Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 13, 2020

Q & A ...with BC’s Addison Roche

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Addison Roche is a senior Becahi softball player who plays third base

She will be attending East Stroudsburg University.

Q: How would your teammates describe you?

A: “Hardworking, caring, and a leader.”

Q: How did you keep softball alive while you were not playing on the team?

A: “Hitting in my backyard, throwing and doing drills with my brothers, and lifting.”

Q: What is a favorite hit or play you made in the past at Becahi?

A: “My double against Easton that helped us win sophomore year.”

Adam Syty new LHS cross country coach

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Adam Syty has been named Liberty High School’s new cross country coach, effective on June 22.

“I’m really excited,” said Syty. “I had been considering getting back into it for awhile.”

Syty graduated from Bucknell University, is a teacher at Nazareth, and has been an assistant track coach at Freedom for the past two seasons, coaching the girls sprinters. Syty was also a Division 1 cross country coach at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa.

Syty introduced himself to the Hurricane cross country team via Zoom on June 24.

Local teams looking forward to softball tourney

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

While plans are still being made for the Lehigh Valley Softball Showcase scheduled for July 14, 15, and 16 at Northwest Little League fields, players from Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are looking forward to the opportunity to play after their high school season ended before it began.

“All of our girls are going to participate,” said Coach Sam Carrodo. “I miss being with the kids and being on the field, but I don’t want to forget the damage the coronavirus has done. We are going by every single guideline mandated and more.”

FHS seniors have each other’s backs

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom senior softball teammates and best friends, Juliana Presto and Makenzie Smith, have been a significant support to each other throughout the high school softball season that fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I remember sitting in class and didn’t think this would be a big deal,” Presto recalled. “I was shocked when we had two weeks off, and then it was extended. It didn’t seem real. Then the season was canceled, and it hit hard. It was hard to comprehend.”

Smith had more of a delayed reaction to the cancellation.

Q & A ...with Liberty’s Paige Zigmund

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Paige Zigmund, senior Liberty softball pitcher will be attending Lock Haven University.

Q: How would your teammates describe you?

A: “I think my teammates would definitely describe me as a leader but also someone who likes to have fun and brighten people’s day.”

Q: What is a favorite memory from Liberty softball?

A: “My favorite memory from Liberty softball is winning the district championship my freshman year against Parkland.”

Q: What is something you like, admire, or learned from Coach Sam?

Uhler takes over LHS girls soccer

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Former Liberty boys’ soccer assistant coach Andrew Uhler will take over as Liberty girls’ soccer head coach for Scott Rodenbach who retired at the end of last season.

“I knew Scott was going to retire, and we coach together at Nitschmann [Middle School],” said Uhler, who played soccer at Freedom from 2005 to 2007. “Since I already knew a fair amount of girls, I hit the ground running pretty quickly.”

But Uhler was only able to conduct just one voluntary practice before schools were shut down in March.

Q & A ... with Becahi’s Alyssa Brandstetter

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Alyssa Brandstetter, senior, Becahi softball, shortstop will be attending Duquesne University.

Q: How would your teammates describe you?

A: “My teammates would describe me as dedicated, hardworking, and a leader.”

Q: How did you keep softball alive while you were not playing on the team?

A: “I’ve been reminiscing about last season with my teammates, and some of the underclassmen decorated my house for what would have been senior night, which was really awesome.”

Q: What is a favorite hit or play you made in the past at Becahi?

Area softball coaches react to this year’s canceled season

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Just a couple of days before it was announced that the spring sports season would be canceled, Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo was encouraging his Hurricanes to keep their heads up.

“I really was trying to keep them uplifted and positive,” Carrodo said. “I thought we could have a shorter season in three weeks or a month.”

After hearing the bad news on April 9, Carrodo went to Facebook and posted a different yet heartfelt message to his players.

“I can always keep coaching, but some of these kids might not play softball again,” he said.

Freedom honors seniors Presto, Smith

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

More than 20 cars carrying Freedom’s varsity and junior varsity softball players and coaches formed a parade to honor seniors Makenzie Smith and Juliana Presto on May 9 at their homes.

“I think the girls were surprised,” said Freedom coach Michele Laubach. “I knocked on Makenzie’s front door, got back in the car, and then she came outside with her family. Juliana’s father got the family outside. It was a lot of fun.”

Later that evening, the Patriots met on Zoom with a video tribute to Smith and Presto which had been put together with music.