Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, recorded her best time of the season last week with a 19:32 finish, leading the Patriot girls over Nazareth 22-34 and tying Northampton 29-29.
Liberty's girls also defeated Nazareth 21-35 but lost to Northampton 25-32.
Freedom freshman, Olivia Salerno took second place, and Bridget Tarnowski placed fourth, also for the Patriots.
Liberty's runners rounded out the top ten, as Nikki Nelson finished in fifth place, Raisa Kochmaruk was eighth, Rachel Finn came in ninth, and Julie Vernarr placed tenth.
It's getting down to crunch time in the volleyball season and Liberty and Freedom are looking to clinch district berths as the season winds down to its final two weeks.
Liberty (7-6, 4-5) and Freedom (4-6, 4-5) are both on the cusp of qualifying for the postseason, but will need to close out the season on positive notes if they want to clinch berths.
Liberty needs to win two matches out of their last five in order to solidify a postseason berth, while Freedom needs three LVC wins in their final five bouts to clinch.
Freedom tennis player, Federica Maranzana, was filled with mixed emotions following her silver medal finish at number three singles at the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Monday at Parkland High School.
"I just kind of went out pretty relaxed. I wanted to play my best and see where it went. Once I got close, I wanted to see if I could do this. It's a little upsetting that I was that close," Maranzana said.
Maranzana made it to the final, taking on Parkland's TuQuyen Pham and missing out on the gold medal 8-10.
Levi Brown realizes his football career at Temple University is winding down in his senior season on and off the field, but he doesn't have any regrets along the way after a stellar career at Liberty High School. Instead, Brown has certainly made the most of his career since he first made the trip down the Pennsylvania Turnpike to North Philadelphia five years ago as a redshirt freshman.
Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the latest news regarding the newly formatted District 11 3A and 2A team tournaments.
With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.
Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.
In a shocking revelation, Emmaus' football team actually showed they had guts and beat a rough and tumble Easton squad.
That's what we took away from week five, as the Rovers were brought back down to reality and Emmaus fans must be thinking 'what if' their first couple of games didn't start so poorly.
Like they say, every dog has its day, and the Hornets had theirs. Bethlehem Catholic is certainly having their time as well and Parkland appears to be the king again as week six picks are ripe for your reading.
1. Parkland (4-1)
Last week's rank: 3
Five Bethlehem golfers qualified for the District 11 golf tournament on Monday, Oct. 7, at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton.
Bethlehem Catholic's Nick Maff led the way shooting an 80 at Mahoning Valley Country Club, par-73 on Monday, Sept. 30. Overall it was tied for the sixth-best score of the day.
Liberty's Kevin Zakszeski shot 81 to tie for seventh. Freedom's Tommy Archer was the only Patriot to qualify shooting an 84.
Two more Hawks qualified: JT Barker and Zach Surovy who both shot an 85.
Liberty's field hockey team doesn't have much to worry about heading into the stretch run of their season.
Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic don't really either. The difference is that the Hurricanes are heading into a different direction as their counterparts, as Liberty (8-4, 7-2) have essentially sealed the division title, to clinch them a spot in the LVC playoffs, barring a major late-season collapse.
Amidst a 1-4 start and heading into a matchup at Easton this Friday night, you can say the 2013 campaign for Freedom football hasn't been ideal nor does it get any easier.
The Patriots lost to Nazareth 21-7 last week and head coach Jason Roeder knows that keeping a positive attitude is all he can do for his struggling program at the moment.
For the second time in one week, Freedom's boys soccer game under the lights at BASD Stadium yielded winning results, when the Patriots defeated Dieruff 6-2 last Wednesday night.
"They played us tough last year. It was a great opportunity for me to see how we would respond. I didn't really see any intensity in us in the first 20 minutes, but then we got six out of ten players involved in that first goal," said Freedom coach Michael O'Connell.
That first goal was scored by Nigel Long after Diego Hernandez played the ball across on a pass from Quinn Ackerman.