In this day and age, you don’t need a big, expensive boat to get to good fishing spots. Float tubes, pontoons and kayaks are less expensive to buy and maintain, plus they’re fun to fish out of, especially the newer ones that are outfitted with rod holders, bait wells, depth finders, even cup holders. There are ones that have pedal power allowing you to cast and move, use a trolling or small outboard motor, and there are inflatable kayaks that are the least expensive to buy.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team is the 2019 Dual Meet and League Meet Champions, scoring a meet record 148 points at the East Penn Conference Championships last week at Whitehall High School
Gold medal winners from Liberty were Darlyn Fermin in the 3200 with a time of 9:42.94 and Christian Tackett in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.82.
Silver medalists from Liberty were Trevor Harris in the shot put with a 48-06.75 and in the discus with a 146-04.00.
Bethlehem Steel FC fought to a tough 1-1 draw at home to kick off the club’s three-match home stand, getting standout performances from Tomás Romero, Matt Real and Jamoi Topey in the second half.
Despite giving up the early 11th-minute goal to Atlanta’s Laurence Wyke, Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Tomás Romero made great saves in the remainder of the first half to keep the Steel in the match. Midfielder Chavany Willis and Philadelphia Union forward Michee Ngalina both made dangerous attacks, but were unable to level in the first half.
Last Friday’s rivalry showdown between Freedom and Liberty on the volleyball court had a lot riding on the line outside of bragging rights. A spot in Monday’s East Penn Conference volleyball semifinals was on the line and the Patriots made sure they were the ones making the four-team tourney, as they knocked off the Hurricanes in four games.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.
Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.
The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.
The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.
Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.
Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.
Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.
Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.
The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.
The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.
Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.
Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.
Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.
Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.
For Liberty tennis coach Chris Conrad, Thursday’s District XI team championship was his first solo head coaching crown, but for some of his players, it was their third consecutive when the Hurricanes defeated the Nazareth Blue Eagles, 3-2, last Thursday at Northwood Racquet Club.
“It’s something we strove for the entire season. We didn’t want to play the favorite role, but one of the hardest things was trying to get this team to make sure that we were in check and weren’t complacent. That’s one of the things I loved about this team,” said Conrad.