Bethlehem Catholic High School track and field coach Fred Rice has his hands full with 157 athletes on the roster this year, and he couldn’t be happier.
In addition, the Hawks have finally found a place to practice since Becahi does not have a track.
“Our A.D. Chris Domyan called Freedom’s A.D. Nate Stannard and asked if they would have any time availability, and then their new coach Ben Reph and I figured out what to do, how to lock up, and things like that,” said Rice. “They were so nice, and we are so thankful to them.”
Liberty’s number two doubles tennis team of Luke Conrad and David Lynn have advanced to the final of the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which will be continued at a time to be determined after being postponed because of rain last Saturday at Freedom High School.
Conrad and Lynn will face Parkland’s Kishan Unjia and Jesse Hence.
“I think it will be a challenge,” said Lynn. “Hopefully, we will do our best and go out and win. Our serves have been good all season. A lot of times, if we’re winning big, [Coach Leo Schnalzer] doesn’t go too deep with coaching.”
When Bethlehem Catholic pitcher Tatum Kresley was asked if she needed to come out of the game during the sixth inning of the Hawks’ game against Freedom last Thursday, her response was heck no, and Kresley and the Hawks proceeded to finish off the Patriots 8-3.
“I was feeling really, really good except for the sixth inning. I got a little tired,” said Kresley.
The Patriots strung together three hits to load the bases when Julia Roman doubled, Jana Boksan singled, and Shay Banas had a base hit.
Liberty tennis players Dan Lynn, Louis Gruber, and Jacob Berg have advanced to the finals in the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which was played last Friday and Saturday at Freedom High School.
Lynn began his match against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber at number one singles, but it was stopped due to rain and will be continued at time to be determined.
Down 2-5, Lynn won the second game and the seventh game on Saturday.
The Liberty Hurricanes boys’ tennis team finished the regular season with a record of 14-0 and are the 2017 East Penn Conference Champions.
“I am very happy for the team,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “Prior to the season, I knew we would have very good players, so I can’t take a lot of responsibility for their success. I was there to help and support them, and maybe add to their success.”
Schnalzer is extremely grateful to his assistants, Chris Conrad, Dawn Ketterman-Benner, and Linda Minarik, who have also supported the team and Schnalzer.
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team defeated Dieruff 96-53 and lost to Nazareth 78-70 last week at Freedom High School.
Top finishers for the Patriots were Kyree Marshburn, who placed second in the 100 meter dash in 11.3 and the 200 meter dash in 23.3. Cyrus Thompson was third in the 200 meter dash in 23.6.
In the 400 meter dash, Nicholas King and Lewis Hargett tied for first place in 54.1.
Adam Boyer placed second in 2:15.0, and Kevin Pollock was third in 2:16.0 in the 800 meter run. Isaac Gross placed third in the 3200 meter run in 11:04.0.
Freedom’s girls’ track and field team split its meet last Wednesday with a 104-32 victory over Dieruff and a 91-55 loss to Nazareth at Freedom High School.
Top finishers for the Patriots were Tamia Wright in the 400 meter dash in 1:09.0. Kiara James was second in 1:11.0.
Morgan Weaver took second place in the 800 meter run in 2:34.0.
“I was terrified because it was my first 800. I usually run the 400,” Weaver said. “I was worried about endurance on the last lap, but I knew I had speed.”
The Liberty Hurricanes did everything Coach Sam Carrodo asked them to do in their 3-2 loss to Parkland last Friday at Parkland.
They hit, they ran, they threw, they stole, and when two calls did not go their way, they took the loss with disappointment, but what was more obvious was that they took it with respect.
The first call was on a suicide squeeze in the third inning.
Sport nutritionist Erin Sparrold from the Bethlehem-based sports psychology company Mind of the Athlete is on a mission, not just to help athletes feed their performance, but to help them develop a healthy relationship with food.
“There is so much negative messaging around food, I want them to understand the power food has to build health,” said Sparrold. “To have a balance is important, not just for an event.”
Liberty’s girls’ track and field team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0, and Liberty’s boys are 3-1 with their only loss to Easton.
“The girls are an established, well-known commodity, so we knew what they were going to be,” said Hurricane coach Andy Messa, who, along with Chris D’Emilio, is sharing head coaching duties. “With the boys, there were a lot of holes in our team, and we addressed that with them immediately.”
The Hurricane boys have six returning varsity letter winners and are already doing better than last year.