Bethlehem Steel FC turned in a complete performance as the club picked up its first shutout of the year with a 3-0 win over rivals New York Red Bulls II in a midweek tilt at Goodman Stadium.
Bethlehem Catholic sprinter Zaheer Seabrooks clinched the gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the District XI Class 3A Boys Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
“That was my best race all year. I was a hundred percent, and when I crossed the finish line, I looked at my teammate Joe Kurtz, and he was proud of me, and I was proud of him,” Seabrooks said.
Kurtz placed fourth with a time of 11.32. Seabrooks’s time was 11.25.
It was the highlight shot of Alec Huertas’ career and one that kept Freedom’s postseason alive.
Huertas blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s District 11 6A opener to help push Freedom past Nazareth 5-3.
Trailing 3-2 heading into their final frame, things played out perfectly for the seventh-seeded Pates (13-9), as Jonah Mateo led off with a double, followed by Griffin Connelly’s bunt that moved Mateo to third and allowed Connelly to safely reach first.
Steelstacks in Bethlehem is again hosting their fourth Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley program that is two-days of presentations, hands-on activities, educational programs for the entire family. It’s an effort to promote what the great outdoors has to offer. The program is set for June 2-3 at Steelstacks.
Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey clinched the gold medal in the 800 meter run last Thursday at the District XI Class 3A Girls Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School.
“It was good,” Stuckey said. “I knew [Katherine Ellmaker] was very close, especially the last lap. I could feel her right next to me, and I knew I had to go because my first lap was slower.”
Ellmaker, who is from Easton, came in second with a time of 2:19.25 to Stuckey’s time of 2:18.55.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms went into Toronto on a mission to do something that no other team has done this postseason; beat the Marlies on their home ice. Toronto has gone 7-0 at home this postseason after winning all five home games in last year’s playoffs. While the effort was there, the result wasn’t and Toronto has jumped out to a 2-0 lead in games over the Phantoms in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Championship series. The series now returns to Lehigh Valley for the next three games.
Bethlehem Catholic was so close to making the PIAA tournament last season. The Hawks now face that reality again this week when they opened up the District 11 2A tournament against Southern Lehigh Tuesday.
The winner of Tuesday’s match moves on to Thursday’s finals against top-seeded Dock Mennonite at 6 p.m. in Bensalem.
Becahi (7-9) hopes they can make a repeat appearance in the final after coming up short in last year’s fifth game of the title match against Dock (14-4).
In the second game of a doubleheader for Liberty last Thursday, the Hurricanes lost in the East Penn Conference softball final, 11-0, to the Parkland Trojans at Pates Park in Allentown.
“We’re not going to give any excuses. They beat us,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I know, it’s tough to play two games in one day, and you’ve got to face whatever uphill battle, and that’s what the girls did.”
Liberty center fielder Mikayla Ruppert hit a grand slam during the fourth inning in the Hurricanes’ 7-0 victory over Nazareth in an East Penn Conference softball playoff game on Monday at Nazareth.
The Blue Eagles were the top seed in the EPC tournament while the Hurricanes were the eighth seed.
Freedom, the sixth seed, lost to third-seeded Easton, 6-4, in their EPC playoff game on Friday at Easton.
If you’re hankering to fish for some hard fighting and tasty striped bass, head over to New Jersey.