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Hurricane track team splits with Easton

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ track and field team defeated Easton, 89-61, but Easton’s girls’ track and field team defeated Liberty, 85-65, last Thursday at Easton.

Top finishers for the Hurricane girls were Greta Stuckey in the 1600 with a time of 5:31.0, Essynce Botz in the long jump with a distance of 14-06.00, and Catherine Kelly in the triple jump with a distance of 32-11.00.

Rachel Byrne, Yamilet Ferrufino, Gabrielle Phillips, and Stuckey won the 4x4 relay in 4:14.6, and Belle Weikert, Stuckey, Evelyn Sharken, and Camryn Bortz won the 4x8 relay in 10:41.0.

FHS girls keep winning

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse program is off to a blistering start to the season, but can the Pates sustain their form?

Coming out of the gate with a 6-1 mark, the Patriots have faced little resistance so far this season for a team with as much youth that Charis Innarella’s squad has.

But that youth has been turning out results, as the Pates have pushed themselves to the top of the District 11 power points.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania hunters posted their highest overall deer harvest in 14 years when they took 374,690 deer during the state’s 2018-19 hunting seasons. But the buck harvest dropped.

The 2018-19 deer harvest topped the previous year’s harvest of 367,159 by about 10-percent. The last time the total deer harvest exceeded this season’s total was in 2004-05.

Pates fall to Emmaus

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s tennis match against Emmaus could have gone either way in most matches, but in the team score, it went the way of the Hornets, 6-0, last Thursday at Freedom.

In singles play, Justin Szaro lost to Sean Jaeger, 1-6, 0-6, Paras Chand lost to Quinn Erk, 5-7, 6-7, and Advay Desmukh lost to Aiden Springs, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6.

Chand’s two set match took almost as long as Desmukh’s three set match.

Freedom track team falls to Nazareth

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Once all but one event had been run at Freedom’s track and field meet against Nazareth last Thursday, a group of Patriots gathered at the pole vault competition to cheer on teammate Ryan Smizaski, one of two men left standing along with the Blue Eagles’ Colin Finkbiner.

“I love to beat the other kid, but it’s more like focusing on myself, trying to do my best and my part for the team,” said Smizaski, who clinched first place with a new P.R. of 11-09.00 at Freedom.

Article By: The Press

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 50 28 .641

St. Paul’s 45 27 .625

Bath Luth 46 29 .613

Dryland 43 35 .551

Christ UCC 36 39 .480

Ebenezer 37 41 .474

Emmanuel 35 40 .467

Light of Christ 32 43 .427

Salem UCC 32 43 .427

Farmersville 31 44 .413

St. Stephen’s 30 48 385

Ebenezer (3-1) at

Light of Christ (5-4, 4-3)

LC - Andy Mickelson 5-12.

Eb - Carol Voortman 6-13, Carl Fraley 5-12, Frank Trovato 5-12 HR, Charlie Costanza 4-12, Dick Pacchioni 4-14.

Liberty tops Becahi in track and field

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In a meeting of city rivals, Liberty’s track and field teams defeated Bethlehem Catholic’s, 107-43 for the boys, and 114-36 for the girls.

The Hurricane girls scored all points in the 100 when Gabrielle Phillips placed first in 13.3, and in the 200 when Essynce Botz placed first in 27.3.

Maddie Wickel won the 400 for the Hawks in 1:06.0.

Liberty swept the distance events with Belle Weikert taking first in the 800 in 2:38.4, Greta Stuckey winning the 1600 in 5:31.0, and Maddy Drager winning the 3200 in 13:10.0.

Hawks tennis team restructuring lineup

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team has undergone some restructuring with the recent injury of the Hawks’ number one singles player Curt Gruber.

Gruber is expected to be out for two weeks, but that leads right into districts which start April 22 and leagues which are April 26, so whether he will be ready to compete even then is uncertain.

In the meantime, senior Stephen Botek has taken on the number one singles spot, Gabe Velez is at two singles, and Anthony Barczynski is at three singles, up from two doubles.

Steel draw 2-2

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Led by goals from 18-year-olds Michee Ngalina and Faris, Bethlehem Steel FC concluded their three-match March home stand at Talen Energy Stadium with a 2-2 draw against in-state rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

The Riverhounds opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Ryan James assisted Kevin Kerr but Steel FC responded when 18-year-old Issa Rayyan darted down the right wing and whipped in a cross that Faris met with an emphatic header to equalize in the 21st minute.