Southern Lehigh sophomore Alec DiCesare broke away from three Liberty runners to win the season’s first cross country scrimmage for Liberty, Freedom, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom.
“It feels amazing. This is my first high school win. Even though it’s a scrimmage, it still feels great,” DiCesare said.
DiCesare finished the race in 17:31.
Liberty’s Darlyn Fermin placed second in 17:46, and Liberty’s Cole Frank was third in 18:03.
Freedom sophomore Lauren Charboneau was the winner of the Patriot girls’ first cross country scrimmage last Thursday at Freedom.
The Patriots hosted the scrimmage which included Liberty, Whitehall, and Southern Lehigh.
Charboneau’s time was 20:08.
“I was hoping for a P.R., but I died on the back stretch after the two mile,” she said.
Also, the grass had grown too high at Freedom by Thursday evening, making it difficult for anyone to P.R.
Bethlehem Catholic and DeSales University graduate Nicole Chickey was named the new Becahi head cross country coach on July 30, replacing Kelly Bracetty who will coach at Emmaus.
Chickey is a 2008 graduate of Becahi who won four PIAA state medals and 12 District XI gold medals throughout her high school running career. She also holds two MVP trophies and has been an assistant coach for the Hawks’ track and field team for two years.
Hope Brown, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the year from Bethlehem Catholic, was always part of a bigger picture, but her part in that picture was big as well.
Brown was the go-getter on the basketball court, offensively and defensively, a team captain for cross country, and a team player for track.
“She stayed active her senior year, even though she was going through a lot personally,” said Becahi track and field coach Fred Rice. “She was always part of something, and she always pushed herself to get better.”
To say that Liberty High School tennis coach Leo Schnalzer is retiring would be an overstatement; instead, he is taking a break for awhile.
“I love tennis, and I like being around it. I will still be there to help Chris [Conrad], and I’ve already gone to a few practices, so I will help him with whatever he needs,” Schnalzer said.
Conrad was the head coach of the girls’ team last year while Schalzer stayed with the boys. Now, Conrad will oversee both teams.
Northwest swim team was victorious over Northampton, 262-184, on July 18 at Northwest Swim Club.
Northwest swimmers who placed first are listed in order of each event.
Lora Flynn, Violet Whitley, Alyvia Herman, and Jaina Eisenhardt combined to win the 12 & U 200 medley relay in 3:09.37.
Brooke Sergent, Jackie Baker, Greta Stuckey, and Abby Mack won the 13 & O 200 medley relay in 2:18.30, and Ben Service, Sam Capwell, Seth Coleman, and Tyler Young won the same event in 2:17.74.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team made it to the finals of the A-town Throwdown Divaz Tournament this past weekend, but lost in its last game to Northampton, 38-29.
The Hawks beat Northwestern in the quarterfinal, 28-24, and then went on to beat Allen, 22-18, in the semifinal.
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team won the A-town Throwdown Divaz Varsity Tournament this past weekend after defeating Bethlehem Catholic in the final, 38-29.
The tournament included 16 girls’ varsity teams, some from the Lehigh Valley, others from the Poconos, New Jersey, and even Harrisburg.
Last week was the final summer dual swim meet for Hanover Stingray senior swimmers, Anna Lehr, Sabrina Krotzer, Chris Chambers, Robert Negron, and Jase Smith, but it’s hardly the end of swimming for the five Liberty grads who will continue their swimming careers in college.
Liberty High School swimmers, Chris Chambers, Robert Negron, Jase Smith, and Jake Evert achieved a total of four AA honors among them from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo for the 2017-2018 All America Swimmers and Divers Top 100 performances.
“This year we placed super well in the relays, and then there was my 50 free,” said Negron.
Chambers, Negron, Smith, and Evert had the 14th best time nationally in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:23.46.