Bethlehem Press

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Northwest wins title

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest Swim Club won the ABE League Swimming Championships with 268.5 points, edging second place Trident Swim and Tennis Club with 241.5 points. Stones Crossing was third with 223 points.

Northwest coach Reik Foust said, "Overall, as a team, we performed better than expected. We far surpassed what we expected. It was a great day for everyone, and the team, and the swim club."

This summer, Northwest's swim team was low in numbers, and high in new swimmers. In addition, the swim club became the unexpected host of the meet.

FHS gets new cheer coach

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Frredom High School cheerleading coach, Alicia Zito, has stepped down, and Lynn Spina will take over as head coach this upcoming school year.

Spina, who also coaches the Lehigh Valley Lightning All-Stars, was hired in May, and will be assisted by Ausjoli Nieves and new junior varsity coach, Courtney Norder.

The Patriots will roster 27 varsity spirit cheerleaders, 23 junior varsity spirit cheerleaders, and 20 competition cheerleaders.

Shumock always leads by example

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Polite is probably not the first word that comes to mind when describing an athlete, but politeness goes a long way when describing Kali Shumock, Bethlehem Press's Female Player of the Year from Liberty High School.

"Kali is the politest, most hard-working kid, who does what I ask of her, and who does things on her own," said Liberty field hockey coach, Mary Omdahl.

Shumock, who is entering her senior year, directs the Hurricanes' offense and defense as a center midfielder on the hockey field.

Magnan influenced on and off field

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Molly Magnan is one of those people you just love to love.

"She had a joke for me every day, but when it was time to work, she would work," said Freedom girls' soccer coach Jamie Halper.

A four-year letter winner and four-year starter on the soccer team, Magnan was a captain for two years and most recently played the midfield, leading in scoring for the Patriots this season and having an assist in almost every game.

"She's very good at setting up plays, and she's a strong player in the middle. She brings drive, determination, and she got the girls moving," Halper said.

Smith all about helping team first

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The first time Chris Bastidas saw Bridget Smith play soccer, he was an assistant coach at Catasauqua High School, and she was simply a tall, red-headed girl from Bethlehem Catholic who was good at soccer.

Fast forward one year when Bastidas became the head coach at Becahi, and he realized there was nothing simple about Smith at all.

"It was her intensity and toughness, and it made everyone else intense and strong. She's so versatile too," Bastidas said.

Smith had been playing the forward position until Bastidas arrived. Then, he put her in the midfield.

Blanchard to Lafayette

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic High School graduate, Mara Blanchard, is planning to continue her track and field career at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

The District XI champion pole vaulter had expressed interest in other universities in addition to Lafayette, but was swayed by a number of reasons to settle on Lafayette.

"My sister went to Lafayette, and they showed interest, so I was set on Lafayette. I really like their academic program. They have engineering and liberal arts, and they have a great [track and field] team, so that helped," Blanchard said.

Lehigh Valley defeated in Carpenter Cup

Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Weather and time worked against Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team as they were eliminated from the tournament last week after losses to Tri-Cape and Burlington County.

Lehigh Valley's first game last Wednesday resulted in an early morning 5-2 loss to Tri-Cape, but Lehigh Valley came back with a 4-0 victory over Olympic Colonial in the afternoon.

"When we got there, we weren't as sharp as we usually are, but once we got going, we didn't want to go home. Our adrenaline was up, but that four hour wait...," said third baseman, Emily Cecchini.