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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hornets hold off Easton

Saturday, October 21, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.


The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.

Emmaus quarterback Blake Reed (10-for-16 for 145 yards) threw a pair of first-quarter...

Liberty field hockey in EPC finals

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Liberty field hockey team has accomplished a lot during the 2017 season, but head coach Mary Kate Omdah loves that the Hurricanes aren’t celebrating…Yet.

Liberty advanced to the East Penn Conference championship by defeating East Stroudsburg South in the quarterfinals and Easton in the semifinals. The Hurricanes (18-2) will face Emmaus (20-0) in the finals on Thursday, Oct. 19.

“We talked about how we’ve had some milestones and record-breaking things happen and we really...

FHS boys top ’Canes

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

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.


Hawks crush Whitehall

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

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...

Pates get by Liberty

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom forward Katie Flynn knew the last thing she wanted was to bear the consequences of missing a goal in the final minute of the Patriots’ rivalry match against Liberty last Thursday at Freedom.

“It was a little stressful because I usually put it over but we always work as a team, and I was open on the left side. I was like, if I put this over I’m going to get yelled at so I better put this in,” Flynn said. “We just knew that that’s our rival. We’ve got to win.”

Flynn broke...

Liberty Hurricanes fall on the road at Emmaus

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

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.

Senior quarterback Blake Reed and...

Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin takes third

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

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...

Pates beat Becahi

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

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.

“We were just a...

LHS wins D-11 golf title

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by MIKE HAINES AND SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

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...

Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth making moves up poll

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

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