While Bethlehem Catholic’s girls basketball players were working on their individual game this past summer, Becahi coach Jose Medina was putting together a plan to create a winning team for the 2016-2017 season.
“They all played AAU in the summer,” Medina said. “Now it’s up to our staff to fuse it all together.”
Also being fused together are a handful of freshmen and some transfers, including senior, Neila Luma, who played for Allentown Central Catholic, and junior, Hope Brown, from Phillipsburg.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won their second competition of the season on Nov. 20 at the Spartan Cheer Challenge at Southern Lehigh High School.
“We were pretty surprised,” said Becahi captain, Sasha Kish. “Everyone just started jumping up and down, and we were really excited.”
The Hawks competed in the small varsity division against squads including Wilson and Parkland. Wilson had recently competed in the Colonial League cheerleading competition, which they won.
Freedom High School’s cheerleaders took first place in the large varsity division at the 2016 Moravian College Turkey Bowl Cheerleading Competition on Nov. 19 at Moravian College.
“We went crazy,” said Freedom captain, Camryn Spina. “This year we were so confident. We have a lot of talent on our team, and this is one of the first years everyone is tumbling, so we’re making a lot of progress and working together as athletes.”
The Patriots have been preparing for competition season since August, and this was their first competition of the year.
Liberty High School graduate, Kayla Drago, began her collegiate swimming career by breaking a school record in the 100 butterfly on Oct. 15 at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa.
In the Knights’ season opener against Hood College, Drago took first place in the fly with a time of 1:02.58.
Drago was also part of the 200 medley relay team, which placed first in the same meet, with a time of 1:51.91, just .68 seconds off the school record, and she was part of the 200 free relay team, which also placed first, with a time of 1:43.60, just .49 seconds off the school record.
Freedom High School cheerleader, Keri Kipp, placed second in the tumble-off at the 2016 Moravian College Turkey Bowl Cheerleading Competition on Nov. 19 at Moravian College.
The individual tumble-off competition was in addition to the team competition, and Kipp, a junior, was awarded a certificate after completing a round off, handspring, whip, handspring, handspring, full.
Upper Perkiomen’s Kayla Meyers placed first in the tumble-off.
Four Patriot cheerleaders then participated in the jump-off competition. All were required to do a double toe touch.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Molly Ehrig and Brooke Adams were not about to take no for an answer at the PIAA State Class AA Doubles Tennis Tournament this past weekend in Hershey, and were crowned state champions, also making school history as the first state champs in the sport of girls’ tennis at Becahi.
“I didn’t really believe it could happen or would happen, and to get a first time state title is pretty incredible for all of us, and for Coach [George] Harmanos who’s been coaching for 40-something years here,” Ehrig said. “It feels amazing. I never thought that would be me.”
If anyone had told Bethlehem Catholic cross country runner, Rowan Pepe, that she would finish in second place at the District XI Class AA Cross Country Championships by her senior year, she would not have believed it, but that is exactly what happened last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“My coach told me that no one has a faster last mile than me, and I kept saying that to myself,” said Pepe. “I was in first for awhile, and I said to myself, let’s hold this and just do it. At the finish, I just shut my eyes and sprinted as fast as I could. I’m so happy.”
It took an overtime period in cold, pouring rain for the Liberty Hurricanes to win its quarterfinal match against Allen 2-1 in the District 11 4A boys’ soccer playoffs last Thursday night at Liberty.
“Out of all these games played this season, I think [Allen] was the hardest for us to deal with,” said Hurricane goalkeeper, Peyton Virgilio. “They make great runs down the line. That’s what had us worried because we don’t deal with a lot of teams like that.”
Liberty senior, Raisa Kochmaruk, captured second place at the District XI Class AAA Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“Going into it, I didn’t know if I would get first or second,” Kochmaruk said. “I felt good. I felt strong. I was keeping my pace.”
Stroudsburg’s Allana Powlette clinched first place, as she did a week earlier at the EPC Cross Country Championships. Kochmaruk was unable to finish that race when her legs gave out.
“I was ahead,” said Kochmaruk, “but she has a kick. She passed me. I passed her back.”
Liberty’s girls’ soccer team scored a first round District 11 tournament win over Pocono Mountain West, 2-1, before losing to Whitehall, 1-0, last week.
“Whitehall is a good team, but I think we can give them a better game than last time,” said Liberty coach Scott Rodenbach prior to the Hurricanes’ match against the Zephyrs.
Liberty did, in fact, give Whitehall a good game despite the Zephyrs’ goal, which was made by Hope Millets.
Two days earlier, the Hurricanes got revenge on Pocono Mountain West after the Panthers won in the regular season 3-2.