Liberty learned some lessons last week, but they also put themselves in positions to make a run down the stretch.
The Hurricanes (8-5) went 2-1 last week with a win over Parkland in five games and a sweep over Dieruff, but suffered a midweek defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in four games.
With so much parity in the East Penn Conference this season, it’s no surprise to see teams taking each other down on a nightly basis and that’s what head coach Neiad Ammary is seeing from his group as they head down the final 10 days of the regular season.
The Freedom girls lacrosse team has kept their winning ways on track this season and appear on the road to solidifying an East Penn Conference tournament berth.
The Patriots (11-5) have two games left on the schedule following Monday’s 13-10 defeat to Saucon Valley, closing out this week against Liberty on Thursday night.
That should allow the Patriots to enter the EPC tourney apart of the four-team pack with Easton (11-2), Parkland (12-3) and Emmaus (9-6).
Bethlehem Catholic picked up a big win over the weekend and you can say the Golden Hawks really needed it.
The Hawks (6-7) were able to bust out for 16 hits in a 16-11 win over Freedom over the weekend to snap a two-game skid where they lost to sub .500 teams like Northampton (6-8) and Dieruff (2-11).
The win, to say the least, was big not only from the standpoint of playoff positioning, but also from a mental perspective.
Jeff Karam thought about his coaching future heading into the 2017-18 wrestling season.
And then he kept thinking about it more and more when his son, Luke, earned a starting spot on Lehigh’s wrestling team this season.
With Luke having three more years of eligibility, Jeff didn’t want to miss anymore of those moments.
After a decade of dominance, Jeff Karam stepped down as Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling coach last Friday, leaving behind a historical run with the program and opening up the doors for a new sheriff to take over the state’s top program.
A win over your rival is always a confidence booster. Pulling out a late game victory is even better, which is exactly what Freedom did last Friday night when they knocked off Liberty 5-2 at Coca-Cola Park.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth, the Pates scored five runs in the final two frames for the win and knock Liberty down from the throne of being the only previously undefeated team in the district.
The win also stopped a two-game losing streak by the Pates (7-3), who entered the game in a rough patch, losing three of their previous four contests.
Coming off a 1-16 season a year ago, Liberty’s girls lacrosse team certainly had room for improvement.
The Hurricanes have taken those steps forward this spring, but are looking for more.
Heading into this week the ’Canes were sporting a 4-8 record with six games left on the season to improve on that mark.
Monday’s 10-9 loss to Central Catholic still kept the team away from one of their major goals this season and that’s grabbing a league win.
Freedom’s volleyball team needed to regain some momentum and confidence after dropping matches to Parkland and Nazareth in successive fashion.
The Pates were able to get that cure with back-to-back wins over Bethlehem Catholic and Dieruff last week to push their mark to 7-3 heading into another big week of East Penn Conference action.
Freedom (8-3) has continued to hold their ground in the middle tier of the EPC powers and the wins last week proved to be big for head coach John Yanek as well.
Liberty recently announced 24 student-athletes that will continue their athletic careers at college’s this fall.
A handful of the signees will be heading to Division-I programs, as Eleni Prodes (field hockey, Penn State), Olivia Sahaydak (field hockey, Duke), Robert Negron (swimming, Pittsburgh), Chris Chambers (swimming, Lehigh), Jaden Vazquez (football, Fordham) and Grace Mittl (track and field, Richmond).
The full list of signees is below.
Kaitlyn Falco — Wilkes University
Maggie Haupt- Frostburg State University
Baseball has been a staple in Mike Grasso’s life, and last Saturday marked another milestone in the extensive coaching career of the Bethlehem Catholic mainstay.
Grasso coached his 900th baseball game in the Hawks 8-7 victory Saturday afternoon over Nazareth.
The Hawks (3-2) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out the win, giving them their third straight victory following an 0-2 start.
Liberty is looking to continue their undefeated start to the season this week with a slate of three games aimed to keep them atop of the East Penn Conference, as well as maintain their status as the only undefeated team in District 11.
The Hurricanes (6-0) boosted their confidence with last week’s 8-2 victory over Parkland (5-1), giving them their biggest win of the season.
For head coach Andy Pitsilos, being able to beat a program like Parkland was just another indicator at how good this year’s team can end up being.