Bethlehem Catholic looked like a team ready to challenge for the East Penn Conference title last week, following their 41-7 victory over Liberty Friday night.
Sparked by their electric offense, the Hawks outgained Liberty 495-to-142 with a barrage of big plays and a sterling performance by Hawks’ quarterback Javon Clements.
If Freedom football coach Jason Roeder and his team were told before their game with Parkland that they would be trailing 3-0 at halftime, they would probably take that situation.
The Trojans came in to their matchup last Friday night at Parkland with an unblemished record and confidence, but 20 unanswered second half points gave Parkland (5-0 overall, 4-0 EPC South) a 23-point lead and they held on to beat the Patriots 23-7.
The high school football season has hit the halfway mark. Parkland and Bethlehem Catholic remained unbeaten in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with wins Friday night.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern routed Pen Argyl for its second straight win this season.
The Hornets posted their first shut out of the season with a 35-0 win over Northampton.
The last thing Bethlehem Catholic wanted was an overtime period in its game against Liberty, but a game-winning goal by Brooke Bisko and tough defense by the Hawks produced a 4-3 victory for Becahi, all within regulation, this past Monday.
“It’s exhilarating,” said Becahi defender and captain Samantha Gaydos. “Last season was so much different, and I think having losses is so much different than having five losses in overtime because to be that close and lose that many times...It’s redemption for us this year.”
A pair of Bethlehem Catholic senior athletes recently announced their decisions to attend Division-I programs.
Basketball star Ryan Young is heading to Northwestern to play in the Big 10, while Zach Glenn has decided to wrestle at Army.
The outcome of Bethlehem Catholic’s 5-2 tennis victory over Liberty would come down to singles wins for the Hawks and possible doubles wins for the Hurricanes, but that all changed when Becahi’s Kaitlyn Hartman and Sydney Foss won at two doubles 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
“We were pretty concerned about doubles,” said Hartman. “Hitting down the line was effective, and we talk throughout the point and call the ball.”
Hartman and Foss were also concerned about losing the second set.
Getting a win in East Penn Conference football is a goal every week and that’s what Freedom was able to do in last week’s 26-13 home victory over Northampton.
The win pushed Freedom to 3-1 on the season and that was the most important take-away for head coach Jason Roeder.
“There’s plays where we can see how good we can be, but the attention to detail is missing a little bit,” said Roeder. “Moving forward we can’t expect to be as successful by making mistakes. It wasn’t always pretty at times, but give Northampton credit for that. They’re a much improved football team.”
The archery deer hunting season for antlered and antlerless deer kicked off Saturday, Sept. 16, in Wildlife Management Units 2B and local 5C and 5D. The season statewide gets underway Sept. 30 and runs until Nov. 11.
You can say that the start to Liberty’s field hockey season has been challenging to say the least.
The Hurricanes had their first two games postponed and had to endure a 12-0 loss to Emmaus last week.
They followed that up with a 13-0 shutout over Pocono Mountain West and a 7-0 win over Freedom last Saturday.
But then they fell to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 on Monday, leaving the team still looking for the right answers.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis match against Northampton last week was chock-full of three set matches and tiebreakers as the Hurricanes pulled out a 4-3 victory over the KKids at Northampton.
“The last two matches were one singles and three doubles. Paige [Simons] played against [Liz Hozza] who was super consistent, and Angie [Ronca] played a great match [at three singles],” said Liberty coach Chris Conrad. “We were lucky enough to get to four before one doubles.”