Last week was a week of feast or famine for the Liberty Hurricanes, winning two high-scoring games and losing one.
A 15-10 victory over Bangor preceeded a 10-0 victory over Whitehall before the Hurricanes fell to Parkland, 12-0.
Making her pitching debut at the varsity level last Saturday against Bangor was Lauren Epsaro, and three days later, the Liberty junior pitched a no-hitter against the Zephyrs that ended after six innings.
Normally an outfielder for the varsity...
Becca Herman's first-ever home run at the varsity level lifted Freedom over Liberty last week, 6-2.
"It felt really good. It felt good to get them early in the season," said Herman.
The Freedom shortstop's homer was hit between leftfield and center. Earlier in the game, Herman hit a double in the same spot.
Freedom leftfielder, Dana Pollock, who had been misidentified as Dana Morgan in the Bethlehem Press last month, was 2 for 4 with a run scored.
Tyler Graeff hit a ground ball that hit off the glove of the third baseman, and Brad Vasilik came around to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the 8th inning for a 6-5 non-league, extra-inning win over Freedom last Thursday at Parkland High School in a battle of the unbeatens.
The error was the third Patriots miscue in the final three innings, which erased a valiant comeback by Freedom in the 7th inning.
"I think we look at it as we should have made some plays there,"...
Freedom's boys track and field team scored its first victory over Central Catholic, 79-70, last week.
Distance runners for the Patriots had 1-2-3 finishes in all events against the Vikings.
Jason Lopez was first in the 800 meter (2:21), followed by Robbie Bogardo and Tommy Salerno, Chris Kelly was first in the 1600 meter (4:47), followed by Doo Park and William Alpaugh, and Kelly also took first place in the 3200 meter (10:37), followed by Park and Alpaugh.
Bethlehem Catholic's boys track and field team just missed a victory over Emmaus, losing 76-74 to the Hornets last week.
First place winners for the Hawks were Donovan West in the 100 meter (11.1) and the 200 meter (23.6), Austin Biege in the 400 meter (54.0), and John Donchez in the 1600 meter (4:52.8).
Donchez said, "We really wanted to win. I think we're more talented as a team, but they pushed us."
Tyler Horton broke the school record in the 300 intermediate hurdles...
Korey Ream knew that Freedom's girls' lacrosse team needed to be pulled together if they wanted success this season.
Ream has slowly been doing that as the Patriots stood at 2-4 as of this week in their second season of lacrosse in the Lehigh Valley Conference.
The Patriots have knocked off Liberty and Central Catholic for their two league wins, including last week's 10-8 victory over the Hurricanes.
Now they'll try and keep building off that moving forward.
The Freedom Patriots survived another close call, defeating Nazareth, 4-3, last Tuesday.
Andrew Sinai, Bill Leeson, and Ross Sonnenblick won their matches at singles for the Patriots, leaving the team match in the hands of the number one doubles team of Sinai and Sonnenblick.
Sinai, a sophomore, and Sonnenblick, a freshman, defeated Nazareth's Mike Fishler and Andrew Wahlgren, 6-2, 6-1.
"Ross is in the same position I was last year [being a freshman]. He just handled the...
Bethlehem Catholic received its first challenge of the season from the Easton Red Rovers, but the Hawks landed on top, 2-0, last Friday.
"We played fine, but we didn't hit the ball like we can, and we'll work on that. The Easton pitcher [Taylor Barna] kept us off balance," said Becahi coach Rich Mazza.
Scoreless until the sixth inning, Becahi shortstop, Emily Brandstetter, hit a double and scored on a single by catcher, Jean Markovic.
"I was just thinking about getting...
Liberty's girls and boys track and field teams, both currently 2-0, had recent victories over Northampton and Allen last week.
The Lady Hurricanes defeated Northampton, 91-58, and Allen, 113-36.
Although the K-Kids took first place in all sprinting and distance events, the Hurricanes came back with first place wins in all relays.
Aleesha Gordon, Rynisha House, Gabby Pastor, and Asia Wright won the 4x1 relay (53.4), Olivia Georges, Sienna McNett, Justina Uliana, and Sarah...
It's always a big week when Liberty and Freedom battle in any sports.
This week, however, it's on a bit of a grander stage. The 'Canes and Pates square off at 7 p.m. Friday night at Coca-Cola Park.
The only problem with that may be the waiting period for both teams, as they gear up for a week of LVC action before the derby hits the grand stage over the weekend.
Liberty (4-1, 3-0) have won four straight since a season-opening loss to Wilson West Lawn and have proved to...