Bethlehem Catholic’s cross country teams are finding their way under new coach Nicole Chickey with new P.R.’s last week as they hosted Freedom, Liberty, Dieruff, Allen, and Parkland on Tuesday at Illick’s Mill.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team won its rivalry match against Liberty, 1-0, last Tuesday at Freedom.
“No overtime today. We didn’t want to let it go to overtime,” said Patriot defender Zachary Shay. “We wanted to come out, press early. It was a hard-fought game. They played great, and they did have a lot of chances, but at the end, 1-0, Freedom. That’s the best feeling for a Freedom player.”
The Patriots played a string of overtime games as of late, but if there’s one game no one wanted to see end in a tie, it was this one.
On Monday the District 11 qualifier took place at Olde Homestead Golf Club.
Joey Altemose of Liberty will move on to the district meet after shooting an 81 to take sixth place. Evan Cartwright shot an 83 to take eighth and will also move on, as will Freedom’s Jake Haberstumpf who shot an 88 to take 21st.
The District 11 championships will be held Monday, Oct. 8, at Lehigh Country Club.
The East Penn Conference golf tournament took place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Woodstone Country Club. The top-five golfers from that event also move on to districts.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team played to its fourth tie in five recent games against Northwestern last Wednesday at Freedom where the game ended, 0-0.
“It is very unusual,” said Freedom coach Matt Reightler. “In the last three games we’ve had the lead and felt like we should have come away with those wins. Tonight was one of our most complete performances we’ve put together. Unfortunately, it was the first time all season we couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.”
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After dropping two games to Parkland and Central Catholic, Liberty’s volleyball team has turned things around with three straight wins heading into this week.
The Hurricanes most recent victory last week came against rival Freedom in three games (25-11, 25-7, 25-16), as they look to keep building off that momentum with three matches this week.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ cross country team had two runners in the top 20 in last week’s meet, hosted by the Hawks on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Sophomore Matt Millen placed 18th in 18:00, and teammate Aaron Smith, a senior, was 20th in 18:03.
“I was a little disappointed with my time, but I did the best I’ve done all season, so I’m pretty happy about that,” said Smith. “The boys are doing pretty good. Most of them are young, but they’re doing really well for their age.”
That includes Millen, who is a first-year distance runner.
Last week’s results were par for the course, as none of the top-10 teams suffered a loss, but that could change this week as Freedom, Easton, Northwestern and Stroudsburg all face threats looking to knock them off.
The Patriots and Rovers are this week’s marquee showdown, while the back end of the poll features Stroudsburg taking on Northampton in the biggest home game the K-Kids have had in close to 10 years.
It’s coming down to crunchtime for area teams, so let’s see which teams are priming themselves for the postseason and which teams are actually pretenders.
Last week Freedom played its rivalry match against Liberty and won, 7-0.
The Patriots’ match against Bethlehem Catholic, which was supposed to have been resumed last Wednesday, is now scheduled to be resumed this Wednesday at Freedom.
Against the Hurricanes, Tashanna Smith won at one singles, 6-0, 6-1, Natalie Sinai won at two singles, 6-1, 6-0, and Jessika Klo won at three singles, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles matches, Anjali Chhugani and Olivia Chhugani won their match at two, 6-2, 6-4.
In their first meeting of the girls’ soccer season, the Liberty Hurricanes won on Freedom’s turf last Tuesday when Merve Okumus scored the only goal of the game six minutes into the second half.