The Liberty High School golf team once again brought home the hardware, capturing the District 11 team title after also winning the East Penn Conference title two weeks ago.
The Hurricanes lost to teams like Emmaus and Parkland during the regular season, but leading up to the EPC tournament, felt they had an advantage with their top-five golfers and that certainly proved to be the case.
“I’m really happy,” said Liberty’s Jordan Barker. “Our team played really well throughout the season. We all kept calm and played well. My teammates are good players and can hold their own.”
Andie Graney, Doris Muncan, and Haley Gschrey combined for four goals in Freedom’s 4-1 soccer victory over Bethlehem Catholic last Tuesday at Freedom.
“I was super pumped this game because it’s my senior night and I came out pretty aggressive,” Graney said. “The goalie was going to grab it and I kind of ran through the ball and got a left foot.”
Muncan added another goal to make the score 2-0 by halftime, but the Patriots knew they would need to do more.
The Liberty football team seemed to finally find its footing.
After losing four of their first five games of the regular season, with the four defeats coming in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference South Division, the Hurricanes won the next two to gain some momentum heading into the final third of their schedule.
But a couple of big plays doomed Liberty in a 28-13 loss to Emmaus last Friday night at East Penn School District Stadium.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team won its East Penn Conference quarterfinal playoff game 2-0 against Pleasant Valley on Saturday night at Freedom High School.
“We played them in summer league, so we kind of knew some of the players they had. We knew they had 11 wins going in, so we knew they were a solid team,” said Freedom defender Andrew Youwakim, who scored the Patriots’ second goal on a header with 16:27 left in the game. “ It was by the penalty spot and I had to adjust a little bit and just put my head on it and it went behind the keeper.”
Liberty’s girls’ cross country team scored victories over Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Northampton, and Nazareth, and lost only to Easton last Tuesday at Freedom High School.
Liberty sophomore Belle Weikert won the girls’ race with a time of 19:45. Grace Haas came in 10th in 20:38, Greta Stuckey placed 13th in 20:50, and Rachel Byrne finished 17th in 21:15.
Although it was the Hurricanes’ home meet, the venue was moved to Freedom due to poor field conditions at the Illick’s Mill Course.
District 11 held a conference call Monday afternoon aimed to provide clarity for the football postseason with two weeks left on the calendar.
Below you’ll find teams that have already clinched playoff berths heading into week nine and potential scenarios heading down the stretch.
All teams listed with * have clinched playoff berths.
1A (Four qualifiers)
1. *Williams Valley (8-0)
2. *Tri-Valley (6-2)
3. *Nativity (5-3)
4. *Marian Catholic (4-4)
If Joe Henrich was looking for his team to respond after a loss, Bethlehem Catholic certainly answered the bell last week against Whitehall.
The Hawks dominated the Zephyrs in a 56-14 mercy-rule victory, as running back Matt Bisko produced four touchdowns on the night to lead the offense, while the defense produced eight sacks in harassing Whitehall quarterback Ethan Parvel.
Becahi’s defensive line smothered Parvel’s pocket on the night, limiting him to completing 6-of-15 passes for 76 yards and a TD. He was also nullified on the ground, rushing for only seven yards.
Not much change in this week’s poll but Nazareth is one of the climbers this week after their win over Freedom. Emmaus can take a leap and boost their confidence heading into the postseason with a win over Easton this week, while Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic look to keep their supremacy at the top of the poll.
It’s week nine of football and it’s still in the 70s outside. Let’s see how things heat up in this week’s picks.
1. Parkland (8-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Another week to heal any players banged up.
The Pick: Parkland 49- Northampton 0
Almost a month to the day since Freedom and Liberty last came face to face, the Patriots clinched a 1-0 victory over the Hurricanes and an EPC Steel Division soccer championship last Thursday night, Freedom’s senior night, at Freedom High School.
“Since we lost to them last time, we’ve been angry about that since September 11th. We just wanted that back,” said Patriot midfielder Jared Whitehorn, who scored the only goal of the game approximately 15 minutes into the first half.
Brad Turocy had the assist.
Liberty hosted the final regular season cross country meet last Tuesday when the Hurricane boys defeated Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, and Northampton, and lost to Easton and Nazareth.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin placed third with a time of 17:08. Cole Frank was 10th in 17:35, Casey Frank placed 15th in 18:12, Paul Jensen came in 16th in 18:14, and Ryan Wycherley finished 24th in 18:28.
“It’s kind of hot today, but I just try to run my own pace,” said Fermin. “Go out first, started leading a little bit, then go in second.”