As promised, the long awaited, much anticipated renovation of Liberty High School's tennis courts came to fruition this summer, in plenty of time for the start of the fall high school sports season.
Liberty tennis coach Leo Schnalzer said, "I'm really pleased for the girls. They really deserved to have the courts in better condition."
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.
Hanover Township won the Suburban Swim League Championship with a score of 1,213, edging second place Quakertown which finished with 1,189.
"It was a great team win. All swimmers swam very well, and they all earned the win together," said Stingrays head coach Evan Kocon.
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.