Lehigh’s Darian Cruz wanted to enjoy the moment with his family after coming home from St. Louis on Sunday following the conclusion of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday night.
With District 11 wrestling on the national spotlight over the weekend, the former Golden Hawk turned Mountain Hawk took home the ultimate prize after posting a 6-3 decision over Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak to win the 125-pound NCAA championship.
Spring officially began on Monday, but we all know it doesn’t feel like those 70 degree days that winter teased us with.
As the snow gradually melts away, most area coaches and athletic directors can’t wait for the snowy cover to completely vanish as we head into the spring sports calendar.
Spring practices began on March 6 and teams were afforded five quality days of practice to open the season, only to see that trend reversed last week with Tuesday’s 10+ inches of snow across the Lehigh Valley.
Liberty swimmers, Robert Negron, Ben Stuckey, Chase Ledger, and Jake Evert brought home five medals among them after competing at the PIAA State Class 3A Swimming Championships this past weekend at Bucknell University.
In the final event of the weekend, the Hurricanes swam the 400 free relay with a time of 3:10.60 and placed ninth, while the top eight relay teams clinched medals.
“I was really upset because we were so close,” said Evert.
In fact, the Hurricanes were so close to medaling in almost every event they competed in all weekend.
Liberty and Nazareth’s boys’ tennis teams decided to postpone last Monday’s match due to the freezing temperature, but when the tennis season will resume is anybody’s guess.
“I think Nazareth, Parkland, and we will have a pretty strong group of kids,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer.
So the two teams wanted to give each other their best shot, which will take place in April.
After Bethlehem Catholic’s first tennis match against Emmaus last Monday, the Hawks’ season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as snow and ice blanketed the courts on Illick’s Mill as well as the rest of the region, and it is unknown when the season’s matches will resume.
“It was sunny and not windy, but obviously cold on Monday. It was certainly doable,” said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Notre Dame of Bethlehem recently won the CYO high school state championship title, but the story that led to the moment is perhaps what sports is all about.
Head coach Michael Horvath, of Hanover Township, guided the kids as far back as their elementary school days.
“I’ve been coaching this group of boys since they were in the third and fourth grades from Notre Dame of Bethlehem,” Horvath said, “which eventually led to a district championship in their eighth grade year and a third-place finish in the Diocesan playoffs in 2013.”
Bethlehem Catholic junior Joseph Bozzi clinched two silver medals at the District XI Class AA Swimming Championships on Mar. 3 at Parkland High School.
Bozzi’s first medal was awarded after he took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.21.
“I was happy. It was expected, and I was satisfied with it,” Bozzi said. “The fly felt good, my backstroke was slower, my breast stroke was slow, but I came back really strong in the free.”
Marian’s Danny Berlitz placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.02.
Moravian College and Notre Dame Green Pond graduate Mike Antonis has been named head coach for Freedom High School’s boys’ tennis team.
“I heard there was an opening, and I kind of missed the team dynamic,” said Antonis, who was a 2013 District XI doubles champion with Fran Mowrey in 2013.
Currently, Antonis is searching for possible indoor court time for the Patriots while waiting for outdoor conditions to improve after last week’s storm.
Freedom senior Jon Fiorentino will be the Patriots’ number one singles player after playing doubles last year.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.
In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.