Freedom came out swinging in their quest to topple Whitehall in the District 11 3A volleyball semifinals, but ultimately didn’t have enough punches to take down the Zephyrs last week.
Whitehall came back after dropping the first set to win three straight [21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-22]. The Zephyrs went on to knock off Parkland for the district championship, keeping their 22-0 undefeated season going.
Liberty roared through Parkland in the District 11 6A baseball semifinals thanks to a nine-run sixth inning, which catapulted them to an 11-4 victory over the weekend.
The win sets up a district finale between the Hurricanes (22-3) and Emmaus (13-11) on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park, which comes after Press deadlines.
The second-seeded Hurricanes clinched a spot in the PIAA tournament with Sunday’s win, but hope to add a gold medal to their resume this season after losing in the EPC championship game.
Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team had the weekend to prepare for the PIAA 2A tournament, as the Golden Hawks took on Lower Dauphin (15-4) in their state opener. The Hawks (13-9) were hoping to move to Saturday’s quarterfinal round with a win over the state’s eighth ranked team on Tuesday night, as those results are past Press deadlines.
Head coach Jeff Koch was hoping his team could rebound from their loss in the District I/11/XI subregional 2A championship to Holy Redeemer last week, as the Hawks fell in four games.
Freedom’s girls’ lacrosse season may have come to an end before an opportunity to reach the District 11 3A finals, but the Pates are still looking back fondly on what they accomplished this spring.
Freedom fell to Easton 21-12 in the district semifinals to wrap up its season at 13-6 with three of those losses coming at the hands of the Rovers this season.
Head coach Charis Innarella feels that despite the season ending without any hardware, that progress has continually been made.
The District 11 baseball postseason gets underway this week with the championship games from all classes taking place next week.
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic hope they can make runs through their respective 6A and 4A classes, while Northampton and Notre Dame look to build off their momentum from winning their league titles.
Below is the complete list of contests for all District 11 classifications. Teams are listed in order of where they sit in the bracket.
Whitehall has been Goliath this year on the volleyball court, but Freedom tried their best David act when things came to a head Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the District 11 3A tournament.
The Pates (19-4) and Zephyrs (21-0) were set for a rematch of the EPC championship, where Whitehall won in a three-game sweep. The results of last night’s contest were past Press deadlines, but head coach John Yanek felt his team had a fighting chance, despite being swept by the Zephs twice this season.
Liberty went through the entire East Penn Conference regular season without a hitch, winning all 16 of their league games. Then in last week’s EPC title game, they found out that none of that really mattered.
Northampton was able to topple the Hurricanes 3-1 for the EPC championship, giving the K-Kids the number-one seed in this week’s District 11 6A tournament.
It was a bitter pill for Liberty (20-3) to swallow not being able to finish the season with the league crown, as they haven’t won a league championship since 2003.
Freedom couldn’t take down Parkland in the girls East Penn Conference lacrosse tournament, but the Patriots may get another crack at them in the district tournament.
The Pates lost to the Trojans 17-10 last week in the conference semifinals, as Parkland went on to beat Easton 12-6 for the league crown Monday night.
Now, Freedom head coach Charis Innarella shifts her focus to the District 11 postseason, where they’ll likely enter as the third or fourth seed.
Last Friday’s rivalry showdown between Freedom and Liberty on the volleyball court had a lot riding on the line outside of bragging rights. A spot in Monday’s East Penn Conference volleyball semifinals was on the line and the Patriots made sure they were the ones making the four-team tourney, as they knocked off the Hurricanes in four games.
The Freedom girls lacrosse team have enjoyed a spring filled with plenty of victories, but now crunch time begins as the East Penn Conference tournament gets underway this week to mark the beginning of the postseason.
Freedom (13-4, 7-3) is the third seed in this week’s tournament and will take on Parkland (11-7, 9-1) Wednesday, May 8, at Northampton at 5:30.
Top-seeded Easton (13-3, 10-0) squares off against fourth-seeded Pleasant Valley (14-4, 7-3) in the other matchup, which is also at Northampton at 7:30 p.m.