Freedom forward Katie Flynn held on to the District XI girls’ soccer championship trophy like it was gold, but the gold was hanging around her neck, placed there by Coach Bob Eaton after the Patriots defeated Nazareth, 3-1, in the Class 4A final on Saturday night at Emmaus High School.
“It means a lot and we just brought it all together. It’s post season, we’re a whole new team, and we’ve been on a streak,” Flynn said. “I told them at halftime this is not over. We have to go out and bring it 10 times harder than we played the first half.”
We’re getting down to the wire here of the high school season with season’s ending for several teams in the top-10 a week ago, with more to come this week.
This week’s Freedom-Parkland game is massive in 6A, while Central Catholic and Northwestern highlight the weekend’s other marquee contest.
The 5A title game between Southern Lehigh and East Stroudsburg South also pits two teams from other conferences in an interesting matchup.
With that said, let’s see who survives another week.
1. Nazareth (10-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 16 5 .762
Dryland 16 8 .667
Light of Christ 14 10 .583
Salem UCC 12 9 .571
Bath Luth 12 12 .500
Emmanuel 13 14 .481
Christ UCC 11 13 .458
St. Stephen’s 9 12 .429
St. Paul’s 10 14 .417
Ebenezer 8 16 .333
Farmersville 8 16 .333
Christ UCC at Ebenezer 12-9 (10), 4-0, 4-5 (13)
C - Garry Hunsicker 9-17, Joe Hunsicker 7-15, Keith Laudenslager 6-16, Ron Wagner 6-17, Dave Shaver 5-17.
LEHIGH GIRLS HOOPS
The Patriot League Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll was announced recently, as Lehigh was picked to finish first with 140 points including nine first-place votes.
The Mountain Hawks were selected ahead of Holy Cross by two points and four first-place votes, while eight points ahead of Bucknell in third. In addition to the first place honor, Lehigh senior guard Camryn Buhr was selected to the Preseason All-Patriot League team. The Preseason Player of the Year award was also handed out by the league.
It wasn’t a historic passing night for Freedom and it wasn’t a mercy rule victory, but it was enough to push the Patriots into the District 11 6A semifinals following last week’s 42-21 win over Emmaus.
Instead of passing at will on the Hornets like Freedom did during their regular season encounter, the Pates (10-1) churned out 243 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns to eventually pull away from a feisty Emmaus (5-6) squad.
Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.
Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 11 4 .733
Light of Christ 13 8 .619
Dryland 11 7 .611
Salem UCC 9 6 .600
Emmanuel 11 10 .524
Bath Luth 9 9 .500
St. Stephen’s 7 8 .467
Christ UCC 8 10 .444
St. Paul’s 8 10 .444
Ebenezer 7 14 .333
Farmersville 5 13 .278
St. Stephen’s at
Bath Luth. 6-2, 1-4, 3-2
SS - Alan Antry 6-11, Ed Wychock, Gary Buczynski 4-14, Maseo Conner HR.
BL - Wendy Yacone 5-12, DJ Dan Stillwell 5-12, Scott Henninger 4-12.
Liberty Quarterback Dallas Holmes totaled four touchdowns in the Hurricanes 52-27 victory over Whitehall. The game was filled with mistakes and big plays, though, from the start it was apparent whose night this was at BASD Stadium.
“Dallas has been great as a senior leader this year,” said head coach John Truby. “Our season has not gone the way that we were hoping, and thanks to guys like Dallas and other seniors they have kept us working hard.”
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are both hoping to make District 11 runs in the field hockey tournaments when they get underway.
The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (15-5) traveled to fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East (14-4-1)on Tuesday in the opener of the 3A tournament, which was past Press deadlines. Liberty was unfortunately placed in the top half of the bracket with top-seeded Emmaus (21-0), giving them an exact tournament route as they saw in the EPC tournament.
Liberty and Freedom find themselves in similar positions to their 2018 affair when both teams meet up this Saturday at 1 p.m. at BASD Stadium.
The Hurricanes (3-6) need a win and some help to sneak into the District 11 postseason, while Freedom (8-1) is aiming for the city title and the top-seed in districts.
A year ago, Liberty needed to win to clinch a district berth and used a run of five straight second half turnovers by the Patriots to score a 29-10 upset victory that ruined Freedom’s shot at their first undefeated regular season in school history.