Senior jumper Liz Lieb carried over her school record in the long jump to clinch a gold medal at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School.
“So good. So good,” Lieb said. “I was excited that I broke 18, but I was also nervous because I knew that getting it on the second jump, there were girls who were going to jump after me, so I didn’t feel relief until the last 30 seconds.”
Lieb reached 18-02.50 on her second jump.
The IronPigs limped out of town a week ago having had the last game on their six-game homestand rained out, which may have been a good thing since they lost the first five games, coming on the heels of a loss in Buffalo to end their last road trip.
They went down to Durham and lost two more before a win over the Bulls and then won the middle game of a three-game series in Charlotte over the weekend. If you’re doing the math, that’s 10 losses in their last 12 games.
Liberty went through the entire East Penn Conference regular season without a hitch, winning all 16 of their league games. Then in last week’s EPC title game, they found out that none of that really mattered.
Northampton was able to topple the Hurricanes 3-1 for the EPC championship, giving the K-Kids the number-one seed in this week’s District 11 6A tournament.
It was a bitter pill for Liberty (20-3) to swallow not being able to finish the season with the league crown, as they haven’t won a league championship since 2003.
In the 64th Lehigh Valley Dart Championship Series we find both league champions coming from the same church as Salem Lutheran (Suburban League) and Holy Trinity (City League) merged into one church called Star of Bethlehem.
In the Battle of Stars it was the Suburban League coming out on top over the City League 3 games to 2.
For Star of Bethlehem (Salem Lutheran) it’s their 18th Lehigh Valley Championship.
TRACK AND FIELD
At Whitehall High School Sporting Complex
Legend: Allen (All), Allentown Central Catholic (ACC), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Dieruff (Die), Easton (East), Emmaus (Emm), East Stroudsburg North (ESN), East Stroudsburg South (ESS), Freedom (Free), Liberty (Lib), Nazareth (Naz), Northampton (Nor), Parkland (Park), Pleasant Valley (PV), Pocono Mountain East (PME), Pocono Mountain West (PMW), Stroudsburg (Str), Whitehall (Whi).
Seth McGarry took somewhat of a circuitous route to Triple-A. He pitched in 45 games at Double-A Reading last season, so it figured that he would either start the year back with Reading or get a promotion to Lehigh Valley. Neither of those things happened. Instead, he was sent down a level to High-A Clearwater even though his 3.99 ERA with Reading in 2018 wasn’t bad, and he had an impressive performance as part of the Phillies contingent playing in the Arizona Fall League following last season.
Freedom couldn’t take down Parkland in the girls East Penn Conference lacrosse tournament, but the Patriots may get another crack at them in the district tournament.
The Pates lost to the Trojans 17-10 last week in the conference semifinals, as Parkland went on to beat Easton 12-6 for the league crown Monday night.
Now, Freedom head coach Charis Innarella shifts her focus to the District 11 postseason, where they’ll likely enter as the third or fourth seed.
After Freedom won the Steel Division in EPC softball at the end of the regular season, Patriot pitcher Jen Slanovec tossed a 12-0 shutout against Stroudsburg in the conference quarterfinal last Thursday at Freedom.
“We’re coming into this really confident because I think with us finishing at the top of our division, it really gives us a big push for leagues and districts so it’s a really good win,” said Patriot outfielder Taylor Resetar, who had her first ever walk-off grand slam on Thursday.
A great catch by Whitehall’s Ben Hudak in the third inning would have been a perfect way for the eighth-seeded Zephs to talk about an upset victory in the EPC playoffs over top-seed Liberty on Saturday.
When first baseman Hudak drifted into foul ground to go after a pop up, the bases were loaded in the bottom of the third of a scoreless game. Hudak kept tracking the ball as it started to reach the fence where spectators had gathered to watch the game. Hudak stuck his glove over the fence, and then toppled over it, the ball secure in his mitt.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams competed in the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School where medals were awarded to the top four finishers in each event.
Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Emily Jobes, and Greta Stuckey won gold medals in the 4x8 relay for Liberty with a time of 9:39.46.