Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team has experienced an up-and-down season thus far, but the Hawks hope to level things out as they prepare to face their Steel Division opponents for the second time this season.
“We’re struggling a little bit, but we’re playing better,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza. “Kids are doing what we thought maybe they could do at the beginning of the year and it wasn’t happening. Now they’re starting to do it. We were hitting fly balls and now we’re hitting the line drives and doing much better.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team defeated Allentown Central Catholic, 83-66, last Thursday at Freedom.
Top finishers for the Lady Hawks were Brooke Bisko in the 100 in 13.10, Mikayla Jones in the 200 in 26.80, and Marcela Banuelos in the 1600 in 6:18.00.
Becahi won two relays: the 4x1 (names unavailable) in 52.90 and the 4x4 made up of Isabelle Rosario, Taylor Adams, Maddie Wickel, and Mikayla Jones in 4:27.00.
Liz Lieb won the long jump with a 17-00.25 and the triple jump with a 34-11.50.
Liberty’s boys’ track and field team improved to 5-0 with a 97-35 victory over Nazareth and the Hurricane girls improved to 3-2 with a 78-56 victory over the Blue Eagles last Monday at Liberty.
Top finishers for Liberty girls were Greta Stuckey in the 800 in 2:25.9, Emily Jobes in the 3200 in 12:20.0, and Hazel Deschamps in both the 100 hurdles in 16.9 and the 300 hurdles in 49.5.
Camryn Bortz, Rachel Byrne, Yamilet Ferrufino, and Stuckey won the 4x4 relay in 4:27.5, and Madison Drager, Regan Gunn, Katie Henry, and Evelyn Sharkan won the 4x8 relay in 11:24.0.
The high school tennis regular season ended last Thursday with victories all around as Liberty defeated Allen, 7-0, Bethlehem Catholic defeated Notre Dame East Stroudsburg, 5-2, and Freedom defeated Easton, 5-2.
This week will be the District XI Singles tournament and team districts will follow. The Hurricanes are undefeated in the regular season and hope to repeat as district team champions after defeating Parkland for the title last year.
The Freedom Patriots wasted no time in their 5-1 victory over Liberty when Brenna Ortwein hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning on Monday at Liberty.
“I missed the first one, but then she started throwing higher, and I decided if she throws another one, that’s my chance, and I got on it,” Ortwein said.
The ball was hit to right center and also scored Gabby Glick and MaKenzie Smith.
“Definitely when it hit the bat, I knew it was going to be a solid hit, but it didn’t go over until I was past first base, so I had to run it out,” said Ortwein.
Liberty distance runner Greta Stuckey signed a letter of intent with Marist College where she will continue her athletic career this fall while majoring in journalism.
Stuckey considered many schools before choosing Marist, which is in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
“It was a hard decision,” said Stuckey. “It took about a whole year for me to decide.”
Stuckey will compete in cross country, indoor track, and track & field, all coached by Pete Collaizo.
Liberty’s girls’ track and field team edged out Parkland, 76-74, when the Hurricanes’ 4x4 relay team of Rachel Byrne, Camryn Bortz, Yamilet Ferrufino, and Greta Stuckey took first place over the Trojans in the last event of the day.
Byrne was also the winner in the 400 in 1:04.5.
“I was pumped going into this,” Byrne said. “It was a good race. I usually use blocks and today I didn’t because nobody else did, but either way, I get a good start. In any race, with the crowd cheering, and when you think someone’s behind you, you automatically go faster.”
The Freedom Patriots are heading into their most challenging week this season with a record of 6-3, having lost to Northampton, 8-1, this past Monday at Freedom.
“We got off to a nice start but we knew this week was going to be our big challenge week with Northampton, Nazareth, and Parkland, so we’re hoping to fight through the rest of it,” said Freedom coach Michele Laubach, who has returned to head coaching after having last led city rival Liberty.
“I feel like I never left,” said Laubach. “Stepping back on, just switching the colors.”
Watching the boys’ 300 hurdles, Liberty fans called Christian Tackett a beast as he broke the school record in 37.8 in the Hurricane boys’ 108-42 track and field victory over Parkland last Monday at Liberty.
“Coming out the first couple hurdles or so, I felt really good and I know I had to come out here and put up some good numbers to compete with the Parkland team because they’re obviously very good,” Tackett said. “I feel great. It’s definitely motivating me for the post season and proving myself over the rest of this regular season to do the best I can.”
Freedom’s boys’ track and field team defeated Whitehall, 82-68, while Whitehall’s girls defeated Freedom, 91-59, last week at Whitehall.
The Zephyr girls won all sprinting events, but the Patriots’ Lauren Charboneau took first place in the 3200 in 12:31.2.
Shannon Connelly placed first in the 300 hurdles in 52.7.
Madison Fey won the pole vault with a jump of 8-06.00, and Lola Willey won the triple jump with a distance of 32-07.00.
Killia Ramos took first place in the shot put with a distance of 31-03.00.