There are still a few decisions looming for the Philadelphia Flyers that will affect the roster of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who open their fifth season in the valley on Saturday at home.
The situation in goal is somewhat fluid at this point.
Liberty’s boys’ cross country team edged out Emmaus, 27-28, last Tuesday during the Hurricanes’ home meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Darlyn Fermin and Cole Frank had a one-two finish with times of 16:09 and 16:37, respectively.
Emmaus scored the next two places, followed by Freedom’s Nick Bauer whose time was 16:55.
Liberty’s Ryan Wycherley was sixth with a time of 17:04, and teammates Paul Jensen placed 10th in 17:25, and Philip Bezas placed 11th in 17:31.
Sixteen saves for Bethlehem Catholic goalkeeper Caitlin Vogrins against Liberty last week held the Hurricanes as the Hawks won in double overtime, 3-2, at Becahi.
“It was brutal. Their shots were amazing, and it was hard to get set up and block them, but I found a way to do it,” Vogrins said. “When it went in the net, it was the best feeling in the world.”
Becahi forward Brooke Bisko saw to that, kicking the game winner with just a couple of minutes left in the second overtime.
Bisko scored earlier in the game for the Hawks on an assist by Teighan Boyle.
You don’t always get matchups between undefeated teams this late in the season, but the top two teams in the region square off this Friday night in Emmaus, when top-ranked Freedom hits the road to take on the Green Hornets.
It is the marquee game of the week that will likely decide who wins the EPC South and will be another opportunity for the Patriots to confirm their standing as the unequivocal top team in the area, while giving Emmaus the chance to steal the spotlight.
Freedom-Emmaus steals the show this week, but look below for what else is in store for week 8.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 13 2 .867
St. Paul’s 7 2 .778
Bath Luth 8 4 .667
Christ UCC 6 6 .500
Dryland 7 8 .467
Salem UCC 5 7 .417
St. Stephen’s 6 9 .400
Emmanuel 6 9 .400
Ebenezer 6 9 .400
Light of Christ 4 8 .333
Farmersville 4 8 .333
Star of Beth (5-1, 4-0, 4-3) at Light of Christ
SB - Bryan Frankenfield 7-12, Scott Hoffert 6-14, Bill Hoke Sr. 5-12, Bill Hoke Jr. 4-12, Kyle Taylor 4-12, Jason Biggs 4-15.
All three of Bethlehem’s high school teams had their seasons end recently at the PIAA District 11 golf match.
Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic didn’t advance any players to the state regional round.
Emmaus won the East Penn Conference (EPC) league title for the second consecutive season, and Northampton won the EPC tournament last week. Liberty, which finished with an overall 17-3 mark last season, began the season as defending EPC tournament champions.
It looked like it homecoming was going to script for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday afternoon, but things suddenly turned dicey in the second half before the Golden Hawks eventually held off East Stroudsburg South for a 41-28 victory.
Becahi led 35-0 at halftime to kick in the mercy rule, but the Cavs weren’t interested in feeling sorry for themselves, scoring on three big plays in the third quarter to make things interesting before eventually running out of gas.
Nobody expected Freedom to mercy rule Easton last week, but you can’t put anything past this year’s group of Patriots following another impressive performance in last week’s 35-7 thumping over the Rovers at BASD Stadium.
The win pushed the Pates to 7-0 heading into a massive showdown with undefeated Emmaus (7-0) this week on the road Friday night, but there was no looking ahead of Easton last week, as Freedom raced to the game’s first 35 points in dominating fashion to put the game into the mercy rule by halftime.
Bethlehem Catholic senior Brenna Magliochetti repeated as District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion last week and hopes to repeat as PIAA State Class 2A singles champ in early November.
Magliochetti defeated Notre Dame Green Pond’s Logan Lencheski, 6-1, 6-1 in the district final last Thursday at Lehigh University. Magliochetti and Lencheski played in last year’s district final also.
Emmaus and Freedom both won football games Friday night to improve to 7-0 and set up next week’s match up of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference’s last two unbeaten teams. Parkland won a rivalry game over Whitehall Friday night, while Bethlehem Catholic picked up a win on Saturday.
Here’s a recap of this week’s games from around the Lehigh Valley Press area.
The Trojans picked up a 49-21 win over Whitehall Friday night in Orefield.