Freeport 2014 Football Preview

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If Freeport wants to avoid another less-than-stellar campaign, coach John Gaillot suggests his team focus more on starting strong instead of just finishing that way.

"It's just how we start," Gaillot said. "If we start with confidence in every game, our record will be different. You can't give someone 14 or 21 points and come back.

"We did that in every game [last year], but we were fortunate enough to come back and win two of them."

The Yellowjackets bring almost everybody back from last year's team that finished 2-8 overall and 2-7 in the Allegheny Conference, including leading passer and rusher Andrew Romanchak, and leading receiver Dylan Hochbein.


Track: Pawlak, Bowser help Freeport to third-place finish

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Behind their two field stars, Freeport took third at the WPIAL Class AA girls track and field team championships Monday.

Thrower Zoe Pawlak led the way for the Yellowjackets, winning the shot put and javelin and finishing second in the discus.

Freeport also got high scores from Michaela Bowser, who took second in the high jump, long jump and triple jump.


Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Noah Shannon, Freeport

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Name:‭ ‬Noah Shannon
High School:‭ ‬Freeport
Grade:‭ ‬12‭
Sport:‭ ‬Baseball
Position:‭ ‬Right field

Background Info:‭ ‬A‭ ‬5-foot-10,‭ ‬190-pound senior right fielder,‭ ‬Shannon has supplied the Yellowjackets with consistent offensive production all season.‭ ‬Shannon,‭ ‬who bats fourth in Freeport‭'‬s batting order,‭ ‬was hitting‭ ‬.500‭ (‬14‭ ‬for‭ ‬28‭) ‬and led the team with‭ ‬13‭ ‬RBIs in‭ ‬11‭ ‬games.‭ ‬He drove in seven runs alone last week,‭ ‬knocking in three during a‭ ‬12-2 win over Deer Lakes before plating four runs in Freeport‭'‬s‭ ‬14-2‭ victory‬ over West Shamokin. The pair of wins also helped Freeport move into first place in Section 3-AA.


Baseball: Freeport becomes frontrunner in Class AA Section 3

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Last week was a big week for the Freeport Area baseball team.‭ ‬The Yellowjackets won three consecutive section games and moved into first place in Section‭ ‬3-AA.‭ ‬Those victories also helped the team earn‭ ‬a spot in the Post-Gazette‭'‬s WPIAL rankings as No.‭ ‬5‭ ‬in Class AA.

After opening the season with back-to-back losses,‭ ‬Freeport slowly gained momentum and improved to‭ ‬7-4‭ ‬overall and‭ ‬7-1‭ ‬in section play last week after knocking off Apollo-Ridge,‭ ‬Deer Lakes and West Shamokin,‭ ‬respectively.

‭"‬I‭'‬m pleased with the way we‭'‬ve been playing,‭"‬ coach Chris Graczyk said.‭ ‬"Once the weather started cooperating,‭ ‬we were able to get some games in and everyone came together.‭"


Hockey: Freeport’s run sparked by defense

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Freeport (9-3-2) has won eight straight games to rise up to fifth in PIHL Class A standings.

Since the win streak started Dec. 18, the Yellowjackets have allowed just 10 goals, tied for the lowest total in the league during that time period. Westmont Hilltop has also allowed 10 goals over that span, while Quaker Valley, which has given up a league-low 29 goals this season, has allowed 15 goals in seven games over that same span.

Katie Hill and Matt Huston have split time in net during the winning streak. Hill is 4-0 and has stopped 50 of 55 shots, notching two shutouts. Huston is also 4-0, stopping 91 of 96 shots.

Freeport will go for its ninth straight win tonight when it takes on Serra Catholic. The Yellowjackets are 2-0 against the Eagles this season, both wins by 5-1 scores.