Liberty’s Matt Vital survived the regional round and will advance to the state golf tournament after shooting a three-over 75 Monday at Golden Oaks in Fleetwood.
Vital was one-under late in the round before a bit of a hiccup over three of the final four holes.
“I didn’t hit many fairways,” Vital said. “I hit a fair amount of greens, 12, 14... I was putting well. I had three, three-putts, but besides that my putting was really good today.”
Freedom’s girls’ soccer team has completed one of its best seasons this year and is competing in the EPC playoffs as the sixth seed in the tournament that will conclude on Thursday.
The Patriots topped off their regular season with a 2-0 victory over Liberty last Tuesday at Freedom. It was the second time this season the Pates defeated their city rival.
Suburban Dart League
Dryland 10 5 .667
Salem UCC 8 4 .667
Star of Beth 8 4 .667
Emmanuel 11 7 .611
Light of Christ 11 7 .611
Bath Luth 8 7 .533
Christ UCC 7 8 .467
St. Stephen’s 5 7 .417
St. Paul’s 6 9 .400
Ebenezer 5 13 .278
Farmersville 5 13 .278
Bath Luth at
Light of Christ 2-0, 0-10, 2-3
LC - Dan Halteman 7-13, Andy Mickelson 5-12, Charlie Mann 4-10, Rich Hasonich 4-13, double steal and stole home runs in game 2.
BL - HRs - Matt Ziegler, D.J. Stillwell, Jason Matula.
Liberty’s field hockey team pulled off an upset over the weekend in the opening round of the East Penn Conference tournament, but now the Hurricanes will need to be David in a Goliath matchup during Tuesday’s semifinals.
Liberty, the fifth-seed, topped fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East 4-3 on the road last Saturday. The win earned them a trip to Tuesday’s semifinal round against an undefeated Emmaus (19-0) team, who beat Nazareth 11-0 in their EPC opener.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ soccer team ended its season with a 6-1 victory over Catasauqua last Wednesday at Catty after losing to Easton, 3-1, last Tuesday.
“I think they really keep the ball spread out and that’s always difficult,” said freshman defender Emily Pepe after the Easton game. “They have that one really good girl, so she’s really fast which we’re not used to but I think we handled them pretty well.”
Becahi coach Angelo Amato said that Pepe has never been subbed out of a game this year.
In their season opener, the Phantoms had a bunch of near-misses when it came to shots. The team’s chemistry looked a little off as a number of new faces, many of them young, inexperienced pro players, tried to fit together into a cohesive unit.
They quickly put the opening 3-0 shutout to Providence aside and came out firing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The result was a 4-1 win, which they followed up with an overtime loss to another rival, the Hershey Bears.
The East Penn Conference announced their boys soccer all-stars over the weekend. Liberty goalkeeper Blake Koski (senior) took home MVP honors and Liberty head coach Ian Larimer was named Coach of the Year.
The Hurricanes had three first-team all-stars, as senior defender Maxwell Molloy and senior midfielder Chris Schray also made the list. The Hurricanes finished the regular season 16-2 and earned the top-seed in the EPC playoffs, as they knocked off East Stroudsburg South 4-0 in their conference tournament opener.
Heading into the first overtime of the Liberty versus Freedom boys’ soccer game last week, Hurricane coach Ian Larimer came up with a plan. Heading into the second overtime, Patriot coach Matt Reightler had a plan too.
While the game-winning goal by Liberty forward Christian Tackett was a result of neither plan, it defined how this particular rivalry game plays out most years.
The Hurricanes and Patriots played through almost 92 scoreless minutes last Tuesday night at Freedom until Tackett saw the ball roll from Chris Schray through a player’s legs.
The East Penn Conference volleyball tournament kicked off on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines, but all three Bethlehem teams were looking to make a run at the EPC title.
Fourth-seeded Freedom hosted fifth-seeded Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s showdown, a week after both teams met in regular season play where the Hawks pushed Freedom to a five-game set before ultimately succumbing.
With the EPC race seemingly wide-open, Freedom head coach Donna Roman understands that anyone can grab the league crown.
Bethlehem Catholic hosted last week’s cross country meet at Illick’s Mill where the Hawks competed against Freedom, Liberty, Easton, Northampton, and Nazareth to end the regular season last Tuesday.
Freedom’s boys’ team edged out Northampton, 27-28, and defeated Becahi, 18-41.
Liberty defeated Northampton, 21-37, and Freedom, 25-34.
Easton’s Marco Cardone won the boys’ race with a time of 15:47.
Liberty’s Cole Frank was second in 15:52.