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Patriots prep for District 11 playoffs

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

Pates prep for PHS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

LHS, FHS in race for leagues

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

Freedom honors college-bound athletes

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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;

LHS honors large student-athlete class

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

Legree to play in East-West game

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

Playoff chances coming down to wire

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.