Liberty’s volleyball team brings plenty of experience heading into spring and that usually equates to success on the court.
With veteran coach Neiad Ammary entering his 15th season at the helm, the Hurricanes, who finished 10-8 last year, look to improve upon that mark and hopefully have a bigger push through the District 11 tournament.
Editor’s note: The Becahi girls semifinal game took place after Press deadlines.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team cruised again this past Saturday when they defeated Danville, 60-37, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal at Hazleton High School.
Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier came out in the second quarter firing two consecutive threes, and the Hawks were off and running.
Despite a strong second half by Freedom’s girls’ basketball team, the Patriots were unable to overcome an 18-point deficit in the first half and were knocked out of the PIAA State Class 6A tournament by Garnet Valley, 62-40, last Tuesday at Souderton High School
“I think we blew a great opportunity. They took the game to us. There’s no doubt about it,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “We didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half. We didn’t play the way we know how to play. We were intimidated by their size.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team got in some extra days of practice due to its season opener scheduled for last Thursday against Nazareth at Illick’s Mill.
“It feels good,” said senior Stephen Botek. “We still have some improvements to make, but I think for the most part, we have a solid group of kids, good team chemistry and we can only get better from here.”
Freshman Curt Gruber is the Hawks’ number one singles player this year, Botek is at two singles, and Gabe Velez is at three singles.
Botek and Velez were doubles players last year, although not together.
This season might shape up to be a memorable run for Freedom’s volleyball team, as the Patriots return their entire squad from last year’s 15-6 campaign.
Head coach John Yanek, coming into his 28th season, has high expectations for the group, as they hope to be in district and conference title contention.
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.
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
The East Penn Conference boys’ tennis season was slated to have begun on March 11, weather permitting.
Liberty’s courts were clear of snow as of March 10, and Hurricane coach Chris Conrad expects that other schools’ courts are also clear since Liberty is one of the last courts to dry.
In the meantime, the Hurricanes had an opportunity to get some matches under their belts along with players from Parkland and Muhlenberg High Schools on March 9 at a junior team tennis event sponsored by the USTA.
The Steel’s opening match of 2019 against Birmingham Legion FC was the 100th match in charge for Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke. Burke has amassed a 33-40-27 record across all competitions in his four seasons with Steel FC. Burke has helped managed the Steel to two USL Cup Playoffs births, including leading the club to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the first time in the club’s modern-era founding.
Bethlehem Catholic won the District 11 2A title last season and the Hawks show no signs that they want to relinquish that crown.
Despite bringing in a team with no seniors this year, head coach Jeff Koch doesn’t think it’ll be a rebuilding season for the Hawks, who finished last year 9-8.
Suburban Dart League
St. Paul’s 42 21 .667
Star of Beth 43 26 .623
Bath Luth 39 27 .591
Dryland 39 30 .565
Emmanuel 34 35 .493
Christ UCC 33 36 .478
Ebenezer 32 37 .464
Light of Christ 30 3 .435
Salem UCC 27 39 .409
St. Stephen’s 27 42 .394
Farmersville 26 40 .391
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Salem UCC (5-0, 9-2)
S - Bill Rinker 7-13, Bob Krause 6-14, Kim Bush 5-13 2HR, HRs - Sherry Bush, Kierstin Saeger.
C - Ron Wagner 7-14, George Gasper 5-11, Garry Smith HR.