Last year, softball teams in the East Penn Conference participated in a Play Purple Day for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness, inspired by Nazareth player Toni Anne Hahn, and suggested by her coach Tony Cocca.
This year, the EPC softball teams will participate in Play Electric Blue Day for Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome Awareness, inspired by Owen Howkins, and suggested by Liberty coach Sam Carrodo.
Owen is the boy from England whom Carrodo first saw on an ESPN documentary, which told the story of Owen’s rare muscle disease and his bond with his dog Haatchi.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team opened its season on Thursday against Stroudsburg when the Mountaineers defeated the Hawks 5-2.
Winning their matches for Becahi were Kyle Smedley at number two singles, who defeated Jolen Nortey 6-1, 6-1, and Nick Cenek at number three singles, who defeated Caleb Secor 6-2, 6-0.
Matt Falteich is the Hawks’ number one singles player this year.
Defending District XI tennis champions, the Liberty Hurricanes, are returning to the courts this week to open the 2018 boys’ tennis season.
Sophomore Louis Gruber will play at number one singles, sophomore David Lynn will play at two singles, and senior Gavin Snyder will play at three singles.
Gruber is the 2017 district doubles champ, along with Dan Lynn who has since graduated.
David Lynn moves up from two doubles last year, and Snyder is also moving up from doubles.
Freedom’s boys’ tennis season begins this week with Matt Potts as the Patriots’ new head coach.
Potts is a tennis instructor at Northwood Racquet Club whose grandfather was Joseph McIntyre, Freedom’s first principal.
“I never coached high school tennis before, but I coach all the high school players [at Northwood], and I thought it would be fun,” Potts said. “I like building things, and I think we have a team that will be good.”
Yes, the Freedom Patriots lost to Abington, 63-55, in the second round of PIAA State Class 6A girls’ basketball playoffs last week at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, but according to the Patriots and Freedom coach Dean Reiman, the season was an overall success story.
Liberty’s boys’ tennis team opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Stroudsburg on Monday at Liberty.
Louis Gruber won 6-0, 6-0 at number one singles, David Lynn won 6-0, 6-2 at number two singles, and Gavin Snyder won 6-0, 6-0 at number three singles.
Snyder, who played doubles last year, is happy to be playing singles this year.
“It’s relieving. It was my goal since freshman year to get a singles spot,” Snyder said. “It’s something new. I haven’t played singles in awhile. I’m used to doubles, so it’s something to get used to.
Bethlehem Catholic’s 40-38 loss to Bonner-Prendergast in the second round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs was arguably about as painful as it gets.
With seconds left in a tied game, the Hawks were called for two fouls, and Bonner-Prendergast’s Dakota McCaughan made two free throws, ending Becahi’s season.
“We win together, and we lose together,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We picked a bad game to not shoot the ball well.”
Even though it became apparent very early that Berwick would not be able to compete with Bethlehem Catholic in the first round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs on Saturday at Freedom High School, the Bulldogs’ tears were as apparent as if they had lost in the final seconds.
The Bulldogs did lose, 56-25, and as they walked in line, red-eyed, past Becahi coach Jose Medina, they congratulated him and wished him luck, one-by-one, and left the gym.
“That’s the toughest part there, and a lot of graduating seniors,” Medina said, after thanking each Berwick player.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its first round of PIAA State Class 6A playoffs with a 59-42 victory over Perkiomen Valley on Friday night at Easton Area Middle School.
“Our team had a lot of momentum going into this game, and everyone lifts each other up and helps with confidence,” said Patriot guard Corrin Gill. “We were prepared for the game, and we knew going into it that we were the more confident team.”
Gill’s shooting confidence also emerged from the start, hitting a three pointer in the first quarter and another in the second.