After the first full week of action, Liberty’s field hockey team is one of the few teams in the area to be sitting with an undefeated record.
The Hurricanes are 2-0-1 following a 2-2 weekend draw with Lehighton, as they prep for a week with Pocono Mountain West and Easton.
Friday’s showdown with the Rovers (4-0) will be big for the division lead, as well as the team’s biggest challenge of the season.
After enduring the early heat this season, head coach Mary Kate Omdahl is looking forward to what her team can put together this week.
Both Lehigh Valley high school leagues featured battles of unbeaten teams this week.
In the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Freedom earned a 21-20 win over Parkland. In the Colonial League, Notre Dame (Green Pond) outlasted Northwestern in overtime, 35-34.
Here are recaps of some of this week’s games. For more, see this week’s issues of the Lehigh Valley Press.
Two undefeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference went head to head and the Patriots came out on top, handing the six-time defending district champs a 21-20 loss.
If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may be seeing an influx of Ruby Throated hummingbirds at your feeders, provided you have an appropriate feeder or flowers for them to feed from.
This influx is because these tiny, colorful and quick birds have begun their fall migration back to southern Mexico and northern Panama.
As they migrate southward, they refuel their bodies in the early morning as they travel by midday and forage again in the late afternoon in an effort to maintain their body weight.
Liberty’s boys’ soccer season-opener against Bethlehem Catholic ended in a 4-1 victory for the Hurricanes on Saturday at Becahi.
Freedom also won its season opener, 12-0, against Dieruff on Saturday at Freedom.
The Patriots scored nine goals in the first half.
Derek Bast had the shutout for Freedom.
Bradley Turocy scored three goals, Benjamin Reich, Jared Whitehorn, and Sebastian Garces scored two goals apiece, and Michael Gschrey, Tye Roemersma and Ryan Raffino scored one goal each.
Alicia Chambers sealed the deal for the Hurricanes on a header with 2:53 left in Liberty’s 3-1 victory over Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday at Liberty.
“I just happened to be there,” said Chambers, after a cross from Kathryn Wescoe. “Early in the game, I had other opportunities to head it. That one was more like perfect timing.”
Becahi pulled to within one goal on a free kick by Emma Carreras with 14:34 remaining in the game.
Too close for comfort, the Hurricanes knew they had to score again.
It didn’t take long for a shakeup in the poll, as Parkland jumps to the top after only two weeks.
Freedom proved it is for real this season, while Emmaus needed a miracle play to survive against Nazareth.
A new Colonial team enters the fold, while this team pits together excellent matchups for a bevy of competitive games this early in the season.
1. Parkland (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #3
Looks like Parkland is our version of Alabama.
The Pick: Parkland 28- Freedom 24
2. Freedom (2-0)
Last week’s rank: #5
There may not be a better way for Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty to open up their volleyball seasons than with a city rivalry match right off the bat.
That’s how both teams started their East Penn Conference slate for the fall in Tuesday’s contest, which was past Press deadlines.
However, the anticipation of the match and what it means to both programs both unveiled similar characteristics from both sides.
Liberty’s boys’ cross country team took first place out of 21 teams at the Lions Invitational last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Darlyn Fermin was the first Hurricane to finish for Liberty, coming in sixth with a time of 17:23.44, followed by Cole Frank who placed eighth in 17:28.05, and Ryan Wycherley who placed 10th in 17:44.01.
Philip Bezas was 27th in 18:24.44, Paul Jensen was 31st in 18:28.02, Casey Frank was 43rd in 18:49.88, and Sam Graybeal was 57th in 19:15.15.
Freedom’s boys’ cross country team placed ninth.
Liberty is off to a 2-0 start to the year, but the Hurricanes finally get their first test of the season this weekend.
After impaling Pleasant Valley 42-0 in the season opener and then handling Pocono Mountain East in last week’s 42-7 demolition, the Hurricanes now have to deal with an angry Bethlehem Catholic squad Saturday night at BASD Stadium.
With the Hawks coming off a 37-20 loss to Freedom last week, the stakes for Saturday’s city rivalry contest enhances for both teams.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis team recovered from a 3-4 loss to Stroudsburg last Tuesday and defeated Pocono Mountain East, 6-1, last Thursday.
The Hurricanes’ match against Stroudsburg lasted five hours.
At one singles, Paige Simons won her match, 6-3, 7-6, but Angie Ronca lost at two singles, 0-6, 1-6, and Julia Zheng lost at three singles, 6-7, 6-7.
In doubles play, Braden Drake and Margeaux Donchez won their match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, at two doubles, and Reagan Gunn and Sophia Carpenter won at three doubles, 6-4, 6-4.