Liberty’s girls’ track and field team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0, and Liberty’s boys are 3-1 with their only loss to Easton.
“The girls are an established, well-known commodity, so we knew what they were going to be,” said Hurricane coach Andy Messa, who, along with Chris D’Emilio, is sharing head coaching duties. “With the boys, there were a lot of holes in our team, and we addressed that with them immediately.”
The Hurricane boys have six returning varsity letter winners and are already doing better than last year.
Freedom’s boys’ tennis team scored its first victory of the season over neighboring rival Bethlehem Catholic by a score of 4-3 this past Monday at Becahi.
The Hawks, who had a record of 4-3 prior to Monday’s match were without their number one singles player Colby Treadwell. Yiwei Lyu filled in at one singles but lost to Jon Fiorentino 0-6, 0-6.
Becahi came back at two singles when Andrew Kaeser defeated Justin Szaro 6-3, 6-1.
Freedom High School graduate Brooke Munion and Whitehall High School graduate Brooke Gilson have been both opponents and teammates over the years, swimming separately at their respective high schools and together at Parkland Aquatic Club.
They met again, this time as seniors attending different colleges, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held back on March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
Liberty’s undefeated boys’ tennis team won its match against an undefeated Nazareth team 4-3 last Friday at Nazareth High School.
“Prior to the match, I knew it was going to be really close,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “This puts us in a good place right now.”
In singles play, Nazareth’s Ben Tauber defeated Liberty’s Dan Lynn 6-4, 6-4, but the Hurricanes recovered at two singles where Louis Gruber defeated Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-1, and at three singles where Jacob Berg defeated Ben Tauber 7-5, 6-3.
Freedom’s track and field team is comprised of many individual athletes who can compete, and now coach Ben Reph’s job is to teach the Patriots how to be competitive throughout their lineup in order to win as a team.
“We are very young, especially on the girls’ side. I think we’re on the right track, but we’re a year or two away from peaking there,” said Reph.
Although the Patriots have lost to Easton, Parkland, and Allentown Central Catholic, Freedom’s boys lost to the Vikings by only six points.
Laurie Muller enters her first year with Liberty’s girls’ lacrosse team and the Hurricanes are just looking for an improvement this season.
After last year’s 0-16 mark, Muller is hoping to create something sustainable for the program.
“Liberty lacrosse is a building program,” Muller said. “We’re looking forward to success this season on the field with many returning players that have improved over the off season. We also have a lot of new girls that came out and we can’t wait to see how quickly they will progress.”
Freedom hopes that this spring can be a breakout campaign for the girls lacrosse program.
After an 8-10 finish a year ago, head coach Charis Innarella enters her fourth year at the helm optimistic with what this year’s crop of girls can achieve.
“We have exceptional leadership this season within our core players,” said Innarella. “Our stick skills continue to improve and we have gained valuable experience over the past season. The success of our team will feed off of the closeness and passion our kids have for each other and for the game of lacrosse.”
Freedom’s boys’ lacrosse program is coming off an historic season and the Patriots look to repeat history this spring.
After winning 10 games last year, qualifying for the postseason and garnering the program’s first district playoff win, Freedom is hoping to build off that momentum.
As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.
The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.
Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.
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