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Freedom boys lacrosse claim division crown

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s another milestone for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program, as the team recently solidified the East Penn Conference West title.

The Pates (11-6, 9-4) have won six straight contests following Monday’s 15-2 thumping over Liberty, giving them an undefeated season in the division, as well as setting a school record for regular season wins (11).

Head coach Tony Fabrizio sees the progress of winning the programs first division crown, as a steppingstone in the right direction for a...

LHS girls track wins

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ track and field team’s first visit to the new Freedom High School track ended in a 108-36 victory for the Hurricanes over the Patriots last Monday.

The Hurricanes had 15 first place finishes, including Payton Shaffer in the 100 meter dash in 11.9, Jade Dallam in the 200 meter dash in 26.9, and Greta Stuckey in the 400 meter dash in 1:00.

“I could feel [the other runners] were pretty close, and the Freedom girl [Morgan Weaver] has a really nice kick, so I saved...

Rovers defeat Pates

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots scored one run in the third inning in their 11-1 loss to Easton on Monday, but two games are left in the regular season for the Pates.

“I knew we had a girl in scoring position, and I knew I had to get her in,” said Patriot center fielder Julia Roman, whose base hit knocked in Alexa Fancera.

With the game still within reach, Freedom trailed 3-1, but the Red Rovers scored five runs in the fourth inning, three on a triple by Courtney Grundhauser.


Hawks happy for turn around

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Qualifying for districts is the goal for every team, but for Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team, that accomplishment might mean a little more to the program.

The Golden Hawks are back in the postseason for the first time since 2013.

After winning one match last season, the Hawks (7-8) solidified a spot in the District 11 2A playoff picture, one that head coach Jeff Koch is excited about.

“Clinching a postseason berth was very important to us as a program this year,” he...

Liberty tennis team is D-11 champions!

Friday, May 5, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Liberty continued its perfect season with a 3-2 victory over Nazareth in the District 11 team finals on Thursday afternoon.

Louis Gruber and Jacob Berg were winners at singles for the Hurricanes. Gruber beat Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-2 while Berg knocked off Nate Tauber 6-0, 6-3.

In a rematch of the district singles finals, Ben Tauber of Nazareth beat Dan Lynn 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, Liberty’s Luke Conrad and David Lynn beat Matt Soika and Dominic Ferraro 6-2, 6-0 while Duke Jin...

Lynn takes silver medal

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty senior Dan Lynn won the silver medal at the District 11 Class 3A Singles Tennis Tournament after competing against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber who won the finals match 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.

“Of course, I wanted gold, but it’s a good feeling, silver,” said Lynn. “I just wanted to come in and play my game, go for his backhand, and come to the net.”

In the first set, three games went to deuce, and in the seventh game, Lynn was picking up momentum,...

Liberty grips division lead

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The race for the East Penn Conference Steel Division title appears that it’ll go down to the wire, just as it did a year ago.

Liberty (14-2, 11-1) heads into the home stretch with a two-game lead over Freedom (12-3, 9-3) with four games left for both teams.

The Hurricanes also hold the tiebreaker at the moment over Freedom on head-to-head play after their 10-0 victory on April 22.

This is similar to how the division race played out last season, as Freedom was the front-...

Straight from the Heart

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo called a team meeting one day last month, the Hurricanes thought they were being gathered to review plays; instead, they received unexpected inspiration from a boy named Owen and his dog Haatchi.

Owen Hawkins is a nine-year-old boy from London, England whom Carrodo met on Facebook after watching an ESPN documentary on Owen’s struggle with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a rare muscle disease, which then led to Owen’s agoraphobia.

Haatchi is the...

Morgans and Persa highlight LV HOF class

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Five new members of the National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter Hall of Fame will be inducted at this year’s banquet, scheduled to take place during a dinner and ceremony on Friday, May 5 at the Northampton Community Center.

The list is led by former Central Catholic and Parkland head coach Jim Morgans, who won two state titles with the Vikings during his career, as well as leading Parkland to two state championship appearances.

Former Liberty quarterback Dan Persa,...

Liberty holds annual signing ceremony

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty held its annual press conference for senior student-athletes heading to college this fall on April 21, as 32 Hurricanes were represented in this year’s class.

The signing ceremony has been a yearly event at Liberty, highlighting the core of Liberty’s top athletes heading to the next level.

Football standout Jaohne Duggan made his decision to commit to Rutgers last summer and he’s never looked back on his decision after enjoying a stellar senior campaign, which saw him...