Bethlehem Catholic High School track and field coach Fred Rice has his hands full with 157 athletes on the roster this year, and he couldn’t be happier.
In addition, the Hawks have finally found a place to practice since Becahi does not have a track.
“Our A.D. Chris Domyan called Freedom’s A.D. Nate Stannard and asked if they would have any time availability, and then their new coach Ben Reph and I figured out what to do, how to lock up, and things like that,” said Rice. “They were so nice, and we are so thankful to them.”
Liberty’s number two doubles tennis team of Luke Conrad and David Lynn have advanced to the final of the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which will be continued at a time to be determined after being postponed because of rain last Saturday at Freedom High School.
Conrad and Lynn will face Parkland’s Kishan Unjia and Jesse Hence.
“I think it will be a challenge,” said Lynn. “Hopefully, we will do our best and go out and win. Our serves have been good all season. A lot of times, if we’re winning big, [Coach Leo Schnalzer] doesn’t go too deep with coaching.”
Every game is a big game according to Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos, but whenever Liberty and Freedom come together for one of their two regular season rivalry contests, it’s fair to say the stakes get even bigger.
During Saturday’s affair at Liberty, the Hurricanes had everything going the right way en route to a five inning, 10-0 shutout over the Patriots to bolster their confidence heading into another packed week of games.
With just over two weeks left in the volleyball season, all three of Bethlehem’s teams appear poised for the District 11 postseason, barring second half collapses.
Freedom (9-5, 5-5) pushed themselves in position with a four-game win streak that continued on Monday with a sweep [25-19, 29-27, 25-23] over Easton.
It’s been a story of inconsistency for the Patriots this season, as they’ve defeated the teams they’re supposed to, but haven’t been able to register that signature win on the season.
The Northampton track team compete at the Allen Invitational as well as in a home meet against Parkland.
Lyndsey Gallagher earned a medal in both the 1600 (2nd) and 3200 (3rd) at the Allen Invite. She also broke the school record in the 1600 by almost 8 seconds - running a 5:08.13.
Alexis Barrall took second in the pole vault. Jeremy Sell was second in the shot put and the boys 400 relay team took third.
Some highlights of the Parkland meet again involved Gallagher, who broke the Al Erdosy Stadium record in the 1600. She ran a 5:15.2 - topping the old record of 5:18.
When Bethlehem Catholic pitcher Tatum Kresley was asked if she needed to come out of the game during the sixth inning of the Hawks’ game against Freedom last Thursday, her response was heck no, and Kresley and the Hawks proceeded to finish off the Patriots 8-3.
“I was feeling really, really good except for the sixth inning. I got a little tired,” said Kresley.
The Patriots strung together three hits to load the bases when Julia Roman doubled, Jana Boksan singled, and Shay Banas had a base hit.
It was another building block for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program last week when the Patriots topped Nazareth 14-12 to register their first ever victory over the Blue Eagles.
Jamal Williamson led the charge with four goals in the win, as Freedom’s program continues to make strides each year.
“This win was huge for our team and our program,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We took a couple of tough losses recently and we’re finally able to bounce back to beat Nazareth. We played well as a team. Beating Nazareth was a large hurdle we wanted to get over.”
Liberty tennis players Dan Lynn, Louis Gruber, and Jacob Berg have advanced to the finals in the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which was played last Friday and Saturday at Freedom High School.
Lynn began his match against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber at number one singles, but it was stopped due to rain and will be continued at time to be determined.
Down 2-5, Lynn won the second game and the seventh game on Saturday.
The Liberty Hurricanes boys’ tennis team finished the regular season with a record of 14-0 and are the 2017 East Penn Conference Champions.
“I am very happy for the team,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “Prior to the season, I knew we would have very good players, so I can’t take a lot of responsibility for their success. I was there to help and support them, and maybe add to their success.”
Schnalzer is extremely grateful to his assistants, Chris Conrad, Dawn Ketterman-Benner, and Linda Minarik, who have also supported the team and Schnalzer.
Winning a state championship usually comes with awards and Bethlehem Catholic earned their share of recognition when the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Girls Basketball Team was announced over the weekend.
Head coach Jose Medina was named the 4A coach of the year and saw senior Neila Luma make the 4A first team.
Medina’s freshman daughter, Taliyah, made the 4A third team.
In 6A, three local seniors were named to the second team, as Northampton’s Aja Blount, Nazareth’s Tessa Brugler and Emmaus’ Kiyae White led an EPC contingent.