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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 2013 District 20 Little League Tournament continued last weekend for 11-12 year-old majors, and, as of Press deadlines, four teams remain: City Line, Pennridge, Lehigh, and Hellertown/Lower Saucon.
In one of four games last Friday, City Line defeated Northeast 7-5.
City Line had the early lead, 2-0, when Northeast scored three runs in the third inning. City Line tied the game in the fourth and scored three more runs in the fifth inning. Northeast attempted a comeback, pulling to within one run but came up short when City Line scored again in the sixth.
Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup softball team got off to a quiet start, but came back with a bang in its 10-5 victory over Philadelphia Catholic's Carpenter Cup softball team on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Catholic struck first with two runs, creating a buzz in the Lehigh Valley dugout.
"Their lead kind of gave us a drive. We just said we need to get some runs on the board before they get too far ahead," said Lehigh Valley second baseman, Nicole Iasiello.
The third inning proved to be the beginning of the end for Philadelphia Catholic.
Liberty softball player, Emily Cecchini, will pick up where she left off at the District XI final when the third baseman takes the field for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament next week.
"Hopefully, I'll be able to hop right back in there," said Cecchini, speaking from an extended visit to the U.S. Naval Academy.
The tournament, which will begin on June 24 at FDR Park in Philadelphia, will be Cecchini's second appearance, after making the team last year.
Liberty High School softball players, Emily Cecchini and Nicole Iasiello, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team roster for 2013.
Comprised of 16 sophomores and juniors from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, this is Cecchini's second consecutive year on the team and Iasiello's first.
Iasiello said, "I was a little nervous at first, but I had a good try out, so I was hoping."