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Pete’s Top-10: Nazareth Special gives Blue Eagles gold

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

For the first time ever, I didn’t get one pick right in last week’s edition. Truly a Haley’s Comet moment, but also a great week for all three winners last week, as Nazareth’s victory over Parkland will always be remembered by the Blue Eagle faithful for their Nazareth special.

Pottsville proved that they are no joke, as they head into the state tournament and Southern Lehigh dismantled Oil City 41-0 in their state playoff game.

What can all three teams do this week?


Dawson-Amoah named tourney MVP

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Senior Kweku Dawson-Amoah (Bethlehem Catholic) was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player leading the DeSales University men’s basketball team past Alvernia University, 75-72, to take home the Quality Inn Tournament title at Oneonta on Saturday afternoon.

A back-and-forth first-half saw Alvernia finish the half on a short 8-5 spurt to take a 37-32 lead into the halftime locker room.

DeSales quickly erased the halftime deficit using a 10-2 run to take a one-point lead early...

Former FHS players contributing

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom graduate and Eastern University freshman Jared Whitehorn has played in all 17 soccer games for the Monarchs this season.

The Monarchs were crowned MAC Freedom Champions after defeating King’s College, 3-1, on Nov. 9.

On Oct. 16 in a 3-0 victory over Delaware Valley University, Whitehorn played a part in Eastern’s third goal when he ran up the right side and teammate Nik Kokolios picked up the ball, scoring inside the far post.

In an earlier season win over...

Patriot players worked hard until the end

Friday, November 15, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the past four years, Freedom’s football team has gained chunks of yardage through the air and on the ground.

For the better part of the first half of their District 11 Class 6A semifinal playoff game against Parkland last Friday, the Patriots appeared to be on the same path toward a successful night with a 17-point advantage.

Freedom was the first team to beat Parkland, 21-18, in week three, and the Trojans (10-2) then went on to win seven straight. But Freedom’s offensive...

FHS girls season ends vs. Conestoga

Friday, November 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two goals late in the first half by Conestoga ended Freedom’s girls’ soccer season in the PIAA State quarterfinal on Saturday at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford by a final score of 2-0.

“Honestly, our slip-ups on the defensive end were not marking exactly who we were supposed to mark, and that ended up costing us the game,” said Freedom defender Kira Yost. “They were a good team, though. I’ll give them credit. We’ve all made it this far but we had a few slip-ups.”

With 3:...

Hawks fall to Pottsville in semis

Friday, November 15, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic head football coach Joe Heinrich knew it was time to break his team’s recent skid over the past month, one in which the Golden Hawks had dropped three of their last four games.

A rematch with Pottsville in the District 11 Class 4A semifinal loomed as possible answer. The Golden Hawks thoroughly defeated the Crimson Tide the past two seasons in the same game.

Unfortunately for Becahi, it didn’t work.

The Golden Hawks (7-5) couldn’t get on track all...

Area teams ousted

Friday, November 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The championship aspirations for Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic came to a close last week in the District 11 volleyball tournaments. as both teams were ousted from their respective tourney’s via sweeps.

Liberty (16-4) fell in three games to Parkland in the 4A semifinals, while Becahi (16-6) couldn’t overturn a regular season loss to Southern Lehigh in a sweep in their 3A semifinal.

Both Parkland and Southern Lehigh went on to win their respective classes.

For first-year...

Patriots advance by topping Council Rock

Friday, November 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ soccer team took no time in making an early statement against Council Rock South in the Patriots’ 3-1 victory over the Golden Hawks in the first round of the PIAA State soccer tournament on Tuesday at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

Patriot forward Abby Sipel scored what turned out to be an emotional goal in the first minute on an assist by KK James.

“During the season I didn’t get to play much field because I was in goal, so when I got the ball from KK...

Outdoors: Ski resorts preparing for season

Friday, November 15, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the cold temperatures and occasional snow flurries we’re experiencing, it may be the incentive to think about the upcoming skiing/snowboarding/tubing season.

In a prepared press release, Tricia Matsko, Director of Sales and Marketing at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, said they put their snow guns in service last Friday night thanks to below freezing temperatures and low humidity. It’s their first attempt this year to make snow and to build a base on the major trails of Lower...

Trojans rally to top Freedom

Friday, November 15, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

If a regulation football field was 99 yards, there’s a chance Freedom could be playing for a District 11 Class 6A championship on Friday night. Instead, that extra yard helped No. 3 Parkland hold off the second-seeded Patriots and get a bit of revenge after last year’s semifinal went the other way.

The Trojans scored 23-unanswered points and took a 14-point lead with just under two minutes remaining. But Freedom scored on its next possession, then recovered an onside kick, which set...