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Phantoms fans could see ups and downs

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Get ready for what could be a roller coaster ride with the Phantoms this season.

The team is very young and with that youth often comes inconsistency. Look at the first two games and you’ll see the start of the ride.

The season opened with an impressive 6-3 win over Bridgeport and in game two of the season, the Phantoms looked flat and uninspired when they fell to Springfield 7-0 on the ice at the PPL Center. In the opener, the Phantoms were aggressive and made some things...

FHS wins EPC tennis tile

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots clinched the EPC tennis tournament championship last Wednesday at Freedom High School.

The Patriots had one gold medalist, five silver medalists, and two bronze medalists.

Freedom sophomore Tashanna Smith won gold at one singles after defeating Easton’s Elessa Jacobs, 10-2.

Natalie Sinai won silver at two singles after her match with Becahi’s Belen Blasco, won by Blasco, 10-7.

Anjali Chhugani and Olivia Chhugani also won silver after their two...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Trap League


Star of Beth. 16 2 .889

St. Paul’s 8 4 .667

Bath Luth 8 7 .533

Christ UCC 8 7 .533

Farmersville 7 8 .467

St. Stephen’s 8 10 .444

Ebenezer 8 10 .444

Salem UCC 6 9 .400

Emmanuel 6 9 .400

Dryland 7 11 .389

Light of Christ 5 10 .333

Salem UCC (2-1)

at St. Stephen’s (2-0, 1-0)

SS - Gary Buczynski 4-10 HR, Dave Blaukovitch 4-10.


Cross country teams wrap up regular season

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s cross country teams wrapped up their regular season with a meet last Tuesday at Easton High School.

Liberty’s boys scored victories over Freedom, 17-40, Becahi, 15-50, and Northampton, 23-32, but lost to Easton, 33-23 and Nazareth, 31-26. Liberty’s girls scored victories over Freedom, 20-35, Becahi, 18-42, and Nazareth, 23-32, but lost to Easton, 34-23, and Northampton, 31-24.

Freedom’s boys defeated Becahi, 15-46, but lost to Easton,...

Volleyball playoffs to get underway

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

When the East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs get underway this week, Liberty will look to win their third straight conference title when the action begins Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes (13-2) are all but guaranteed a top-four seed in the eight team playoff, as they wrap up the regular season Monday night at home against Freedom (11-6).

Head coach Missy Lynn knows that her team is excited about the opportunity of to defend their league titles and for the chance to win a...

LHS closes regular season by topping FHS

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski was no worse for the wear by the time the Hurricanes defeated Freedom, 2-0, last Thursday night at BASD Stadium; he was, in fact, beaming.

“It’s unmatchable. You never see this kind of energy anywhere except for football games. You don’t see this in club. You’re playing for something in high school, and that makes it so much different,” Koski said.

And maybe that’s why, for a good seven minutes or so in the second half, Koski took the hits to his...

Top-10: Pates on top

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

After last week’s Miracle in Macungie what does week nine have in store for local football fans?

Not sure anything can top Freedom’s 32-31, overtime win over Emmaus, but this week offers the Hornets another shot at a big game when they travel to Bethlehem Catholic.

Nazareth is quietly moving its way up the poll, while Notre Dame might be the new top dog in the Colonial League.

1. Freedom (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

This just seems like a magical year for the...

Freedom girls soccer gets victory over LHS

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After playing to a 1-1 tie in the first half, something changed on the Patriots’ side and Freedom took a 2-1 victory over Liberty on Thursday night at BASD Stadium.

“The girls absolutely stepped it up in the second half,” said Patriot coach Bob Eaton. “We told them to play our game, play quick, play fast, get the ball up the field, creating chances. We were really aggressive tonight and did a really great job.”

Freedom forward Haley Gschrey scored the first goal of the game...

Outdoors: Hunting seasons begin to open

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

By the time you read this, several hunting seasons, including small game and big game, have opened statewide.

As for big game, it’s muzzleloader bear season in WMUs 2B. 5B. 5C and 5D that runs Oct. 13-20. The small game list includes rabbit, grouse and squirrels with split seasons that run Oct. 13-Nov. 24; Dec. 10-24; and Dec. 26-Feb. 28. The exception is grouse that whose seasons are Oct. 13-Nov. 24 and Dec. 10-24.

This weekend, pheasant season opens and it has a split season...

Freedom rallies, then wins in overtime

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by STEVE ALTHOUSE in Sports

Is there anything real in the world anymore?

In the history of Freedom football there have been many great and dramatic moments, and it is either tomfoolery or naive to take a single game, a single great play, a single great win and say, ‘this is it, this is the greatest win in the history of Freedom High School football.’

But on Oct. 12, at East Penn School District Stadium, Freedom definitely had a great and dramatic moment. After 48 minutes and then some of glorious field...