Son, Ehrig honored
Bethlehem Catholic’s Molly Ehrig and Parkland’s Alex Son were named District XI tennis scholar athlete winners last Wednesday at the 19th annual District XI tennis scholar athlete banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
Ehrig and Son were chosen from 20 female nominees and 17 male nominees throughout the district.
“When they first started saying it, you always think is this me, but when they finally said it I was really happy, really grateful,” Ehrig said.
Ehrig’s tennis achievements this year include first place in the East Penn Conference tournament at two singles, second place in the District XI doubles tournament, and third place in the District XI singles tournament.
Also notable is that Ehrig has the most singles wins and overall wins in the history of Becahi girls’ tennis.
“I was so happy when I got that win that put me over the edge. It was a really great feeling,” Ehrig said. “I would definitely say my biggest highlight would be winning the state championship my junior year with Brooke [Adams]. That was an amazing day. Winning the EPC tournament this year was also a highlight because I came in second twice and third once.”
Ehrig’s achievements in the classroom include a GPA of 4.21, several advanced placement courses, and academic awards.
George Harmanos is Becahi’s tennis coach.
“I actually started taking competitive lessons in eighth grade. I was kind of fed up with other sports, and something about tennis stuck with me,” said Ehrig. “I really enjoyed playing, and when you enjoy playing, you want to get better. So the more I was playing, the more I was enjoying it, and the better I got.”
Ehrig plans to attend Penn State University to major in biology.
Son’s tennis achievements included making it to the semifinals in the District XI singles tournament and the District XI doubles tournament, and placing third in the East Penn Conference tournament at one singles.
“Compared to any other season, what stood out for me was the chemistry our team had. Most of our team is seniors and we’re all really good friends. All the bus rides were fun. Stuff like that,” Son said.
Over his four years on Parkland’s tennis team, Son rose from doubles to three singles to the number one singles spot.
“The first year, I got into it quicker because my brother was also on the team, and we did really well my second year. It was more of me trying to adapt and trying to do the best I can,” said Son. “Playing singles last year and then also one singles this year made me happy because it’s kind of like me fulfilling what I envisioned myself doing.”
Son’s achievements in the classroom include a GPA of 4.74, several advanced placement courses, and academic awards.
Mike Hingston is Parkland’s tennis coach.
Son plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania to major in mathematical economics.
“I feel like it’s going to be a really different change being in the city, and everyone there is going to be super smart, and I’m going to learn a lot from that, and I like the challenge of changes,” Son said.
District XI tennis scholar athlete female nominees were Emma Gordon of Allentown Central Catholic, Bailey Andreeko of Bangor, Sulai Malpica of East Stroudsburg North, Delaney Robbins of East Stroudsburg South, Morgan Cover of Easton, Tina Zhang of Emmaus, Becky Packo of Freedom, Gabrielle Harvilla of Liberty, Taylor deCastro of Moravian Academy, Rachel Riley of Nazareth, Shannon Reinhard of Northampton, Maanasi Gothoskar of Parkland, Kayla Flyte of Pen Argyl, Lilia Crouthamel of Salisbury, Meghan Altemose of Saucon Valley, Keelin McLoughlin of Southern Lehigh, Molly Clemson of Tamaqua, Tiffany Serra of William Allen, and Anaiya Alexander of Wilson.
Male nominees were Andre Baadsvik of Bangor, Nicholas Patruno of Allentown Central Catholic, Nick Cenek of Bethlehem Catholic, Michael Guanno of East Stroudsburg North, Cory Cox of East Stroudsburg South, Gavin Snyder of Liberty, Daniel Elmi of Moravian Academy, Brian Smith of Nazareth, Neil Guarino of Palisades, Riley Porter of Pen Argyl, Tyler Sechler-Stone of Salisbury, Samuel Striz of Saucon Valley, Benjamin Forster of Southern Lehigh, Jeremy Lim of Whitehall, Anthony DeArmas of Wilson, and Shadi Eldawayati of William Allen.
District tournament chairperson Neil Curtis was master of ceremonies, and the banquet’s main speaker was independent business consultant and motivational speaker Libario Obeid.
Obeid, a graduate of Moravian College and Allentown Central Catholic, is also a tennis pro.
“The one thing that can overcome fear is hope,” Obeid told the tennis scholar athletes, as he mixed humor with his own life story.
“Do not reminisce on the past, ignore the naysayers, give 100-percent, get back up, overcome fear with hope, and stay strong.”