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Hurricanes a team to watch in volleyball

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

They might not look like the toughest team on paper at the moment, but Liberty’s volleyball team might be a sleeper as the season gets deeper.

The Hurricanes enter this week with a 3-2 record, but both of their losses have come in five set defeats to perennial district title contenders Emmaus and Parkland.

That gives head coach Neiad Ammary confidence about where his team is at the moment and where they can be once the postseason comes along, especially with how they performed...

Hawks tennis team restructuring lineup

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team has undergone some restructuring with the recent injury of the Hawks’ number one singles player Curt Gruber.

Gruber is expected to be out for two weeks, but that leads right into districts which start April 22 and leagues which are April 26, so whether he will be ready to compete even then is uncertain.

In the meantime, senior Stephen Botek has taken on the number one singles spot, Gabe Velez is at two singles, and Anthony Barczynski is at...

Patriots wading through EPC West

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s start to the season has been slow, but it’s not discouraging for head coach Tony Fabrizio.

The Patriots are off to a 2-3 start, playing in the EPC West for the first time and while losses to Easton and Emmaus have been early blemishes on their mark, Fabrizio is happy with the progress so far this season.

The Pates fell to Easton 11-7 and suffered a 14-5 setback to Emmaus. Both programs are perennial contenders for the league and district crown and playing against the...

Liberty tops Becahi in track and field

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In a meeting of city rivals, Liberty’s track and field teams defeated Bethlehem Catholic’s, 107-43 for the boys, and 114-36 for the girls.

The Hurricane girls scored all points in the 100 when Gabrielle Phillips placed first in 13.3, and in the 200 when Essynce Botz placed first in 27.3.

Maddie Wickel won the 400 for the Hawks in 1:06.0.

Liberty swept the distance events with Belle Weikert taking first in the 800 in 2:38.4, Greta Stuckey winning the 1600 in 5:31.0, and...

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 50 28 .641

St. Paul’s 45 27 .625

Bath Luth 46 29 .613

Dryland 43 35 .551

Christ UCC 36 39 .480

Ebenezer 37 41 .474

Emmanuel 35 40 .467

Light of Christ 32 43 .427

Salem UCC 32 43 .427

Farmersville 31 44 .413

St. Stephen’s 30 48 385

Ebenezer (3-1) at

Light of Christ (5-4, 4-3)

LC - Andy Mickelson 5-12.

Eb - Carol Voortman 6-13...

Freedom track team falls to Nazareth

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Once all but one event had been run at Freedom’s track and field meet against Nazareth last Thursday, a group of Patriots gathered at the pole vault competition to cheer on teammate Ryan Smizaski, one of two men left standing along with the Blue Eagles’ Colin Finkbiner.

“I love to beat the other kid, but it’s more like focusing on myself, trying to do my best and my part for the team,” said Smizaski, who clinched first place with a new P.R. of 11-09.00 at Freedom.

“Last week, I...

Pates fall to Emmaus

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s tennis match against Emmaus could have gone either way in most matches, but in the team score, it went the way of the Hornets, 6-0, last Thursday at Freedom.

In singles play, Justin Szaro lost to Sean Jaeger, 1-6, 0-6, Paras Chand lost to Quinn Erk, 5-7, 6-7, and Advay Desmukh lost to Aiden Springs, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6.

Chand’s two set match took almost as long as Desmukh’s three set match.

“The rallies were really long, especially at the very end, it escalated,”...


Thursday, April 11, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons. But the buck harvest dropped.

The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10-percent. The last time the total deer harvest exceeded this season’s total was in 2004-05.

After four years of successive annual increases in buck harvests, hunters posted a buck harvest of 147,750, which placed fourth...

Pates look for encore

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse program will look to build off what they accomplished last season when they made a run to the District 11 quarterfinals.

The Pates finished 14-7 a year ago and hope to build on that with head coach Charis Innarella back at the helm.

“We have an awesome group of players who are very coachable,” said Innarella. “This team has been putting in the work and continues to push and support each other everyday.”

Back for the Pates is senior captain Emma...

Freedom boys move up in class

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

More success for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program will now lead to a harder climb in the East Penn Conference, as the Patriots will be moving up in the EPC this season.

After winning their division the past two seasons, the Pates will move up with the likes of Parkland, Emmaus, Central Catholic and Easton to make things more challenging.

“We are much younger than we were last year,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We were moved to a tougher division in our conference and I...