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.



Alumni Update - Nicolas Gentile (Robert Morris)

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University Park, Pa. – Senior Nicolas Gentile, a Freeport graduate,won the 800-meterGentile RMU run to lead the Robert Morris University men's indoor track & field team at the Penn State National Invitational conducted Friday and Saturday at Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track.

Gentile won the 800 meters in 1:53.75, a time which qualified him for the IC4A Championships in early March. In posting the fourth-fastest time in school history, Gentile has now won the 800 meters in each of the past two times he has entered the event.


(photo courtesy of Robert Morris University)


Hockey: Freeport catches fire on ice

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles the Freeport hockey team. Click here to read his story.

"Trying to incorporate a bunch of young players up front, the Freeport High School hockey team started the season slow by winning just one of its first six games of the season.

But the Yellowjackets (6-3-2), the third-best team in the 2012-13 regular season in PIHL Class A, have come on strong since mid-December, having won five contests in a row.

"I just think we've come together more as a team," Freeport coach Dave Hepler said. "We have a good mix of players, age-wise, on the team and the younger players are stepping up more as the season moves along."

Four of the team's top seven scorers — Michael Frazetta, Nick Rusak, Robby Reichenbaugh and Stone Haberstroh — are either freshmen or sophomores."



Hockey: North Feature Athlete — Freeport’s Cole Hepler

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Name: Cole Hepler
School: Freeport
Grade: 12
Position: Forward
Sport: Hockey

Background: Hepler, son of Freeport coach Dave Hepler, is a four-year starter that has accumulated 118 points (65 goals, 53 assists) in his career. This season, Hepler leads the Yellowjackets with 24 points (15 goals, nine assists), and had his highest scoring output in his PIHL career last week when he scored three goals and added four assists in a win against South Park.

Freeport coach Dave Hepler: “Cole is going to do what Cole does. He’s a pretty good hockey player. He’s my son, the third one I’ve coached, and I’ll let other people decided how good he is. But he’s a AAA amateur hockey player and is the leading scorer for that team, too.”


Hockey: Freeport hits stride

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Freeport finished the regular season as the third best team in Class A last season, only to lose its first playoff game to Kittanning.

This season, the Yellowjackets started off by winning just one of its first six games. But behind some good defense and goaltending, Freeport has gotten back to its winning ways lately.

The Yellowjackets (4-3-2) have won three straight contests, including a huge 4-2 victory against Mars (11-2) Tuesday. Freeport has allowed just three goals in the three wins, and is allowing fewer than three goals per contest for the season.