Despite recent injuries, Freedom’s cheerleaders competed in the EPC Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School where they placed 10th out of 15 squads.
“We had a couple injuries so it was hard but we worked around it. I thought it was good. I was pretty impressed,” said Patriot captain Jordan Collins. “I know we could have done better, but for all the injuries, I thought it turned out pretty good.”
Liberty’s swim team will face its toughest competition in its first two meets of the new season, taking on Parkland and Emmaus, both this week.
“It would be nice to have them later in the season because we don’t have year round swimmers except for a handful,” said Liberty coach Reik Foust. “Most are coming off a fall sport or just coming out for the team, so we don’t have much time to get ourselves together.
“They’re a good bunch and super fun to work with, but 10 days is 10 days. To swim their fastest at the beginning of the season is hard, but somebody’s got to do it.”
Freedom’s varsity cheerleading squad took third place in a competition at Parkland High School on Nov. 23.
The Patriots, 15 in all, competed in the small varsity division.
“We definitely improved from our first competition at Nazareth and scored a few more points,” said Freedom cheerleading coach Breanna Bishamber. “We added a bit more difficulty to our routine, and we were better with timing and sharpness.”
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team is seizing preseason opportunities in preparation for regular season play.
“I thought our summer was very productive,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe, who is in his third year with the Hurricanes. “Our energy and enthusiasm was excellent every time we got together. Playing in summer league also allowed us to welcome our new players into the fold which was extremely important and beneficial because it allowed them to build chemistry and get an understanding of how we want to play.”
Freedom girls’ basketball coach Dean Reiman would like to kick the Patriots’ tempo up a notch for the 2019-2020 season.
The Patriots have most of their key returners back as two seniors graduated.
Those key returners are senior Jen Kokolus, juniors Corrin Gill, Brenna Ortwein, Kayla Jefferson, Jewel Levy, and Elsa Martin, and sophomore Kailey Turpening.
New players to watch will be juniors Hope Dunfee and Gabby Glick, along with sophomore Ciana Feliciano.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball roster is complete, returning most starters from its 2018-2019 state championship season.
It includes seniors Isabelle Rosario (G), Jaleesa Lanier (G), Kamryn Williamson (G/F), O’neviah Scott (F), Abigail Brown (C/F), and Taliyah Medina (G/F) who is returning from an ACL injury in June 2018.
Also on the Hawks’ roster are juniors Kelby McNally (G), Lauren Alia (F), and Emily Sekerak (F), and sophomores Keyara Walters (G), Kourtney Wilson (G), Cydney Stanton (G), and Stephanie Donato (G).
After graduating from high school in 2018, Grace Mittl, Bethlehem Press’s female athlete of the year from Liberty, began her freshman year at the University of Richmond where she continues to compete in track & field.
Highlights from Mittl’s inaugural season include her competition in the long jump at the 2019 Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. for a mark of 4.77 meters.
Mittl took 14th place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.29, and 15th place in the long jump with a distance of 4.70 meters at the Fred Hardy Invitational at the University of Richmond.
Hope Brown and Ryan Young, Bethlehem Press’s 2018 athletes of the year from Bethlehem Catholic High School, have continued their basketball careers at Army West Point and Northwestern University, respectively.
Young finished Northwestern’s season opener with five points and five rebounds against Merrimack on Nov. 8.
Young led the Wildcats with 16 points in their victory over Providence on Nov. 13. He also had seven rebounds and three assists. It was Young’s second career start.
The Northwestern sophomore sat out his first season to redshirt.
Wearing his familiar #3, Justin Paz, Bethlehem Press’s 2018-2019 male athlete of the year from Bethlehem Catholic High School, scored 21 points in East Stroudsburg University’s men’s basketball home opener against Cheyney University on Nov. 16.
The Warrior freshman made four of eight three pointers and had six rebounds and three steals in the 110-51 victory.
Also playing basketball at East Stroudsburg University is Kaitlyn Swint, Bethlehem Press’s 2017-2018 female athlete of the year from Freedom High School.
Liberty graduate and Moravian College freshman Darlyn Fermin was named the Landmark Conference’s Cross Country Rookie of the Year on Nov. 2.
Fermin had the top finish by a first-year collegiate runner at the Landmark Championships after placing seventh in the 8,000 meter race with a time of 26:56.33 at Catholic University of America, also on Nov. 2.
Fermin also received All-Conference First Team honors after the meet in which the Greyhounds men’s team placed second out of six teams.