Northwest Swim Team competed in the ABE Championships on July 27 at Stones Crossing in its last meet of the summer swim season.
Northwest placed 10th out of 12 teams, and Kaybrook was the overall winner.
Northwest swimmers who had top finishes included Windsor Reiss, who took sixth place in 13 & over diving with 111.50 points.
Corbin Eisenhardt came in fifth in the 13-14 50 freestyle in 29.51, third in the 13-14 50 butterfly in 34.84, and fifth in the 50 breaststroke in 40.89.
Northwest Little League’s 8-10-year-old all-star team concluded its season as state runner-up on July 24 in Wellsboro, Pa.
After winning the District 20 championship and the Section 6 championship, Northwest began its run in the Pennsylvania State Tournament with a 4-2 victory over North Pocono on July 18, followed by a 2-0 victory over Mifflinburg on July 19, and a 5-4 victory over Delaware Valley on July 21.
One more victory would have clinched a state championship for Northwest, but they lost to St. Mary’s on July 23, 7-2.
Several Hanover Stingray swim team members, coaches and parents attended the Hanover Township Board of Supervisors meeting on July 23 to find answers and express their concerns about the status of the Hanover Township swimming pool.
The pool has been closed all summer, in need of major repair or replacement, requiring the Hanover Stingrays - a competitive summer swim team - to practice at Stark Pool in Bethlehem. In addition, all of the Stingrays’ swim meets have been away meets.
Greta Stuckey, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the Year from Liberty High School, has done many great things in track & field, swimming, and cross country. Her most recent great thing came two months ago at the District XI Class 3A Track & Field Championships.
It was an unlikely comeback that Stuckey pulled off as anchor of the Hurricanes’ 4x8 relay on May 15 at Whitehall High School.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team seemed to be on the verge of a Section 6 championship but dropped its two last games to become runner-up to Council Rock Holland last week.
Last Tuesday, Lehigh gave up five earned runs in the first inning against Council Rock.
“There were a lot of walks, two hits by pitch, passed balls. Before we knew it, we were down 5-0,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “We chipped away little by little, but we gave up another run, and it was 7-2.”
By the fifth inning, the score was 7-6, but that’s where it stayed.
Northwest swim team finished its meet against Lehigh Country Club with a 12-0 victory for Northwest after heavy rain forced its continuation to last Monday.
Abby Mack, Madison Drager, Greta Stuckey, and Treasa Burke won the 13 & over 200 medley relay in 2:23.57, and John Jones, Andrew Layne, Seth Coleman, and Jeffrey Eisenhardt won the same event for the boys in 2:13.05.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team opened Section 6 playoffs on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over Council Rock Holland in Southampton, Pa.
Knowing the Section 6 tournament is less than a week long and that Lehigh could be playing multiple games within a short amount of time, Lehigh manager Buck Horvath and his coaches decided to use four pitchers on Saturday. That way, no one pitcher would be spent for future games.
“It ended up working to our advantage because the other team couldn’t feel comfortable with any one pitcher,” Horvath said.
Northwest swim team hosted Trident for its last home meet of the season on July 9 when Eli Kovar and Windsor Reiss scored first place points for Northwest in diving.
Keller Pooley and Jeffrey Eisenhardt scored second place points for Northwest.
The diving event in summer swim meets consists of three dives for each competitor.
Reiss, who is in the girls 13 & over division, also placed first the day before during Northwest’s meet against Lehigh Country Club.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team handed Valley West its first loss in the Section 6 tournament, and with that, took its two-game win streak home on Sunday night with a 3-1 victory won in Southampton, Pa.
“We’re in a pretty good spot,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “If we win on Tuesday, it’s over.”
Lehigh will take on the winner of Valley West and Council Rock Holland, past Press deadlines. Stroudsburg is the other team in the Section 6 tourney.
On Sunday, Aidan Dancho and Rocco Sciarra pitched three innings apiece.
Sunday afternoon was do or die for Lehigh Little League’s 12U team in the District 20 tournament, and Lehigh did, in a big way, defeat Pennridge, 7-1, to play for a championship on Monday night.
“Jacob Strong threw 5 1/3 innings of no hit, shut out ball, and basically brought us here,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.
Strong threw six strikeouts and hit a solo home run to center field in the second inning to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead, but that was only the beginning.