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LHS girls win two wins

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes scored its first girls' tennis victory over Whitehall last week, 5-2, followed by a 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley the next day.

Liberty Coach Leo Schnalzer said, "It was nice to get our first win. The individual matches were closer, and I think the girls obviously felt good about it."

By the time the week was over, the Hurricanes had played four matches.

"I think it's too many. We don't get a lot of time to go over some things, but we got some singles wins which was nice because we struggled the first two matches," said Schnalzer.

Mixson named Woman of the Year

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Former Freedom High School swimmer and 2012 Misericordia University graduate, Chelsea Mixon, has been named the 2011-2012 Middle Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year.

"I'm astounded. I just feel very blessed and honored that I was chosen," said Mixon.

A social work major, Mixon combined excellence in the pool, classroom, and her community to be granted the honor.

Under head swimming coach, Jason Morini, Mixon was a two-time MVP and helped the Cougars to MAC championships in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.

Freedom boys win Lion Invitational

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the second year in a row, Freedom's boys' cross country team won the Lion Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.

"It was a very good start to the season. I'm very pleased," said Freedom coach Bob Thear.

Chris Kelly led the boys' team with a second place finish in Class AAA, third place overall, in 16:53.

"After it settled in, I was really happy with our team's performance. 'Champions' is nice to say. It really shows what we can do," Kelly said. "My goal was to break 17, and once I saw I did that, I was really, really, really happy."

Pates Shaina Palmer 2nd

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, took second place in Class AAA and fifth place overall at the Lions Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.

Freedom coach Bob Thear said, "It was a good start for her. She was only 15 seconds off her personal record, but even with that, she's in a great position."

Palmer finished the race in 20:26.

Palmer said, "I was a little disappointed with my time. I was kind of tired, and I have allergies right now, and it was hot. I could have done better."

Desh to continue career at Lehigh

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty 2012 graduate and former Hurricane swimmer, Courtney Desh, will continue her swimming career at Lehigh University this fall.

Desh had also considered Lafayette and Bucknell, but in the end, Lehigh was the most natural fit.

"My sister went there, and I really just liked the whole team atmosphere. I just really clicked with my teammates, and the coach was really nice," said Desh.

Rob Herb will be entering his eighth season as head coach of the Mountain Hawks.

Hanover takes third

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Hanover Stingrays Swim Team took third place at the 2012 Suburban League Championships last month at Lower Macungie.

Soleco won the meet with 1381 points, followed by second-place finisher Quakertown with 1252.5 points. Hanover scored 1025 points in the nine-team meet.

In the 15 and over age group, Liberty High School swimmers, Courtney Desh and Eric Lawrence, placed first in two events apiece.

Desh won the 50 yard breaststroke in 32.59 and the 100 yard IM in 1:04.56.