Salisbury High School senior John Yurconic II was named District XI Male Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
“Honestly, it’s a great feeling,” Yurconic said. “I thought I already had the icing on the cake, so I think this is something on top of that. It’s been an amazing four years.”
Yurconic played four years of varsity singles tennis for the Falcons, compiling a record of 77-21. He is the 2017 District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion, and he was a PIAA state doubles tennis champion with Mason Groff in 2016.
The Liberty Hurricanes were loose before the start of their PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal game against Spring-Ford last Thursday, singing and laughing to music playing over the PA system at Parkland High School.
That’s what Coach Sam Carrodo wanted them to be, loose and happy, as he motioned “louder” to his team as the music ended. So all things considered, it was a surprise to many that this Hurricane team fell so hard to the Spring-Ford Rams by a score of 9-2.
Bethlehem Catholic juniors, Alexa Pannucio and Jess Indelicato, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team, coached by Blake Morgan.
This is Indelicato’s second year on the team, but for Panuccio, it is her first.
“Jess has given me a little bit of insight,” said Panuccio, who will pitch or play the outfield, while Indelicato will play shortstop or third base.
Salisbury High School senior Leandra Roelker was named District XI Female Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
“Oh my gosh, this is crazy,” Roelker said. “It’s such an honor to even be considered. I could have been happy to go home a scholar-athlete [nominee].”
Roelker’s record was 21-3 at number one singles this year.
Miranda Kinney’s lead-off double to left center field in the bottom of the fifth inning was the start of runs on the board for the Liberty Hurricanes in their 2-0 victory over Penn Manor in the first round of PIAA State Class 6A softball playoffs on Monday at Pates Park.
“I heard their pitcher [Brittany Hook] was pretty good with her rise ball and change up, but I knew we needed this for the team, and I wanted to start something,” Kinney said.
Jess Watts followed with a double to right field, and the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead.
The Liberty Hurricanes knew if they hit well, they could win a district final, but it was their defense that also shined as they became District XI Class 6A softball champions with a 3-1 victory over Parkland last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.
“It’s really hard to explain,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I had four state championships when I coached at Northampton Community College, but winning this one here, with the odds against us, and the Parkland mystique, and that tension, it’s just unbelievable.”
Liberty’s softball team had an 11-2 lead against Emmaus going into the bottom of the seventh inning, yet Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo made it a point to walk up to each of his players, showing them three fingers in anticipation of their District XI Class 6A semifinal victory last Tuesday at Pates Park.
“We wanted revenge against Emmaus, and before the game, I obviously had nerves, but I didn’t want to end it for anyone,” said Liberty pitcher Paige Zigmund.
Bethlehem Catholic thrower Rachel Tanczos won a third place state medal in discus at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Shippensburg University.
“I was thinking it would be nice to get in the 140’s, but I was happy,” Tanczos said. “It was a little tricky because it was raining, and we had to wipe our feet off before every throw, but it was something we all had to work against.”
Tanczos threw a 138-7 at states and a 144-9 at districts.
Disappointment was felt by Bethlehem Catholic’s softball players, coaches, and fans after the Hawks’ 5-3 loss to Tamaqua in the District XI Class 4A softball semifinal on Friday at Pates Park.
“What we were told is exactly what we saw. They lived up to their billing,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, regarding the Tamaqua Raiders. “I’m disappointed. We had our chances, and we made a couple mistakes. They play a lot like we do. I’m proud of our kids.”
Bethlehem Catholic senior Rachel Tanczos set a new district record in the discus with a throw of 144-9 at the District XI Class 3A Track and Field Championships which were held last Tuesday and Wednesday at Blue Mountain High School.
“I’m not really sure [how I did it]. It’s perfect weather, and the circle was really smooth and really fast,” Tanczos said. “I haven’t been having great practices the couple of days leading up to this. I threw, and I saw it went past 140, and I was pretty shocked because I didn’t think it went that far.”