LEHIGH GIRLS HOOPS
The Patriot League Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll was announced recently, as Lehigh was picked to finish first with 140 points including nine first-place votes.
The Mountain Hawks were selected ahead of Holy Cross by two points and four first-place votes, while eight points ahead of Bucknell in third. In addition to the first place honor, Lehigh senior guard Camryn Buhr was selected to the Preseason All-Patriot League team. The Preseason Player of the Year award was also handed out by the league.
It wasn’t a historic passing night for Freedom and it wasn’t a mercy rule victory, but it was enough to push the Patriots into the District 11 6A semifinals following last week’s 42-21 win over Emmaus.
Instead of passing at will on the Hornets like Freedom did during their regular season encounter, the Pates (10-1) churned out 243 yards on the ground and five rushing touchdowns to eventually pull away from a feisty Emmaus (5-6) squad.
Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.
Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.
Sprinkle in the Parkland-Emmaus contest, as well as Nazareth and Easton to round out the big games this week.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 11 4 .733
Light of Christ 13 8 .619
Dryland 11 7 .611
Salem UCC 9 6 .600
Emmanuel 11 10 .524
Bath Luth 9 9 .500
St. Stephen’s 7 8 .467
Christ UCC 8 10 .444
St. Paul’s 8 10 .444
Ebenezer 7 14 .333
Farmersville 5 13 .278
St. Stephen’s at
Bath Luth. 6-2, 1-4, 3-2
SS - Alan Antry 6-11, Ed Wychock, Gary Buczynski 4-14, Maseo Conner HR.
BL - Wendy Yacone 5-12, DJ Dan Stillwell 5-12, Scott Henninger 4-12.
Liberty Quarterback Dallas Holmes totaled four touchdowns in the Hurricanes 52-27 victory over Whitehall. The game was filled with mistakes and big plays, though, from the start it was apparent whose night this was at BASD Stadium.
“Dallas has been great as a senior leader this year,” said head coach John Truby. “Our season has not gone the way that we were hoping, and thanks to guys like Dallas and other seniors they have kept us working hard.”
Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are both hoping to make District 11 runs in the field hockey tournaments when they get underway.
The fifth-seeded Hurricanes (15-5) traveled to fourth-seeded Pocono Mountain East (14-4-1)on Tuesday in the opener of the 3A tournament, which was past Press deadlines. Liberty was unfortunately placed in the top half of the bracket with top-seeded Emmaus (21-0), giving them an exact tournament route as they saw in the EPC tournament.
Liberty and Freedom find themselves in similar positions to their 2018 affair when both teams meet up this Saturday at 1 p.m. at BASD Stadium.
The Hurricanes (3-6) need a win and some help to sneak into the District 11 postseason, while Freedom (8-1) is aiming for the city title and the top-seed in districts.
A year ago, Liberty needed to win to clinch a district berth and used a run of five straight second half turnovers by the Patriots to score a 29-10 upset victory that ruined Freedom’s shot at their first undefeated regular season in school history.
To say that Bethlehem Catholic’s performance on the road last weekend at Emmaus was a disappointment would be an understatement. The Hawks suffered one of the worst losses in the Joe Henrich era, stumbling to an average Emmaus team by a 27-13 margin and giving them more questions than answers heading into a pivotal week 10 clash at home Friday night against Central Catholic.
The anticipation of the Holy War will certainly boost the competitive juices for everyone in the brown and gold, but can the Hawks find their footing moving forward?
Liberty’s boys’ soccer team was awarded silver medals after Emmaus captured the EPC championship, defeating the Hurricanes, 1-0, last Thursday at Whitehall High School.
A goal by A.J. Febbraro early in the second half won the game for the Hornets.
Two days earlier, the Hurricanes won the EPC semifinal, 1-0, against Easton at Nazareth High School.
Liberty forward Isaiah Trinidad scored the game’s only goal at 38:36 in the first half.
Since the grouse, rabbit and squirrel season opened last Saturday, the third part of small game opens this Saturday (Oct. 26) for pheasants, often referred to as long-tails. A reference to the long tail feathers of a male cockbird.
If a cockbird can be flushed, the cackle and burst of feathers is exciting and when not anticipated, a bit startling for the hunter. But it’s a nice rush to experience.