Golfers compete in District 11 match
All three of Bethlehem’s high school teams had their seasons end recently at the PIAA District 11 golf match.
Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic didn’t advance any players to the state regional round.
Emmaus won the East Penn Conference (EPC) league title for the second consecutive season, and Northampton won the EPC tournament last week. Liberty, which finished with an overall 17-3 mark last season, began the season as defending EPC tournament champions.
At districts on Monday, Freedom’s Jake Haberstumpf was the top Bethlehem finisher among 3A, shooting 81 but missing out on moving on to the regional qualifier by two strokes.
For the Hurricanes, they will graduate Nolan Beagell and Evan Cartwright from a team that finished with an overall 10-5 mark during the regular season. At districts, Cartwright carded an 84 and Beagell recorded an 88.
Joey Altemose, who will return next season, was the Hurricanes leader with an 82 districts. Cartwright and Altemose were Liberty’s top finishers at the EPC, as they tied for 14th finished 14th with an 85.
“We had a good season,” said Liberty head coach Steve Bradley. “We could have won two more matches as we lost a couple of close ones in a controversial way, and we easily could have been 12-3.
“But my heart goes out to the two seniors Evan (Cartwright) and Nolan (Beagell), who I know worked so hard to get through this round to regionals, but it just didn’t happen.
“They have made a ton of contributions to the Liberty golf team over the past four years and will be sorely missed next year. As for Joey (Altemose), I know that just missing out on regionals will eat at him, and he’s going to work his tail off to get back to the regional tournament and hopefully states next year. Joey will be our leader next year and will be mentoring a lot of new players next season.”
Moving on to regionals for the 3A boys were: Mitch Machulsky 75 (tiebreaker), Andrew Hozza, Northampton, 75, Connor Ghergel, Blue Mt., 77, Matt Zerfass, Emmaus, 77, Ian Arnold, Central, 77, and Cole Eberling, So. Lehigh, 79; 2A boys were: William Mirams, NDES, 67, Griffin Lombardi, Moravian Acad., 84, Jacob Artz, Marian, 86 and Albe Evans, Schuylkill Haven, 87.
2A girls moving on are Moravian Academy’s Grace Sanborn and Keeler Nichols who shot 100.
3A girls moving on are: Olivia Paltrow, Stroudsburg, 72, Michell Cox, Emmaus, 82 and Sophie Orsulak, 88.
Moravian won the 2A team title ahead of Palmerton while Emmaus beat out Northampton in 3A.