Rivalry week ended for the boys tennis season with Bethlehem Catholic becoming the unofficial city champion, having defeated both Liberty and Freedom, while the Patriots defeated the Hurricanes, 4-3, last Tuesday.
With home court advantage for Freedom, Andrew Sinai defeated Chris Kapcsos, 6-0, 6-0 at number one singles, and Ross Sonnenblick defeated Milind Jagota, 6-1, 6-2 at number three singles for the Patriots, but Liberty's Brendan Cunningham defeated Bill Leeson, 6-4, 6-1 at number two singles.
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner. The Lehigh Valley team will hold their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
The other two tryouts will take place on Sunday's May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 am.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Last week, Liberty added two wins and one loss to its season record, while Bethlehem Catholic had three victories, and Freedom had one win and one loss.
The Patriots defeated Parkland 6-4 and lost to Whitehall 5-1, and the Hurricanes defeated Dieruff, 15-0, Emmaus, 4-2, but lost to Nazareth, 8-7.
Liberty pitcher, Debra Renner said, "Everything was working [in the game against Emmaus]. I just felt more comfortable."
Renner went 2-for-2 against the Hornets with a single and a triple.
"I haven't been hitting, so it felt great," she said.
It continues to be a season of highlights for Liberty's volleyball team, as the Hurricanes added another feather in their cap following a victory over Emmaus last week.
The Hurricanes pulled out a five game victory 21-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10 over the Hornets to improve to 7-1 in the LVC heading into this week's action.
Liberty (9-2) pulled off a three-game sweep over Haverford on Monday night to start the week off as well, but the win over Emmaus (8-2, 4-2) was certainly something that head coach Neiad Ammary enjoyed.
The LVC released its track and field top performances for 2013. The following are as of April 25. Note that girl relay bests were not available at time of press.
100 - 1. (tie) Decontee Krayee (WHS), Gabby Pastor (LHS), Brooklyn Escobales (DHS) 12.5.
200 - 1. Kiana Farrar (Eas) 25.8, 2. Aleesha Gordon (LHS), 3. (tie) Decontee Krayee (WHS), Arianie Pizarro (WHS) 26.30.
400 - 1. Skyler Freyling (FHS) 55.4, 2. Hanna Brosky (Em) 59.65, 3. Allyson Stitzer (Naz) 1:01.45.
Where there's smoke, there's fire and the news of a Lehigh Valley superconference finally came to fruition last week.
After months of rumors and speculation about the future of the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Mountain Valley Conference stepped in and sent out an invitation to 12 neighboring schools to ultimately form a "big school, super conference," according to Stroudsburg Principal and MVC President Jeff Sodl.
Liberty's boys track and field team scored two more wins last week, one against Whitehall 91.5-58.5, and one against Dieruff, 121-29.
Adam Uliana and Darius Jones won two events apiece for the Hurricanes. Uliana took first place in the 200 meter (22.4) and the 400 meter (51.7), while Jones placed first in the long jump (20-8) and the triple jump (42-0).
Liberty's Alex Fitch won the 3200 meter (10:18) in distance events.
Most Lehigh Valley Conference coaches knew it could be a wide-open race this year in volleyball and Freedom's John Yanek was part of that gospel.
With the LVC playing its way out with no clear front-runner, Yanek's Patriots now have their sights set on knocking off one of the top teams in the coming weeks.
The Pates (5-4, 3-3), winners of four out of their last five, enter a difficult stretch this week with contests against Parkland (5-1, 5-1) and Whitehall (3-3, 3-3) on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.
Bethlehem Catholic's track team split its meet against Central and Parkland as Becahi's girls defeated the Vikes, 85-60, and lost to the Trojans, 97.5-52.5, and Becahi's boys also defeated the Vikes, 82.5-68.5, and lost to the Trojans, 116-34.
Mara Blanchard won three individual events for the Hawks, placing first in the 100 meter (12.7), the pole vault (10-6), and the long jump (15-6).
Also, Becahi's Katie Altpeter, who has been a consistent top finisher in the 200 meter, won last week (26.8).
The Freedom Patriots came back from a 4-1 deficit against Nazareth to defeat the Blue Eagles, 8-4 last week.
Megan Brown was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Sam Cabrera had three hits for the Patriots.
Freedom coach Nora Borger said, "We just started hitting. We made adjustments in the batter's box like staying off her high stuff."
Three days later, the Patriots faced undefeated Northampton with high hopes before losing, 14-2, in a game moved that was canceld on April 18. It was only the Patriots' second loss, but, as Borger pointed out, it was to her alma mater.