Bethlehem resident and Catholic University of America freshman, Mary Paige Nesfeder, was named Second Team All-Landmark for women's volleyball for the 2013 season.
Nesfeder, an outside hitter, started every match and played every game this year, accumulating 401 kills, third in the Landmark Conference. The Cardinal freshman also totaled 386 digs, a team-high 55 service aces, 35 blocks, and nine assists over 38 matches played.
Bethlehem residents and Northampton Community College sophomores, Anna Domyan and Ashley McCauley, were named to the Region XIX All-Tournament Team and the All Region First Team amid a NJCAA Division III District H championship for the Spartans earlier this month.
Domyan was also named Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and McCauley was named MVP for the Region XIX All-Tournament Team.
Freedom High School senior and PIAA State Swimming Champion, Peter Conzola, signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 13 to attend Virginia Tech.
Conzola is a four-year varsity letter winner and defending Class AAA state champ in the 100 backstroke, having clinched a gold medal with a time of 48.80 last season.
Conzola was recruited by Virginia Tech, and regarding his college selection, Conzola said, "It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be [even though] I never had a clear favorite."
Freedom High School's boys cross country team went into the PIAA State Championships this past Saturday with confidence, experience, and high hopes of a top ten finish, and despite the crowded field, the Patriots even got a good start.
Freedom coach Bob Thear said, "I told them, you're running well, so run your race, and the results will take care of themselves."
The results, however, did not meet the Patriots' expectations.
Freedom High School runners, Shaina Palmer and Olivia Salerno, had no choice but to have a fast start in the Class AAA PIAA State Girls Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Parkview Golf Course in Hershey, Pa.
Box 2, as it is called at the starting line, is the farthest from where the Patriots needed to go to stay on course.
"It worked out okay. We had to angle around tents and bear to the right. We pretty much went out fast and tried to get a spot," Palmer said.
Freedom coach, Bob Thear, made it Palmer and Salerno's goal to finish the race in the top 100.
The rivalry between Liberty and Easton soccer may not be the typical City of Bethlehem rivalry Hurricane fans are used to, but it is, what Liberty soccer coach Jason Horvath calls, " a hatred that brews out of respect because they don't know how to quit."
Knowing that the Red Rovers just don't go away, the Hurricanes were more than prepared to win their first district playoff game against Easton last Wednesday, but in typical fashion, the Red Rovers would not go away without a fight to the finish.
Prior to the Class AA District 11 Cross Country Championships, Bethlehem Catholic runner John Donchez did all the right things in preparation for his ninth place finish last Wednesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Field.
"I took it easy, I focused mentally, I took care of my legs yesterday, and I knew I was ready," Donchez said.
The Becahi senior had a fast start and was in eighth place for the first mile.
"I wanted to stay right behind the Central kid and the Notre Dame kid, and I had to keep my flow going all the way to the finish," said Donchez.
Although the Freedom Patriots boys cross country team was expected to win its second consecutive district title last week, nothing was taken for granted at the District XI Class AAA Cross Country Championships at the Bethlehem Municipal Field.
"There were a lot more people in the beginning. It made me kind of nervous at the start because I knew there was a lot of work to do," said Freedom captain, Chris Kelly.
Easton's Colin Abert won the district championship in 15:43, but right behind the Red Rover were several Patriots.
Freedom High School cross country runners, Shaina Palmer and Olivia Salerno, clinched berths for the PIAA State Cross Country Championships after qualifying at the District 11 Class AAA meet last Wednesday at the Bethlehem Municipal Field.
Salerno placed sixth in 19:44.
"I felt pretty good because I beat my time and place from leagues. I pulled away at the last mile-and-a-half. I just knew I had the energy to keep up with the other girls, and they started to pull away, and I didn't want to hold back," Salerno said.
Palmer placed tenth in 20:00.
Bethlehem Catholic cross country runner Kassi Yocco worked out the kinks on the hills at the Bethlehem Municipal Field to place eighth in the District 11 Class AA Cross Country Championships last Wednesday.
"I had more preparation for the hills, and I knew where to start pumping extra hard," Yocco said.
The Becahi sophomore finished the race in 20:38.
"I like running in the rain. What motivated me was that I could get to Hershey. I was trying to pace myself off some Northwestern girls and some Wilson girls. I passed three girls right at the end," said Yocco.