Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic both took steps in the right direction following victories last weekend to open up the second half of the regular season.
The Patriots (5-1) dispatched Pocono Mountain West easily last week 42-8 and Bethlehem Catholic (4-2) bounced back from their uninspiring defeat to Nazareth the week before to handle a winless Whitehall squad to the tune of 42-17.
After an easy game last week, Freedom now enters a pivotal week with a road trip to Easton (6-0) Friday night to take on the undefeated Rovers.
With the field hockey season winding down, Liberty is heading down the stretch hot.
The Hurricanes (11-3) are winners of five straight as they head into this week’s contests with Stroudsburg (8-5) and Emmaus (14-0). It’ll be a challenging week for Liberty, as they continue to jockey for position in the EPC playoff race, where they currently sit a game behind Easton (10-3) for fourth place.
With a District 11 3A berth already well in hand, the ‘Canes are playing to keep momentum and improve their positioning heading into the postseason.
Last week we saw Nazareth fall for the first time this season. Was it the eventual slip that most teams in the EPC face, or are there cracks in the foundation?
The lone EPC team to remain undefeated is Easton following its win over Central Catholic over the weekend, but the Rovers haven’t been truly tested yet.
That changes this week with Freedom coming to town.
Parkland’s win over the Blue Eagles could be a sign they’re gearing up at the right time, while the Colonial League battle between Southern Lehigh and Northwestern could decide the league crown.
As we arrive at midseason of the poll, it’s become quite clear that Nazareth is one of the most fun teams to watch in the area, as well as the top squad.
The Blue Eagles made plenty of mistakes in last week’s win over Bethlehem Catholic, but still walked away with a convincing win. It shows that even on a bad night, the Anthony Harris-led squad is a problem for teams to handle.
The Blue Eagles have another hurdle this week taking on Parkland, but unless someone finds a way to stop Harris, nobody will be taking down the Blue Eagles.
Brandon Hall doesn’t see his new coaching gig as much pressure, more so as an honor.
After sitting out last season on the sidelines, it didn’t take long to lure the 43-year old South Mountain social studies teacher back to the wrestling room.
Hall was approved by the Bethlehem Area School District Monday night to become the fifth head coach in Liberty wrestling history. He takes over for the legendary Jody Karam, who resigned this summer after a 26-year stint as LHS boss, walking away as the winningest coach in program history with a 362-150-1 record.
Things did not go great for Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night in Nazareth. As the fourth quarter slowly came to an end, Becahi’s lead drummer from the band performed a solo act in the stands, which was the most entertainment fans got in the final stanza. A week after pummeling Parkland, Becahi fell flat in a 27-13 defeat to the undefeated Blue Eagles (5-0).
It was a loss that left head coach Joe Henrich visibly frustrated on a night where the offense was held to 90 yards rushing and the defense finally broke down late in the second half.
Liberty will be looking to lock up a playoff berth this week, as the Hurricanes are sitting on the cusp of a District 11 spot with seven games to play.
The Hurricanes (8-3) have split their last six games after a 5-0 start, suffering one goal defeats to Easton (9-1), Pocono Mountain East (10-0-1) and Parkland (9-0).
All three of those teams, along with Emmaus (10-0), have already clinched district berths and are in the top tier of teams in the area.
Liberty hopes that they can join them in that category, despite their recent string of narrow defeats.
Jason Roeder made sure his players remembered a barrage of Nazareth students storming the BASD turf last Friday night.
In the aftermath of a 35-33 victory by the Blue Eagles on Freedom’s home turf, the Pates brass was left ruminate in their first loss of the season to an upstart Nazareth squad that traded blows all night and made a final defensive stop on a two-point conversion to preserve victory.
Liberty’s volleyball squad got a test Monday night and the Hurricanes passed again, as they handed Central Catholic (5-1) their first defeat of the season in a three-game sweep (25-17, 25-13, 25-15) to remain the only undefeated team in the District 11 4A class.
The Hurricanes (6-0) earned the sweep with the help of Ashley Houchens (14 kills) and Elizabeth Flynn (11 kills, 17 digs) scoring, as well as Jamie Byrne’s 26 assists and 13 digs.
Bethlehem Catholic’s field hockey team has been on a surge as of late, but can the Golden Hawks keep the momentum going into this week?
The Hawks were riding a four-game win streak into this week and pushed their record to 5-3 overall to have them ranked second in the District 11 Class A rankings.
Wins over Notre Dame, East Stroudsburg North, Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain West evaporated a 1-3 start, which saw them lose three straight to the likes of Easton, Liberty and Emmaus.