The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks advanced to the District XI 4A semifinals with a 45-13 victory over Blue Mountain on Saturday.
The Hawks entered the game as the #1 seed following a 7-3 campaign in the EPC. Blue Mountain qualified for the last spot in the District XI 4A playoffs despite a 3-7 regular season record and going 0-6 in the Schuylkill League.
Becahi started the scoring on their first drive of the game, traveling 61 yards on 7 running plays. Zaheer Seabrooks got the final touch, taking the ball to the end zone from 12 yards out.
We had a predictable first week of the postseason, but things spice up a bit this week in all classes as the cream rises to the top.
Freedom and Parkland highlight the big boy affair in 6A, while Becahi should keep pounding their way in 4A. Notre Dame is looking for a 3A title, but the second most interesting game of the weekend takes place in Saucon Valley with a Colonial League showdown with Northwestern.
Who will come out on top this week? Check out this week’s picks below.
1. Freedom (10-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Can the Pates get back to normal?
As has been the Freedom way all season, the Patriots played to a double overtime, this time in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer final against Emmaus, and defeated the Hornets, 1-0, for district gold on Nov. 1 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
The second overtime had just begun when Bradley Turocy scored the game winner.
Freedom’s 1-0 victory over Pleasant Valley in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer semifinal on Oct. 30 guaranteed the Patriots a place in the PIAA State tournament, but the district final against Emmaus would be next in the Pates’ quest for more gold.
Bethlehem Steel FC saw its best season in its young history conclude in the USL Eastern Conference Semifinals as the club fell to defending USL Cup Champions Louisville City FC, 2-0.
Pressure was a word Freedom football coach Jason Roeder used repeatedly following last week’s 14-7 win over Liberty in the opening round of the District 11 6A playoffs, but it was an accurate noun to describe what the Freedom players, coaches and fans endured for six days following a disappointing loss to the Hurricanes in the regular season finale.
Instead, all that mental and physical stress associated with taking on your arch rival in back-to-back weeks came to a head at BASD last week in a grind it out affair in a torrential downpour.
Three Liberty and one Freedom distance runners competed in the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey.
Patriot sophomore Lauren Charboneau finished in the highest place in 37th.
Freedom coach Bob Thear had two goals for Charboneau: to place in the top 50 and to be the first finisher from District XI.
Although a Parkland runner slipped in ahead of her, Charboneau ran a very good race on a day when the course easily played 45 seconds slower than it would have on most days because of inclement weather.
With the deer rut in progress (when bucks chase does during the breeding season - for you non-hunters), it’s a time for motorists to stay alert, because if you hit a deer with your vehicle, you’ll probably have to pay a deductible for your car insurance to cover the damage. And if you no longer carry collision coverage, you’re out the cost for repair.
The chances of a deer collision is quite high in Pennsylvania. In fact, the Keystone State ranks third in states where you’re most likely to hit a deer with your vehicle. West Virginia is rated first and Montana second.
Bethlehem Catholic number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti won the silver medal after competing in the PIAA State Class 2A Singles Tennis Tournament this past weekend in Hershey, and Freedom’s Natalie Sinai and Tashanna Smith won bronze after competing in the PIAA State Class 3A Doubles Tennis Tournament, also this past weekend in Hershey.
“We wanted to end on a good note,” said Sinai. “They were very good.”
Sinai was referring to Shady Side Academy’s Ella Santora and Amy Youssef, whom the Patriots played for third place.
The first quarter of the regular season finale between Freedom and Liberty went as expected in the matchup between the undefeated Patriots and the 4-5 Hurricanes. Liberty’s opening drive resulted in a quick three-and-out and the ensuing punt into the gusting wind set Freedom up at its own 45. It took a little over two minutes and six plays for the Pates’ offense to put up the first score of the game, a 9-yard run by Matthew Russin.