High school swimming season is set to begin next month and for the Freedom Patriots, it will begin with new head coach Melissa Baer at the Cedar Crest Classic on Dec. 8.
Key returners for the Patriots will be district champ and senior Al Bell, senior Jared Franges, and sophomores Abby Burnette and Danny Connel.
Freshman Andrew Ehret will also be one to watch.
Melissa Baer will be the Freedom Patriots’ new head swimming coach for the 2018-2019 season, replacing Coach Will Berisha.
Baer was the head swimming coach at Allentown Central Catholic High School, an assistant at Emmaus High School, and a coach, manager, site supervisor, and instructor at the Emmaus Aquatic Club.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team signed off Saturday night after losing, 1-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal to Wilson-West Lawn.
The quarterfinal, which was played at Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, started an hour late on an unseasonably cold afternoon, mostly due to wind.
About halfway through the first half, Wilson-West Lawn forward Sage Klein scored on a corner by David Dries.
Ten minutes later, a Wilson forward was one-on-one with Patriot goalie Derek Bast, but Bast made the save.
As has been the Freedom way all season, the Patriots played to a double overtime, this time in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer final against Emmaus, and defeated the Hornets, 1-0, for district gold on Nov. 1 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.
The second overtime had just begun when Bradley Turocy scored the game winner.
Freedom’s 1-0 victory over Pleasant Valley in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer semifinal on Oct. 30 guaranteed the Patriots a place in the PIAA State tournament, but the district final against Emmaus would be next in the Pates’ quest for more gold.
Three Liberty and one Freedom distance runners competed in the PIAA State Cross Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey.
Patriot sophomore Lauren Charboneau finished in the highest place in 37th.
Freedom coach Bob Thear had two goals for Charboneau: to place in the top 50 and to be the first finisher from District XI.
Although a Parkland runner slipped in ahead of her, Charboneau ran a very good race on a day when the course easily played 45 seconds slower than it would have on most days because of inclement weather.
Bethlehem Catholic number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti won the silver medal after competing in the PIAA State Class 2A Singles Tennis Tournament this past weekend in Hershey, and Freedom’s Natalie Sinai and Tashanna Smith won bronze after competing in the PIAA State Class 3A Doubles Tennis Tournament, also this past weekend in Hershey.
“We wanted to end on a good note,” said Sinai. “They were very good.”
Sinai was referring to Shady Side Academy’s Ella Santora and Amy Youssef, whom the Patriots played for third place.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cross country team competed in the District XI Class 2A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Golf Course where Becahi sophomore Marcela Banuelos placed 16th out of 85 runners in the girls’ race.
“I think I did pretty OK,” Banuelos said. “I think I got a P.R., but I was tired at the end.”
Banuelos’s time was 20:35.39.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau had a fifth place finish at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course, not the placement she had hoped for, but a top five finish nonetheless.
“I wasn’t feeling my best, and the weather definitely impacted how I ran,” Charboneau said. “The paces were so different from they were last week.”
Last week was the EPC meet, where Charboneau placed first on the same course.
“I had a lead until the hills. Then Ciara [Conboy] popped up,” said Charboneau.
Awesome is how Liberty senior Darlyn Fermin described taking third place, up from sixth place in leagues the week before, at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Fermin looked just as awesome heading into the finish, having improved his time by, yes, an awesome 31 seconds.