The race for the final EPC playoff spot in boys’ volleyball will likely come down to Friday’s regular season finale date and both Liberty and Freedom will be squarely in the mix.
The Pates (15-3, 11-3) and Hurricanes (11-3, 10-3) meet on Friday at Memorial Gymnasium in what could determine who gets the fourth and final spot in the league playoffs.
With Whitehall (14-0) being the only team that has locked in a spot in next week’s tournament, the race for the final three spots will come down to Parkland (12-2, 11-2), Emmaus (12-3, 12-3), as well as Liberty and Freedom.
The East Penn Conference baseball tournament gets underway this weekend and Liberty is in the pole position to take home the top seed when actions gets underway Saturday at noon.
Who the Hurricanes (17-2) will be playing is still up in the air, as the regular season closes out this week with contests past Press deadlines.
Freedom announced 20 student-athletes that will be continuing their athletic and academic careers at the next level last week.
Members from the Patriots District 11 championship football and boys’ soccer teams are represented in the list below:
Zachary Fereno, Arcadia University, Soccer; Justin Szaro, Moravian College, Boys Tennis; Ashley Clymer, Gwynedd Mercy, Track & Field; Shannon Connelly, Moravian College, Track and Field;
Liberty held their annual college signing day last Friday, as they celebrated the accomplishments of 42 seniors moving on to play and continue their education at the collegiate level.
The 42 member signing is one of the largest Liberty athletic director Fred Harris has led during his time at Liberty.
Below is the complete list of students moving onto the college scene.
Cross Country/ Track and field: Rachel Byrne - Moravian College, Greta Stuckey - Marist College.
While Liberty may be on cruise control heading into the final two weeks of the baseball regular season, Bethlehem Catholic will be fighting for every last drop with four games left on the calendar.
The 2019 PSFCA East-West football game will take place this Sunday, May 5, in Altoona.
The contest features some local flare with Liberty running back Nasir Legree (Bloomsburg) being the only Bethlehem native on the roster.
Nazareth’s Nick Viva (TE, Lackawanna College), Emmaus’ Izaiah McPherson (DB, West Chester) and Ethan Mordaunt (DT, Jim Thorpe) will join Legree on the East squad.
The head coach of the West will be Larry Wiser from Clarion High School and the East head coach will be Joe Headen from Susquehanna Twp. High School.
Freedom’s boys lacrosse team will be fighting for their playoff lives with only days left in the regular season.
The Patriots came into the week at 5-8 overall needing wins to solidify a spot, as they take on Saucon Valley (6-5), Northwestern (14-6) and Parkland (14-0) this week.
Getting to the .500 mark would be crucial for the Pates chances, but that may be slim, considering Thursday’s affair comes against Parkland, who has had its way with each of their opponents this season.
Freedom’s volleyball team is winners of eight-straight and the Pates want more.
Equipped with a 13-2 mark on the season heading into the week, John Yanek’s troops will have an opportunity to prove themselves this week with a pivotal match against Parkland (10-2) on Friday night.
The matchup with the Trojans will give the Pates an opportunity to get some revenge, or at least gauge their strength since losing in three games to Parkland earlier this season.
Freedom’s girls lacrosse has been at the top of the District 11 power rankings all season, but the Patriots will get to see what their status is on Wednesday when they take on arguably the league’s top squad in a rematch at Easton.
Freedom (10-2) lost to the Rovers (7-2) earlier this season by a 20-10 count.
Freedom’s boys lacrosse had won three-straight games and pushed themselves back into the playoff mix with their latest string of victories.
Unfortunately that streak ended with a 13-2 loss to Central.
The Pates, now 5-6 overall, topped Pleasant Valley, Liberty and Nazareth in their recent win streak, including last Monday’s 13-12 win over the Blue Eagles.