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Friday, November 3, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This past Saturday kicked off the fall turkey hunting season in most parts of the state. The exclusion is in local WMUÕs 5C and 5D which havenÕt been opened for fall turkey in some time. And depending on where you hunt, the game commission recommends checking season dates as their lengths are different in some management units and a handful changed this year. This is due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer fall season, the higher the...

Soccer teams fall

Friday, November 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Heartbreak befell Freedom and Liberty’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams last week as the Patriots and Hurricanes were knocked out of District XI Class 4A soccer playoffs to end their respective seasons.

The Patriot girls were the last team standing before losing to Parkland in the quarterfinal, 4-0, last Thursday night at Parkland.

About an hour earlier, Freedom’s boys lost to East Stroudsburg South, also in a quarterfinal game, 3-2, at Freedom.

The Cavaliers had a 2-0...

Teams eye D-11 finals

Friday, November 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With the District 11 volleyball semifinals taking place on Tuesday, all three Bethlehem schools were battling for spots in Thursday’s championship round.

Liberty and Freedom are on opposite sides of the bracket as they encountered final four battles on Tuesday, as the top-seeded Hurricanes took on fifth-seeded Nazareth, while Parkland and Freedom were set for a three-seven matchup respectively.

In the 3A bracket, fourth-seeded Becahi faced top-seeded Southern Lehigh, with all...

BC, LHS knocked off

Friday, November 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic saw their field hockey seasons come to an end Monday afternoon in the District 11 semifinals.

The Hurricanes lost to Easton 1-0 thanks to a first half goal by Ellie McIntyre that stood up for the final.

The loss ends Liberty’s season at 19-4 after defeating Easton 4-1 in the season opener and 4-3 in the East Penn Conference semifinals, only to see their season go down in districts to the Rovers.

Monday’s defeat also kept them out of the...

Liberty wins EPC title!

Saturday, October 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

After winning their second straight East Penn Conference title over the weekend, Liberty’s volleyball team now wants more.

The Hurricanes (18-1) knocked off Central Catholic 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21 Saturday at Northampton for the EPC championship and move onto the District 11 4A tournament as the top-seed heading into Thursday’s slate of action.

“Last year when we won the EPC, it was a huge milestone,” said Liberty coach Missy Lynn. “We were so happy and excited and it was...

Fermin takes fifth

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty junior Darlyn Fermin won a fifth place medal after competing in the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.

Fermin finished the race with a time of 17:06.

“The first mile was like 5:05. That was my pace, but it was too fast,” Fermin said. “Somebody passed me, a Stroudsburg kid. He beat me last time, so then I had to beat him. I was happy.”

Fermin’s teammate, Cole Frank, placed 15th in 17:28....

Two girls earn EPC meet medals

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty cross country runner Belle Weikert and Freedom cross country runner Lauren Charboneau medaled at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.

In the girls’ race, Weikert placed third with a time of 19:40 behind Easton’s Lauren Maddison whose time was 19:32, and Allentown Central Catholic’s Emily Deschler whose time was 19:31.

“There were girls with me the whole time which is a cool change,” said...

Sinai, Packo district champs

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom tennis players Natalie Sinai and Becky Packo clinched the gold medal in the District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Championships after defeating Nazareth’s Hallie DeNardo and Jenn Soika 6-3, 6-3 last Thursday at Winning Touch in Allentown.

The winning point came on a hard shot down the line by Sinai.

“I know I can make those shots but today I was really nervous,” Sinai said. “At the end I felt more relaxed so I knew I could make that shot.”

The Patriots had control...

D-11 playoffs: If Hurricanes win, they are in

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s the final week of the football season and playoff spots are on the line. District 11 held a conference call to hash out scenarios Monday afternoon. Listed below are what each of the six classes are shaping up to look like.

1A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Williams Valley (9-0)

2. *Tri-Valley (6-3)

3. *Nativity (6-3)

4. *Marian Catholic (4-5)

Williams Valley heads into the tournament as the top seed.

2A (Four qualifiers)

1. *Palmerton (6-3...

Liberty falls in EPC finals

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Liberty’s field hockey team had a “moral” victory in their EPC championship loss, if it wants to hear that.

Emmaus continued its run of success with another championship, but it wasn’t easy.

Two first half goals from junior forward Riley Baughman were enough as the Green Hornets held on late, after surrendering a second half goal, to defeat Liberty 3-1 last Thursday night at Whitehall High School.

The victory was just another in a long line of them.

Emmaus (21-0...