Bethlehem Catholic’s number one singles tennis player Brenna Magliochetti repeated as District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion after defeating Notre Dame Green Pond’s Logan Lencheski 6-2, 6-1 last Thursday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
“I’m really excited,” Magliochetti said. “I had such a great time at Hershey, so I’m excited to go back.”
Magliochetti was the PIAA state singles tennis silver medalist last year.
On Thursday, Magliochetti won the first game of the district final, but Lencheski stayed close until Magliochetti pulled away in the seventh game.
A back-and-forth girls’ soccer game between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth ended in a 5-2 victory for the Blue Eagles last week at Becahi.
“We weren’t sure what to expect from Nazareth,” said Becahi’s Emma Pfeiffer. “The first half we were working a lot better.”
Becahi forward Brooke Bisko tied the game twice, but in the second half, Nazareth’s Abigail James added two goals to the two she had already scored, and Allison Hoff scored one.
Overtime had barely begun in Liberty’s boys’ soccer game against Whitehall last week when Safa Turkdonmez’s goal in the first 30 seconds was the game winner for the Hurricanes last week at BASD Stadium.
“I was not expecting us to score a goal within 30 seconds, but we pressed them like crazy,” said Turkdonmez. “[Salem Hatungimana] played me a ball in. I think I lost it, and then it ricocheted back to [Andy Epsaro], and he played it to me.”
Liberty scored first with a goal by Ricardo Carcamo, and Whitehall’s Aziz Atiyeh tied the game on an assist by Tony Rodriguez.
Liberty sophomore Belle Weikert repeated with a first place finish during the Hurricanes’ cross country meet against Parkland, Allen, and Dieruff last week.
Weikert’s time was 21:04. Liberty’s Grace Haas placed seventh with a time of 22:04.
Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau came in eighth with a time of 22:23, and Becahi’s Lauren Bunke was ninth with a time of 22:35.
Hannah Graybeal placed 11th with a time of 23:16, Madison Drager placed 12th with a time of 23:46, and Greta Stuckey was 13th with a time of 23:46, all from Liberty.
Bethlehem Catholic hosted last week’s cross country meet at the course at Illick’s Mill where Becahi, Freedom, and Liberty’s boys defeated East Stroudsburg North and East Stroudsburg South but lost to Stroudsburg.
In individual results Stroudsburg had four runners in the top ten, including Zachary Lar, who won the boys’ race with a time of 16:28.
Freedom’s Kevin Pollock came in second with a time of 16:57.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Hawks would lose to Emmaus last Thursday, and even though they did, 3-2, it was not nearly in the way they expected.
“They say, ‘Fear the man who has nothing to lose.’ That was us today,” said Becahi forward Joe Hawach, whose assist set up the Hawks’ first goal by Connor Aitken with 2:21 left in the game. “I passed it, it hit off the defender and went right to him.”
Freedom’s girls’ tennis team played through the season undefeated until last Friday when they fell to Easton 4-3.
“[Being undefeated] meant a lot because we were getting so much support from the school,” said two singles player Becky Packo. “Now that we’re not undefeated, it’s a little bit heartbreaking but at the same time, we’ll be 15-1, and if we have a shot at [Easton] at districts, I want payback.”
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team went 1-1 last week with a 2-1 victory over Pocono Mountain West and a 2-1 loss to Northwestern Lehigh.
In the game against Pocono Mountain West, Liberty’s Merve Okumus scored a breakaway goal, assisted by Mia Del Corso with 22:21 left in the first half.
Pocono Mountain West tied the game when Kathrynn Gonzalez scored after an assist by Caroline Weirich with 12:40 left in the game.
Liberty came right back when Okumus scored the game winning goal from 25 yards out assisted by Kathryn Wescoe.
Liberty’s girls’ cross country team defeated all three of last week’s opponents, East Stroudsburg North, East Stroudsburg South, and Stroudsburg, and Becahi and Freedom defeated the East-burg schools last week at the course at Illick’s Mill.
Liberty’s Belle Weikert took first place with a time of 19:01.
“I stuck behind two of the Stroudsburg girls, and then right there, I sprinted up the hill,” she said. “I just kind of ran my own race.”
The last thing Bethlehem Catholic wanted was an overtime period in its game against Liberty, but a game-winning goal by Brooke Bisko and tough defense by the Hawks produced a 4-3 victory for Becahi, all within regulation, this past Monday.
“It’s exhilarating,” said Becahi defender and captain Samantha Gaydos. “Last season was so much different, and I think having losses is so much different than having five losses in overtime because to be that close and lose that many times...It’s redemption for us this year.”