The Liberty Hurricanes did everything Coach Sam Carrodo asked them to do in their 3-2 loss to Parkland last Friday at Parkland.
They hit, they ran, they threw, they stole, and when two calls did not go their way, they took the loss with disappointment, but what was more obvious was that they took it with respect.
The first call was on a suicide squeeze in the third inning.
Sport nutritionist Erin Sparrold from the Bethlehem-based sports psychology company Mind of the Athlete is on a mission, not just to help athletes feed their performance, but to help them develop a healthy relationship with food.
“There is so much negative messaging around food, I want them to understand the power food has to build health,” said Sparrold. “To have a balance is important, not just for an event.”
Liberty’s girls’ track and field team is currently undefeated with a record of 4-0, and Liberty’s boys are 3-1 with their only loss to Easton.
“The girls are an established, well-known commodity, so we knew what they were going to be,” said Hurricane coach Andy Messa, who, along with Chris D’Emilio, is sharing head coaching duties. “With the boys, there were a lot of holes in our team, and we addressed that with them immediately.”
The Hurricane boys have six returning varsity letter winners and are already doing better than last year.
Freedom’s boys’ tennis team scored its first victory of the season over neighboring rival Bethlehem Catholic by a score of 4-3 this past Monday at Becahi.
The Hawks, who had a record of 4-3 prior to Monday’s match were without their number one singles player Colby Treadwell. Yiwei Lyu filled in at one singles but lost to Jon Fiorentino 0-6, 0-6.
Becahi came back at two singles when Andrew Kaeser defeated Justin Szaro 6-3, 6-1.
Freedom High School graduate Brooke Munion and Whitehall High School graduate Brooke Gilson have been both opponents and teammates over the years, swimming separately at their respective high schools and together at Parkland Aquatic Club.
They met again, this time as seniors attending different colleges, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held back on March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.
Liberty’s undefeated boys’ tennis team won its match against an undefeated Nazareth team 4-3 last Friday at Nazareth High School.
“Prior to the match, I knew it was going to be really close,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “This puts us in a good place right now.”
In singles play, Nazareth’s Ben Tauber defeated Liberty’s Dan Lynn 6-4, 6-4, but the Hurricanes recovered at two singles where Louis Gruber defeated Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-1, and at three singles where Jacob Berg defeated Ben Tauber 7-5, 6-3.
Freedom’s track and field team is comprised of many individual athletes who can compete, and now coach Ben Reph’s job is to teach the Patriots how to be competitive throughout their lineup in order to win as a team.
“We are very young, especially on the girls’ side. I think we’re on the right track, but we’re a year or two away from peaking there,” said Reph.
Although the Patriots have lost to Easton, Parkland, and Allentown Central Catholic, Freedom’s boys lost to the Vikings by only six points.
Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.
“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”
Liberty’s 14-3 victory over Easton last Thursday at Easton was a huge confidence boost for the Hurricanes to start the 2017 softball season.
“I think their confidence went way up, not overconfident, but good,” said Liberty head coach Sam Carrodo, who is beginning his third season with the Hurricanes.
“We knew Easton played Central Bucks South the day before and beat them, and Central Bucks South has a pretty good team. So we came out and did what we did, and I was very happy, but, yes, I was a little bit surprised with the amount of runs we scored.”
Last week’s high school tennis matches were more a matter of hit or miss than win or lose because of inclement weather, so with only two matches played by Liberty so far this season, Bethlehem Catholic has played five, and both will face off this Thursday at Liberty.
The Hurricanes are currently 2-0, scoring 6-1 victories over Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg.
Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer has kept Dan Lynn and Jacob Berg at number one and three singles, respectively, and both won their individual matches against the Bears and the Mountaineers.