Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic headed into the East Penn Conference (EPC) tournament Tuesday, which past Press deadlines, rounding out their regular seasons in varying degrees.
However, as of deadline the tournament was moved back to 11 a.m. because of rain before finally being postponed to Wednesday.
Defending EPC and district champion Liberty will look to make another run with a steadily improving cast. LHS finished the regular season with a 10-5 mark.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis team fought through three three-set matches and four tiebreaks, but Emmaus prevailed over the Hurricanes, 5-2, on Saturday at Liberty.
Freedom’s tennis match against Bethlehem Catholic will be continued this Wednesday after darkness began to fall on the third set of the two singles match between Natalie Sinai and Belen Blasco last week at Freedom.
“I knew Beca was going to be strong, and we kept talking about it because it seemed like we were on such a role, and I said we have to realize Beca is undefeated, and they’re playing really well,” Sinai said. “Yesterday at practice Coach [Mark Sigmon] was like, it’s the biggest match of the year.”
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of mud stayed Grace Haas from the swift completion of her appointed race, as she gladly left her running shoes behind to clinch a fifth place finish (first for the Hurricane girls) in last Wednesday’s cross country meet at Stroudsburg.
“I decided I wasn’t going to move for the mud puddles; the mud puddles were going to have to go through me, so I ran straight through every mud puddle,” Haas said. “I tried to pick up my feet more quickly so that my shoes wouldn’t get sucked off which worked until the end when I got my shoes sucked off.”
A goal-line stand late in the third quarter helped reignite Freedom’s offense, setting the stage for its win over Whitehall as their offense erupted for 21 points in the final period to remain undefeated.
With Whitehall knocking on the door after stringing together an 18-play drive that ate up most of the third quarter, the Patriots held firm at their own 2-yard-line, stopping running back Allen Negrete short on fourth-and-two as he attempted to draw the Zephyrs within one score.
It has been a rough, last three weeks for the Liberty football team. Having to play three of the top-five teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in a row, against two of which were coming off losses the week prior and more motivated than ever.
After winning their first two games to open up the 2018 regular season, the Hurricanes (2-3 overall, 2-3 EPC) have dropped their last three games to Parkland, Easton and Bethlehem Catholic each of the last three weeks respectively.
Saturday saw Bethlehem Catholic host Nazareth in a midseason clash between two very different teams.
Becahi came into this game boasting a 3-1 record on the season and coming off two impressive wins against Liberty (45-16), and most recently, against Parkland (24-16). The Golden Hawks were coming into this game with a lot of confidence.
On the other side of the field, Nazareth was 1-3 entering this contest. The Blue Eagles had lost three-straight games: Emmaus (42-43) Allentown Central Catholic (13-23) and most recently to Freedom (49-28).
A sound of late summer customarily starts at dusk and continues through the night hours. And the sound emanates from a source not often seen unless flushed from a hiding place in flower beds, high grasses, under rocks or under trash cans.
What we speak of are crickets. The little black (or brown) crawlers that some anglers use as bait when fishing for bass. Others enjoy hearing their constant chirping when their home windows are open at night. Others wished they’d go away as their constant chirping irritates them and prevents them from sleeping.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau ran away with first place by more than one minute in this week’s cross country meet with Liberty, Bethlehem Catholic, Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West, and Pocono Mountain East last Tuesday at Freedom.
Charboneau’s time was 20.03.
Liberty’s Belle Weikert came in second with a time of 21:08, followed by teammates, Emily Jobes, 21:10, Grace Haas, 21:11, and Greta Stuckey, 21:36.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Marcella Benwellos was sixth in 22:11, and Freedom’s Cailin Connelly placed 10th in 22:57.
Not much has changed for Liberty’s volleyball team heading into this season and the Hurricanes want it to continue that way.
Liberty is off to a 4-0 start as they head into a week with two tests against East Penn Conference stalwarts with Parkland (3-1) and Central Catholic (2-2) this week.
Head coach Missy Lynn is hoping that this week can pose some challenges to her team this week, as they’ve swept all four of their opponents this season so far.