Bethlehem Catholic's tennis team survived a close match with Emmaus last week, defeating the Hornets, 4-3.
"We get pretty excited [about Emmaus] every year because it's a bigger school, and they're always tough for us," said Allison Barczynski, the Hawks' number three singles player.
Barczynski won the only three-set match of the day, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
"There was a lot of pressure to win because Mara [Blanchard] lost, and I wasn't sure what the doubles would do," Barczynski said.
Revenge was sweet for Liberty last Friday when the Hurricanes defeated Easton, 2-1.
"Easton is always a good game. It was nice getting the win," said Sean McIntyre, recalling Liberty's late-in-the-season, 3-2 loss to the Red Rovers last year. "We really didn't know what to expect because they lost Gabe Robinson [to graduation] and had some different kids this year."
Tressor Butoyi scored for the Hurricanes in the first period on an assist by McIntyre, as did Matt Semanick for the Red Rovers on an assist by Sean Davis.
With Freedom's singles players scoring victories over their opponents from Nazareth last Wednesday, the Patriots would need one doubles team to step up, allowing Freedom to clinch a 4-3 win over the Blue Eagles.
In a three-set match, Freedom's Elizabeth McCarthy and Lizzy Nottmeier defeated Nazareth's Megan Parsons and Mihkayla Stefanik, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.
Despite a shift in Bethlehem Catholic's girls' tennis lineup, the Hawks defeated Nazareth last Thursday by a score of 4-3.
Becahi senior,Julia Atiyeh, is currently undefeated at number two doubles, along with partner Taylor Treadwell, presently on the sidelines until this week or next. Last week, Atiyeh partnered with Ally Setcavage, defeating Megan Parsons and Mikayla Stefanik, 6-1, 6-3.
"It was different, but we're good friends, and we adjusted. We only had one practice [together], but Ally stepped it up really well. She had good ground strokes today," said Atiyeh.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls' soccer team scored two victories over their neighboring rivals last week, with a 7-0 win over Liberty on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Freedom on Friday.
The Hawks, under new head coach, Chris Bastidas, are focusing on their game with the hope of getting to district playoffs by the end of the regular season.
"I think it's going really well. Our positivity is better. Our coach is very knowledgeable, and I think he can move us forward," said Abby Guman.
The Liberty Hurricanes scored its first girls' tennis victory over Whitehall last week, 5-2, followed by a 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley the next day.
Liberty Coach Leo Schnalzer said, "It was nice to get our first win. The individual matches were closer, and I think the girls obviously felt good about it."
By the time the week was over, the Hurricanes had played four matches.
"I think it's too many. We don't get a lot of time to go over some things, but we got some singles wins which was nice because we struggled the first two matches," said Schnalzer.
Former Freedom High School swimmer and 2012 Misericordia University graduate, Chelsea Mixon, has been named the 2011-2012 Middle Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year.
"I'm astounded. I just feel very blessed and honored that I was chosen," said Mixon.
A social work major, Mixon combined excellence in the pool, classroom, and her community to be granted the honor.
Under head swimming coach, Jason Morini, Mixon was a two-time MVP and helped the Cougars to MAC championships in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.
For the second year in a row, Freedom's boys' cross country team won the Lion Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
"It was a very good start to the season. I'm very pleased," said Freedom coach Bob Thear.
Chris Kelly led the boys' team with a second place finish in Class AAA, third place overall, in 16:53.
"After it settled in, I was really happy with our team's performance. 'Champions' is nice to say. It really shows what we can do," Kelly said. "My goal was to break 17, and once I saw I did that, I was really, really, really happy."
Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, took second place in Class AAA and fifth place overall at the Lions Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Freedom coach Bob Thear said, "It was a good start for her. She was only 15 seconds off her personal record, but even with that, she's in a great position."
Palmer finished the race in 20:26.
Palmer said, "I was a little disappointed with my time. I was kind of tired, and I have allergies right now, and it was hot. I could have done better."
Liberty 2012 graduate and former Hurricane swimmer, Courtney Desh, will continue her swimming career at Lehigh University this fall.
Desh had also considered Lafayette and Bucknell, but in the end, Lehigh was the most natural fit.
"My sister went there, and I really just liked the whole team atmosphere. I just really clicked with my teammates, and the coach was really nice," said Desh.
Rob Herb will be entering his eighth season as head coach of the Mountain Hawks.