It’s playoff time for local teams heading into the District 11 basketball tournament, as Liberty and Freedom both kick off this week’s action on the hard court.
The Hurricanes started the week with Tuesday’s contest against Pocono Mountain West (12-10) at home in an eight-nine matchup.
The two teams last met on January 3 and Liberty (12-10) blew them off the court courtesy of a 72-49 victory, but it’s safe to assume that things won’t be that easy this time around.
Freedom’s wrestling coach Dante Terenzio is taking a wait-and-see approach heading into this weekend’s District 11 wrestling tournament.
The Patriots will have 12 wrestlers in the mix, with three returning medalists, as Terenzio hopes this weekend will display his team’s potential.
With weeks to prepare for the District 11 wrestling tournament, Liberty hopes that injuries and their psyche have healed after bowing out of the District 11 team tournament a few weeks ago.
The Hurricanes look to get back on the mats, eager to prove themselves again when districts gets underway this Friday and Saturday at Memorial Gymnasium.
“We got banged up at team districts and I am trying to get the team at full strength again,” said head coach Jody Karam.
Bethlehem Catholic will strut into the District 11 3A tournament this weekend as favorites to come away with the team title, but the Hawks will also look to bring home some individual gold medals as the final three weeks of the postseason gets underway for wrestlers across the state.
Becahi returns four district champs and two runners-up from a year ago and hope to equal or better those numbers at this year’s tournament, as things kick off Friday afternoon at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ basketball team has had their fair share of close contests throughout the season, but the Hawks may have saved their best for last in the EPC championship Saturday at Easton Area Middle School when they took down Emmaus 46-44 for the league title.
Justin Paz’s layup with 2.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the finale and helped push Becahi (22-3) to their second straight conference crown.
Bethlehem Catholic coach Scott McClary still feels like his Golden Hawks have room for improvement and that may be a scary proposition for opposing teams heading into the postseason.
The Hawks (17-3, 13-1) enter the final week of the regular season first place in their division and the top-seed in the East Penn Conference with games against Dieruff (3-16) and Allen (11-7) this week.
With Becahi in prime position to head into the EPC playoffs with the number-one seed and only one regular season loss, McClary is taking it all in stride.
The Pennsylvania Field Hockey Coaches Association announced their 2018 all-state field hockey team.
Liberty’s Rayne Wright made first team honors, while a pair of teammates, Sadie Abboud and McKenna Burkhardt were named honorable mention.
In total, 23 athletes from the East Penn Conference and Colonial League were named to the teams.
The complete list is below:
The District 11 dual tournament kicks off this Thursday night to officially begin the postseason run for area teams with opening round 3A action taking place at Liberty and Northampton.
Freedom (eighth seed) will open with Emmaus (ninth seed) at 6 p.m. for the right to the on top-seeded Liberty at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Gymnasium.
The other opening round bout at Liberty features Nazareth (fifth seed) taking on Whitehall (12th seed), with the winner moving on to take on Stroudsburg (fourth seed).
The basketball spotlight of the Lehigh Valley was front and center at Bethlehem Catholic last night, as the Golden Hawks hosted Freedom in the marquee battle of the season in the East Penn Conference. With both teams battling for the top spot in the conference, Tuesday’s showdown, which happened after Press deadlines, would play a pivotal role in the league playoff race.
Freedom (15-3) saw its 11-game win streak snapped last week in a 76-59 loss to Easton, but the Pates rebounded with wins over Bangor, Dieruff and Pocono Mountain East heading into Tuesday’s tilt.
Freedom High School inducted a new Hall of Fame class on Friday, Jan. 25, before the boys’ varsity basketball game against Dieruff.
This year’s class included: Scott Tuner, Michael Lawrence, Beth (Crocus) Kondorossy, Lauretta Dezubay Harbilas and the 1973 baseball team.
A brief bio for each inductee is below:
Scott Turner was a three-time Northeast Regional champ in wrestling at Freedom. He went on to become a two-time All-American, a three-time ACC champion and a national champ at North Carolina State in 1988.