Liberty senior Dan Lynn won the silver medal at the District 11 Class 3A Singles Tennis Tournament after competing against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber who won the finals match 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.
“Of course, I wanted gold, but it’s a good feeling, silver,” said Lynn. “I just wanted to come in and play my game, go for his backhand, and come to the net.”
In the first set, three games went to deuce, and in the seventh game, Lynn was picking up momentum, scoring three big points, one of which was a crosscourt at the net.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team throwers propelled the Hawks to a 78.50-65.50 victory over Freedom last week with first, second, and third place finishes in each event.
Rachel Tanczos won the shot put with a distance of 35-04, Julia Zambo was second with a distance of 31-09, and Sarah Baumann was third with a distance of 31-03.
Tanczos also won the discus with a distance of 128-11, followed by Tessa Zamolyi with a distance of 102-01, and Zambo, who had a distance of 84-09.
When Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo called a team meeting one day last month, the Hurricanes thought they were being gathered to review plays; instead, they received unexpected inspiration from a boy named Owen and his dog Haatchi.
Owen Hawkins is a nine-year-old boy from London, England whom Carrodo met on Facebook after watching an ESPN documentary on Owen’s struggle with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a rare muscle disease, which then led to Owen’s agoraphobia.
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.”