Freedom High School's cheerleaders are going back to basics while still adding flair to their routines this season, as Coach Lynn Spina's focus will be school spirit during her first year as the Patriots' head coach.
"So far, so good. I came in with a plan, but I have a lot to learn as I go along. Fortunately, I have strong seniors who are helping me along the way," Spina said.
Captains for the 2013-2014 season are Danae Morgan and Rebecca Coriell. Co-captains are Allyson Picione and Taylor Lezak.
Freedom junior, Ben Ziegler, led the way in 17:08 as the Patriot boys defeated Emmaus 15-47 and Central Catholic 15-47 in cross country last week at the course at Illick's Mill.
Freedom Coach Bob Thear instructed his runners to stay together, resulting in a top four finish with Jason Lopez placing second, Dan Quigley taking third, and Chris Kelly coming in fourth.
In addition, Will Alpaugh placed seventh, Tommy Salerno placed ninth, and Shane Smith was tenth for the Patriots.
In the first of two regular season meetings, Liberty's boys soccer team hung on to defeat Freedom 1-0 on Monday night.
Hurricane sophomore, Colin Muller, headed a ball on an assist by senior, Chris Ebersole, in the final minutes of the first half.
Ebersole said, "I tried to place it in the 18, and fortunately, it got to the six. Colin had a great header."
At the time, Muller was running to the post.
"As the ball came, I knew it was for me, and I headed it to the keeper. We practiced that for days," said Muller.
A 1-1 tie in Bethlehem Catholic's girls soccer season opener against Liberty resulted in some uncertainty for the Hawks last week, but their 5-1 victory over Freedom on Saturday would give them the boost of confidence they needed, heading into this week's games.
Mackenzie Bento, who scored two goals for Becahi against the Patriots said, "After Liberty, we were unsure where we stood. It was our first game, there were a lot of nerves, and their goalie was really good. Going into this [Freedom] game, we were a little shakey. We needed this."
Shaina Palmer took a risk that paid off during Freedom's first LVC cross country meet, as the Patriots won one and lost one, defeating Central Catholic 23-34 and losing to Emmaus 27-32 last Tuesday at the course at Illick's Mill.
Palmer led the Patriots with a time of 20:02, followed by Olivia Salerno, who placed fourth, and Bridget Tarnowski, who placed sixth.
With 1:56 left in regulation, chances were that Liberty had won its rivalry game over Freedom in girls soccer on Monday afternoon, but Patriot freshman, Kerry Callaghan, took a pass from Giselle Sanchez to tie the game 1-1, eventually forcing it to overtime where Freedom prevailed 2-1.
Callaghan said, "When Liberty had their injury, [one of our coaches] Katerina yelled at us to crash that net and go right into the goalie."
Actually, it was Sanchez who had been doing just that all day, and right before Callaghan scored, Sanchez took a shot that went wide.
Bethlehem Catholic's frist LVC cross country meet of the season ended in disappointment for both the girls and boys teams.
Becahi's boys lost to Parkland 15-48 and Whitehall 18-45.
John Donchez was the first to finish for the Hawks in 14th place.
"At the beginning of the race, my legs were heavy and tight, but my first-half time was good. I just had to fight through it and put it in the back of my mind like it wasn't there," Donchez said.
The Becahi senior ran a better race at Moravian Academy's Lions Invitational four days earlier, placing ninth overall.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls tennis team scored their third victory of the season with a 6-1 win over Allen last Friday.
Taylor Treadwell (BC) rallied from a dropped first set to defeat Jelena Bajic at number one singles 4-6, 6-4, 7-6.
At number two singles, Keri Hartz defeated Emily Hozza (BC) 6-4, 6-2, but teammate, Meghan McGovern (BC) defeated Ree Moh at number three singles 6-2, 6-2.
McGovern said, "Her serves were really good, and she hit a lot of short balls. My serves were pretty good, and when I approached the net, I got a lot of points."
The Freedom Patriots scored a 6-1 victory over Allentown Central Catholic in girls tennis last week.
Flannery Johnston (F) defeated Marina Zardet 4-6, 6-3 at number one singles. Zardet was retired after the second set due to a finger injury. Kaleigh DiNoto (F) defeated Sabrina Elward 7-5, 6-4 at number two singles, and Federica Maranzana (F) defeated Beth DiGiacomo 6-0, 6-2 at number three singles.
Keeping the ball deep and staying down on her shots were challenges for DiNoto, but the Patriot senior was on top of her forehands and crosscourts.
Lehigh Lightning 16 & Under softball tournament team won the USSSA PA State 16U Tournament last month in Forks Township.
Lehigh Lightning defeated NEPA/Abington Wildcats, 9-2, in the final, after winning four previous games by scores of 5-3, 3-1, 5-2, and 5-2.