It’s another milestone for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program, as the team recently solidified the East Penn Conference West title.
The Pates (11-6, 9-4) have won six straight contests following Monday’s 15-2 thumping over Liberty, giving them an undefeated season in the division, as well as setting a school record for regular season wins (11).
Head coach Tony Fabrizio sees the progress of winning the programs first division crown, as a steppingstone in the right direction for a program continually looking to improve their status in the EPC.
When the Hurricanes tell Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo that they’ve got this, he listens, even when they’re trailing 6-3 after four innings against Bethlehem Catholic, but the Hurricanes made good on their word and won 15-11 last week at Becahi.
“I trust them,” Carrodo said.
And so, the fifth inning began with Kristin Kaleycik’s lead off base hit to left field.
“I pulled it a little, but the fact that I got on base was huge because the inning started good runs,” Kaleycik said.
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team did everything they could to defend their new turf against Liberty, but the Hurricanes came out on top 83-67 last Monday at Freedom.
“Oh yeah, Kevin Pollock threw himself at the finish line of the 4x8,” said Freedom distance coach Bob Thear, regarding how far the Patriots went to score points. “Maybe this is the first time since the 80’s that a Liberty versus Freedom track meet was at Freedom.”
Adam Boyer led off for the Patriots in the 4x8, followed by Nick Bauer and Isaac Gross. Pollock was the anchor.
The top spot in the East Penn Conference appears to be in the waiting hands of Liberty’s baseball team, should the Hurricanes close out the week in expected form.
Liberty (16-2, 13-1) only needs to defeat East Stroudsburg South (4-11) on Tuesday, past Press deadlines, to clinch the Steel division crown ahead of Wednesday night’s rivalry tilt with Freedom.
A win against ESS would also clinch the top-seed for the EPC playoffs, which get underway on Saturday.
Qualifying for districts is the goal for every team, but for Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team, that accomplishment might mean a little more to the program.
The Golden Hawks are back in the postseason for the first time since 2013.
After winning one match last season, the Hawks (7-8) solidified a spot in the District 11 2A playoff picture, one that head coach Jeff Koch is excited about.
Liberty continued its perfect season with a 3-2 victory over Nazareth in the District 11 team finals on Thursday afternoon.
Louis Gruber and Jacob Berg were winners at singles for the Hurricanes. Gruber beat Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-2 while Berg knocked off Nate Tauber 6-0, 6-3.
In a rematch of the district singles finals, Ben Tauber of Nazareth beat Dan Lynn 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Liberty’s Luke Conrad and David Lynn beat Matt Soika and Dominic Ferraro 6-2, 6-0 while Duke Jin and Gavin Snyder fell to Nick Mitchell and Brian Smith 6-4, 6-7, 7-3.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team earned most of its points in jumping and throwing events to top Emmaus 90-60 last week.
Daniel Damon won the high jump with 5-07.0, and Trevor Joseph won the pole vault with 11-09.0.
The Hurricanes locked up the long jump with Darian Street in first place with 22-01.0, Jonathan Heess in second place with 21-03.0, and Daeshawn Teague in third with 20-08.0.
The Hurricanes also took top places in the triple jump with Heess in first place with 42-04.0, Jay McGill in second place with 40-06.0, and Teague in third with 40-00.0.
Freedom’s 4x4 relay team of Kyree Marshburn, Nick King, Cyrus Thompson, and Dashaun Peterson came through in the clutch to clinch the Patriot boys’ 75-74 victory over Becahi’s boys in track and field last Monday at Freedom.
It was the Patriots’ first victory on their new home track, and as luck or fate would have it, the meet came down to the 4x4.
“From the jump, I knew I had to start off strong and hold my stride in the first 200,” said Marshburn. “Once I was out of the turn, I had to power up. Every leg was as strong as the first.”
Liberty held its annual press conference for senior student-athletes heading to college this fall on April 21, as 32 Hurricanes were represented in this year’s class.
The signing ceremony has been a yearly event at Liberty, highlighting the core of Liberty’s top athletes heading to the next level.
Football standout Jaohne Duggan made his decision to commit to Rutgers last summer and he’s never looked back on his decision after enjoying a stellar senior campaign, which saw him land on first-team East Penn Conference honors at defensive end, as well as first-team All-State.