Bethlehem Press

Friday, August 17, 2018

Chickey named BC XC coach

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and DeSales University graduate Nicole Chickey was named the new Becahi head cross country coach on July 30, replacing Kelly Bracetty who will coach at Emmaus.

Chickey is a 2008 graduate of Becahi who won four PIAA state medals and 12 District XI gold medals throughout her high school running career. She also holds two MVP trophies and has been an assistant coach for the Hawks’ track and field team for two years.

‘Relentless’ Brown set the tone at BC

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Hope Brown, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the year from Bethlehem Catholic, was always part of a bigger picture, but her part in that picture was big as well.

Brown was the go-getter on the basketball court, offensively and defensively, a team captain for cross country, and a team player for track.

“She stayed active her senior year, even though she was going through a lot personally,” said Becahi track and field coach Fred Rice. “She was always part of something, and she always pushed herself to get better.”

Schnalzer to take a break

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

To say that Liberty High School tennis coach Leo Schnalzer is retiring would be an overstatement; instead, he is taking a break for awhile.

“I love tennis, and I like being around it. I will still be there to help Chris [Conrad], and I’ve already gone to a few practices, so I will help him with whatever he needs,” Schnalzer said.

Conrad was the head coach of the girls’ team last year while Schalzer stayed with the boys. Now, Conrad will oversee both teams.

Northwest defeats Northampton

Friday, August 10, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest swim team was victorious over Northampton, 262-184, on July 18 at Northwest Swim Club.

Northwest swimmers who placed first are listed in order of each event.

Lora Flynn, Violet Whitley, Alyvia Herman, and Jaina Eisenhardt combined to win the 12 & U 200 medley relay in 3:09.37.

Brooke Sergent, Jackie Baker, Greta Stuckey, and Abby Mack won the 13 & O 200 medley relay in 2:18.30, and Ben Service, Sam Capwell, Seth Coleman, and Tyler Young won the same event in 2:17.74.

Four Liberty swimmers receive honors

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty High School swimmers, Chris Chambers, Robert Negron, Jase Smith, and Jake Evert achieved a total of four AA honors among them from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo for the 2017-2018 All America Swimmers and Divers Top 100 performances.

“This year we placed super well in the relays, and then there was my 50 free,” said Negron.

Chambers, Negron, Smith, and Evert had the 14th best time nationally in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:23.46.

Stingrays knock off Macungie

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Hanover Stingrays summer swim team stayed undefeated in the Suburban Swim League after defeating Macungie, 320-261 last Thursday at Hanover. The Stingrays are now 6-0.

In individual events, first place finishers for the Stingrays were Julian Najarro in the 13-14 50 free with a time of 27.32, Natalie Richardson in the 15 & over 50 free with a time of 29.83, and Robert Negron in the 15 & over 50 free with a time of 24.43.