Five new members of the National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter Hall of Fame will be inducted at this year’s banquet, scheduled to take place during a dinner and ceremony on Friday, May 5 at the Northampton Community Center.
The list is led by former Central Catholic and Parkland head coach Jim Morgans, who won two state titles with the Vikings during his career, as well as leading Parkland to two state championship appearances.
Liberty senior Dan Lynn won the silver medal at the District 11 Class 3A Singles Tennis Tournament after competing against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber who won the finals match 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
“Of course, I wanted gold, but it’s a good feeling, silver,” said Lynn. “I just wanted to come in and play my game, go for his backhand, and come to the net.”
In the first set, three games went to deuce, and in the seventh game, Lynn was picking up momentum, scoring three big points, one of which was a crosscourt at the net.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team throwers propelled the Hawks to a 78.50-65.50 victory over Freedom last week with first, second, and third place finishes in each event.
Rachel Tanczos won the shot put with a distance of 35-04, Julia Zambo was second with a distance of 31-09, and Sarah Baumann was third with a distance of 31-03.
Tanczos also won the discus with a distance of 128-11, followed by Tessa Zamolyi with a distance of 102-01, and Zambo, who had a distance of 84-09.
The one thing that each Bethlehem school has cemented with a week left in the regular season is a spot in the District 11 playoffs.
Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic have each punched a ticket to districts, as they round out their calendar, but Liberty still has their sights on grabbing the fourth and final spot for the East Penn Conference playoffs.
The Hurricanes (9-4, 8-4) hold the fourth spot in the EPC race with league matches against Whitehall (12-1) on Wednesday and Pocono Mountain East (1-13) on Thursday.
Liberty’s Hall of Fame Committee will introduce their 2016-17 inductions on May 6 at Memorial Gymnasium.
The event will begin at 4:30pm with dinner and inductions.
When Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo called a team meeting one day last month, the Hurricanes thought they were being gathered to review plays; instead, they received unexpected inspiration from a boy named Owen and his dog Haatchi.
Owen Hawkins is a nine-year-old boy from London, England whom Carrodo met on Facebook after watching an ESPN documentary on Owen’s struggle with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a rare muscle disease, which then led to Owen’s agoraphobia.
The race for the East Penn Conference Steel Division title appears that it’ll go down to the wire, just as it did a year ago.
Liberty (14-2, 11-1) heads into the home stretch with a two-game lead over Freedom (12-3, 9-3) with four games left for both teams.
The Hurricanes also hold the tiebreaker at the moment over Freedom on head-to-head play after their 10-0 victory on April 22.
Bethlehem Catholic High School track and field coach Fred Rice has his hands full with 157 athletes on the roster this year, and he couldn’t be happier.
In addition, the Hawks have finally found a place to practice since Becahi does not have a track.
“Our A.D. Chris Domyan called Freedom’s A.D. Nate Stannard and asked if they would have any time availability, and then their new coach Ben Reph and I figured out what to do, how to lock up, and things like that,” said Rice. “They were so nice, and we are so thankful to them.”
Liberty’s number two doubles tennis team of Luke Conrad and David Lynn have advanced to the final of the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which will be continued at a time to be determined after being postponed because of rain last Saturday at Freedom High School.
Conrad and Lynn will face Parkland’s Kishan Unjia and Jesse Hence.
“I think it will be a challenge,” said Lynn. “Hopefully, we will do our best and go out and win. Our serves have been good all season. A lot of times, if we’re winning big, [Coach Leo Schnalzer] doesn’t go too deep with coaching.”
Every game is a big game according to Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos, but whenever Liberty and Freedom come together for one of their two regular season rivalry contests, it’s fair to say the stakes get even bigger.
During Saturday’s affair at Liberty, the Hurricanes had everything going the right way en route to a five inning, 10-0 shutout over the Patriots to bolster their confidence heading into another packed week of games.