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FHS girls, boys lacrosse leading the city

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse team has played motivated all season after falling just short of reaching the postseason a year ago, but the Patriots appear to be well on their way to qualifying for districts this season after their 6-1 start to the year.

Last week’s 9-1 victory over Central Catholic made it five straight wins for the Pates, as they’ve entered the year with a determined mentality.

“Falling just short of our goals last season has brought a hunger to our team,” said...

Hawks showing improvement

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team is slowly working their way back to the level of respectability that head coach Jeff Koch has hoped for since returning back to the sidelines for the Hawks.

Following a 1-15 campaign a year ago, the Hawks have jumped out to a 5-3 start this season.

Despite getting swept in each of their losses to Parkland, Whitehall and Northampton, teams with a combined record of 19-3, Koch is pleased with the direction things are moving for the Hawks....

EPC track and field top performances

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Below is the first release of the East Penn Conference top track and field performances for the 2017 season thus far.


100 - 1. 10.20 Julian Liaci (Naz), 2. 10.70 Jahvanne Alexander (Allen), 3.* 10.80 Zaheer Seabrooks (BC), 10.80 Eddie Brown (ESN), 5.* 10.90 Julian Colon (Park), Martin Labib (WHS), Morgan Heffelfinger (Nor).

200 - 1. 21.70 Julian Liaci (Naz), 2. 21.90 Jahvanne Alexander (Allen), 3 22.30 Julian Colon (Park), 4.* 22.60 Dyony Bueno (Stds), Lubens Myers...

Young named All-State

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Parkland’s Sam Iorio capped off his senior season with one last source of recognition when he was selected to the Pennsylvania sports writers Class 6A All-State first team. Iorio was one of five East Penn Conference players to be named to one of the three 6A teams, leading a strong class of local seniors from a tremendous winter.

Allen’s Tyrese Martin, Emmaus’ David Kachelries and Pocono Mountain West’s Jalen Vaughns were each named to the 6A second team, while Allen’s Tyreek Williams...

FHS girls split 2 meets

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ track and field team split its meet last Wednesday with a 104-32 victory over Dieruff and a 91-55 loss to Nazareth at Freedom High School.

Top finishers for the Patriots were Tamia Wright in the 400 meter dash in 1:09.0. Kiara James was second in 1:11.0.

Morgan Weaver took second place in the 800 meter run in 2:34.0.

“I was terrified because it was my first 800. I usually run the 400,” Weaver said. “I was worried about endurance on the last lap, but I...

LHS tennis downs Eagles

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s undefeated boys’ tennis team won its match against an undefeated Nazareth team 4-3 last Friday at Nazareth High School.

“Prior to the match, I knew it was going to be really close,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “This puts us in a good place right now.”

In singles play, Nazareth’s Ben Tauber defeated Liberty’s Dan Lynn 6-4, 6-4, but the Hurricanes recovered at two singles where Louis Gruber defeated Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-1, and at three singles where Jacob Berg...

Start of busy baseball month begins

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It may be a slow start to the baseball season for all teams across the Lehigh Valley, but things will heat up this week when the schedule looks to kick into high gear before the Easter weekend hits.

With most teams having played three games heading into this week, the dismal March has pushed the schedule back for most teams, giving teams loaded schedules the rest of the month of April.

Freedom (3-0) will see the uptick this week with three games in three days, starting on...

Liberty track off to hot start

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ track and field team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0, and Liberty’s boys are 3-1 with their only loss to Easton.

“The girls are an established, well-known commodity, so we knew what they were going to be,” said Hurricane coach Andy Messa, who, along with Chris D’Emilio, is sharing head coaching duties. “With the boys, there were a lot of holes in our team, and we addressed that with them immediately.”

The Hurricane boys have six returning varsity...

BC’s goal to get in postseason

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic is looking to make progress this season on the lacrosse field following a 5-13 campaign from a year ago.

Andrew Kroeckel enters his second year as head coach and is optimistic about the Hawks potential this season.

After losing only one player graduation, the Hawks return 19 players in the program and nine starters including Soph. G JoJo Korpics, Sr. D Ray Glemser, Sr. D Mike Barattini, Soph. D Kyle Young (played attack last year), Sr. M Anthony Parise, Jr....

’Canes looking to build their program

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Laurie Muller enters her first year with Liberty’s girls’ lacrosse team and the Hurricanes are just looking for an improvement this season.

After last year’s 0-16 mark, Muller is hoping to create something sustainable for the program.

“Liberty lacrosse is a building program,” Muller said. “We’re looking forward to success this season on the field with many returning players that have improved over the off season. We also have a lot of new girls that came out and we can’t wait...