Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team is showing they can compete with the best in the East Penn Conference. Now they have to go out and actually beat the top teams.
The Hawks are off to a 3-2 start with both of their losses coming to undefeated Parkland (5-0) and Whitehall (4-0) teams in five games.
In both of those of matches, the Hawks were able to sneak out wins in the first game before ultimately losing in five, but the signs of being great are there for Jeff Koch’s group.
Wins have not come easy for Liberty’s boys lacrosse program, but the Hurricanes hope that can change this spring.
Liberty is coming off a 1-14 season a year ago giving them their only win over the last two seasons, but head coach Shaughn Bittner thinks this year’s group can start making headway in the win column.
Joe Assise is the new lacrosse coach at Bethlehem Catholic and his goal is to keep improving on the steps the Golden Hawks have been taking recently heading into this spring.
Becahi finished last season 5-11, which was a program best for wins in a campaign, but that may be a daunting task for the program this year.
The struggle with that heading into 2017 is replenishing the roster, that lost a bulk of its players to graduation, which will now be relying on youth to plow through a rugged EPC season.
Expectations are high for Freedom’s boys lacrosse team coming off an EPC West divisional title a year ago.
The Pates bring back a talented group from last year’s 11-8 season, which ended in the District 11 3A quarterfinals to eventual champion Parkland.
Head coach Tony Fabrizio enters his third season leading the program and is confident this year’s group can keep rolling this spring.
Freedom’s girls lacrosse team made a run to the District 11 3A semifinals last season and Patriots hope they can keep growing their program this spring.
The Pates finished last season 13-7 before losing to EPC stalwart Easton 15-3 in the district semis, but moving into a top four finish in the class was an achievement that head coach Charis Innarella looks to build upon.
“Our expectations are high as we continue to build upon the successes of last season,” Innarella said. “These girls have a great work ethic and are extremely coachable.”
Getting an EPC win is the major goal for the girls lacrosse program at Liberty this season.
After a 1-17 finish last year, positive steps are what head coach Laurie Muller is looking for in her second season at the helm and that’s what has already occurred for the program, as the first week of April approaches and the Hurricanes have a 2-1 record in tact.
Liberty knocked off Quakertown 12-5 and Scranton Prep 10-9 before falling to Pleasant Valley 13-11 last week.
Potential might be the key word when describing Liberty’s volleyball team this season.
The Hurricanes return six starters from last season, but lost their most important offensive piece in all-star Samwel Omwega to graduation following last year’s 12-6 campaign.
But the Hurricanes have always been consistent under head coach Neiad Ammary and should be considered in the top tier of teams heading into this season, as Ammary is confident this year’s group can put results together to keep them in the conversation.
Freedom always finds a way to compete with the best in the EPC, so how will the Patriots fare in 2018?
Head coach Nick D’Amico knows he needs to replace some offensive production in the lineup, but is also confident the group coming back this spring will be one that should be able to compete for a District 11 playoff berth following last year’s 16-6 campaign.
Liberty’s 2017 spring was one for the record books. Now it’s time for their encore.
Coming off a 25-4 district championship campaign and a run to the state semifinals, Liberty comes back looking for more in 2018 with another highly talented, but young group under head coach Andy Pitsilos.
Last year’s win total was the best in school history, which came to a close in the PIAA 6A semifinals with a 12-0 loss to Pennsbury.
Now, Pitsilos enters this season with a young core returning, looking to defend their district title.
Mike Grasso will be celebrating a milestone of coaching his 900th baseball game this season, but he hopes his Bethlehem Catholic squad can celebrate a postseason berth in his 31st year at the helm of the program.
The Golden Hawks finished 6-15 last year, but should be in position to improve on that mark with a more experienced group.
They’ll need every win they can get in the EPC’S tough Steel Division, as the Hawks look to get back into the postseason.
Grasso is confident in this year’s group, as they look to bounce back from a down year.