The Freedom Patriots were crowned District XI Class 3A Team Tennis champions, and Bethlehem Catholic was crowned District XI Class 2A Team Tennis champions on Oct. 12 at Lehigh University.
The District XI tournament began last Monday when the Patriots defeated Emmaus, 4-1. The Patriots then defeated Southern Lehigh, 4-1, the next day.
Taking on Parkland in the final, Freedom won, 3-1, leaving the two singles match between Natalie Sinai and Joanna Wu unfinished since the Patriots had already won.
Freedom and Liberty’s girls’ cross country teams scored victories over Whitehall and Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday during the Hurricanes’ home meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Freedom’s Lauren Charboneau placed first in the girls race with a time of 19:03.
Liberty’s Greta Stuckey placed sixth with a time of 20:19, followed by teammates Belle Weikert in 20:21 and Grace Haas in 20:23. Emily Jobes came in 10th in 20:36, also for the Hurricanes.
Liberty’s boys’ cross country team edged out Emmaus, 27-28, last Tuesday during the Hurricanes’ home meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Darlyn Fermin and Cole Frank had a one-two finish with times of 16:09 and 16:37, respectively.
Emmaus scored the next two places, followed by Freedom’s Nick Bauer whose time was 16:55.
Liberty’s Ryan Wycherley was sixth with a time of 17:04, and teammates Paul Jensen placed 10th in 17:25, and Philip Bezas placed 11th in 17:31.
Sixteen saves for Bethlehem Catholic goalkeeper Caitlin Vogrins against Liberty last week held the Hurricanes as the Hawks won in double overtime, 3-2, at Becahi.
“It was brutal. Their shots were amazing, and it was hard to get set up and block them, but I found a way to do it,” Vogrins said. “When it went in the net, it was the best feeling in the world.”
Becahi forward Brooke Bisko saw to that, kicking the game winner with just a couple of minutes left in the second overtime.
Bisko scored earlier in the game for the Hawks on an assist by Teighan Boyle.
Bethlehem Catholic senior Brenna Magliochetti repeated as District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion last week and hopes to repeat as PIAA State Class 2A singles champ in early November.
Magliochetti defeated Notre Dame Green Pond’s Logan Lencheski, 6-1, 6-1 in the district final last Thursday at Lehigh University. Magliochetti and Lencheski played in last year’s district final also.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cross country teams are finding their way under new coach Nicole Chickey with new P.R.’s last week as they hosted Freedom, Liberty, Dieruff, Allen, and Parkland on Tuesday at Illick’s Mill.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team won its rivalry match against Liberty, 1-0, last Tuesday at Freedom.
“No overtime today. We didn’t want to let it go to overtime,” said Patriot defender Zachary Shay. “We wanted to come out, press early. It was a hard-fought game. They played great, and they did have a lot of chances, but at the end, 1-0, Freedom. That’s the best feeling for a Freedom player.”
The Patriots played a string of overtime games as of late, but if there’s one game no one wanted to see end in a tie, it was this one.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team played to its fourth tie in five recent games against Northwestern last Wednesday at Freedom where the game ended, 0-0.
“It is very unusual,” said Freedom coach Matt Reightler. “In the last three games we’ve had the lead and felt like we should have come away with those wins. Tonight was one of our most complete performances we’ve put together. Unfortunately, it was the first time all season we couldn’t find a way to put the ball in the back of the net.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ cross country team had two runners in the top 20 in last week’s meet, hosted by the Hawks on Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
Sophomore Matt Millen placed 18th in 18:00, and teammate Aaron Smith, a senior, was 20th in 18:03.
“I was a little disappointed with my time, but I did the best I’ve done all season, so I’m pretty happy about that,” said Smith. “The boys are doing pretty good. Most of them are young, but they’re doing really well for their age.”
That includes Millen, who is a first-year distance runner.
Last week Freedom played its rivalry match against Liberty and won, 7-0.
The Patriots’ match against Bethlehem Catholic, which was supposed to have been resumed last Wednesday, is now scheduled to be resumed this Wednesday at Freedom.
Against the Hurricanes, Tashanna Smith won at one singles, 6-0, 6-1, Natalie Sinai won at two singles, 6-1, 6-0, and Jessika Klo won at three singles, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles matches, Anjali Chhugani and Olivia Chhugani won their match at two, 6-2, 6-4.