Freedom’s Kaitlyn Swint and Natalie Sinai placed second at the District XI Class AAA doubles tennis tournament, which concluded on Friday at Lehigh University.
The Patriots were defeated by Easton’s Ireland and Sophia Amato 4-6, 2-6 in the district final.
“They just simply played better,” said Freedom tennis coach Mark Sigmon.
Swint and Sinai won the first game of the match, but dropped the next three. Swint’s net game, however, caught the Amatos off guard.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Molly Ehrig and Brooke Adams were crowned District XI Class AA doubles tennis champions after winning their match against Moravian Academy’s Skyler Hammond and Neelam Ferrari 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-3 on Friday at Lehigh University.
“I was just so overwhelmed and immediately looked at Brooke,” said Ehrig, regarding the winning point. “I thought it was going out of bounds, and I immediately panicked.”
Although the duo won a highly competitive first set, they dropped the second.
The Liberty Hurricanes were right where they wanted to be last Thursday: in the EPC boys’ soccer final against Stroudsburg, but after 80 minutes of play, the Mountaineers won, and the Hurricanes were not where they wanted to be at all.
At the 27:48 mark of the first half, Liberty forward, Sammy Abiles, put the Hurricanes on top on an assist by Lloyd Netherlin.
With 11:20 left, Stroudsburg goalkeeper Christian Beebe made two big saves, one on a shot by Valentine Perevalov, and with 6:00 left, made another save on an attempt by Trevor Koski.
Bethlehem Catholic senior, Rowan Pepe, medaled at the EPC Cross Country Championships, placing 10th last Tuesday at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
“I was really tired, and my legs were heavy, but I was kind of really happy I was done,” she said. “I was going to hold back in the first mile, and during the golf course portion, go as hard as I could. I wasn’t as intimidated by the hills as a senior after doing them multiple times.”
Pepe’s time was 20:46.59.
Liberty sophomore, Grace Haas, just missed medaling when she placed 13th with a time of 21:19.84.
Freedom forward, Doris Muncan, broke a 1-1 tie with Bethlehem Catholic and ultimately had a hat trick in the Patriots’ 6-1 victory over the Hawks last week.
“We were just working together as a team and opened the space up,” said Muncan. “Before the game, we knew Beca would be ready, and they wanted to beat us, so we knew we couldn’t go easy.”
The Hawks scored first on a goal by Brooke Bisko who was assisted by Aishlin Armstrong. Mary Boglioli tied the game for the Patriots sending both teams to halftime with one goal apiece.
Liberty’s girls cross country team scored three victories last week against Emmaus 20-27, Whitehall 23-34 and Central Catholic 24-32 at Freedom High School.
The Hurricanes had a 1-2-3 finish, led by Raisa Kochmaruk with a time of 18:41, Belle Weikert with a time of 20:03 and Grace Haas, who had an especially good race with a time of 20:39.
Freedom’s boys cross country team was victorious on its home course three times over, defeating Emmaus 26-30, Whitehall 19-42 and Central Catholic 27-29 last Tuesday.
Isaac Gross came in second for the Patriots with a time of 17:19, followed by teammates, Wil Cacciatore, who placed ninth in 17:50, and Josh Noel, who was 10th in 17:52.
Gross and Emmaus’ Del Vierling led the entire race.
Bethlehem Catholic’s number two doubles tennis team of Maureen Mazza and Gabby Duffy clinched the gold medal at the EPC Tennis Tournament last week at Freedom High School.
Mazza and Duffy defeated Parkland’s Joanna Wu and Jess Marks 10-5, but it was their prior match, against Easton’s Morgan Colver and Kaitlin Grogg that propelled them to the finals victory.
The Freedom Patriots were out for revenge against Bethlehem Catholic, and in the final minutes of a rematch last Tuesday night, Chuck Tichy scored the winning goal off an assist by Jared Whitehorn to beat the Hawks 1-0.
“It was all or nothing, and it was successful,” Whitehorn said. “We were tuned in, and we wanted it.”
Becahi had defeated the Patriots on the Hawks’ home turf a few weeks earlier, and that was on the minds of Freedom players, especially now that they would be playing at Freedom.
“We wanted to show the league what we could do,” said Whitehorn.
Even though Bethlehem Catholic tennis coach George Harmanos drove his players Brenna Magliochetti and Molly Ehrig to the District 11 Class 2A singles final last Friday, that was the extent of his assistance. Magliochetti clinched the gold medal after winning in two sets, 6-2, 6-3 at Lehigh University.