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Thursday, May 30, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With Memorial Day traditionally kicking off the pleasure boating season, and if you own a boat or watercraft, this list, prepared by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), tallies the most popular boat names.

The tradition dates back a quarter century, with the list derived from adding up requests for boat name designs from BoatUS Boat Graphics. Each reveals something about the personality of the vessel’s owner. And the list is entertaining to say the least.

The 2019 BoatUS Top 10 Boat Names:

FHS came out swinging

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom came out swinging in their quest to topple Whitehall in the District 11 3A volleyball semifinals, but ultimately didn’t have enough punches to take down the Zephyrs last week.

Whitehall came back after dropping the first set to win three straight [21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-22]. The Zephyrs went on to knock off Parkland for the district championship, keeping their 22-0 undefeated season going.

Liberty heads to District 11 finals

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty roared through Parkland in the District 11 6A baseball semifinals thanks to a nine-run sixth inning, which catapulted them to an 11-4 victory over the weekend.

The win sets up a district finale between the Hurricanes (22-3) and Emmaus (13-11) on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park, which comes after Press deadlines.

The second-seeded Hurricanes clinched a spot in the PIAA tournament with Sunday’s win, but hope to add a gold medal to their resume this season after losing in the EPC championship game.

Freedom softball falls in district playoffs

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s softball season came to an abrupt conclusion when its district playoff run was ended by Emmaus, 1-0, in eight innings last Tuesday at Emmaus.

Patriot pitcher Jen Slanovec had 11 strikeouts and gave up one run and five hits over seven innings.

Madison Piripavel, Brenna Ortwein, and Gabby Glick had one hit apiece for Freedom.

Ortwein’s hit came in the first inning before Taylor Resetar reached first base on an error, and Ortwein advanced to second.

Piripavel led off the second inning with a double to left field and advanced to third base on a ground out.

BC set for Lower Dauphin

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team had the weekend to prepare for the PIAA 2A tournament, as the Golden Hawks took on Lower Dauphin (15-4) in their state opener. The Hawks (13-9) were hoping to move to Saturday’s quarterfinal round with a win over the state’s eighth ranked team on Tuesday night, as those results are past Press deadlines.

Head coach Jeff Koch was hoping his team could rebound from their loss in the District I/11/XI subregional 2A championship to Holy Redeemer last week, as the Hawks fell in four games.

Blue Mt. knocks out Becahi Hawks

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team entered District XI Class 4A playoffs with a 12-2 victory over Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday at Becahi before falling to Blue Mountain, 4-3, last Friday at Pine Grove.

“They’re a lot like we are,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, regarding Blue Mountain. “They’re beating the teams that they should beat, and in teams they’re close with, they’re not winning those.”

Blue Mountain will have played Northwestern Lehigh this Tuesday past Press deadlines.

Tackett takes fifth at states meet

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Athletes from Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University where Liberty junior Christian Tackett won a fifth place medal.

Tackett medaled in the 300 meter hurdles with his time of 38.60.

Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin just missed a medal in the 3200 meter run.

Fermin placed ninth with a time of 9:23.90, missing the eighth place medal by .76 seconds.

Patriots proud of their spring season

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ lacrosse season may have come to an end before an opportunity to reach the District 11 3A finals, but the Pates are still looking back fondly on what they accomplished this spring.

Freedom fell to Easton 21-12 in the district semifinals to wrap up its season at 13-6 with three of those losses coming at the hands of the Rovers this season.

Head coach Charis Innarella feels that despite the season ending without any hardware, that progress has continually been made.

Storms causing changes in district playoff schedules

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Dangerous storms over the past two days have caused many changes in the District 11 playoff schedules.

Many of the classes will try to get their finals in beginning as early as this morning in baseball, with a lot of action attempting to take place this afternoon before another potential round dangerous storms could once again take place.

Here is our up-to-date schedule as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning:

BASEBALL

CLASS 6A

Finals, Thursday, May 30

No. 8 Emmaus vs. No. 2 Liberty at Coca-Cola Park, 4:30 p.m.

CLASS 5A

Finals, Thursday, May 30