Children and youth soccer players ages 6-12 are invited to learn a variety of soccer skills and techniques at a free soccer clinic presented by the Bethlehem Steel FC June 16, 11:45 a.m., at the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest and Viewing Party at SteelStacks. The hands-on event, led by Bethlehem Steel FC and Philadelphia Union Academy staff and players, is open to the first 200 children who register at www.lvsoccerfest.com.
In a Bethlehem rematch that stood at 1-1 from the regular season, Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed in the East Penn Conference softball semifinal last Thursday when the Hurricanes defeated the Hawks, 5-2, at Pates Park in Allentown.
“I was a little nervous going in, but I had a little break since Nazareth, so my arm felt good,” said winning pitcher Paige Zigmund.
The Liberty Hurricanes boys track and field team were honored at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School for their regular season conference championship which included an 11-0, undefeated season.
“It was a goal,” said Liberty coach Andy Messa. “Two years ago when Chris [D’Emilio] and I took over, the boys were 4-7. Last year, we turned it around to 7-4, and coming into this year we knew we had a pretty good team.
100 – 1. Amanda Crooks (Whitehall) 12.26, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 12.41, 3. Alanna Smith (Emmaus) 12.60.
200 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 24.84, 2. Kylie Kutz (Blue Mtn.) 25.57, 3. Jalurah Moore (Pleasant Vy.) 26.03.
400 – 1. Talitha Diggs (Saucon Vy.) 56.61, 2. Jasmine Douglas-Grant (Stroudsburg) 58.17, 3. Ellissa Slader (Easton) 59.32.
800 – 1. Greta Stuckey (Liberty) 2:18.55, 2. Katherine Ellmaker (Easton) 2:19.25, 3. Emily Banashefski (Stroudsburg) 2:20.08.
Bethlehem Steel FC turned in a complete performance as the club picked up its first shutout of the year with a 3-0 win over rivals New York Red Bulls II in a midweek tilt at Goodman Stadium.
Bethlehem Catholic sprinter Zaheer Seabrooks clinched the gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the District XI Class 3A Boys Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
“That was my best race all year. I was a hundred percent, and when I crossed the finish line, I looked at my teammate Joe Kurtz, and he was proud of me, and I was proud of him,” Seabrooks said.
Kurtz placed fourth with a time of 11.32. Seabrooks’s time was 11.25.
It was the highlight shot of Alec Huertas’ career and one that kept Freedom’s postseason alive.
Huertas blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s District 11 6A opener to help push Freedom past Nazareth 5-3.
Trailing 3-2 heading into their final frame, things played out perfectly for the seventh-seeded Pates (13-9), as Jonah Mateo led off with a double, followed by Griffin Connelly’s bunt that moved Mateo to third and allowed Connelly to safely reach first.
Steelstacks in Bethlehem is again hosting their fourth Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley program that is two-days of presentations, hands-on activities, educational programs for the entire family. It’s an effort to promote what the great outdoors has to offer. The program is set for June 2-3 at Steelstacks.
Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey clinched the gold medal in the 800 meter run last Thursday at the District XI Class 3A Girls Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School.
“It was good,” Stuckey said. “I knew [Katherine Ellmaker] was very close, especially the last lap. I could feel her right next to me, and I knew I had to go because my first lap was slower.”
Ellmaker, who is from Easton, came in second with a time of 2:19.25 to Stuckey’s time of 2:18.55.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms went into Toronto on a mission to do something that no other team has done this postseason; beat the Marlies on their home ice. Toronto has gone 7-0 at home this postseason after winning all five home games in last year’s playoffs. While the effort was there, the result wasn’t and Toronto has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in games over the Phantoms in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship series. The series now returns to Lehigh Valley for the next three games.