Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Pate cheerleaders compete

Friday, December 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School’s cheerleaders competed in the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.

Easton won the competition and Pleasant Valley was the runner-up.

“It was nerve wracking because it was our first competition,” said Patriot cheerleader Madison Fey, “but it was better than practice and good for our first competition.”

Freedom’s routine began with two-mans to music, followed by a cheer, and ending with music. The Patriots also used signs, danced, and built a pyramid.

Liberty girls fall to Saucon in opener

Friday, December 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ basketball team hosted Saucon Valley in its season opener on Friday night but lost to the Panthers in overtime 34-29.

“Effort was there. We just have to get more in tune with our chemistry, more in tune with what we’re trying to do offensively, and just feel a little more comfortable offensively on the floor,” said Hurricane coach Andy Wescoe.

Liberty’s first lead of the game came near the end of the second quarter on a basket by Tatianna Rivera, but Saucon Valley tied the Hurricanes on foul shots to make the score 11-11 at the half.

LHS wants to improve

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

As always, one of the goals of Liberty’s swim team is to be better than they were last year, and with their only loss to Emmaus in the regular season, beating the Hornets will be one of the challenges ahead.

Coach Reik Foust will be looking to district gold medalists Robert Negron, Jase Smith, Chris Chambers, and Jake Evert to lead the way.

“I would like all four to be team leaders, not just looking out for themselves, and be role models for the team,” Foust said.

Young takes over Freedom diving team

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom Patriot divers will compete under a new head coach this season, Lisa Young, who is leading a roster of eight, as of the preseason.

Young, whose daughter, Madison, was a diver at Freedom, has a long history of gymnastics experience, which lends itself perfectly to the sport of diving. Coach Young is also a Freedom High School Hall of Famer and attended Temple University on a full scholarship for gymnastics.

It all starts on defense for ’Canes

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty girls’ basketball coach Andy Wescoe believes the Hurricanes must start on defense in order to compete in a tough Steel Division and East Penn Conference this season.

“Although, we do have some returning players on our roster, this is an inexperienced group in terms of varsity play,” Wescoe said. “We’ll need somebody to step to the forefront for leadership and stability.”

Among the possibilities are seniors Lauren King, a guard, and Tatianna Rivera and Jayda Kempfer, both forwards.

FHS gets new head coach

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s swim team, headed by new coach Will Berisha, will include 15 boys and 14 girls for the 2017-2018 season.

Junior, Al Bell, will be returning as the defending district champion in the 500 free for the Patriots.

The boys’ team is rostering three returning seniors, Colin Burnette, Jack Runco, and Spencer Smith, and one new senior, Griffin Connelly.

Other juniors, in addition to Bell, are Paras Chand, Jared Franges, Dominic Fresoli, Shawn Higgins, Jack Rosen, Sahil Shah, and Nikunj Singh.

LHS divers prep for season

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty High School’s 2017-2018 divers are working on an assortment of dives for the upcoming season, which begins Dec. 12.

Returners for the girls’ team include Alicia Valladares, Lehanna Sine, Hannah Graybeal, Cara Kuykens, and Morgan Edwards.

“Cara is working on a couple new upper degree-of-difficulty dives, new 2.5 to 2.9 dives, and Alicia is pushing her now because she is working on dives with a higher degree-of-difficulty,” said Hurricane coach Jeff Zettlemoyer.

Hawks starting over

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

As defending state champions, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team will be expecting every other team’s best shot throughout the upcoming season, and that best shot is what the Hawks are preparing for.

“I told our girls the first day of practice, 229 days had passed [since the state final], and for us, the message was that was last season. None of that stuff matters,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “The only thing that matters is knowing we’re going to get everybody’s best shot, which we like, so now our girls have to match that intensity.”