Mountain Con Ovr
Pleas Vy 3-2 5-2
PM East 3-2 3-2
Stroudsburg 3-2 3-3
ES North 1-3 3-4
ES South 1-4 1-5
PM West 0-4 1-5
Freedom 4-0 7-0
Liberty 4-0 6-1
Becahi 2-2 2-3
Easton 1-3 2-3
Allen 1-3 2-5
Dieruff 0-4 0-6
Northampton 4-1 6-1
Emmaus 3-1 5-1
Parkland 3-1 4-2
Nazareth 3-1 4-4
Central 2-3 2-5
Whitehall 1-3 2-5
Stroudsburg 4-1 5-2
ES North 1-3 2-4
PM East 1-3 1-4
Pleas Vy 1-3 1-5
It appears to be a two horse race in the East Penn Conference’s Steel Division, as Liberty (7-1, 4-0) and Freedom (7-0, 4-0) headed into this week in poll position atop the division.
With a full slate of games this week, both teams could enter their Saturday showdown (1 p.m. at Liberty) with more at stake than their rivalry.
First place in the division and the overall top spot in the conference can be had if both teams can navigate their week, as Liberty has three games on the slate before Saturday, while Freedom only has two scheduled.
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team defeated Dieruff 96-53 and lost to Nazareth 78-70 last week at Freedom High School.
Top finishers for the Patriots were Kyree Marshburn, who placed second in the 100 meter dash in 11.3 and the 200 meter dash in 23.3. Cyrus Thompson was third in the 200 meter dash in 23.6.
In the 400 meter dash, Nicholas King and Lewis Hargett tied for first place in 54.1.
Adam Boyer placed second in 2:15.0, and Kevin Pollock was third in 2:16.0 in the 800 meter run. Isaac Gross placed third in the 3200 meter run in 11:04.0.
Freedom’s girls’ track and field team split its meet last Wednesday with a 104-32 victory over Dieruff and a 91-55 loss to Nazareth at Freedom High School.
Top finishers for the Patriots were Tamia Wright in the 400 meter dash in 1:09.0. Kiara James was second in 1:11.0.
Morgan Weaver took second place in the 800 meter run in 2:34.0.
“I was terrified because it was my first 800. I usually run the 400,” Weaver said. “I was worried about endurance on the last lap, but I knew I had speed.”
Parkland’s Sam Iorio capped off his senior season with one last source of recognition when he was selected to the Pennsylvania sports writers Class 6A All-State first team. Iorio was one of five East Penn Conference players to be named to one of the three 6A teams, leading a strong class of local seniors from a tremendous winter.
Allen’s Tyrese Martin, Emmaus’ David Kachelries and Pocono Mountain West’s Jalen Vaughns were each named to the 6A second team, while Allen’s Tyreek Williams earned 6A third team honors.
The Liberty Hurricanes did everything Coach Sam Carrodo asked them to do in their 3-2 loss to Parkland last Friday at Parkland.
They hit, they ran, they threw, they stole, and when two calls did not go their way, they took the loss with disappointment, but what was more obvious was that they took it with respect.
The first call was on a suicide squeeze in the third inning.
Coming off an 0-16 season, the only way is up.
That’s the prognosis for Liberty’s boys’ lacrosse as they head into this spring, as head coach Shaughn Bittner is banking on returning experience to improve the team’s compete level, despite still having many players that are new to the sport.
Sport nutritionist Erin Sparrold from the Bethlehem-based sports psychology company Mind of the Athlete is on a mission, not just to help athletes feed their performance, but to help them develop a healthy relationship with food.
“There is so much negative messaging around food, I want them to understand the power food has to build health,” said Sparrold. “To have a balance is important, not just for an event.”
It may be a slow start to the baseball season for all teams across the Lehigh Valley, but things will heat up this week when the schedule looks to kick into high gear before the Easter weekend hits.
With most teams having played three games heading into this week, the dismal March has pushed the schedule back for most teams, giving teams loaded schedules the rest of the month of April.
Freedom (3-0) will see the uptick this week with three games in three days, starting on Tuesday with Easton, Wilson and Whitehall and capping the week off on Saturday against Allen.
Bethlehem Catholic is looking to make progress this season on the lacrosse field following a 5-13 campaign from a year ago.
Andrew Kroeckel enters his second year as head coach and is optimistic about the Hawks potential this season.
After losing only one player graduation, the Hawks return 19 players in the program and nine starters including Soph. G JoJo Korpics, Sr. D Ray Glemser, Sr. D Mike Barattini, Soph. D Kyle Young (played attack last year), Sr. M Anthony Parise, Jr. FO/M Jimmy VanOsdol, Jr. LSM Luke Talpas, Sr. A Liam McGregor and Sr. A Liam Foley