The championship aspirations for Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic came to a close last week in the District 11 volleyball tournaments. as both teams were ousted from their respective tourney’s via sweeps.
Liberty (16-4) fell in three games to Parkland in the 4A semifinals, while Becahi (16-6) couldn’t overturn a regular season loss to Southern Lehigh in a sweep in their 3A semifinal.
Both Parkland and Southern Lehigh went on to win their respective classes.
While some may think that looking at Pottsville on paper might be a walk in the park for Bethlehem Catholic this Saturday, head coach Joe Henrich there’s nothing more than further from the truth. The Hawks (7-4) will make an early morning road trip for a 12 p.m. kickoff at Pottsville (9-2) this weekend in their District 11 4A semifinals after dispatching Blue Mountain 24-6 last week.
We’re getting down to the wire here of the high school season with season’s ending for several teams in the top-10 a week ago, with more to come this week.
This week’s Freedom-Parkland game is massive in 6A, while Central Catholic and Northwestern highlight the weekend’s other marquee contest.
The 5A title game between Southern Lehigh and East Stroudsburg South also pits two teams from other conferences in an interesting matchup.
With that said, let’s see who survives another week.
1. Nazareth (10-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
It wasn’t a historic passing night for Freedom and it wasn’t a mercy rule victory, but it was enough to push the Patriots into the District 11 6A semifinals following last week’s 42-21 win over Emmaus.
Instead of passing at will on the Hornets like Freedom did during their regular season encounter, the Pates (10-1) churned out 243 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns to eventually pull away from a feisty Emmaus (5-6) squad.
Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.
Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are both hoping to make District 11 runs in the field hockey tournaments when they get underway.
The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (15-5) traveled to fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East (14-4-1)on Tuesday in the opener of the 3A tournament, which was past Press deadlines. Liberty was unfortunately placed in the top half of the bracket with top-seeded Emmaus (21-0), giving them an exact tournament route as they saw in the EPC tournament.
Liberty and Freedom find themselves in similar positions to their 2018 affair when both teams meet up this Saturday at 1 p.m. at BASD Stadium.
The Hurricanes (3-6) need a win and some help to sneak into the District 11 postseason, while Freedom (8-1) is aiming for the city title and the top-seed in districts.
A year ago, Liberty needed to win to clinch a district berth and used a run of five straight second half turnovers by the Patriots to score a 29-10 upset victory that ruined Freedom’s shot at their first undefeated regular season in school history.
To say that Bethlehem Catholic’s performance on the road last weekend at Emmaus was a disappointment would be an understatement. The Hawks suffered one of the worst losses in the Joe Henrich era, stumbling to an average Emmaus team by a 27-13 margin and giving them more questions than answers heading into a pivotal week 10 clash at home Friday night against Central Catholic.
The anticipation of the Holy War will certainly boost the competitive juices for everyone in the brown and gold, but can the Hawks find their footing moving forward?
Liberty may be the top seed in the District 11 4A subregional volleyball tournament, but the Hurricanes face a difficult road if they want to make a run to the final.
Liberty opens the tournament Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Nazareth and Stroudsburg in the quarterfinal round.
When a quarterback plays nearly flawless football, the chances of that team winning are exceedingly high. When your quarterback sets single game records, well, you know how this will end.
Jared Jenkins put on a passing clinic in Freedom’s 63-28 mercy-rule win over Emmaus last week and it was a night to remember for the senior signal caller.
Jenkins set Freedom single-game records with 426 yards and 25 completions (on 29 attempts) to go along with four touchdown passes, as the Patriots (7-1) had little trouble eventually pulling away from Emmaus (4-4).