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Pates look ahead after loss to EHS

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was the type of effort you expected to see out of Freedom, but the finished product never materialized for the Patriots in last week’s 13-10 loss at Easton.

Entering the fourth quarter with a 10-3 lead, the Pates allowed a 72-yard punt return for a score by Easton’s Jake Herres to open the frame and then saw their lead evaporate with a 25-yard field goal by Enzo Martellucci with 4:25 left in the game to put the Rovers ahead for good.

It was a bitter defeat for Freedom (2-1...

Liberty golf off to a hot start this season

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Experiencing one of their greatest seasons in nearly 10 years, Liberty’s golf team is looking forward to a post season spot. In fact, all Bethlehem-based teams are optimistic of a strong finish.

Liberty began play this week with a 12-1 mark, their lone blemish being a loss to Emmaus in East Penn Conference play.

Head coach Steve Bradley knew his players might be challenged, and he is anticipating a rematch.

“We had to play them (Emmaus) at Brookside and we had trouble...

Cross country seasons kick off

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Moravian Academy’s Lion Invitational saw 24 schools participating in cross country races with 1,075 runners on Sept. 1 at Moravian Academy Upper School.

In Class 1A team results, Moravian Academy’s boys’ and girls’ teams took first place.

Krysta Nichols ran the fastest time for the Lions’ girls in 22:45. Quinn O’Connor, Maddie Tran, Justine Dell, Carley Caruth, and Elizabeth Burke also competed.

Hunter Zahm ran the fastest time for the Lions’ boys in 18:25. Also...

Freedom girls down Bethlehem Catholic

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ soccer team had a 1-0 lead on Bethlehem Catholic at halftime, but four more goals by the Patriots would put the game away at 5-2 on Saturday at Becahi.

“I think we came into this game strong, and we knew it was going to be a challenge,” said Freedom mid/forward Doris Muncan, who scored the Patriots’ second goal. “We worked on our technical skill, but today, we just had a good game. Basically, on all our goals, we did a good job connecting passes, which I’m really...

Field hockey season ramps up this week

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s been a slow start to the field hockey season for area teams, as games have been backlogged due to postponements last week.

Liberty (1-0) headed into this week with just a lone 4-1 win over Easton up to date, while Freedom (1-2) and Bethlehem Catholic (1-2) were both sitting behind the .500 mark.

Liberty should get a full week coming up, starting with yesterday’s biggest league tilt against Emmaus (4-0) before hosting Pocono Mountain West (0-5) on Thursday and Freedom...

Becahi boys soccer gets win over DHS

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two determined teams could produce only one winner last week when Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team faced off against Dieruff in a back-and-forth game that ended with the Hawks scoring a 4-3 victory in the final minutes at Becahi.

“I thought our offense was playing really well and really determined, but Dieruff’s a good team, and they always fight really hard, and their defense was no exception,” said Becahi midfielder Michael Spirk, whose header put the Hawks on the scoreboard...

Turnovers, penalties hurt Liberty

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The last two years, the Liberty football team has had success against Parkland. The Hurricanes have beaten the five-time defending District 11 champs both games during the last two regular seasons, and have had a boosted confidence that many other teams may not have when lining up with one of the state’s better teams.

But last Friday night was a different story.

With a playofflike feel and intensity from both teams during warmups, it was more error than good play when it came...

Week 3 football roundup

Saturday, September 9, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic remained undefeated with wins Friday night in the third week of the 2017 high school football season, while Northampton grabbed its second of the young season.

Bethlehem Catholic-Emmaus

The Golden Hawks erased an early Emmaus lead with 21 straight points then held on for a 28-21 win.

Emmaus (1-2) went up 14-0 on two first quarter touchdowns, but the Hawks scored three unanswered touchdowns, capped by Shamus Williams’ interception return for a touchdown...

Becahi dominates Kids

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

For Bethlehem Catholic head coach Joe Henrich, the Golden Hawks’ 48-0 victory over Northampton last week was the perfect result.

While he was certainly happy to leave Al Erdosy Stadium with a shutout victory, Bethlehem Catholic still made a number of mistakes that caught the coach’s eye and will help keep his team grounded this week in practice.

The Golden Hawks fumbled twice, committed six penalties for 55 yards, and dropped a wide-open touchdown pass through the hands of the...

’Canes not happy after loss to EHS

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

To say that Liberty head coach John Truby was upset following last week’s 24-7 defeat to Easton would be an understatement.

Truby let his feelings be known about a lost opportunity on the road against the upstart Red Rovers (2-0), where his team failed to execute, gave up big plays on defense and lost the turnover battle in their first real test of the season.

“We literally shot ourselves in the foot time after time after time,” Truby said. “I can’t even begin to tell you how...