Freedom couldn’t take down Parkland in the girls East Penn Conference lacrosse tournament, but the Patriots may get another crack at them in the district tournament.
The Pates lost to the Trojans 17-10 last week in the conference semifinals, as Parkland went on to beat Easton 12-6 for the league crown Monday night.
Now, Freedom head coach Charis Innarella shifts her focus to the District 11 postseason, where they’ll likely enter as the third or fourth seed.
After Freedom won the Steel Division in EPC softball at the end of the regular season, Patriot pitcher Jen Slanovec tossed a 12-0 shutout against Stroudsburg in the conference quarterfinal last Thursday at Freedom.
“We’re coming into this really confident because I think with us finishing at the top of our division, it really gives us a big push for leagues and districts so it’s a really good win,” said Patriot outfielder Taylor Resetar, who had her first ever walk-off grand slam on Thursday.
A great catch by Whitehall’s Ben Hudak in the third inning would have been a perfect way for the eighth-seeded Zephs to talk about an upset victory in the EPC playoffs over top-seed Liberty on Saturday.
When first baseman Hudak drifted into foul ground to go after a pop up, the bases were loaded in the bottom of the third of a scoreless game. Hudak kept tracking the ball as it started to reach the fence where spectators had gathered to watch the game. Hudak stuck his glove over the fence, and then toppled over it, the ball secure in his mitt.
Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams competed in the East Penn Conference Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at Whitehall High School where medals were awarded to the top four finishers in each event.
Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Emily Jobes, and Greta Stuckey won gold medals in the 4x8 relay for Liberty with a time of 9:39.46.
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Liberty’s boys’ track and field team is the 2019 Dual Meet and League Meet Champions, scoring a meet record 148 points at the East Penn Conference Championships last week at Whitehall High School
Gold medal winners from Liberty were Darlyn Fermin in the 3200 with a time of 9:42.94 and Christian Tackett in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.82.
Silver medalists from Liberty were Trevor Harris in the shot put with a 48-06.75 and in the discus with a 146-04.00.
Bethlehem Steel FC fought to a tough 1-1 draw at home to kick off the club’s three-match home stand, getting standout performances from Tomás Romero, Matt Real and Jamoi Topey in the second half.
Despite giving up the early 11th-minute goal to Atlanta’s Laurence Wyke, Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Tomás Romero made great saves in the remainder of the first half to keep the Steel in the match. Midfielder Chavany Willis and Philadelphia Union forward Michee Ngalina both made dangerous attacks, but were unable to level in the first half.
Last Friday’s rivalry showdown between Freedom and Liberty on the volleyball court had a lot riding on the line outside of bragging rights. A spot in Monday’s East Penn Conference volleyball semifinals was on the line and the Patriots made sure they were the ones making the four-team tourney, as they knocked off the Hurricanes in four games.
Rain is once again altering league playoff schedules in the area. This time, Colonial League and EPC softball playoff games have been pushed back from Tuesday to Wednesday.
In the Colonial League, Notre Dame will take on Bangor at Pates Park at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, followed by the Northwestern-Palmerton game at 7 p.m. League finals are still scheduled for Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. at Pates Park.