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UPDATE: Rain continues to alter playoff schedules

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Weather continues to change schedules for league playoff games this week.

Here’s the latest as of Wednesday afternoon:

Track

The District 11 track and field meet is still on for Wednesday, May 16, for day one with day two scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Both days take place at Whitehall High School with action beginning at 3 p.m.

Thursday will be a busy day for area baseball and softball teams:

EPC Baseball

LHS, FHS battle for EPC playoff seeds

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference baseball tournament gets underway this weekend and Liberty and Freedom are both vying for playoff berths as we hit the final week of the regular season.

The Hurricanes (13-4, 9-4) and Patriots (12-7, 10-5) both come into the week in position to finish as one of the top eight seeds.

Where they will land will ultimately be decided by this week’s slate of contests, as Liberty had to get through four league games, while Freedom only has two games on the docket.

Outdoors

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.

While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host that walks by so they can latch themselves onto them and your pets.

Phantoms, Checkers series getting rough

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Generally, you think of rivalries as being between teams in close proximity to each other.

Sometimes though, rivalries can develop because of circumstances, including a big playoff series. Such is the case for the budding rivalry between the Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers. The two teams played each other very evenly during the regular season and are matched up in the Atlantic Division finals on their quest for an AHL Calder Cup trophy.

Pate girls prepping for league playoffs

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girl lacrosse is making their first trip to the EPC playoffs when the tournament starts today. They’ll be squaring off against a common foe that has got the best of them of late.

Third-seeded Freedom will take on second-seeded Easton at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday night at Northampton in the opening round of the tournament.

Top-seeded Parkland will battle fourth-seeded Emmaus in the nightcap.

The Pates (12-5) have lost both games to the Rovers this season by 17-9 and 16-12 accounts. Easton also knocked Freedom out of the District 11 postseason last year as well.

FHS moves on from Hall in wrestling

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Brandon Hall’s tenure as head coach of Freedom’s wrestling program came to an end recently.

After eight-years of leading the Pates, Hall won’t be back next season.

“It’s frustrating,” Hall said. “I can’t see myself coaching anywhere else because this is where I wanted to be, but they didn’t want to bring me back next year.”

Freedom principal Michael LaPorta offered his appreciation for Hall’s services, as the school looks for a new head coach.