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FHS came out swinging

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom came out swinging in their quest to topple Whitehall in the District 11 3A volleyball semifinals, but ultimately didn’t have enough punches to take down the Zephyrs last week.

Whitehall came back after dropping the first set to win three straight [21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-22]. The Zephyrs went on to knock off Parkland for the district championship, keeping their 22-0 undefeated season going.

Freedom (19-5) saw their shot at qualifying for the state come to an end with...

Hammer time doesn’t last long in Valley

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

One thing after another has come up for J.D. Hammer in his baseball career and he’s conquered them all.

First, he envisioned himself being a major league shortstop, but the coaches at Navarro Community College in Texas didn’t see enough offensive skills to keep him on the team. His choices were to pitch or redshirt; he learned to pitch.

After junior college, Hammer transferred to Marshall University and wound up showing enough pitching skill that the Rockies took a chance on...

Outdoors

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With Memorial Day traditionally kicking off the pleasure boating season, and if you own a boat or watercraft, this list, prepared by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), tallies the most popular boat names.

The tradition dates back a quarter century, with the list derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics. Each reveals something about the personality of the vessel’s owner. And the list is entertaining to say the least.

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LHS boys take three golds

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

A rainbow appeared during the District XI Class 3A track and field boys’ 3200 meter run, and with that, Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin ran to a district pot of gold with a personal best of 9:40.64.

“It feels ... I can’t even explain it right now,” said Fermin, wearing his gold medal, all smiles.

Fermin took a solid lead from the start and maintained it the entire race.

“That was the plan. It wasn’t really hard because I did that at leagues too, so I’m getting comfortable...

Lieb first for Becahi

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Senior jumper Liz Lieb carried over her school record in the long jump to clinch a gold medal at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.

“So good. So good,” Lieb said. “I was excited that I broke 18, but I was also nervous because I knew that getting it on the second jump, there were girls who were going to jump after me, so I didn’t feel relief until the last 30 seconds.”

Lieb reached 18-02.50 on her second jump.

“Last...

’Canes 3200 relay takes first

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty senior relay anchor Greta Stuckey had a lot of ground to make up in the 4x8 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Meet Championships, but with something to lose and everything to gain, Stuckey kicked into high gear and brought home the gold medal for the Hurricanes.

“We were in third place and there was a five second gap between Emmaus and me, and six or seven seconds between Northwestern and me,” said Stuckey. “My first lap was tough because I was all by myself and they...

Winning vs. development

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The IronPigs limped out of town a week ago having had the last game on their six-game homestand rained out, which may have been a good thing since they lost the first five games, coming on the heels of a loss in Buffalo to end their last road trip.

They went down to Durham and lost two more before a win over the Bulls and then won the middle game of a three-game series in Charlotte over the weekend. If you’re doing the math, that’s 10 losses in their last 12 games.

You can...

Patriots fall in EPC finals

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall has been Goliath this year on the volleyball court, but Freedom tried their best David act when things came to a head Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the District 11 3A tournament.

The Pates (19-4) and Zephyrs (21-0) were set for a rematch of the EPC championship, where Whitehall won in a three-game sweep. The results of last night’s contest were past Press deadlines, but head coach John Yanek felt his team had a fighting chance, despite being swept by the Zephs...

District 11 baseball brackets become finalized

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 baseball postseason gets underway this week with the championship games from all classes taking place next week.

Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic hope they can make runs through their respective 6A and 4A classes, while Northampton and Notre Dame look to build off their momentum from winning their league titles.

Below is the complete list of contests for all District 11 classifications. Teams are listed in order of where they sit in the bracket.

Class 6A...

Easton pulls away to beat Liberty in district softball playoffs

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s first round game against Easton in the District XI Class 6A softball playoffs started out in the perfect way for the Hurricanes with a leadoff home run by Alexa Burger, a double by Alanyse Solomon, three more solid hits, and a run scored on Monday at Easton.

“In the first inning, we hit five balls hard, all in fair territory, which is a good thing, so we figured that would continue the rest of the game but it didn’t,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo.

Not only did it...