Mike Zile is back in the saddle of leading a varsity volleyball program, but with all sports on hold, Zile’s second act is on delay.
The highly-successful former Bethlehem Catholic coach takes over Liberty’s program for Neiad Ammary and hopes that an experienced squad gets the chance to show their mettle following last year’s 14-4 campaign.
Back for the Hurricanes this year include Michael Capuano (Sr., setter), Danil Kurtz (Sr., libero), AJ Muffley (Sr., OH), Devin Renninger (Sr., OH), Ruiqi Wang (Sr., MH) and Joey Rachwal (Jr., MH).
Liberty’s baseball team is coming of a banner 2019 campaign that saw them bring home the District 11 championship.
What could be in store for the Hurricanes this spring is anyone’s guess if they’ll even play, but with 13 seniors gone to graduation, it’s fair to say that head coach Andy Pitsilos would have some holes to fill.
John Yanek is entering his 29th season of coaching high school volleyball and needs 21 wins to reach 400 career victories.
For Yanek, the season and the milestone are on pause as we all deal with the coronavirus, but after a 20-5 season last spring Freedom had some holes to fill entering 2020.
“We had several major positions to fill after graduation,” said Yanek. “Those positions seem to be filled with underclassmen and some seniors who played club in the off season.”
Mike Grasso has always been a mainstay at Bethlehem Catholic, but after 46 years of coaching, Grasso has finally decided to retire.
The long time baseball coach is hoping that he gets one final ride this spring in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, but also understands that there are bigger things at work than sports.
If there is a volleyball season this spring, Bethlehem Catholic would certainly like to see what they can do this year. The Hawks have a new coach in Tim Sledz, but have familiar faces across the board, as they return all their starters from a team that made a run to the state quarterfinals last year.
“Ten seniors lead a very experienced team, which knows that in order to put together a successful season takes dedication to practice and commitment to a team,” said Sledz. “There are only so many touches to go around but the main focus has been on team success.”
As each passing day goes, the news surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic seems to only get worse.
For the PIAA and District 11, the spring sports season appears to be at jeopardy more and more each day. With news of a 10 day shutdown of the school system across the state coming last Friday, everyone in the sports world is playing the waiting game for direction from those at the top of the food chain.
It was a historic run for Freedom’s boys’ basketball team this season, but one that eventually came to an end last week when the Patriots fell to Reading 67-65 in the second round of the PIAA 6A tournament.
The defeat wrapped up Freedom’s year at 19-9, but with the elusive District 11 championship in their trophy case this season, the memories from this winter will always be looked back upon with a smile.
Sometimes you just know it’s the right time to step away and for Liberty’s Chad Landis, his reign on sideline for the boys basketball team has come to an end.
Landis notified school administrators and his team last week that this would be his final season coaching - for now.
After spending the past 12 years as head coach and eight more prior to that as an assistant, Landis felt this was the right time to take a timeout.
You can say that Kenny Herrmann and Cole Handlovic are pretty good friends.
The two senior wrestlers have went through their shares of trials and tribulations over the years, but their triumph in Hershey over the weekend made everything worth it in the end.
Both wrestlers came off the mat of their final high school matches with their hands raised high, as the Bethlehem Catholic duo ended their careers as state champions Saturday night at the Giant Center.
While Bethlehem Catholic came home with plenty of hardware from last weekend’s PIAA wrestling championships in Hershey, Liberty and Freedom brought home experience from their stay at the Giant Center.
Freedom’s Luis Vargas (120) and Liberty’s Jason Rezac (145) and Javien Deleon (113) were bounced out of the tournament before the medal rounds, leaving Vargas and Rezac, both seniors, without another shot to bring home a medal from states. On the other hand, Deleon, a sophomore, can use the experience as motivation heading into the off season.