Three Liberty and one Freedom distance runners competed in the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey.
Patriot sophomore Lauren Charboneau finished in the highest place in 37th.
Freedom coach Bob Thear had two goals for Charboneau: to place in the top 50 and to be the first finisher from District XI.
Although a Parkland runner slipped in ahead of her, Charboneau ran a very good race on a day when the course easily played 45 seconds slower than it would have on most days because of inclement weather.
With the deer rut in progress (when bucks chase does during the breeding season - for you non-hunters), it’s a time for motorists to stay alert, because if you hit a deer with your vehicle, you’ll probably have to pay a deductible for your car insurance to cover the damage. And if you no longer carry collision coverage, you’re out the cost for repair.
The chances of a deer collision is quite high in Pennsylvania. In fact, the Keystone State ranks third in states where you’re most likely to hit a deer with your vehicle. West Virginia is rated first and Montana second.
Bethlehem Catholic number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti won the silver medal after competing in the PIAA State Class 2A Singles Tennis Tournament this past weekend in Hershey, and Freedom’s Natalie Sinai and Tashanna Smith won bronze after competing in the PIAA State Class 3A Doubles Tennis Tournament, also this past weekend in Hershey.
“We wanted to end on a good note,” said Sinai. “They were very good.”
Sinai was referring to Shady Side Academy’s Ella Santora and Amy Youssef, whom the Patriots played for third place.
The first quarter of the regular season finale between Freedom and Liberty went as expected in the matchup between the undefeated Patriots and the 4-5 Hurricanes. Liberty’s opening drive resulted in a quick three-and-out and the ensuing punt into the gusting wind set Freedom up at its own 45. It took a little over two minutes and six plays for the Pates’ offense to put up the first score of the game, a 9-yard run by Matthew Russin.
You don’t need to tell Joe Henrich about proceeding with caution in the District 11 postseason, despite top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic entering the 4A tournament as the unequivocal favorite when they open up postseason play at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at BASD Stadium against Blue Mountain.
The Hawks (7-3) have won the last two District 11 4A titles and the eighth-seeded Eagles, coming in at 3-7, don’t likely have a chance for a massive upset this season, but that doesn’t change the Hawks preparation for this week.
Spooky season? Not for Lehighton.
This is when the Indians feast.
A district runner-up the last two years, Lehighton enter this postseason as the top contender for the crown - and with a target on their back.
Don’t expect the Tribe to buckle under the weight of those expectations.
Lehighton lived up to its billing as the No. 1 seed with a 3-1 win over Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class A semifinals on Monday.
The treat? The Indians will play Northwestern in the championship game on Wednesday, Halloween.
A full moon rose over the East stands at BASD stadium on a chilly Wednesday night as the curtain descended on the Liberty Hurricanes’ field hockey season after a 4-2 loss to Stroudsburg in the opening round of the District XI playoffs in the battle between the 4th and 5th seeds.
The ‘Canes were looking for their third victory of the season over the Mounties after having defeated them 1-0 during the regular season and 2-0 in the first round of the EPC tournament.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cross country team competed in the District XI Class 2A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Golf Course where Becahi sophomore Marcela Banuelos placed 16th out of 85 runners in the girls’ race.
“I think I did pretty OK,” Banuelos said. “I think I got a P.R., but I was tired at the end.”
Banuelos’s time was 20:35.39.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau had a fifth place finish at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, not the placement she had hoped for, but a top five finish nonetheless.
“I wasn’t feeling my best, and the weather definitely impacted how I ran,” Charboneau said. “The paces were so different from they were last week.”
Last week was the EPC meet, where Charboneau placed first on the same course.
“I had a lead until the hills. Then Ciara [Conboy] popped up,” said Charboneau.