Bethlehem Press

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Spina to continue career at Rutgers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Recent Freedom High School graduate Camryn Spina will continue her academic and cheerleading career at Rutgers University in the fall.

“I met the coach, and he really liked me, I fell in love with the campus, and it seemed like the perfect fit,” Spina said.

Rutgers’s head coach is Mike Stickle.

“He’s awesome. He’s supportive, and he’s really excited to work with his team and make us the best we can be. You can tell how excited cheerleading makes him,” said Spina.

Try-outs were held on April 14 and 15, but for Spina, it was a couple of years in the making.

Local Special Olympic athletes compete

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Athletes and coaches from Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton County, competed at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Summer Games over the first weekend in June at Penn State University.

The athletes, ages 8-54, competed in six sports, swimming, softball, basketball, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, golf, and bowling.

The swimmers, coached by Pam Magnan and Fred Knauss, were able to compete in three individual events and one relay. Practices are held at Liberty High School, and in March, April, and May, they travel to different competitions.

Girls Cup team takes fourth place

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Who would have thought that a little statue named One Hit Momma could bring about runs in the double-digits, not once, but twice, for Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team during their tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia?

“I found her in the bottom of the whiffle ball bucket and kind of kept it out, so I said everyone touch her head before you get a hit, and I guess everyone was taking it seriously, so everyone touched it,” said Becahi’s Jess Indelicato.

Hawks Hope Brown commits to Holy Cross

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic basketball player Hope Brown has committed to Holy Cross where she will continue her academic and athletic career after graduating from Becahi in 2018.

“I had that moment when I was there, that this is where I’m meant to be, and my mom did too,” said Brown. “It still doesn’t feel real.”

Brown also considered Wagner College and West Point, and the latter seemed like a very good option for Brown until she visited Holy Cross.

On Brown’s recent visit, Crusader freshman Madalyn Smith told Brown more about the basketball program and the atmosphere.

LV Cup softball goes 1-1 on opening day

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team went 1-1 on Monday when they defeated Jersey Shore 2-0 and lost to Berks County/LL 7-2 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

In its first game, Lehigh Valley and Jersey Shore were scoreless until Southern Lehigh’s Danielle Barnes hit a two-run home run. Whitehall’s Rachel Arner also scored after having walked.

Becahi’s Alexa Panuccio pitched the fourth inning, forcing two ground outs and a fly ball.

Yurconic named boys tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior John Yurconic II was named District XI Male Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Honestly, it’s a great feeling,” Yurconic said. “I thought I already had the icing on the cake, so I think this is something on top of that. It’s been an amazing four years.”

Yurconic played four years of varsity singles tennis for the Falcons, compiling a record of 77-21. He is the 2017 District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion, and he was a PIAA state doubles tennis champion with Mason Groff in 2016.

Spring-Ford eliminates Liberty softball

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes were loose before the start of their PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal game against Spring-Ford last Thursday, singing and laughing to music playing over the PA system at Parkland High School.

That’s what Coach Sam Carrodo wanted them to be, loose and happy, as he motioned “louder” to his team as the music ended. So all things considered, it was a surprise to many that this Hurricane team fell so hard to the Spring-Ford Rams by a score of 9-2.

Two Hawks named to softball Cup team

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic juniors, Alexa Pannucio and Jess Indelicato, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team, coached by Blake Morgan.

This is Indelicato’s second year on the team, but for Panuccio, it is her first.

“Jess has given me a little bit of insight,” said Panuccio, who will pitch or play the outfield, while Indelicato will play shortstop or third base.

Roelker named girls tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior Leandra Roelker was named District XI Female Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Oh my gosh, this is crazy,” Roelker said. “It’s such an honor to even be considered. I could have been happy to go home a scholar-athlete [nominee].”

Roelker’s record was 21-3 at number one singles this year.

Liberty wins opener at states

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Miranda Kinney’s lead-off double to left center field in the bottom of the fifth inning was the start of runs on the board for the Liberty Hurricanes in their 2-0 victory over Penn Manor in the first round of PIAA State Class 6A softball playoffs on Monday at Pates Park.

“I heard their pitcher [Brittany Hook] was pretty good with her rise ball and change up, but I knew we needed this for the team, and I wanted to start something,” Kinney said.

Jess Watts followed with a double to right field, and the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead.