Freedom’s swim team, headed by new coach Will Berisha, will include 15 boys and 14 girls for the 2017-2018 season.
Junior, Al Bell, will be returning as the defending district champion in the 500 free for the Patriots.
The boys’ team is rostering three returning seniors, Colin Burnette, Jack Runco, and Spencer Smith, and one new senior, Griffin Connelly.
Other juniors, in addition to Bell, are Paras Chand, Jared Franges, Dominic Fresoli, Shawn Higgins, Jack Rosen, Sahil Shah, and Nikunj Singh.
The Bethlehem Special Olympics athlete leadership team, along with their mentors, are sponsoring a Christmas time giveback project which will benefit local families hosting displaced families from Puerto Rico who lost everything in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Liberty High School’s 2017-2018 divers are working on an assortment of dives for the upcoming season, which begins Dec. 12.
Returners for the girls’ team include Alicia Valladares, Lehanna Sine, Hannah Graybeal, Cara Kuykens, and Morgan Edwards.
“Cara is working on a couple new upper degree-of-difficulty dives, new 2.5 to 2.9 dives, and Alicia is pushing her now because she is working on dives with a higher degree-of-difficulty,” said Hurricane coach Jeff Zettlemoyer.
As defending state champions, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team will be expecting every other team’s best shot throughout the upcoming season, and that best shot is what the Hawks are preparing for.
“I told our girls the first day of practice, 229 days had passed [since the state final], and for us, the message was that was last season. None of that stuff matters,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “The only thing that matters is knowing we’re going to get everybody’s best shot, which we like, so now our girls have to match that intensity.”
Four cross country runners from Liberty and one from Freedom competed in the PIAA State Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
“We were really thrilled to have four going,” said Hurricane coach Mark Will-Weber.
Hurricane sophomore Belle Weikert placed 27th among 212 girls with a time of 19:43, and Hurricane junior Darlyn Fermin placed 81st out of 236 boys with a time of 17:02.
Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team were awarded silver medals at the District XI Team Tennis Championships last Wednesday at Lehigh University.
The Hawks defeated Notre Dame East Stroudsburg 4-1 in the quarterfinal and Salisbury 3-2 in the semifinal, but lost to Blue Mountain in the final 3-2.
As with the match against Salisbury, most of the pressure fell on Becahi’s three singles player Jenna Sloan.
Bethlehem Catholic tennis players Molly Ehrig and Jenna Sloan were silver medalists in the District XI Class 2A Doubles Tennis Championships recently at Winning Touch in Allentown.
Logan Lencheski and Emma Anmolsingh from Notre Dame Green Pond won the doubles final, 6-4, 6-3.
“Overall they were a little bit more aggressive and took more risks,” Ehrig said.
Things seemed to be going the Hawks’ way after the pair took a 3-0 lead in the first set, but the Crusaders took over, winning five straight games.
Bethlehem Catholic High School’s number one singles tennis player Brenna Magliochetti was crowned PIAA State Class 2A singles tennis champion this past weekend at Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey, Pa.
“It’s kind of indescribable. It’s been multiple days now, and I still can’t wrap my head around it,” Magliochetti said. “After last season, it’s been on my mind for 12 months, so match point was completely overwhelming.”
Magliochetti defeated Knoch’s Laura Greb in the final, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
Bethlehem Catholic senior Lauren Bunke had to wait awhile before confirmation came of her state qualification after her 19th place finish at the District XI Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country Championships last Wednesday afternoon at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
“I thought I was going to miss it by one or make it. It was a little bit long of a wait, so I was hoping,” Bunke said.
Becahi coach Kelly Bracetty delivered the good news to Bunke, that she earned the last spot for the PIAA state meet scheduled for Nov. 4 in Hershey.
Liberty runners Belle Weikert, Grace Haas, Darlyn Fermin, and Cole Frank became state qualifiers after competing at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course.
“I was so excited because last year it felt like it just happened because I was 10th and the last one to make it, but this year I really earned it and I didn’t just squeak in,” said Haas, a junior.