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FHS tennis tops ESS

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s tennis team won its match against East Stroudsburg South, 5-2, on Saturday after losing to Pocono Mountain West, 4-3, last Thursday.

In the Patriots’ match against the Cavaliers, the Patriots won at two singles where Matt Mullen defeated Miguel Retto 6-2, 6-3, and at three singles where Paras Chand defeated Crew Bunn 6-0, 6-1, but the Patriots lost at one singles where Justin Szaro fell to Cory Cox 4-6, 3-6.

All of Freedom’s doubles teams won their matches against...

Phantoms set for a playoff run

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With their playoff spot and home ice advantage secured throughout the Atlantic Division, the Phantoms are going to have a couple extra players on hand for the final two games of the regular season this weekend. With junior leagues done, teams are bringing some of their young draft picks into the AHL for an abbreviated audition and the Phantoms will have two of those young players on their roster.

Forwards Pascal Laberge and Isaac Ratcliffe have joined the team from their respective...

Hawks fall to ESN

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic had two victories in its boys’ tennis match against East Stroudsburg North on Monday at Liberty High School.

The first win came at number one singles by Matt Falteich, 6-0, 6-2.

“I just played consistent. I was always ahead,” Falteich said. “It’s a lot different [than doubles]. You don’t have anyone to rely on.”

The Hawks’ second win came at three doubles by Gabe Velez and Connor Aitken, 6-2, 6-1.

“They were playing pretty well. I don’t think...

Freedom girls track drops two

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ track and field team competed for the first time this season against Easton and Parkland last Thursday at Freedom.

Patriot thrower Katie McNulty and Patriot jumper Kasyanna Roberts were the girls’ first place finishers in individual events.

McNulty won the discus with a distance of 91.03, and Roberts won the long jump with a distance of 15.04.

McNulty placed fifth in the javelin with a distance of 61.60.

Second place finishes were captured by...

Pates have high hopes

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Expectations are high for Freedom’s boys lacrosse team coming off an EPC West divisional title a year ago.

The Pates bring back a talented group from last year’s 11-8 season, which ended in the District 11 3A quarterfinals to eventual champion Parkland.

Head coach Tony Fabrizio enters his third season leading the program and is confident this year’s group can keep rolling this spring.

“This group of seniors is the first group to compete as a varsity program their entire...

Liberty girls fall to Red Rovers

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s softball teams won their season openers last Wednesday, but Liberty lost its first of the season against Easton 1-0.

“I thought we played an outstanding game,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “Everything we told them to do, they did it and more. We just didn’t score the runs.”

The Hurricanes left the bases loaded in the fourth inning after Liberty center fielder Mikayla Ruppert was intentionally walked.

“You want to win, and we had...

FHS aims for return playoff berth

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse team made a run to the District 11 3A semifinals last season and Patriots hope they can keep growing their program this spring.

The Pates finished last season 13-7 before losing to EPC stalwart Easton 15-3 in the district semis, but moving into a top four finish in the class was an achievement that head coach Charis Innarella looks to build upon.

“Our expectations are high as we continue to build upon the successes of last season,” Innarella said. “...

Young Hawks try to stay afloat in EPC

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Joe Assise is the new lacrosse coach at Bethlehem Catholic and his goal is to keep improving on the steps the Golden Hawks have been taking recently heading into this spring.

Becahi finished last season 5-11, which was a program best for wins in a campaign, but that may be a daunting task for the program this year.

The struggle with that heading into 2017 is replenishing the roster, that lost a bulk of its players to graduation, which will now be relying on youth to plow...

Liberty boys hope to take strides this spring

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Wins have not come easy for Liberty’s boys lacrosse program, but the Hurricanes hope that can change this spring.

Liberty is coming off a 1-14 season a year ago giving them their only win over the last two seasons, but head coach Shaughn Bittner thinks this year’s group can start making headway in the win column.

“This year we are hoping to continue building on last year and add more wins to our record,” said Bittner. “Most of our starters this year have been playing varsity...

’Canes look to improve

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Getting an EPC win is the major goal for the girls lacrosse program at Liberty this season.

After a 1-17 finish last year, positive steps are what head coach Laurie Muller is looking for in her second season at the helm and that’s what has already occurred for the program, as the first week of April approaches and the Hurricanes have a 2-1 record in tact.

Liberty knocked off Quakertown 12-5 and Scranton Prep 10-9 before falling to Pleasant Valley 13-11 last week.