What better way to start the high school boys’ soccer season as a new head coach with a record of 2-0?
“This is golden. This is exactly as I thought it should be going. The guys have really responded well,” said Liberty coach Ian Larimer after the Hurricanes’ 2-0 victory over Moravian Academy on Saturday.
One day earlier, the Hurricanes defeated Easton 2-1 in their season opener at Easton.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Hurricanes tightened up their course of action.
Freedom’s girls’ tennis coach Mark Sigmon knew it would take a few matches to be able to determine how well the Patriots’ doubles teams would do this season, but by the end of August, Sigmon had his answer.
“Three and four doubles came through again,” said Sigmon after the Patriots defeated Nazareth 5-2 last week. “They’re undefeated. They haven’t even had a three-set match. They’re rolling.
Liberty’s girls’ tennis doubles teams assured the Hurricanes’ 4-3 victory over East Stroudsburg South last week at Liberty.
Paige Simons and Julia Zheng clinched the match over the Cavaliers when they won at first doubles 6-3, 6-0.
“I was a little bit worried because of the pressure, but I had a feeling we would pull through,” said Simons.
Earlier in the day, Simons won by forfeit at one singles, but Zheng lost at two singles 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Freedom’s boys’ soccer team’s first game of the season on its home turf resulted in a 6-0 victory over Dieruff last Friday.
“Right off the start, right off the whistle, we wanted to make a statement. That was really important for us,” said Patriot midfielder Jared Whitehorn, who scored Freedom’s first goal around the 27:00 mark of the first half.
Less than three minutes later, Whitehorn scored again.
“[The first goal] was a set piece. Will [Tichy] got to the end line, and he crossed it,” Whitehorn said.
Freedom’s girls’ tennis team turned an “if” into a “done” when they defeated Parkland for the second straight year on Aug. 22 at Freedom by a score of 6-1.
Natalie Sinai won at one singles against Murong Yao 6-4, 6-4, and Rebecca Placko won at two singles against Joanna Wu 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).
In a three set match at two doubles, Anjali Chhugani and Olivia Chhugani came out on top 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.
Twinkle Gupta and Meghan Smith won at three doubles 6-4, 6-1, and Megan Cavanaugh and Hannah Nicholls won at four doubles 6-0, 6-1.
Bethlehem Catholic graduate and distance runner Rowan Pepe will continue her academic and athletic career at Misericordia University this year.
“I went to a few different schools, but something about Misericordia just clicked,” Pepe said, “and it’s close to my grandparents.”
Pepe received a letter from the university during her junior year in high school and filled out some information about her sport and her major, physical therapy, but she did not hear back until she decided to contact cross country and track coach Chris Wadas directly.
Northwest swimmers Corbin Eisenhardt, Malcolm Collins, Patrick Gilhool, and Tim Wetmore guaranteed Northwest’s team an overall third place finish at championships when they took first place in the 12 & under 200 medley relay on July 29 at Stonecrest.
Eisenhardt, Collins, Gilhool, and Wetmore won the relay with a time of 2:33.03.
This year, the championships meet was a two-day event on July 28 and 29. At the end of day one, Northwest was in sixth place. At the end of day two, Northwest had placed third by two points, just ahead of Kaybrook Green Hills.
Paige McCloskey and Chase Ledger have been swimming for the Hanover Stingrays for 13 and 12 years, respectively, but both are headed to college after their summer season ended after championships on July 22.
“When I first started, I was looking for something to do. It’s such a positive atmosphere. We’re still competing, but it’s more relaxing. It’s been a great part of my childhood,” said McCloskey.
Both McCloskey and Ledger also swam for Liberty High School.
Fifty girls, ages 8-15, participated in Bethlehem Sports Camps’ softball camp July 17-21 at Freedom High School.
“It’s been awesome,” said Bethlehem Sports Camps director Joe Stellato. “There’s nothing you can do about the heat, but...”
Patriot softball players Kylie Pinho, Jana Boksan, Julia Roman, Taylor Resetar, Maddy Sheffer, and Makenzie Smith assisted Stellato, Freedom softball coach Nora Borger, and Lehigh Carbon Community College coach Jenn Shellhammer throughout the week.
The Hanover Stingrays swim team were perhaps more prepared for championships than they knew, and when the final results were tallied on July 22 at Soleco, Hanover took first place with a total of 1182 points, followed by Quakertown with 1105 points, Soleco with 1029 points, and Macungie with 1021 points.
Ironically, Hanover lost to Quakertown and Macungie during the regular summer swim season, to Quakertown by a lot and to Macungie by a little, but three things happened since that time.