It was closer than expected, but last Friday’s Holy War between Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic displayed what rivalry games are all about, as the Hawks held on for a 38-37 overtime victory.
The Vikings (6-4) tried to steal the win on the BASD turf in overtime, electing to go for the two-point conversion after Logan Bachman’s 10-yard TD run brought Central within a point.
After winning their second straight East Penn Conference title over the weekend, Liberty’s volleyball team now wants more.
The Hurricanes (18-1) knocked off Central Catholic 22-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21 Saturday at Northampton for the EPC championship and move onto the District 11 4A tournament as the top-seed heading into Thursday’s slate of action.
It’s the final week of the football season and playoff spots are on the line. District 11 held a conference call to hash out scenarios Monday afternoon. Listed below are what each of the six classes are shaping up to look like.
1A (Four qualifiers)
1. *Williams Valley (9-0)
2. *Tri-Valley (6-3)
3. *Nativity (6-3)
4. *Marian Catholic (4-5)
Williams Valley heads into the tournament as the top seed.
2A (Four qualifiers)
1. *Palmerton (6-3)
2. *Schuylkill Haven (5-4)
3. Mahanoy Area (5-4)
4. Panther Valley (3-6)
Liberty cross country runner Belle Weikert and Freedom cross country runner Lauren Charboneau medaled at the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.
In the girls’ race, Weikert placed third with a time of 19:40 behind Easton’s Lauren Maddison whose time was 19:32, and Allentown Central Catholic’s Emily Deschler whose time was 19:31.
Freedom tennis players Natalie Sinai and Becky Packo clinched the gold medal in the District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Championships after defeating Nazareth’s Hallie DeNardo and Jenn Soika 6-3, 6-3 last Thursday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
The winning point came on a hard shot down the line by Sinai.
“I know I can make those shots but today I was really nervous,” Sinai said. “At the end I felt more relaxed so I knew I could make that shot.”
The Patriots had control of the first set but fell behind early in the second set.
Liberty junior Darlyn Fermin won a fifth place medal after competing in the East Penn Conference Cross Country Championships last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course at Illick’s Mill.
Fermin finished the race with a time of 17:06.
“The first mile was like 5:05. That was my pace, but it was too fast,” Fermin said. “Somebody passed me, a Stroudsburg kid. He beat me last time, so then I had to beat him. I was happy.”
Fermin’s teammate, Cole Frank, placed 15th in 17:28.
It was two dramatic finishes for Liberty and Freedom last weekend, but both teams endured different results.
The Patriots (5-4) clinched a playoff berth with their 38-35 comeback win over Bethlehem Catholic Saturday night, while Liberty (3-6) saw Nazareth kicker Matt Bugbee drill a 33-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to give the Blue Eagles a 30-27 victory.
The loss puts Liberty on the outside looking in of the District 11 6A playoff race, entering the week in ninth place out of the eight team race.
It’s finally come to the last week of the regular season and with Halloween this week, which teams will provide their fans treats heading into playoff stretch?
It’s also rivalry week for the top seven teams in the poll with plenty of intriguing matchups.
Sit back, relax and eat some candy on this week’s edition of the top 10.
1. Parkland (9-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Is Parkland the only consistent big school team?
The Pick: Parkland 28- Emmaus 17
2. Beth. Cath. (7-2)
Last week’s rank: #2
Bounce back week for the Hawks again.
Freedom’s EPC championship run ended last Tuesday when Parkland defeated the Patriots in boys’ soccer, 2-1, at J Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
“We have to let it go,” said Freedom coach Matt Reightler. “It was one game. It was a tough loss. Pretty much every loss we’ve had this year has been by one goal.
Bethlehem Catholic will be looking for a bounce back week when they host Central Catholic on Friday night in their annual Holy War showdown.
The Hawks are coming off a 38-35 loss to Freedom last Saturday, dousing their hopes of winning the City title.
Now the focus for Becahi (7-2) is getting back on track after a surprising defeat.