Freedom’s girls’ tennis team opened its season last week with a win and a loss, defeating East Stroudsburg North and losing to Stroudsburg.
In the Patriots’ match against the Mountaineers last Thursday at Freedom, Freedom’s Isabella Szmadis and Stroudsburg’s Vasilia Briegel played for almost three hours when Briegel pulled out the win, 7-5, 7-5, at two singles.
Freedom’s Vaideh Chinovawar lost at one singles, 1-6, 1-6, but Dymea Schippers won at three singles, 6-0, 6-1.
With one week of high school tennis in the books, the Liberty Hurricanes got off to a 3-0 start that included an upset, a blowout, and a 4 1/2 hour match in sweltering heat.
The latter, against Whitehall, was Liberty’s first match of the new season, played at Whitehall last Monday when Veronica Lynn and Margeaux Donchez clinched the 4-3 victory at one doubles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, against Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub.
Earlier in the day, Lynn lost to Pedraza, 3-6, 3-6, and Angie Ronca lost to Yacoub, 0-6, 0-6, but Donchez defeated Nicole Asmar 7-6, 6-2, all in singles play.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders spent four days at Pine Forest-Chestnut Lake Camp where they received multiple awards between Aug. 12 and 15.
The Hawks took first place in the Rally Routine, first place in Sideline, and received the Superior Squad award. This year’s varsity squad will be led by senior captains Bridget Ehrig, Gina Gaglione and Reagan Zemgulis.
Freedom’s cross country team hosted its second annual scrimmage last Thursday attended by Whitehall and Southern Lehigh.
Freedom coach Bob Thear saw the scrimmage as a good opportunity for everyone involved since the official start to the season isn’t until Sept. 10.
“I wanted to get something under our belts, especially for the new people - let them feel the distance out and get comfortable, as opposed to potentially throwing them right into the deep end,” Thear said. “I do have a lot of freshmen between the two teams.”
The Hanover Stingrays took second place in the Suburban Swim League Championships Meet on July 20 at Whitehall where Quakertown placed first.
Macungie came in third, followed by Soleco, Lower Macungie, Whitehall, and Palmerton.
Top-placing swimmers for Hanover were Sarah Park, who won the 13-14 50 free with a time of 26.69, and Malcolm Collins, who won the same event for the boys in 26.08.
In the 15 & over 50 free, Addison Collins was fourth in 23.04, and Jonathan Drago was fifth in 23.22.
Northwest Swim Team competed in the ABE Championships on July 27 at Stones Crossing in its last meet of the summer swim season.
Northwest placed 10th out of 12 teams, and Kaybrook was the overall winner.
Northwest swimmers who had top finishes included Windsor Reiss, who took sixth place in 13 & over diving with 111.50 points.
Corbin Eisenhardt came in fifth in the 13-14 50 freestyle in 29.51, third in the 13-14 50 butterfly in 34.84, and fifth in the 50 breaststroke in 40.89.
Northwest Little League’s 8-10-year-old all-star team concluded its season as state runner-up on July 24 in Wellsboro, Pa.
After winning the District 20 championship and the Section 6 championship, Northwest began its run in the Pennsylvania State Tournament with a 4-2 victory over North Pocono on July 18, followed by a 2-0 victory over Mifflinburg on July 19, and a 5-4 victory over Delaware Valley on July 21.
One more victory would have clinched a state championship for Northwest, but they lost to St. Mary’s on July 23, 7-2.
Several Hanover Stingray swim team members, coaches and parents attended the Hanover Township Board of Supervisors meeting on July 23 to find answers and express their concerns about the status of the Hanover Township swimming pool.
The pool has been closed all summer, in need of major repair or replacement, requiring the Hanover Stingrays - a competitive summer swim team - to practice at Stark Pool in Bethlehem. In addition, all of the Stingrays’ swim meets have been away meets.
Greta Stuckey, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the Year from Liberty High School, has done many great things in track & field, swimming, and cross country. Her most recent great thing came two months ago at the District XI Class 3A Track & Field Championships.
It was an unlikely comeback that Stuckey pulled off as anchor of the Hurricanes’ 4x8 relay on May 15 at Whitehall High School.
Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team seemed to be on the verge of a Section 6 championship but dropped its two last games to become runner-up to Council Rock Holland last week.
Last Tuesday, Lehigh gave up five earned runs in the first inning against Council Rock.
“There were a lot of walks, two hits by pitch, passed balls. Before we knew it, we were down 5-0,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “We chipped away little by little, but we gave up another run, and it was 7-2.”
By the fifth inning, the score was 7-6, but that’s where it stayed.