You don’t need to tell Joe Henrich about proceeding with caution in the District 11 postseason, despite top-seeded Bethlehem Catholic entering the 4A tournament as the unequivocal favorite when they open up postseason play at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon at BASD Stadium against Blue Mountain.
The Hawks (7-3) have won the last two District 11 4A titles and the eighth-seeded Eagles, coming in at 3-7, don’t likely have a chance for a massive upset this season, but that doesn’t change the Hawks preparation for this week.
Spooky season? Not for Lehighton.
This is when the Indians feast.
A district runner-up the last two years, Lehighton enter this postseason as the top contender for the crown - and with a target on their back.
Don’t expect the Tribe to buckle under the weight of those expectations.
Lehighton lived up to its billing as the No. 1 seed with a 3-1 win over Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class A semifinals on Monday.
The treat? The Indians will play Northwestern in the championship game on Wednesday, Halloween.
A full moon rose over the East stands at BASD stadium on a chilly Wednesday night as the curtain descended on the Liberty Hurricanes’ field hockey season after a 4-2 loss to Stroudsburg in the opening round of the District XI playoffs in the battle between the 4th and 5th seeds.
The ‘Canes were looking for their third victory of the season over the Mounties after having defeated them 1-0 during the regular season and 2-0 in the first round of the EPC tournament.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cross country team competed in the District XI Class 2A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Golf Course where Becahi sophomore Marcela Banuelos placed 16th out of 85 runners in the girls’ race.
“I think I did pretty OK,” Banuelos said. “I think I got a P.R., but I was tired at the end.”
Banuelos’s time was 20:35.39.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau had a fifth place finish at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, not the placement she had hoped for, but a top five finish nonetheless.
“I wasn’t feeling my best, and the weather definitely impacted how I ran,” Charboneau said. “The paces were so different from they were last week.”
Last week was the EPC meet, where Charboneau placed first on the same course.
“I had a lead until the hills. Then Ciara [Conboy] popped up,” said Charboneau.
Awesome is how Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin described taking third place, up from sixth place in leagues the week before, at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Fermin looked just as awesome heading into the finish, having improved his time by, yes, an awesome 31 seconds.
The Bears shut out Freedom, 3-0, highlighted by Brianna Clark’s hat trick and strong defense last week.
The first score of the game came during a quick sequence of events, when Larissa Mulligan moved the ball swiftly down the field. Clark was there to pounce on the opportunity by scoring around the four-minute mark.
Pleasant Valley added another score from Clark later in the first half, as unlike last week versus Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley head coach Derek Strohl saw his Bears get off to a fast start against Freedom.
Liberty’s volleyball team is the last team standing as the District 11 postseason heads into the semifinal round Tuesday night.
The Hurricanes (15-3) took on top-seeded Emmaus in last night’s semis at Catasauqua, with the results of that contest past Press deadlines.
Liberty easily dispatched Delaware Valley in their playoff opener last week, sweeping them 25-15, 25-13, 25-5 to advance for their first showdown with Emmaus this season.
Freedom tennis players Natalie Sinai and Tashanna Smith sailed through the District XI Class 3A Doubles Tennis Tournament last week and were ultimately crowned district champions last Thursday at Lehigh University.
The pair had not lost a game all week until the first set of the final against Parkland’s Patricia Yao and Joanna Wu.
Sinai and Smith defeated the Trojan duo, 6-2, 6-0.
Two days earlier, Sinai and Smith defeated Stroudsburg’s Sara Denny and Paris Briegel, 6-0, 6-0, in the semifinal, and Emmaus’s Shannon Stewart and Jocelyn Chow in the quarterfinal, 6-0, 6-0.