The Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic, which provides funding for the Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty basketball programs as well as their respective feeder programs, took place this past Saturday, in part.
Due to weather concerns and regarding girls’ basketball, Becahi and Freedom played their games while Liberty did not.
Freedom hosted Emmaus and defeated the Hornets, 58-18.
Jennifer Kokolus was awarded MVP of the game for the Patriots. Kokolus scored 14 points and had 11 rebounds.
Becahi hosted Southern Lehigh and fell to the Spartans, 52-42.
The last time Liberty and Nazareth met at the Virginia Duals, both teams took away seven wins apiece until the Blue Eagles managed to sneak out a 27-26 criteria victory. This weekend the Hurricanes will have a chance at redemption with the EPC title on the line when they get a rematch with Nazareth Saturday night at Easton Area Middle School in the EPC Championship Day.
Saturday’s festivities will cap off one of the most memorable regular season’s in Liberty history, as the Hurricanes (14-2) will have the chance to win their first league title since 1980.
It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway Saturday, Feb. 2 and runs until Feb. 10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To many sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, this show is commonly known as the Harrisburg Show, despite it’s new name of The Great American Outdoor Show.
Hosted by the NRA and Ram trucks, this year’s super show will feature over 200 seminars, 1,100 exhibits, over 400 hunting/fishing outfitters from around the world, equipment dealers including the top firearms manufacturers, ATVs, SUVs, trucks and boats.
Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey took first place in the 800 meter run when the Hurricanes returned to indoor track competition on Jan. 12 at the Golden Bear High School Invitational at Kutztown University.
Stuckey’s time was 2:31.27.
The Hurricane senior was also on the 4x4 relay team, along with Gabby Phillips, Essynce Boyz, and Yamilette Ferrufino placing second with a time of 4:23.70 and breaking Liberty’s indoor track & field school record.
Fellow Hurricane Jaida Davis came in fourth in the shot put with a distance of 32-06.50.
Freedom’s hockey team has hit all their strides this season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).
The undefeated Patriots (12-0-0) have been nestled in first place all season, and they also have allowed just eight goals while they have scored 100.
In addition, Freedom has seven players in double figures in scoring.
With the postseason a few weeks away, the Patriots are confident they can take the next step toward winning a LVSHL championship.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 35 16 .686
St. Paul’s 29 16 .644
Bath Luth 29 19 .604
Christ UCC 25 23 .521
Dryland 26 25 .510
Emmanuel 24 24 .500
Ebenezer 23 28 .451
Farmersville 20 28 .417
St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417
Light of Christ 19 29 .396
Salem UCC 17 31 .354
Christ UCC (4-3 10in, 4-0) at Dryland (5-2)
C - Eric Yocum 6-14, Joe Hunsicker 5-13 HR, Dave Shaver 4-12, Ed Yost 4-13.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
If sports teams made trades based on the popularity of their players with the fans, Taylor Leier would still be a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Instead, as the old saying goes, sports are a business and Taylor Leier is now a member of the Rochester Americans. The 24-year old left winger was dealt to Buffalo for right winger Justin Bailey.
While Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic have already locked up district berths on the season, Liberty is still working its way toward that goal as they head into an important week of action.
The Hurricanes (9-6) have won four of five games and pushed themselves in good position heading down the home stretch to clinch a district berth, barring a sudden skid in the final seven games.
Although Liberty’s divers did not compete in the recent EPC Diving Championships due to logistical issues, Hurricane senior Cara Kuykens still has her eye on the upcoming district meet.
This past week, Kuykens placed first in the diving event during the Hurricanes’ swim meet against East Stroudsburg South.
“I think I did well on my back one-and-a-half with a twist. I’ve been doing it all season,” Kuykens said. “There were a lot of dives I haven’t thrown all season, so I thought, why not, and I had to put them in a meet somewhere.”