Coming into the East Penn Conference Golf Tournament, Liberty thought it may have an advantage.
Despite losses to teams like Parkland and Emmaus in the regular season, squads that seem to have endless depth, the Hurricanes felt their top-five golfers were as good as any in the area.
That proved to be true as the Hurricanes won the EPC team tourney, placing three golfers in the top-ten on Monday, Sept. 25 at Woodstone Country Club. They finished with a 331, just two shots better than Bethlehem Catholic’s total of 333.
Bethlehem Catholic volleyball coach Kelly Brown is enjoying her first year as head coach of the program and the Hawks are helping with that process thanks to a good start to the season.
Becahi is 6-3 following Monday’s loss (3-0) to Liberty, but enter a week where they can generate some momentum with contests against Allen and Easton to round out the week.
This past weekend provided perfect weather for the East Coast Steel Challenge Championship shootout held at Ontelaunee Fish & Game Association’s firearms ranges.
The four-day event in New Tripoli drew 310 shooters from 25 states with one coming as far as California. Shooters ranged in age from 7 to 70 and had pros like Smith & Wesson pro shooter and Hamburg resident Doug Koenig who was one of the competitors.
Bethlehem Catholic hosted last week’s cross country meet at the course at Illick’s Mill where Becahi, Freedom, and Liberty’s boys defeated East Stroudsburg North and East Stroudsburg South but lost to Stroudsburg.
In individual results Stroudsburg had four runners in the top ten, including Zachary Lar, who won the boys’ race with a time of 16:28.
Freedom’s Kevin Pollock came in second with a time of 16:57.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Hawks would lose to Emmaus last Thursday, and even though they did, 3-2, it was not nearly in the way they expected.
“They say, ‘Fear the man who has nothing to lose.’ That was us today,” said Becahi forward Joe Hawach, whose assist set up the Hawks’ first goal by Connor Aitken with 2:21 left in the game. “I passed it, it hit off the defender and went right to him.”
It’s officially the second half of the season and the top five teams in the poll are littered with big matchups. The EPC race looks like it’s coming down to Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic, while Palisades keeps their grip on the Colonial league title.
Here’s a breakdown of this week’s bouts, along with some new friends from the North entering the poll.
1. Parkland (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #1
Trojans should have no problem running the ball this week.
The Pick: Parkland 35- Whitehall 28
2. Bethlehem Catholic (5-0)
Last week’s rank: #2
Freedom’s girls’ tennis team played through the season undefeated until last Friday when they fell to Easton 4-3.
“[Being undefeated] meant a lot because we were getting so much support from the school,” said two singles player Becky Packo. “Now that we’re not undefeated, it’s a little bit heartbreaking but at the same time, we’ll be 15-1, and if we have a shot at [Easton] at districts, I want payback.”
Momentum is something that Liberty’s field hockey team is hoping they can continue heading into this week.
After losing to Emmaus 12-0 on September 12, the Hurricanes have won five out of their last six matches heading into Monday’s 8-0 victory over Whitehall and hope that trend continues into this week’s slate of games.
After losing to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 last week, Liberty answered with a 1-0 win over Parkland and a 5-3 victory at Nazareth.
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team went 1-1 last week with a 2-1 victory over Pocono Mountain West and a 2-1 loss to Northwestern Lehigh.
In the game against Pocono Mountain West, Liberty’s Merve Okumus scored a breakaway goal, assisted by Mia Del Corso with 22:21 left in the first half.
Pocono Mountain West tied the game when Kathrynn Gonzalez scored after an assist by Caroline Weirich with 12:40 left in the game.
Liberty came right back when Okumus scored the game winning goal from 25 yards out assisted by Kathryn Wescoe.
Liberty’s girls’ cross country team defeated all three of last week’s opponents, East Stroudsburg North, East Stroudsburg South, and Stroudsburg, and Becahi and Freedom defeated the East-burg schools last week at the course at Illick’s Mill.
Liberty’s Belle Weikert took first place with a time of 19:01.
“I stuck behind two of the Stroudsburg girls, and then right there, I sprinted up the hill,” she said. “I just kind of ran my own race.”