Despite a shift in Bethlehem Catholic's girls' tennis lineup, the Hawks defeated Nazareth last Thursday by a score of 4-3.
Becahi senior,Julia Atiyeh, is currently undefeated at number two doubles, along with partner Taylor Treadwell, presently on the sidelines until this week or next. Last week, Atiyeh partnered with Ally Setcavage, defeating Megan Parsons and Mikayla Stefanik, 6-1, 6-3.
"It was different, but we're good friends, and we adjusted. We only had one practice [together], but Ally stepped it up really well. She had good ground strokes today," said Atiyeh.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls' soccer team scored two victories over their neighboring rivals last week, with a 7-0 win over Liberty on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Freedom on Friday.
The Hawks, under new head coach, Chris Bastidas, are focusing on their game with the hope of getting to district playoffs by the end of the regular season.
"I think it's going really well. Our positivity is better. Our coach is very knowledgeable, and I think he can move us forward," said Abby Guman.
The Liberty Hurricanes scored its first girls' tennis victory over Whitehall last week, 5-2, followed by a 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley the next day.
Liberty Coach Leo Schnalzer said, "It was nice to get our first win. The individual matches were closer, and I think the girls obviously felt good about it."
By the time the week was over, the Hurricanes had played four matches.
"I think it's too many. We don't get a lot of time to go over some things, but we got some singles wins which was nice because we struggled the first two matches," said Schnalzer.
Former Freedom High School swimmer and 2012 Misericordia University graduate, Chelsea Mixon, has been named the 2011-2012 Middle Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year.
"I'm astounded. I just feel very blessed and honored that I was chosen," said Mixon.
A social work major, Mixon combined excellence in the pool, classroom, and her community to be granted the honor.
Under head swimming coach, Jason Morini, Mixon was a two-time MVP and helped the Cougars to MAC championships in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.
For the second year in a row, Freedom's boys' cross country team won the Lion Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
"It was a very good start to the season. I'm very pleased," said Freedom coach Bob Thear.
Chris Kelly led the boys' team with a second place finish in Class AAA, third place overall, in 16:53.
"After it settled in, I was really happy with our team's performance. 'Champions' is nice to say. It really shows what we can do," Kelly said. "My goal was to break 17, and once I saw I did that, I was really, really, really happy."
Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, took second place in Class AAA and fifth place overall at the Lions Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Freedom coach Bob Thear said, "It was a good start for her. She was only 15 seconds off her personal record, but even with that, she's in a great position."
Palmer finished the race in 20:26.
Palmer said, "I was a little disappointed with my time. I was kind of tired, and I have allergies right now, and it was hot. I could have done better."
Liberty 2012 graduate and former Hurricane swimmer, Courtney Desh, will continue her swimming career at Lehigh University this fall.
Desh had also considered Lafayette and Bucknell, but in the end, Lehigh was the most natural fit.
"My sister went there, and I really just liked the whole team atmosphere. I just really clicked with my teammates, and the coach was really nice," said Desh.
Rob Herb will be entering his eighth season as head coach of the Mountain Hawks.
The Hanover Stingrays Swim Team took third place at the 2012 Suburban League Championships last month at Lower Macungie.
Soleco won the meet with 1381 points, followed by second-place finisher Quakertown with 1252.5 points. Hanover scored 1025 points in the nine-team meet.
In the 15 and over age group, Liberty High School swimmers, Courtney Desh and Eric Lawrence, placed first in two events apiece.
Desh won the 50 yard breaststroke in 32.59 and the 100 yard IM in 1:04.56.
He who goes into the last wall the hardest comes out the fastest.
Whether Freedom's Seth Watlington remembers these as famous last words, or words he will never forget, one thing is for certain: a PIAA State Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championship gold medal in the breaststroke won by the Patriot swimmer this March at Bucknell University.