The race for the final EPC playoff spot in boys’ volleyball will likely come down to Friday’s regular season finale date and both Liberty and Freedom will be squarely in the mix.
The Pates (15-3, 11-3) and Hurricanes (11-3, 10-3) meet on Friday at Memorial Gymnasium in what could determine who gets the fourth and final spot in the league playoffs.
With Whitehall (14-0) being the only team that has locked in a spot in next week’s tournament, the race for the final three spots will come down to Parkland (12-2, 11-2), Emmaus (12-3, 12-3), as well as Liberty and Freedom.
The East Penn Conference baseball tournament gets underway this weekend and Liberty is in the pole position to take home the top seed when actions gets underway Saturday at noon.
Who the Hurricanes (17-2) will be playing is still up in the air, as the regular season closes out this week with contests past Press deadlines.
Freedom announced 20 student-athletes that will be continuing their athletic and academic careers at the next level last week.
Members from the Patriots District 11 championship football and boys’ soccer teams are represented in the list below:
Zachary Fereno, Arcadia University, Soccer; Justin Szaro, Moravian College, Boys Tennis; Ashley Clymer, Gwynedd Mercy, Track & Field; Shannon Connelly, Moravian College, Track and Field;
Bethlehem Steel FC saw a player make their mark in the record books in last night’s match against Loudoun United FC when Michee Ngalina recorded the quickest brace in club history. The Steel added one more to Ngalina’s tally, taking a point from the 3-3 draw.
Liberty held their annual college signing day last Friday, as they celebrated the accomplishments of 42 seniors moving on to play and continue their education at the collegiate level.
The 42 member signing is one of the largest Liberty athletic director Fred Harris has led during his time at Liberty.
Below is the complete list of students moving onto the college scene.
Cross Country/ Track and field: Rachel Byrne - Moravian College, Greta Stuckey - Marist College.
While Liberty may be on cruise control heading into the final two weeks of the baseball regular season, Bethlehem Catholic will be fighting for every last drop with four games left on the calendar.
Freedom’s 12-1 softball victory over Bethlehem Catholic on Monday was the second time the Patriots played the Hawks this season and the second time the Patriots won.
For their part, Becahi had scoring opportunities throughout the game, but a strategic move by the Patriots in the top of the sixth inning seemed to be the beginning of the end for the Hawks.
Becahi outfielder Jaden Spigner led off the sixth and got hit by a pitch. Teighan Boyle’s sacrifice bunt moved Spigner to second base, and Shylynn Cordero turned her base hit into a double while Spigner went to third.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ track and field team scored a 106-42 victory over Allentown Central Catholic last week at Freedom.
Nick Lucien won the 100 in 11.10 and the 200 in 23.90, Caden Giordano took first place in the 400 in 53.30, and Daniel Smith was first in the 3200 in 11:05.00.
Steven Santostefano won the 300 hurdles in 43.10.
Tavian Banks, Lucien, Matt Stianche, and Tristan Buscemi won the 4x1 relay in 45.50, and Marco Calantoni, Connor Thierry, Matt Millen, and Issaiah Lopez took first in the 4x4 relay in 3:46.00.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 53 28 .654
St. Paul’s 52 29 .642
Bath Luth 49 32 .605
Dryland 45 36 .556
Emmanuel 39 42 .481
Christ UCC 37 44 .457
Ebenezer 37 44 .457
Salem UCC 35 46 .432
Light of Christ 33 48 .407
Farmersville 32 49 .395
St. Stephen’s 32 49 .395
St. Paul’s (7-6, 4-0)
at Emmanuel (3-1)
SP - Rich Kern 5-12, Tom Unger HR.
Em - Bruce Danyluk 5-12, Bob Bast 4-12.
Christ UCC at
Bath Lutheran (4-2, 4-3, 6-1)
The 2019 PSFCA East-West football game will take place this Sunday, May 5, in Altoona.
The contest features some local flare with Liberty running back Nasir Legree (Bloomsburg) being the only Bethlehem native on the roster.
Nazareth’s Nick Viva (TE, Lackawanna College), Emmaus’ Izaiah McPherson (DB, West Chester) and Ethan Mordaunt (DT, Jim Thorpe) will join Legree on the East squad.
The head coach of the West will be Larry Wiser from Clarion High School and the East head coach will be Joe Headen from Susquehanna Twp. High School.