In the first two games of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference playoffs, Liberty trailed in each contest.
But, the Hurricanes found a way to pull come-from-behind victories against both Nazareth and Pocono Mountain East to advance to last Friday night’s EPC Championship game against Parkland.
Things started off on a good note for the Hurricanes as they took a 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but after that the Hurricanes found themselves once again in a familiar spot - trying to pull themselves out of a hole.
Freedom’s girls lacrosse team enjoyed a memorable season, but the Patriots weren’t able to overcome top-seeded Easton Monday night in the District 11 3A semifinals at Northampton.
The Rovers won by a 15-3 margin, giving them their third win of the season over Freedom, as they move to Wednesday’s final against second-seeded Parkland.
Emily Tuturice scored six goals for Easton (16-1) in Monday’s win.
Bethlehem Catholic may have suffered through a tough spring season, but the Golden Hawks aren’t worried about that any longer.
Becahi qualified for the District 11 4A baseball playoffs as a sixth-seed despite having a 6-14 season mark, as they head into Wednesday’s battle with fellow Catholic school rival, third-seeded Allentown Central Catholic, who also enter the tourney with a sub .500 mark of 7-13.
A district championship run could be in the works for Bethlehem Catholic when they opened the District 11 2A tournament Tuesday against Pottsville (3-7).
With 2A only having four teams in the tournament, Becahi (8-9) and Dock Mennonite (11-7) are primed for a finals clash this week.
“Our knowledge of Pottsville and Dock is enough for us to create a game plan for each team,” said head coach Jeff Koch. “Some of the teams in the Lehigh Valley had the opportunity to play both Pottsville and Dock.
Freedom High School jumper Madison McTier won the silver medal in the triple jump at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“I was nervous because I wanted to go to states. It feels pretty good. I practiced a lot every day,” McTier said.
McTier’s jump measured 36-07.
“It was on my first jump, actually,” she said. “I’m going to try to move back to the 36 board [for states]. Right now, I’m at the 32.”
Liberty jumper Grace Mittl won a silver medal in the long jump.
Liberty’s tennis team competed in the first round of PIAA state team championships but lost to Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) by a score of 2-3 last Tuesday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
The Hurricanes won at one singles where Dan Lynn defeated Ahmed Aboseada 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, and at two singles where Louis Gruber defeated Cahlin Pragada 3-6, 6-3, 10-3.
Lynn and Aboseada were still playing when the team match was decided.
“I had a feeling [they won]. I saw them smiling,” said Lynn. “We made it this far. It’s a big accomplishment.”
Liberty junior Olivia Sahaydak was determined to win a district gold medal in the 800 meter run after winning a conference silver medal, so she made some changes to her strategy and clinched the gold at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“At the end, I needed to have a kick. Last week [at conferences] I had to hang on for dear life,” Sahaydak said.
This time, Sahaydak changed her tactic and stuck with the group for the first lap and a half.
Trevor Connors took the mound in the home opener for the Bethlehem Steel last Thursday night as they faced the Limeport Dodgers. Connors gave up his only hit of the day, an infield single in the first inning to Dodgers outfielder Koenig, but pitched a solid four inning shutout recording five strike outs as the Steel won their first game 15-0.
Liberty and Freedom will both open up the District 11 6A playoffs at home Wednesday afternoon.
The second-seeded Hurricanes will look to bounce back from their loss to Parkland in the East Penn Conference championship last Friday night when they square off against Nazareth (No. 7 seed) or Pleasant Valley (No. 10 seed).
Freedom (16-5) faces a tricky opponent in their 4-5 matchup when Pocono Mountain East makes the trip to Bethlehem.
Andy Pitsilos said Gabe Albino had ice in his veins with Liberty’s playoff fate resting on his shoulders in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s East Penn Conference baseball quarterfinal against Nazareth.
The top-seeded Hurricanes trailed 5-4, as Albino found himself behind 0-2 in the count with two outs and the bases loaded.
After only losing one league contest all season, Liberty was facing elimination in the first round of the league tournament.