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Liberty’s Vital heads to state golf tourney

Friday, October 18, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL AND MIKE HAINES in Sports

Liberty’s Matt Vital survived the regional round and will advance to the state golf tournament after shooting a three-over 75 Monday at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood.

Vital was one-under late in the round before a bit of a hiccup over three of the final four holes.

“I didn’t hit many fairways,” Vital said. “I hit a fair amount of greens, 12, 14... I was putting well. I had three, three-putts, but besides that my putting was really good today.”

Vital started on hole two with a...

Pete’s Top-10: Pates keep status quo on top

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Week seven didn’t bring many surprises to the table, outside of Easton continuing to crumble with the real part of their schedule in tow.

Freedom stays on top after a record passing night by quarterback Jared Jenkins, as the top three teams seem to be cemented now until the end of the regular season, barring upsets.

Central Catholic preps for the postseason, while Northwestern looks to continue its quest for the Colonial League crown.

With Week 9 on the horizon, here are...

Outdoors: Small game season gets underway

Friday, October 18, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The second part of the small game season gets underway this Saturday (Oct. 19) when squirrel, rabbit and grouse become legal game.

Of the trio, squirrels are the most plentiful and their sweet meat makes for excellent table fare be it in a stew, creamed or as a primary meat with mashed or sweet potatoes and a green vegetable or two.

As for rabbits, there are more of them in the city of Allentown and suburbs, than there are in area farmland fields and woodlots. And the reason...

Pates Charboneau wins

Friday, October 18, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic hosted last week’s cross country meet at Illick’s Mill where the Hawks competed against Freedom, Liberty, Easton, Northampton, and Nazareth to end the regular season last Tuesday.

Freedom’s boys’ team edged out Northampton, 27-28, and defeated Becahi, 18-41.

Liberty defeated Northampton, 21-37, and Freedom, 25-34.

Easton’s Marco Cardone won the boys’ race with a time of 15:47.

Liberty’s Cole Frank was second in 15:52.

Freedom’s Alex...

Freedom football beats Emmaus

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

When a quarterback plays nearly flawless football, the chances of that team winning are exceedingly high. When your quarterback sets single game records, well, you know how this will end.

Jared Jenkins put on a passing clinic in Freedom’s 63-28 mercy-rule win over Emmaus last week and it was a night to remember for the senior signal caller.

Jenkins set Freedom single-game records with 426 yards and 25 completions (on 29 attempts) to go along with four touchdown passes, as the...

EPC playoff race looking wide open

Friday, October 18, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference volleyball tournament kicked off on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines, but all three Bethlehem teams were looking to make a run at the EPC title.

Fourth-seeded Freedom hosted fifth-seeded Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s showdown, a week after both teams met in regular season play where the Hawks pushed Freedom to a five-game set before ultimately succumbing.

With the EPC race seemingly wide-open, Freedom head coach Donna Roman understands that anyone...

Liberty boys beat Eastburg South

Monday, October 14, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Leaving nothing to chance, number one seeded Liberty prepared well and came out kicking at number eight seeded East Stroudsburg South, playing to a 4-0 victory over the Cavaliers in an EPC soccer quarterfinal on Saturday at Liberty.

“I think it was something that they weren’t expecting,” said Liberty senior forward Caleb Mendoza. “I think it did mess up their rhythm a little bit, but I don’t think they expected us to come out swinging as fast as we did from the beginning, so I think...

Freedom girls knock off PV

Monday, October 14, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Freedom spent the first 40 minutes of Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls soccer quarterfinals trying to read and react against Pleasant Valley’s defense.

The Patriots had it figured out in the second half.

An early second-half goal from Haley Gschrey lifted Freedom past the Bears 1-0 and into the EPC semifinals. The Patriots will play No. 2 seed Emmaus Tuesday.

“I think we just picked up our intensity a little bit more,” said Freedom coach Bob Eaton. “I...

Becahi D stuffs Easton

Monday, October 14, 2019 by JAKE MELUSKEY in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks football team showcased their dominant defense in a 16-6 victory over a previous second-place Easton Red Rovers.

Easton started the game with possession of the ball. Bethlehem Catholic’s senior Matt Stianche intercepted Easton quarterback Cole Transue on the game’s opening drive. Though, the Hawks weren’t able to get much going and turned the ball back over on downs.

After another quick change of possession, the Bethlehem Catholic offense...

Football Roundup LHS looks to turn it around; FHS, BC win

Thursday, October 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty desperate to turn things around

Liberty might be looking at a daunting task ahead of them, but the Hurricanes have been down this road before.

Off to a 2-5 start following last week’s defeat to Nazareth, the chances for a district berth look bleak, but if recent memory can serve a purpose, Liberty’s faithful can only look at last year’s turnaround as proof that John Truby’s troops can right the ship.

The Hurricanes were 2-5 at this point of the season a year ago...