Hockey: Freeport fighting for Conference crown

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With only five games remaining in the regular season, Freeport is in a three-way battle for first place in the Class A Eastern Conference.


Not only are the Yellowjackets tied with Bishop McCort with identical 12-4-1 records, both are only one point behind first place Franklin Regional (13-4-0).


Freeport, though, might have the easier path to the title. Not only are the Yellowjackets on a 4-1-0 roll, their next two games are against a pair of sub-.500 teams in Greensburg Salem and Serra Catholic and finish with Gateway and Kiski Area.


There is only one game against a team over .500, but it’s a big one on Feb. 11 against Franklin Regional. The Yellowjackets took the first meeting between the two, 6-3, on Nov. 6.


Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Freeport's Josh Beale

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Name: Josh Beale
High School: Freeport
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Beale scored his 1,000th career point in Freeport's loss at Hampton last Tuesday. He is believed to be only the second player in Freeport history to reach the milestone. Adam Bauman accomplished the feat in 2002. Beale scored 15 points in the game and is averaging 18.4 for the season. Beale, a 6-foot-2 forward, has been a starter since the first game of his freshman season. His father, Mike, is Freeport's coach. Beale is also a baseball and football standout, and has decided to play baseball at IUP.


Hockey: Freeport finding wins against Western Conference tougher to record

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A couple of weeks ago, Freeport was sitting pretty in first place in the Class A Eastern Conference.


Not only were the Yellowjackets looking down on the competition, they were doing it in impressive fashion, dominating opponents at both ends of the ice.


That was before they started playing crossover games into the Western Conference.


In their last four games, Freeport (8-3-1) is 1-2-1 and had to come from behind with a Robert Reichenbaugh goal at 11:21 to tie South Fayette in its last game before the holiday break on Dec. 18. And things won’t get any easier as they get a resurgent Bishop McCort (9-2-1) team on Tuesday before dates with playoff bound Thomas Jefferson and West Allegheny.


Hockey: Freeport ready to pick up the Class A pieces

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Keith Barnes profiles the Freeport hockey team.

2015 1211 Freeport Hockey(Photo: Freeport's Robert Reichenbaugh leads the team with 16 goals. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Over the past 10 years, Mars and Quaker Valley dominated Class A hockey in the PIHL.

Not only did the two teams combine for nine titles in that time, they had a stranglehold on the championship game and, in recent years, it was those two teams that played each other for the right to move on to the state finals.

Only one other school in that time was able to wrangle a title away from the two juggernauts and that was Freeport when it pulled out a victory to win the school's only hockey title in 2007.

This year, thanks to the PIHL's annual realignment, all that changed."


Hockey: Yellowjackets bounce back from upset loss

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After suffering its first loss of the season – an upset against a Kiski Area team that has played only a junior varsity schedule for several seasons – Freeport (6-1-1) jumped back on the winning track with a 9-6 victory over Wheeling Catholic on Monday.


Forward Robert Reichenbaugh is one of the major reasons for the Yellowjackets success this season as he is currently third in Class A with 16 assists and 30 points. Stone Haberstroh is also in the top-10 in scoring with 13 goals and 20 points.


Freeport will also have an opportunity to move into a first place tie with Franklin Regional in the Eastern Conference with a victory tonight at home against winless Wheeling Park.