Liberty’s boys’ tennis team remained undefeated after a 5-2 victory over Northampton last week.
In one of the closest matches for the Hurricanes, Marc Burritt and Man Nguyen won at three doubles against Dan Fox and Nick Hudak, 6-3, 7-5.
Although Burritt and Nguyen have been playing doubles all season, it was the first time the two had been paired.
“We just found that out today,” said Burritt. “We saw the other team warming up, we looked at their form, and we figured out what we should do here. They were good players.”
Freedom’s lacrosse programs are again spearheading Bethlehem in the sport this spring.
The Freedom girls are off to a 5-2 start on the year.
The Pates faced a formidable task on Monday when they took on undefeated Saucon Valley (5-0) squad and lost to the tune of 13-5.
The Freedom boys are off to a tepid start this spring, coming into the week with a 2-3 mark following wins over Northampton and Bethlehem Catholic.
Their three losses have come to hands of Easton, Emmaus and Central Catholic, who have a combined 14-1 mark on the season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the final tally for the 2017 bear harvest, showing it was the ninth-best-of-all-time bear take. And this, despite having one of the worst opening days due to rain and in some areas sleet and fog which drove hunters out of the woods and into their vehicles.
According to the PGC, hunters took 3,438 bears in the 2017 seasons. Within that, 493 were in the archery season and 1,083 during the extended season. All setting records for those seasons. The all-time bear harvest of 4,350 bears occurred in 2011 says the PGC.
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.
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 the score reflects that. They’re a pretty good team,” said Velez.
The spring weather might be stuck in a cold trend, but Liberty and Freedom have bucked that with hot play to start a chilly spring.
Liberty (4-0) and Freedom (5-1) are both acting as league leaders heading into this week with Parkland (3-0) and Emmaus (5-1) also in front of the pack.
The Hurricanes have handled all their obstacles to date, posting wins over Hazleton, Central Catholic, Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth. Those wins have come by an average of 5.75 runs per game, as last week’s 4-2 win over Becahi was the closest contest the ’Canes have experienced so far.
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 Canadian Hockey League teams following the end of their seasons.
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 East Stroudsburg South.
Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team is showing they can compete with the best in the East Penn Conference. Now they have to go out and actually beat the top teams.
The Hawks are off to a 3-2 start with both of their losses coming to undefeated Parkland (5-0) and Whitehall (4-0) teams in five games.
In both of those of matches, the Hawks were able to sneak out wins in the first game before ultimately losing in five, but the signs of being great are there for Jeff Koch’s group.
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team was just five points shy of a win over Easton, but the Red Rovers prevailed, 72.50-68.50, last Thursday at Freedom.
The Patriots’ first place finish came in the javelin where Skyler Graves threw a distance of 129.20.
“I was so happy. I placed a few times last year, but getting first was just amazing for me,” said Graves. “Last year, my P.R. for javelin was 115. Today I P.R.ed three times, all three throws.