The basketball spotlight of the Lehigh Valley was front and center at Bethlehem Catholic last night, as the Golden Hawks hosted Freedom in the marquee battle of the season in the East Penn Conference. With both teams battling for the top spot in the conference, Tuesday’s showdown, which happened after Press deadlines, would play a pivotal role in the league playoff race.
Freedom (15-3) saw its 11-game win streak snapped last week in a 76-59 loss to Easton, but the Pates rebounded with wins over Bangor, Dieruff and Pocono Mountain East heading into Tuesday’s tilt.
Freedom High School inducted a new Hall of Fame class on Friday, Jan. 25, before the boys’ varsity basketball game against Dieruff.
This year’s class included: Scott Tuner, Michael Lawrence, Beth (Crocus) Kondorossy, Lauretta Dezubay Harbilas and the 1973 baseball team.
A brief bio for each inductee is below:
Scott Turner was a three-time Northeast Regional champ in wrestling at Freedom. He went on to become a two-time All-American, a three-time ACC champion and a national champ at North Carolina State in 1988.
Freedom’s swim team faced two powerhouses in one week and even though the team scores were losses, the Patriots produced some top individual times against both Parkland and Emmaus.
Freedom hosted Parkland last Tuesday when the Patriots’ medley relay teams just missed a first place finish. Abby Burnette, Aliah Corrado, Sage Hillier, and Hallie Smith came in second in 2:04.82, and Andrew Ehret, Al Bell, Danny Connell, and Dylan Stahl were out touched with a time of 1:46.32 to 1:45.70.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 35 19 .648
St. Paul’s 30 18 .625
Bath Lutheran 30 21 .588
Emmanuel 27 24 .529
Dryland 28 26 .519
Christ UCC 25 26 .490
Ebenezer 23 28 .451
St. Stephen’s 23 28 .451
Light of Christ 21 30 .412
Farmersville 21 30 .412
Salem UCC 19 32 .373
Liberty’s swim team hosted Dieruff this week when the Hurricane girls defeated the Huskies, 89-66, and the Hurricane boys also won, 89-30.
Samantha Taylor, Jackie Baker, Kay Wetmore, and Sarah Park won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.90.
Patrick Gilhool, Andrew Layne, Daniel Lader, and Addison Collins also won the 200 medley relay in 1:49.96.
Abby Mack won the 200 free in 2:02.94.
Taylor and Collins won the 200 IM in 2:16.68 and 2:15.74, respectively.
Jonathan Drago took first place in the 50 free in 23.10.
The Liberty Hurricanes captured their first league wrestling title since 1986 by winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship with a 33-26 win over Nazareth Saturday night at Easton Middle School.
Head coach Jody Karam reflected on the first league championship of his 26-year Liberty tenure.
The 2018 East Penn Conference field hockey all-stars were announced and Liberty’s Rayne Wright came away as the league MVP. The midfielder has helped the Hurricanes to a 15-2-2 record heading into this week’s EPC semifinals where the Hurricanes took on Emmaus Tuesday night.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Jaleesa Lanier also earned first team consideration from the midfield, while Wright’s teammate, Sadie Abboud, earned second team honors at forward.
The entire all-star list is below:
When hard-crusted snow covers the ground, wildlife have a tough time finding food. Deer in particular have trouble finding suitable forage. As such, many well-meaning folks put out bagged corn or grain. While commendable as it appears, their graciousness is only harming the species.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, artificially feeding deer in the winter is the best way to kill a large number of deer in a small area in a short time. The problem, says the PGC, is that a deer’s diet cannot be rapidly changed in winter without damage to its digestive system.
District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.
Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.
For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI passes are to be accepted. No league passes for any session.
The EPC released its schedule for the 2018-19 Wrestling Championship Day.
The event takds place Saturday, Jan. 26 at Easton Middle School. Adult admission is $6 and it’s $3 for students and senior citizens.
Round 1 kicks off at 1:30 p.m.:
13th - Pleasant Vy. vs. Dieruff
15th - Pocono Mt. West vs. Allen
17th - Central vs. Eastburg North
Round 2 starts at 3:15 p.m.:
7th - Parkland vs. Stroudsburg
9th - Emmaus vs. Eastburg South
11th - Whitehall vs. Pocono Mt. East
Round 3 is 5 p.m.:
3rd - Becahi vs. Easton