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Rain forcing changes to district, league events

Monday, May 13, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Heavy rains are forcing the East Penn Conference and Colonial League to alter their league playoffs, and there was also a change to the District 11 track and field meet scheduled for this week.


The District 11 track and field meet scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week has been pushed back a day. The meet will now take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, at Whitehall High School. Event schedules will remain the same with Tuesday’s events moving to Wednesday and Wednesday’s events moving to Thursday.


EPC announces playoff baseball matchups

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced baseball pairings for the playoffs.

Action gets underway on Saturday, May 11, with four games.

Liberty earned the top seed and will take on 8-seed Whitehall at 12 p.m. at Liberty High School.

Parkland takes the second seed and will host rival Emmaus, which ended as the 7-seed. That game is at 11 a.m. at Parkland.

Northampton earned the third seed and will host Pleasant Valley, the 6-seed, at 12 p.m.

The 4-seed went to Stroudsburg, which will host Easton, the 5-seed at 11 a.m.

EPC announces playoff softball pairings

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The EPC announced pairings for the softball playoff tournament.

Play begins Thursday, May 9, moving up a day from Friday because of the threat of storms.

Parkland earned the top seed and will host 8-seed Whitehall.

Emmaus is the second seed and will host 7-seed Easton. Northampton took the third seed and will host 6-seed Nazareth.

Freedom, the 4-seed, hosts Stroudsburg which is the 5-seed.

Tennis: LHS win D-11 title

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For Liberty tennis coach Chris Conrad, Thursday’s District XI team championship was his first solo head coaching crown, but for some of his players, it was their third consecutive when the Hurricanes defeated the Nazareth Blue Eagles, 3-2, last Thursday at Northwood Racquet Club.

“It’s something we strove for the entire season. We didn’t want to play the favorite role, but one of the hardest things was trying to get this team to make sure that we were in check and weren’t complacent. That’s one of the things I loved about this team,” said Conrad.

Pates prep for PHS

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Freedom girls lacrosse team have enjoyed a spring filled with plenty of victories, but now crunch time begins as the East Penn Conference tournament gets underway this week to mark the beginning of the postseason.

Freedom (13-4, 7-3) is the third seed in this week’s tournament and will take on Parkland (11-7, 9-1) Wednesday, May 8, at Northampton at 5:30.

Top-seeded Easton (13-3, 10-0) squares off against fourth-seeded Pleasant Valley (14-4, 7-3) in the other matchup, which is also at Northampton at 7:30 p.m.

LHS boys unbeaten

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys track and field team finished the regular season undefeated with a 98.5-51.5 victory over Freedom last week at Freedom.

Top finishers included Liberty’s Devon West who broke the school record in the 100 with a time of 10.50 and also won the 200 with a time of 22.60.

Darlyn Fermin, also for Liberty, won the 400 in 54.70.

Freedom’s Alex Heidemann took first place in the 800 in 2:09.00 and the 1600 in 4:36.00.

Liberty’s Cole Frank won the 3200 in 10:20.00.

Hurricanes top Pates Patriots

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s track and field team hosted Liberty to end the regular season last week when the Hurricane girls won, 105-45.

Top finishers included Gabrielle Phillips in the 100 in 12.60, Essynce Botz in the 200 in 26.80, Yamilet Ferrufino in the 400 in 1:02.00, and Greta Stuckey in the 800 in 2:24.00, all for Liberty.

For Freedom, Lauren Charboneau won the 1600 in 5:43.00, and the 3200 in 12:18.00, and Lola Willey won the 100 hurdles in 17.80.

Liberty’s Alicia Rodriguez won the 300 hurdles in 50.40.

Pivetta hopes to turn things around

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phillies have had success with sending struggling pitchers down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get themselves straightened out.

Last season, Hector Neris lost the feel for throwing his splitter and along with it, his confidence. When he returned to the Phillies, he was his old self and probably even better. They had the same hopes for Nick Pivetta and the early returns are pretty good.

Becahi knocks off Liberty

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team wrapped up its city rivalry games with a 4-3 victory over Liberty last week at Becahi.

“It was huge because we’re having a horrible year and it’s not that we’re a bad team. I think we’re a pretty good team, but things are happening and we’re losing. Maybe now they’re going to start believing in themselves,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “I wouldn’t have cared who it was. We beat a good team. If you beat a good team, then you’re capable of being a good team yourself.”