Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn were crowned District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Champions after winning their match against Nazareth’s Gabe Knowles and Nate Tauber, 6-2, 6-0, last Thursday at Lehigh University.
“It feels good knowing that, coming into this, we weren’t necessarily the favorites, but we knew as long as we were playing well and working well together, we knew we had a really good opportunity and we did that,” said Gruber.
The Hurricanes trailed the Blue Eagles only once, and that was early in the first set.
Freedom senior Kyree Marshburn was a fourth place medalist at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Marshburn medaled in the 400 with a time of 51.71.
“This is a really competitive league so getting any kind of medal, any kind of recognition, you can only be happy,” Marshburn said. “My coach told me he wanted me to get to the first 200 meter mark with a high 22, low 23. I guess 250 meters in, 300 meters in, I just hit that wall, and when you hit that wall, it’s hard to fight through that.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls track and field team placed fifth overall, and Becahi’s boys team placed fourth overall at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Liz Lieb won two silver medals, one in the long jump with a distance of 17-08.25 and one in the triple jump with a distance of 37-01.50.
This is the time of year that Freedom’s volleyball team has been waiting for. The Pates have an opportunity to make some noise when they open the District 11 3A tournament Thursday at 6 p.m. against Nazareth.
The Pates (15-5) are the fourth seed and will host the fifth seeded Blue Eagles (14-5), a team that they lost to this season in their only encounter.
Nazareth beat out Freedom for the fourth and final spot in Monday’s EPC semifinals. The Blue Eagles lost to Whitehall in that round, as Whitehall will face Emmaus in Wednesday’s finals.
Liberty’s track and field teams placed third at the East Penn Conference Championships where the girls scored 82 points overall and the boys scored 76 points overall last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School.
Points were given for the top seven finishers in each event, and medals were awarded to the top four in each event.
Greta Stuckey was the only gold medal winner for the Hurricanes. The Liberty junior took first place in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.54.
After the Charlotte Checkers literally manhandled the Phantoms at the PPL Center in game two of their division championship series, nobody would have predicted that the Phantoms would go on the road and sweep the next three games to win the series.
The 6-0 drubbing in game two seemed to have sent a message to the Phantoms who responded by winning three straight - including a historic game four – to head to the Conference Championship against the Toronto Marlies.
Now that the EPC playoffs are out of the way for Liberty and Freedom, the focus will shift to the District postseason when things get underway next Monday for the opening round of the tournament.
Liberty (16-5) will likely end up as the fourth seed in the 6A playoffs and will open with fifth seeded Stroudsburg (14-6).
The Hurricanes are coming off a tough 10-0 loss to Emmaus in the EPC playoffs. It was the worst loss of the season for Liberty, as they fell behind early and could never recover in a five-inning, mercy-rule defeat.
Starting off its busy May slate, Bethlehem Steel FC battled hard but fell on the road to the Charleston Battery, 2-1, at MUSC Health Stadium.
With the District 11 tournament around the corner, it’s preparation time for both the Freedom boys and girls lacrosse programs, as they’ll be making return trips to the tournament.
The girls (13-5) made a run at the EPC tournament, but lost to Easton 22-6 in the opener to give them some time off before Thursday’s opening round of districts.
The Freedom boys have also had an extended period of down days in build up to the tournament, but one thing in common for both teams, is that they still aren’t sure who they’ll be playing when the postseason gets going.
During the regular season, Northampton was the only team to hold the Bethlehem Catholic softball team scoreless.
Through the first five innings of their East Penn Conference playoff matchup on May 14, it looked like the Golden Hawks were destined for the same result.
As it turns out, they just needed to bunt more.
Bunt singles by Natasha Miner and Julia Sledz keyed a sixth inning rally that propelled Becahi to a 6-1 victory. The Golden Hawks (16-4) advanced to play Liberty in the conference semifinals.