With just over two weeks left in the volleyball season, all three of Bethlehem’s teams appear poised for the District 11 postseason, barring second half collapses.
Freedom (9-5, 5-5) pushed themselves in position with a four-game win streak that continued on Monday with a sweep [25-19, 29-27, 25-23] over Easton.
It’s been a story of inconsistency for the Patriots this season, as they’ve defeated the teams they’re supposed to, but haven’t been able to register that signature win on the season.
The Northampton track team compete at the Allen Invitational as well as in a home meet against Parkland.
Lyndsey Gallagher earned a medal in both the 1600 (2nd) and 3200 (3rd) at the Allen Invite. She also broke the school record in the 1600 by almost 8 seconds - running a 5:08.13.
Alexis Barrall took second in the pole vault. Jeremy Sell was second in the shot put and the boys 400 relay team took third.
Some highlights of the Parkland meet again involved Gallagher, who broke the Al Erdosy Stadium record in the 1600. She ran a 5:15.2 - topping the old record of 5:18.
When Bethlehem Catholic pitcher Tatum Kresley was asked if she needed to come out of the game during the sixth inning of the Hawks’ game against Freedom last Thursday, her response was heck no, and Kresley and the Hawks proceeded to finish off the Patriots 8-3.
“I was feeling really, really good except for the sixth inning. I got a little tired,” said Kresley.
The Patriots strung together three hits to load the bases when Julia Roman doubled, Jana Boksan singled, and Shay Banas had a base hit.
It was another building block for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program last week when the Patriots topped Nazareth 14-12 to register their first ever victory over the Blue Eagles.
Jamal Williamson led the charge with four goals in the win, as Freedom’s program continues to make strides each year.
“This win was huge for our team and our program,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We took a couple of tough losses recently and we’re finally able to bounce back to beat Nazareth. We played well as a team. Beating Nazareth was a large hurdle we wanted to get over.”
Liberty tennis players Dan Lynn, Louis Gruber, and Jacob Berg have advanced to the finals in the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which was played last Friday and Saturday at Freedom High School.
Lynn began his match against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber at number one singles, but it was stopped due to rain and will be continued at time to be determined.
Down 2-5, Lynn won the second game and the seventh game on Saturday.
The Liberty Hurricanes boys’ tennis team finished the regular season with a record of 14-0 and are the 2017 East Penn Conference Champions.
“I am very happy for the team,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “Prior to the season, I knew we would have very good players, so I can’t take a lot of responsibility for their success. I was there to help and support them, and maybe add to their success.”
Schnalzer is extremely grateful to his assistants, Chris Conrad, Dawn Ketterman-Benner, and Linda Minarik, who have also supported the team and Schnalzer.
Winning a state championship usually comes with awards and Bethlehem Catholic earned their share of recognition when the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Girls Basketball Team was announced over the weekend.
Head coach Jose Medina was named the 4A coach of the year and saw senior Neila Luma make the 4A first team.
Medina’s freshman daughter, Taliyah, made the 4A third team.
In 6A, three local seniors were named to the second team, as Northampton’s Aja Blount, Nazareth’s Tessa Brugler and Emmaus’ Kiyae White led an EPC contingent.
Below is the first release of the East Penn Conference top track and field performances for the 2017 season thus far.
100 - 1. 10.20 Julian Liaci (Naz), 2. 10.70 Jahvanne Alexander (Allen), 3.* 10.80 Zaheer Seabrooks (BC), 10.80 Eddie Brown (ESN), 5.* 10.90 Julian Colon (Park), Martin Labib (WHS), Morgan Heffelfinger (Nor).
200 - 1. 21.70 Julian Liaci (Naz), 2. 21.90 Jahvanne Alexander (Allen), 3 22.30 Julian Colon (Park), 4.* 22.60 Dyony Bueno (Stds), Lubens Myers (Emm), Martin Labib (WHS), Camden Gordan (ESS).
Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team is slowly working their way back to the level of respectability that head coach Jeff Koch has hoped for since returning back to the sidelines for the Hawks.
Following a 1-15 campaign a year ago, the Hawks have jumped out to a 5-3 start this season.
Despite getting swept in each of their losses to Parkland, Whitehall and Northampton, teams with a combined record of 19-3, Koch is pleased with the direction things are moving for the Hawks.
Freedom’s girls lacrosse team has played motivated all season after falling just short of reaching the postseason a year ago, but the Patriots appear to be well on their way to qualifying for districts this season after their 6-1 start to the year.
Last week’s 9-1 victory over Central Catholic made it five straight wins for the Pates, as they’ve entered the year with a determined mentality.