race with the points lead in the Firestone Indy Lights Series after claiming the previous two races at Milwaukee and Iowa, respectively.
The event had additional significance for Karam, one of two Americans in the field, who was racing close to home on the Fourth of July weekend.