The Emmaus Green Hornets’ ground attack took the wind of the Liberty Hurricanes during a dominant 34-6 victory on Sept. 28 at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium. The win kept Emmaus undefeated (6-0, 4-0 EPC) and kept the Hornets in a first-place tie with Freedom (5-0, 4-0 EPC) in the East Penn Conference South Division.
A always makes a team feel good, but last week’s 56-21 victory over Whitehall was especially what Bethlehem Catholic needed.
Coming off an upset loss to Nazareth the week before, Becahi relied on its ground game with 343 yards rushing to overtake the Zephyrs.
Tavion Banks had his first monster game of the season, running for 124 yards and four touchdowns to lead the way.
Zaheer Seabrooks added 112 yards and a score rushing as well, as the Hawks used their size up front to dominate Whitehall to the tune of 536 total yards.
Liberty’s field hockey team has won five straight games and is one of the top teams in District 11, but the Hurricanes will have to finish out their season without head coach Mary Kate Omdahl.
Omdahl resigned from the team last week for personal reasons, as Liberty sits with a 10-1-2 record on the season.
Liberty athletic director Fred Harris said that the team will now be coached by the current staff of Tanya Hood, Maria Montanez and Karen Nielson.
Whenever EPC South teams have locked horns with their counterparts from the North, it’s usually been a one sided affair.
That was the case again last weekend, as Freedom (6-0) demolished Pocono Mountain West 55-6 to continue its unbeaten streak to start the season.
Now, the Patriots start a difficult month to close out the regular season with Easton (5-1) this Friday night at home.
Freedom’s field hockey team is in a rough stretch and the Patriots hope it won’t be too late to get things back in order before the season closes out.
The Patriots (3-6) are in the midst of a three-game losing streak heading into this week, but they have an opportunity to claw their way toward .500 this week with the slate of competition on the schedule this week.
Facing some of the East Penn Conference’s top teams over the past week, Freedom has dropped contests to Parkland, Northampton and Easton by a combined 15-1 score line.
Midway through the volleyball season, it appears to be a tug-of-war battle for the lead in the EPC’s Steel Division.
Liberty (4-2), Freedom (4-3) and Bethlehem Catholic (4-3) are all battling for the top spot in the division and this week can further bolster that case when Freedom and Liberty square off Thursday night at Freedom.
The Patriots are hoping to prove that they’ve learned from last week’s results, where they swept Whitehall, but lost to Emmaus in three games, in order to truly vie for the division title.
Going into their tennis match against Freedom last week, Bethlehem Catholic was still undefeated, having most recently defeated Liberty, 7-0, last Tuesday.
Led by number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti, the Hawks were 12-0 on the season, but their match against the Patriots was left hanging as darkness fell last Thursday.
Becahi’s singles players fared well against the Hurricanes, as Magliochetti won her match, 6-0, 6-0, Belen Blasco won at two singles, 6-0, 6-1, and Jess Marks won at three singles, 6-0, 6-0.
With the statewide archery deer hunting season in full swing, it brings up the possibility of bowhunters falling from their tree stands. In fact, September is Tree Stand Safety month as designated by the Treestand ManufacturerÕs Association who say most archery deer hunting is done from a tree stand.
Interestingly, a study of Vermont and North Carolina bowhunters revealed the following:
*74 percent of tree stand accidents occurred while climbing up or down or when installing/removing a stand.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin and Stroudsburg’s Zach Landvik-Lanson may have been the only two runners happy with their race at last Wednesday’s cross country meet in Stroudsburg.
That’s because the quantity and quality of mud puddles on the Mounties’ course were numerous and deep.
“I got a good start,” said Fermin, who placed second in 17:35. “We always pre-run before a meet, so we knew where the muddy spots were at. I just tried to stay out of the mud as much as possible.”
Through five weeks of the season, I’m not sure we’ve had many more clear cut number one team in the area than Freedom this year. In a year of parody in the EPC, the top three teams in the poll have solidified their footing, but only Freedom has asserted themselves as the top dog.
That all could certainly change in the second half of the season, but Freedom and Saucon Valley are looking like league champs in their respective conferences.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s poll.
1. Freedom (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1