Rick Thompson doesn’t need much of an introduction to wrestling fans in the area. His short-lived retirement from the coaching world now puts him squarely back in the bull’s-eye, as Thompson was approved last week to become Bethlehem Catholic’s next wrestling coach.
Bethlehem Catholic recently held its football program’s combine to culminate the hard work put forth during the winter weight lifting season.
It was also an opportunity to kick start their spring program and showcase players in front of several college coaches on hand.
This was the sixth year that the Hawks have held their combine and this year’s affair had 12 college coaches on hand including the likes of Lafayette, New Hampshire, Bucknell and Buffalo.
Liberty graduate Matt Leon signed a professional contract with the Los Angeles Angels recently, culminating a fascinating chapter in his career at Seton Hall.
Leon joined Seton Hall as a walk-on his freshman year and ended his senior campaign as one of four unanimous Big East selections this past season.
The former walk-on had a stellar senior year breaking Seton Hall’s single-season record for saves, and climbed to second on the Pirates’ career saves and appearances list. He led the Big East in saves, appearances, games finished and games in relief.
Freedom recently announced its newest class of graduating seniors that will be moving on to continuing their education and athletic careers at the next level.
The Pates had 22 seniors reveal their college destinations recently, highlighted by Alec Huertas heading to Long Island University to play baseball.
Julia Roman also topped the list by choosing Drexel to play softball, while Hailey Silfies will join Huertas in Brooklyn for her basketball career at St. Francis College.
The complete list of signees is below.
Abdul Beasley - Mount Union University (football)
The Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup run ended Monday afternoon in Philadelphia at the hands of a Delaware North in the quarterfinal round.
Delaware North was in control from the beginning taking a three-run lead in the first inning and then never looked back en route to a 26-9 victory.
After taking care of Urban Youth Academy 10-7 in the opening round of the tournament, LV was no match for their Delaware counterparts at FDR Park.
Freemansburg’s Legion baseball team is hoping this summer will be another winning one when they take the field.
Coming off last year’s 12-6 finish, Chris Medei’s squad is hoping for a repeat performance with a relatively young team.
The Lehigh Valley’s 2018 Carpenter Cup baseball team was announced last week as the squad looks to prepare for this year’s edition in Philadelphia.
This will be the 26th year of the franchise, as they look to buck a recent trend of being ousted from the first round in two of the last three years.
Freedom sophomore outfielder Nick Stannard is the lone Bethlehem player on the list, as the team is led by 10 players from Parkland and Emmaus.
The Wanderers hope its blend of youth and experience can be a winning formula for them to improve upon last season’s 9-9 finish.
Dwight Pulieri returns to lead the squad and is excited about the potential of the group.
Easton’s girls lacrosse team has been one of the area’s top teams in recent years and the Rovers continued to prove their dominance over Freedom in last week’s District 11 3A semifinal round against the Patriots.
The Rovers coasted to a 21-8 victory to end Freedom’s season at 14-7.
“Easton is a very strong program with many talented athletes,” said head coach Charis Innarella. “They are well coached. They just won their first EPC championship, but we have earned the right to be playing in the district semi final as a result of a strong season.”
It was the highlight shot of Alec Huertas’ career and one that kept Freedom’s postseason alive.
Huertas blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s District 11 6A opener to help push Freedom past Nazareth 5-3.
Trailing 3-2 heading into their final frame, things played out perfectly for the seventh-seeded Pates (13-9), as Jonah Mateo led off with a double, followed by Griffin Connelly’s bunt that moved Mateo to third and allowed Connelly to safely reach first.