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Pates look for encore

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse program will look to build off what they accomplished last season when they made a run to the District 11 quarterfinals.

The Pates finished 14-7 a year ago and hope to build on that with head coach Charis Innarella back at the helm.

“We have an awesome group of players who are very coachable,” said Innarella. “This team has been putting in the work and continues to push and support each other everyday.”

LHS girls eye postseason

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After finishing last season with a 5-12 record, Liberty’s girls lacrosse team is hoping they can take a leap into postseason contention.

Laurie Muller enters her third season at the helm of the program and expects to take steps forward from last year’s campaign.

“My goal for our team is to make the playoffs for the first time,” said Muller. “I feel that we have the ability to make a presence this year in the league and force competitive games.”

Young Hawks team looking to battle

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Youth will be a theme for Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team this season, but head coach Mike Grasso won’t let that stop the Hawks from pursuing their goals this season.

Grasso, who enters his 32nd season, is always optimistic about his team’s chances.

“You know we have a young team and a young group of pitchers,” he said, “but these kids are working hard and I’m sure that they’re going to fight to be very competitive.”

Pates back to defend

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After winning the District 11 6A title last season, Freedom now has the bull’s-eye on their backs heading into this spring.

The Pates, who won their first district title since 1999 last spring in a 2-1 win over Parkland, enter with expectations, but also with a lack of experience from last year’s Cinderella run through the district tournament as a seventh seed.

LHS looks to be back in contention

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

If Andy Pitsilos is the coach of Liberty’s baseball program the goals will never change. The Hurricanes are coming off a 17-6 campaign last season, which saw them make a run to the District 11 6A semifinals. Pitsilos expects the team to be in similar position this spring, as the Hurricanes hope to continue to reload.

“Our outlook for the team and our goals never change,” Pitsilos said. “We want to win our division, then the league, and then the district title and compete in states. With the team we have all of our goals can be achieved.”

Article By: Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

EPC girls volleyball all-stars

The East Penn Conference volleyball all-stars for the fall saw Emmaus’ Caroline Bond coming away with MVP honors.

Liberty seniors Linda Perugini and Julia Burcin were both named to the first team list as well.

The complete all-star list is below.

First Team

Caroline Bond (MVP), senior, Emmaus; Rachel Hess, senior, Central; Lina Perugini, senior, Liberty; Maria Harding, senior, Nazareth; Macy Van Den Elzen, junior, Emmaus; Julia Burcin, senior, Liberty; Grace Steurer, senior, Parkland

Second Team

BC boys season ends

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s run through the PIAA basketball tournament came to a sudden end last week following the Hawks 69-57 loss to Lower Moreland at Souderton High School in the second round of the state tournament.

It marked the end of a tremendous season for the Hawks, who finished 26-4 and came away as champions of the East Penn Conference and the District 11 4A title.

Still, for head coach Scott McClary, his first season under the helm was filled with highlights, but ending the campaign prematurely leaves a sting.