Freedom’s boys’ tennis team scored its first victory of the season over neighboring rival Bethlehem Catholic by a score of 4-3 this past Monday at Becahi.
The Hawks, who had a record of 4-3 prior to Monday’s match were without their number one singles player Colby Treadwell. Yiwei Lyu filled in at one singles but lost to Jon Fiorentino 0-6, 0-6.
Becahi came back at two singles when Andrew Kaeser defeated Justin Szaro 6-3, 6-1.
Freedom High School graduate Brooke Munion and Whitehall High School graduate Brooke Gilson have been both opponents and teammates over the years, swimming separately at their respective high schools and together at Parkland Aquatic Club.
They met again, this time as seniors attending different colleges, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held back on March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
Liberty’s undefeated boys’ tennis team won its match against an undefeated Nazareth team 4-3 last Friday at Nazareth High School.
“Prior to the match, I knew it was going to be really close,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “This puts us in a good place right now.”
In singles play, Nazareth’s Ben Tauber defeated Liberty’s Dan Lynn 6-4, 6-4, but the Hurricanes recovered at two singles where Louis Gruber defeated Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-1, and at three singles where Jacob Berg defeated Ben Tauber 7-5, 6-3.
Freedom’s track and field team is comprised of many individual athletes who can compete, and now coach Ben Reph’s job is to teach the Patriots how to be competitive throughout their lineup in order to win as a team.
“We are very young, especially on the girls’ side. I think we’re on the right track, but we’re a year or two away from peaking there,” said Reph.
Although the Patriots have lost to Easton, Parkland, and Allentown Central Catholic, Freedom’s boys lost to the Vikings by only six points.
Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.
“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”
Liberty’s 14-3 victory over Easton last Thursday at Easton was a huge confidence boost for the Hurricanes to start the 2017 softball season.
“I think their confidence went way up, not overconfident, but good,” said Liberty head coach Sam Carrodo, who is beginning his third season with the Hurricanes.
“We knew Easton played Central Bucks South the day before and beat them, and Central Bucks South has a pretty good team. So we came out and did what we did, and I was very happy, but, yes, I was a little bit surprised with the amount of runs we scored.”
Last week’s high school tennis matches were more a matter of hit or miss than win or lose because of inclement weather, so with only two matches played by Liberty so far this season, Bethlehem Catholic has played five, and both will face off this Thursday at Liberty.
The Hurricanes are currently 2-0, scoring 6-1 victories over Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg.
Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer has kept Dan Lynn and Jacob Berg at number one and three singles, respectively, and both won their individual matches against the Bears and the Mountaineers.
Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.
“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”
Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa Jimenez who had a bunt single.
Freedom High School’s softball team will roster a squad of 14, including five returners and a new pitcher, for the 2017 season.
“We have a large squad this year,” said Patriot head coach Nora Borger, who is beginning her fifth season at Freedom. “They all worked really hard in the off season.”
Returning for the Patriots are Jana Boksan at catcher, and Arielle Gonzalez, Shalyn Banas, Julia Roman, and Taylor Resetar, all outfielders.
Shortly after the final horn sounded and Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team celebrated its PIAA State Class 4A championship game victory over Villa Maria, the Hawks and the Victors shook hands, but what happened next caused onlookers pause.
As Becahi coach Jose Medina told it, Villa Maria coach Doug Chuzie suggested the two teams pray, and that since the Hawks won, Medina should lead the prayer.