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NW girls earn 8 firsts

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest’s swim meet against Westwood Heights resulted in eight first place finishes for Northwest’s girls last Thursday night.

In the age 9 & 10 25 backstroke, Lora Flynn took first place with a time of 21.27.

Alyvia Herman won the age 11 & 12 50 free with a time of 35.15.

“The last time I swam it, it was easier, but in the crescendo, it’s a sprint, so I wanted to swim it [like that],” said Herman. “I like the crescendo because it’s dark, and the lights are on, and it’s fun because everyone is super fast and cheering.”

Kaleycik will attend Kutztown

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Recent Liberty High School graduate Kristin Kaleycik will continue her academic and softball career at Kutztown University this fall.

Kaleycik narrowed down her choices after identifying colleges that offered a major in marketing, but she wanted to be far away from home.

“Then I visited Kutztown after [last year’s] Carpenter Cup, and I fell in love with the campus. The coach liked me, and they have a successful team, so I did an overnight in January or February,” Kaleycik said.

Kaleycik connected with former Parkland High School softball player Taylor Knappenberger.

Pate cheerleaders bring home awards

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Freedom High School won multiple awards after participating in the UCA cheerleading camp, June 13-16, in Honesdale.

The Patriots took first place in game day, extreme routine, and leadership.

“That’s the one I’m most proud of, leadership,” said Freedom coach Lynn Spina. “Other teams vote on which squad exemplifies leadership, and helps other teams, and things like that.”

Seniors Ciara Barbosa and Samia Broughton were appointed temporary captains at camp, and became permanent captains for the 2017-2018 season on June 29.

Spina to continue career at Rutgers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Recent Freedom High School graduate Camryn Spina will continue her academic and cheerleading career at Rutgers University in the fall.

“I met the coach, and he really liked me, I fell in love with the campus, and it seemed like the perfect fit,” Spina said.

Rutgers’s head coach is Mike Stickle.

“He’s awesome. He’s supportive, and he’s really excited to work with his team and make us the best we can be. You can tell how excited cheerleading makes him,” said Spina.

Try-outs were held on April 14 and 15, but for Spina, it was a couple of years in the making.

Local Special Olympic athletes compete

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Athletes and coaches from Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton County, competed at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Summer Games over the first weekend in June at Penn State University.

The athletes, ages 8-54, competed in six sports, swimming, softball, basketball, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, golf, and bowling.

The swimmers, coached by Pam Magnan and Fred Knauss, were able to compete in three individual events and one relay. Practices are held at Liberty High School, and in March, April, and May, they travel to different competitions.

Girls Cup team takes fourth place

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Who would have thought that a little statue named One Hit Momma could bring about runs in the double-digits, not once, but twice, for Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team during their tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia?

“I found her in the bottom of the whiffle ball bucket and kind of kept it out, so I said everyone touch her head before you get a hit, and I guess everyone was taking it seriously, so everyone touched it,” said Becahi’s Jess Indelicato.

Hawks Hope Brown commits to Holy Cross

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic basketball player Hope Brown has committed to Holy Cross where she will continue her academic and athletic career after graduating from Becahi in 2018.

“I had that moment when I was there, that this is where I’m meant to be, and my mom did too,” said Brown. “It still doesn’t feel real.”

Brown also considered Wagner College and West Point, and the latter seemed like a very good option for Brown until she visited Holy Cross.

On Brown’s recent visit, Crusader freshman Madalyn Smith told Brown more about the basketball program and the atmosphere.

LV Cup softball goes 1-1 on opening day

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team went 1-1 on Monday when they defeated Jersey Shore 2-0 and lost to Berks County/LL 7-2 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

In its first game, Lehigh Valley and Jersey Shore were scoreless until Southern Lehigh’s Danielle Barnes hit a two-run home run. Whitehall’s Rachel Arner also scored after having walked.

Becahi’s Alexa Panuccio pitched the fourth inning, forcing two ground outs and a fly ball.

Yurconic named boys tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior John Yurconic II was named District XI Male Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Honestly, it’s a great feeling,” Yurconic said. “I thought I already had the icing on the cake, so I think this is something on top of that. It’s been an amazing four years.”

Yurconic played four years of varsity singles tennis for the Falcons, compiling a record of 77-21. He is the 2017 District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion, and he was a PIAA state doubles tennis champion with Mason Groff in 2016.

Spring-Ford eliminates Liberty softball

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes were loose before the start of their PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal game against Spring-Ford last Thursday, singing and laughing to music playing over the PA system at Parkland High School.

That’s what Coach Sam Carrodo wanted them to be, loose and happy, as he motioned “louder” to his team as the music ended. So all things considered, it was a surprise to many that this Hurricane team fell so hard to the Spring-Ford Rams by a score of 9-2.