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Phantoms swept out of playoffs by Marlies

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.

“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie...

Eagles down Hurricanes

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s softball season came to an end with a payback of sorts from Nazareth when the Blue Eagles defeated the Hurricanes, 10-0, in the District XI Class 6A playoffs last Wednesday at Nazareth.

It was just a week earlier when Liberty defeated Nazareth, 7-0, in the East Penn Conference playoffs.

“They came out and they hit the ball. They didn’t hit the ball in the first game,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “Nazareth came out with a different attitude this game.”

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Outdoors: Ethanol-related fuels causing problems

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.

It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

It was...

Patriots fall to the Rovers

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When it came to playing Easton this season, Freedom’s softball team found itself in a continual series of falling to the Red Rovers no matter how hard they tried to win.

“It’s kind of, it’s really repetitive, you know. It’s just kind of repetitive,” said Freedom coach Nora Lorady. “You’ve got to beat who you’re going to play, and that’s it. They had our number four times.”

The fourth time was last Thursday when Easton won, 2-0, in a District XI Class 6A playoff game at Easton...

Lehigh Little League to get field upgrades

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League received more than it ever expected when the organization applied for a grant for field improvements to Game On! Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this past March, and by May, not only was Lehigh awarded a $5,000 grant, but 50 to 75 volunteers who will aid in making those improvements this August.

“We are honored to be chosen, and for IronPigs and PPL going the extra mile, it’s mind-blowing. We’re so appreciative,” said Dave Cresci, Lehigh Little League Board Member,...

Hawks set to play for D-11 title

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic won its berth in the District XI Class 4A softball final by defeating Blue Mountain, 11-1, last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.

“We just had to make sure that we did all the fundamentals to get the job done, and that’s pretty much it,” said Becahi outfielder Alexa Panuccio. “We just kept the same mindset during the game, never let up, always pushed our hardest, and that’s why the score was how it was.”

The Hawks got through their entire line up in the...

Pates advance to finals

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Liberty and Freedom played on Memorial Day in the District 11 6A baseball semifinals at Lehigh University.

The Patriots knocked off Pocono Mountain West and will move on to face Parkland, which defeated the Hurricanes.

Freedom got off to a fast start and set the tone early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning before adding two more in the top of the seventh for a 5-0 win.

Alec Huertas, who walked off the Pates in the team’s last game with a home run, this...

Seabrooks takes first

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic sprinter Zaheer Seabrooks clinched the gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the District XI Class 3A Boys Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.

“That was my best race all year. I was a hundred percent, and when I crossed the finish line, I looked at my teammate Joe Kurtz, and he was proud of me, and I was proud of him,” Seabrooks said.

Kurtz placed fourth with a time of 11.32. Seabrooks’s time was 11.25.

“I just wanted...

’Canes Greta Stuckey grabs first in the 800

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey clinched the gold medal in the 800 meter run last Thursday at the District XI Class 3A Girls Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School.

“It was good,” Stuckey said. “I knew [Katherine Ellmaker] was very close, especially the last lap. I could feel her right next to me, and I knew I had to go because my first lap was slower.”

Ellmaker, who is from Easton, came in second with a time of 2:19.25 to Stuckey’s time of 2:18.55.

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Huertas’ home run advances Patriots

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was the highlight shot of Alec Huertas’ career and one that kept Freedom’s postseason alive.

Huertas blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s District 11 6A opener to help push Freedom past Nazareth 5-3.

Trailing 3-2 heading into their final frame, things played out perfectly for the seventh-seeded Pates (13-9), as Jonah Mateo led off with a double, followed by Griffin Connelly’s bunt that moved Mateo to third and allowed Connelly to safely...