Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team has undergone some restructuring with the recent injury of the Hawks’ number one singles player Curt Gruber.
Gruber is expected to be out for two weeks, but that leads right into districts which start April 22 and leagues which are April 26, so whether he will be ready to compete even then is uncertain.
In the meantime, senior Stephen Botek has taken on the number one singles spot, Gabe Velez is at two singles, and Anthony Barczynski is at three singles, up from two doubles.
Liberty’s softball team is currently 4-0 on the season after defeating Bethlehem Catholic, 8-3, on Monday at Liberty.
“I’m happy,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “This team hits. I know we have the ability, but we made some mistakes, and we can’t do that against Freedom.”
Liberty will host Freedom this Friday.
The Hurricanes jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Hawks with home runs by Alanysse Solomon and Kat Borda.
In the fourth inning, Tori Panik and Alexa Burger had base hits, and Sarah Curti reached on an error before Solomon’s two-run double.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ track and field team opened its season with a 81-64 victory over Freedom last Monday at Freedom.
The Hawks gained most of their points from jumping events, the 300 hurdles, and the 4x4 relay.
Matt Stianche, Caden Giordano, Isaiah Lopez, and Josiah Kelly won the 4x4 in 3:45.0.
Kelly came in first in the 300 hurdles in 44.3, followed by Tristan Buscemi, and Steven Santostefano,
Becahi also won all points in the high jump, won by Stianche with a height of 5-11.0, followed by Santostefano, and Michael Donchez.
Freedom senior cross country and track & field athlete Shannon Connelly thought she was set to continue her running career at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. until last week.
“At first I was for sure going there because I loved it there, but then, I don’t know. It was just kind of last minute, and I always said if it doesn’t work out at Sacred Heart, I’ll go to Moravian,” Connelly said.
When cross country season ended in November, and as Connelly is nearing graduation, she started thinking about what she would be leaving behind.
Liberty’s boys’ tennis team picked up its seventh win with a victory over Pleasant Valley last week.
Hurricane coach Chris Conrad noted the match of the day was played by one singles player Louis Gruber, who came back from a 0-4 third set deficit to win his match.
Earlier in the season, Gruber had come back from dropping his first set, 1-6, in Liberty’s match against Nazareth.
Freedom’s girls’ track and field team opened its season with a 77-73 victory over Bethlehem Catholic last Monday at Freedom.
Becahi’s Mikayla Jones and Isabelle Rosario won the sprinting events, but the Patriots scored points on second and third place finishes.
“When I talked to my coach (Fred Rice), he said just run it all out, so I was feeling pretty good,” said Jones, whose time was 13.8 in the 100 and 28.9 in the 200. “With the crowd, I could tell someone was coming behind me. It motivates me to go faster.”
Freedom’s track and field team has a new head coach, former North Hunterdon High School (Annandale, N.J.) coach Charlie Heidecker.
“I was so lucky that the head coach position was open at Freedom. I interviewed with Nate Stannard, and he offered me the job,” said Heidecker. “Everyone at Freedom has just been the best to me. I was so happy I could leave NHHS in a positive situation and land at such a welcoming place as Freedom where I could still coach.”
What Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team had in the state final were answers, but the questions started being answered at the start of the season when they knew their best player, Taliyah Medina, would be out all year with an injury.
“Our philosophy has been the same all year,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We’re going to work hard. There are things we’ve got to do and make the game ugly. They might not be the tallest, and they might not be the strongest, but they work the hardest together.”
“Too happy to even cry,” said Bethlehem Catholic guard Jaleesa Lanier after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions by defeating North Catholic, 60-49, on Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.
Screams and squeals filled the arena as time ran out in the state final and the Hawks’ emptied the bench to celebrate.
For Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team, last year’s state playoff against Bonner Prendergast was the game that got away, and the Hawks never forgot that.
“We just knew, coming out, we do not want to repeat last year,” said Becahi center Abby Brown. “We practiced our fast breaks, we practiced pushing and pushing and pushing because we wanted to get off to that quick start and jump to the big lead. That way, at the end, it didn’t come down to the refs like last year.”