Freedom senior lacrosse player Katie Flynn signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 13 to play lacrosse at Temple University.
“Everything the coaches were saying and how they were willing to help me, I knew it was the right place for me,” Flynn said.
It was September of Flynn’s junior year when she was contacted by the Temple Owls whose head coach is Bonnie Rosen. Flynn had a tour of the campus in December, and a week later, she was made an offer.
By this time next year, Taliyah Medina will have gone from Golden Hawk to Wildcat as the Bethlehem Catholic senior guard signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 13 to play basketball at Villanova University.
With parents Linette and Jose on either side of her, Medina signed her letter of intent in front of a roomful of family and friends at Coordinated Health in Bethlehem.
Three of Bethlehem Press’s 2018-2019 athletes of the year, Brenna Magliochetti, Greta Stuckey, and Bradley Turocy are enjoying freshman year athletic success in college.
Bethlehem Catholic graduate Magliochetti and the Providence College women’s tennis team won the PC Invitational this fall after winning 18 of 22 matches against Bryant, Holy Cross, and Merrimack.
Maggliochetti was undefeated on the day.
Freedom graduate and Eastern University freshman Jared Whitehorn has played in all 17 soccer games for the Monarchs this season.
The Monarchs were crowned MAC Freedom Champions after defeating King’s College, 3-1, on Nov. 9.
On Oct. 16 in a 3-0 victory over Delaware Valley University, Whitehorn played a part in Eastern’s third goal when he ran up the right side and teammate Nik Kokolios picked up the ball, scoring inside the far post.
In an earlier season win over Cabrini, Whitehorn made two scoring attempts, one on a header that hit off the crossbar.
Freedom’s girls’ soccer team took no time in making an early statement against Council Rock South in the Patriots’ 3-1 victory over the Golden Hawks in the first round of the PIAA State soccer tournament on Tuesday at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
Patriot forward Abby Sipel scored what turned out to be an emotional goal in the first minute on an assist by KK James.
Two goals late in the first half by Conestoga ended Freedom’s girls’ soccer season in the PIAA State quarterfinal on Saturday at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford by a final score of 2-0.
“Honestly, our slip-ups on the defensive end were not marking exactly who we were supposed to mark, and that ended up costing us the game,” said Freedom defender Kira Yost. “They were a good team, though. I’ll give them credit. We’ve all made it this far but we had a few slip-ups.”
As spectators saw that time was winding down in the District XI girls soccer semifinal between Freedom and Northampton, the Patriots saw the time that was left to tie the game.
“I don’t think I was getting concerned because we’ve come so far this year and had we lost, I would have been disappointed for the girls because they’ve worked so hard and it’s right there in front of us,” said Patriot coach Bob Eaton.
Hannah Werkheiser had put the K-Kids ahead, 1-0, on a header with 4:48 left in the first half, but now, the second half was ticking away into single-digit minutes.
Liberty distance runner Cole Frank knew the obstacles that lay ahead at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday, so expecting a muddy course, he adjusted as best he could and came home with an 18th place state medal from Hershey.
“There was mud at the bottom of almost every hill because of the bad rain Thursday night, so I watched my footing but there’s nothing you can do,” Frank said.
Frank also was delegated to Box 2, the very edge of the starting line.
Liberty distance runner Emily Jobes won a 13th place medal at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey, Pa.
“I was really excited. At the beginning of the season, I didn’t imagine winning a medal at states,” Jobes said.
Initially, Jobes thought she had finished in a higher-number place until her coaches Erin Matyus and Trevor (Van Ackeren) Conde told her she was 13th in the state. Jobes also became the fifth Lady Hurricane to win a state medal since 2002.
Jobes was in Box 39 at the starting line, an outside position that she happens to like.
Freedom forward Katie Flynn held on to the District XI girls’ soccer championship trophy like it was gold, but the gold was hanging around her neck, placed there by Coach Bob Eaton after the Patriots defeated Nazareth, 3-1, in the Class 4A final on Saturday night at Emmaus High School.
“It means a lot and we just brought it all together. It’s post season, we’re a whole new team, and we’ve been on a streak,” Flynn said. “I told them at halftime this is not over. We have to go out and bring it 10 times harder than we played the first half.”