While Jackie Arthur was making plans for her future as most teenagers do, something else was happening.
“I felt like basketball was it, mainly because that’s all I ever wanted to do, and then track happened,” said Arthur. “Sophomore year, I was so set on going to Penn State, but then track happened.”
Arthur, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the Year from Liberty High School, had not intended on being a track and field thrower, nor had she intended on enrolling at Shippensburg University, but that’s what happened.
A split second win for the Hanover Stingrays in the boys’ crescendo relay added to the celebration of Hanover’s 332-207 combined team score victory over Soleco on July 10 at Hanover.
“They won champs two years in a row now, but we normally beat them in the regular season,” said Hanover swimmer Danny Lehr.
Logan Ritter, Gianni Morales, Robert Negron, Sean McGuire, and David Gabrielle won the crescendo with a time of 2:06.09, out touching Soleco who finished in 2:06.22.
Earlier in the meet, Negron won the 15 & over 50 freestyle with a time of 24.38.
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team got its first taste of competition this summer under new head coach Andy Wescoe at the A-Town Throwdown during SportsFest July 13-16 at Cedar Beach in Allentown.
“We didn’t do any tournaments or summer leagues [until SportsFest]. I felt it would be unfair because I wouldn’t know who to appoint on a roster,” Wescoe said. “I wanted them to get to know me, so I thought it would be more beneficial to work in the gym.”
Once Wescoe was approved by the school board in spring, he met with current and interested players.
Northwest’s boys’ swim team had 17 first place finishes in its meet against Westwood Heights last Thursday night at Northwest.
In the 8 & under 25 backstroke, Andrew Bays placed first with a time of 26.09.
In the 9 & 10 age division, Roman Herman won the 50 free with a time of 34.70, the 25 fly with a time of 18.56, and the 25 back in 21.03.
Also in the 9 & 10 group, Andre Negron took first place in the 25 breaststroke with a time of 23.66.
Former Liberty High School soccer player and Moravian College graduate Ian Larimer is the new head coach for the Hurricanes’ boys’ soccer team.
Shortly after he was hired earlier this year and shortly after the team’s strength and conditioning work had been done, Larimer held a group meeting with Liberty soccer players to outline his philosophy, among other things.
“My philosophy is a high tempo, high-paced game where players need to think creatively and quickly through all facets of the game,” Larimer said.
Bethlehem Sports Camps is offering a softball camp and a baseball camp for players, ages 7-15, this July.
The softball camp will run July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Freedom High School softball field.
The camp will be conducted by Freedom High School softball coach Nora Borger, Liberty High School softball coach Sam Carrodo, and Lehigh Carbon Community College softball coach Jenn Shellhammer.
Former Liberty High School tennis player and current Hurricane assistant tennis coach Chris Conrad will take over for Leo Schnalzer as head girls’ tennis coach at Liberty, while Schnalzer will remain as head coach for the boys’ team.
“I’m going to keep kind of the same structure, and Leo will help when he can,” Conrad said.
Northwest’s swim meet against Westwood Heights resulted in eight first place finishes for Northwest’s girls last Thursday night.
In the age 9 & 10 25 backstroke, Lora Flynn took first place with a time of 21.27.
Alyvia Herman won the age 11 & 12 50 free with a time of 35.15.
“The last time I swam it, it was easier, but in the crescendo, it’s a sprint, so I wanted to swim it [like that],” said Herman. “I like the crescendo because it’s dark, and the lights are on, and it’s fun because everyone is super fast and cheering.”
Recent Liberty High School graduate Kristin Kaleycik will continue her academic and softball career at Kutztown University this fall.
Kaleycik narrowed down her choices after identifying colleges that offered a major in marketing, but she wanted to be far away from home.
“Then I visited Kutztown after [last year’s] Carpenter Cup, and I fell in love with the campus. The coach liked me, and they have a successful team, so I did an overnight in January or February,” Kaleycik said.
Kaleycik connected with former Parkland High School softball player Taylor Knappenberger.
Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Freedom High School won multiple awards after participating in the UCA cheerleading camp, June 13-16, in Honesdale.
The Patriots took first place in game day, extreme routine, and leadership.
“That’s the one I’m most proud of, leadership,” said Freedom coach Lynn Spina. “Other teams vote on which squad exemplifies leadership, and helps other teams, and things like that.”
Seniors Ciara Barbosa and Samia Broughton were appointed temporary captains at camp, and became permanent captains for the 2017-2018 season on June 29.