Liberty’s boys’ cross country team took first place out of 21 teams at the Lions Invitational last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Darlyn Fermin was the first Hurricane to finish for Liberty, coming in sixth with a time of 17:23.44, followed by Cole Frank who placed eighth in 17:28.05, and Ryan Wycherley who placed 10th in 17:44.01.
Philip Bezas was 27th in 18:24.44, Paul Jensen was 31st in 18:28.02, Casey Frank was 43rd in 18:49.88, and Sam Graybeal was 57th in 19:15.15.
Freedom’s boys’ cross country team placed ninth.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis team recovered from a 3-4 loss to Stroudsburg last Tuesday and defeated Pocono Mountain East, 6-1, last Thursday.
The Hurricanes’ match against Stroudsburg lasted five hours.
At one singles, Paige Simons won her match, 6-3, 7-6, but Angie Ronca lost at two singles, 0-6, 1-6, and Julia Zheng lost at three singles, 6-7, 6-7.
In doubles play, Braden Drake and Margeaux Donchez won their match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6, at two doubles, and Reagan Gunn and Sophia Carpenter won at three doubles, 6-4, 6-4.
Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team won six straight matches to start its 2018 season, defeating Emmaus, Whitehall, Nazareth, Allentown Central Catholic, and East Stroudsburg North, and Stroudsburg.
The Hawks’ closest matches were 4-3 victories over Stroudsburg on Aug. 30 and Nazareth on Aug. 23.
In Becahi’s match with Stroudsburg, Brenna Magliochetti won at one singles, 6-0, 6-3, but Stroudsburg’s two and three singles players one their matches, defeating Taylor Adams, 6-2, 7-5, and Tori Tennyson, 6-0, 6-0.
Liberty’s tennis team opened its season with a 6-1 victory over Whitehall on Monday.
Paige Simons won in three sets at one singles, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, and Julia Zheng won at three singles, 6-4, 6-4 for the Hurricanes.
At two singles, Angie Ronca lost to Noel Yacoub, 2-6, 2-6.
Margeaux Donchez and Braden Drake won at two doubles, 6-4, 6-3. At three doubles, Regan Gunn and Sophie Carpenter won 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, and at four doubles, Gabriella Palermo and Shivani Patel won their match, 6-0, 6-4.
Southern Lehigh sophomore Alec DiCesare broke away from three Liberty runners to win the season’s first cross country scrimmage for Liberty, Freedom, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom.
“It feels amazing. This is my first high school win. Even though it’s a scrimmage, it still feels great,” DiCesare said.
DiCesare finished the race in 17:31.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin placed second in 17:46, and Liberty’s Cole Frank was third in 18:03.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau was the winner of the Patriot girls’ first cross country scrimmage last Thursday at Freedom.
The Patriots hosted the scrimmage which included Liberty, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh.
Charboneau’s time was 20:08.
“I was hoping for a P.R., but I died on the back stretch after the two mile,” she said.
Also, the grass had grown too high at Freedom by Thursday evening, making it difficult for anyone to P.R.
Bethlehem Catholic and DeSales University graduate Nicole Chickey was named the new Becahi head cross country coach on July 30, replacing Kelly Bracetty who will coach at Emmaus.
Chickey is a 2008 graduate of Becahi who won four PIAA state medals and 12 District XI gold medals throughout her high school running career. She also holds two MVP trophies and has been an assistant coach for the Hawks’ track and field team for two years.
Hope Brown, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the year from Bethlehem Catholic, was always part of a bigger picture, but her part in that picture was big as well.
Brown was the go-getter on the basketball court, offensively and defensively, a team captain for cross country, and a team player for track.
“She stayed active her senior year, even though she was going through a lot personally,” said Becahi track and field coach Fred Rice. “She was always part of something, and she always pushed herself to get better.”
To say that Liberty High School tennis coach Leo Schnalzer is retiring would be an overstatement; instead, he is taking a break for awhile.
“I love tennis, and I like being around it. I will still be there to help Chris [Conrad], and I’ve already gone to a few practices, so I will help him with whatever he needs,” Schnalzer said.
Conrad was the head coach of the girls’ team last year while Schalzer stayed with the boys. Now, Conrad will oversee both teams.
Northwest swim team was victorious over Northampton, 262-184, on July 18 at Northwest Swim Club.
Northwest swimmers who placed first are listed in order of each event.
Lora Flynn, Violet Whitley, Alyvia Herman, and Jaina Eisenhardt combined to win the 12 & U 200 medley relay in 3:09.37.
Brooke Sergent, Jackie Baker, Greta Stuckey, and Abby Mack won the 13 & O 200 medley relay in 2:18.30, and Ben Service, Sam Capwell, Seth Coleman, and Tyler Young won the same event in 2:17.74.