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LHS gets 7th victory

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ tennis team picked up its seventh win with a victory over Pleasant Valley last week.

Hurricane coach Chris Conrad noted the match of the day was played by one singles player Louis Gruber, who came back from a 0-4 third set deficit to win his match.

Earlier in the season, Gruber had come back from dropping his first set, 1-6, in Liberty’s match against Nazareth.

“The very first match we played, at Nazareth, I played Gabe [Knowles]. He’s really consistent,...

Connelly to head to Moravian College

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom senior cross country and track & field athlete Shannon Connelly thought she was set to continue her running career at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. until last week.

“At first I was for sure going there because I loved it there, but then, I don’t know. It was just kind of last minute, and I always said if it doesn’t work out at Sacred Heart, I’ll go to Moravian,” Connelly said.

When cross country season ended in November, and as Connelly is nearing...

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Thursday, April 4, 2019 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 49 26 .653

St. Paul’s 44 25 .638

Bath Luth 44 28 .611

Dryland 42 33 .560

Ebenezer 36 39 .480

Christ UCC 34 38 .472

Emmanuel 35 40 .467

Light of Christ 30 42 .417

Salem UCC 30 42 .417

Farmersville 29 43 .403

St. Stephen’s 29 46 .387

St. Stephen’s (9-5, 4-2) at

St. Paul’s (9-2)

SS - Art Obenrader 6-13, Jon Hoysan 5-13 HR, Ed Wychock 5...

Becahi boys top FHS

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ track and field team opened its season with a 81-64 victory over Freedom last Monday at Freedom.

The Hawks gained most of their points from jumping events, the 300 hurdles, and the 4x4 relay.

Matt Stianche, Caden Giordano, Isaiah Lopez, and Josiah Kelly won the 4x4 in 3:45.0.

Kelly came in first in the 300 hurdles in 44.3, followed by Tristan Buscemi, and Steven Santostefano,

Becahi also won all points in the high jump, won by Stianche...

LHS girls eye postseason

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After finishing last season with a 5-12 record, Liberty’s girls lacrosse team is hoping they can take a leap into postseason contention.

Laurie Muller enters her third season at the helm of the program and expects to take steps forward from last year’s campaign.

“My goal for our team is to make the playoffs for the first time,” said Muller. “I feel that we have the ability to make a presence this year in the league and force competitive games.”

Returning players for the...

Liberty tops Becahi in softball action

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s softball team is currently 4-0 on the season after defeating Bethlehem Catholic, 8-3, on Monday at Liberty.

“I’m happy,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “This team hits. I know we have the ability, but we made some mistakes, and we can’t do that against Freedom.”

Liberty will host Freedom this Friday.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Hawks with home runs by Alanysse Solomon and Kat Borda.

In the fourth inning, Tori Panik and Alexa Burger...

Via Classic hoop games take place

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO AND MIKE HAINES in Sports

The 44th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic culminated Saturday at Northampton Community College.

The event, which includes camps and clinics and a banquet the week preceding the game, came to a close with Super Saturday, which features four all-star games that showcased the top high school seniors in the Lehigh Valley.

All of the events benefit Via of the Lehigh Valley, which provides services for children and adults with disabilities, showcases the basketball talents of...

Hawks seeking victories

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

For Bethlehem Catholic’s lacrosse team, the goals are simple: just get a win.

The Hawks are coming off a winless 0-14 season from a year ago and head coach Joe Assise, who enters his second season, understands the position he’s in leading the program.

“Following last season’s record, the boys are hungry for a win,” Assise said. “Seasoned players should help to put the ball in the back of the net against opposing teams for us.”

Assise listed the returning players in the...

Steel draw 2-2

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Led by goals from 18-year-olds Michee Ngalina and Faris, Bethlehem Steel FC concluded their three-match March home stand at Talen Energy Stadium with a 2-2 draw against in-state rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

The Riverhounds opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Ryan James assisted Kevin Kerr but Steel FC responded when 18-year-old Issa Rayyan darted down the right wing and whipped in a cross that Faris met with an emphatic header to equalize in the 21st minute.


Hurricanes aim for improvement this year

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s boys lacrosse is looking for improvement as new head coach Joe Fortunato enters his first season in charge of the program.

Fortunato will have his work cut out, as the Hurricanes finished 2-14 last season and have struggled to find their footing every season in the East Penn Conference.

Still, Fortunato remains positive that the program can take steps this spring.

“We have a bunch of returning seniors and juniors that are eager to get the program facing into a...