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Liberty girls hope to grab first EPC win this week

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Coming off a 1-16 season a year ago, Liberty’s girls lacrosse team certainly had room for improvement.

The Hurricanes have taken those steps forward this spring, but are looking for more.

Heading into this week the ’Canes were sporting a 4-8 record with six games left on the season to improve on that mark.

Monday’s 10-9 loss to Central Catholic still kept the team away from one of their major goals this season and that’s grabbing a league win.

Even though Liberty...

Becahi boys knock off Eastburg S

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ track and field team won its meet against East Stroudsburg South, 83-67, last Tuesday at BASD Stadium.

Zaheer Seabrooks won the 100 with a time of 10.90.

The Hawks swept the 200 led by Joe Kurtz with a time of 22.80, followed by Caden Giordano with a time of 24.30, and Malik Thomas who had a time of 26.50.

“I felt great. I think it was my best time this year,” said Kurtz. “Our sprinting team is the best sprinting team we’ve had since I’ve been...

Liberty tennis battling the cold, too

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ tennis team is not one to complain, but a snow squall during practice in the middle of April would test anyone’s nerves.

“I give a lot of credit to the kids because they rarely complain about the weather. I’m the one who complains. I’m the one who gets cold, but it doesn’t bother them,” said Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer. “When you’re running around, with tennis especially, your body gets warm, but it’s the hands. It’s the worst weather I can remember.”

Still cold...

BC tops Nazareth in Grasso’s 900th

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Baseball has been a staple in Mike Grasso’s life, and last Saturday marked another milestone in the extensive coaching career of the Bethlehem Catholic mainstay.

Grasso coached his 900th baseball game in the Hawks 8-7 victory Saturday afternoon over Nazareth.

The Hawks (3-2) scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull out the win, giving them their third straight victory following an 0-2 start.

Saturday’s win was obviously more important to Grasso...

FHS softball hits bump in road in loss to EHS

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom softball coach Nora Lorady said she was not too concerned about the future of the Patriots’ season after their 8-0 loss to Easton last Tuesday, and she was right.

Two days later, Freedom defeated Whitehall, 6-1, and the following day, the Patriots won, 14-13, in a comeback victory over Allentown Central Catholic.

Freedom’s softball team began its season with four straight wins before losing to Easton.

“I know Easton is really tough. I thought we would score some...

Volleyball teams jockey for position

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

As we approach the midpoint of the volleyball season, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty are trying to figure out where they each stand as the middle of April comes upon us.

The Patriots are sitting in the best position coming into the week at 5-3 with Bethlehem and Dieruff left on the agenda following Monday’s loss to Nazareth.

The loss drops the Pates out of the top five teams in District 11, as they look to regain momentum in the midst of two straight losses.


Phantoms set to start the playoffs on Friday night

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms wrapped up a season that saw them not only qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season, but also win their first Atlantic Division title since moving to the Lehigh Valley. They’ve got home ice advantage throughout the divisional playoffs and would only lose that advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they were to face the Toronto Marlies, the AHL’s top team.

For the team, there’s a bit of a break now as they await the opening of the Calder Cup...

LHS tennis still unbeaten

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ tennis team remained undefeated after a 5-2 victory over Northampton last week.

In one of the closest matches for the Hurricanes, Marc Burritt and Man Nguyen won at three doubles against Dan Fox and Nick Hudak, 6-3, 7-5.

Although Burritt and Nguyen have been playing doubles all season, it was the first time the two had been paired.

“We just found that out today,” said Burritt. “We saw the other team warming up, we looked at their form, and we figured out...

Outdoors: Youth spring turkey season starts April 21

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.

And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.

Said Casalena, “Turkey’s are coming through...

Herschel Walker highlights recent Via All-Star Banquet

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Former NFL Star Herschel Walker Highlights Via All-Star Banquet

Before this weekend’s 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, boys and girls senior representatives of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and Colonial League teams were honored at the Via All-Star Banquet Wednesday night at the Sands Events Center in Bethlehem.

Every year, the night is highlighted by a group that is inducted into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame, established in 1978. This...