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.
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.