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Sparrold aims to help kids build healthy food habits

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Sport nutritionist Erin Sparrold from the Bethlehem-based sports psychology company Mind of the Athlete is on a mission, not just to help athletes feed their performance, but to help them develop a healthy relationship with food.

“There is so much negative messaging around food, I want them to understand the power food has to build health,” said Sparrold. “To have a balance is important, not just for an event.”

Most recently, Sparrold has worked with DeSales University student...

Young Pates can compete

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s track and field team is comprised of many individual athletes who can compete, and now coach Ben Reph’s job is to teach the Patriots how to be competitive throughout their lineup in order to win as a team.

“We are very young, especially on the girls’ side. I think we’re on the right track, but we’re a year or two away from peaking there,” said Reph.

Although the Patriots have lost to Easton, Parkland, and Allentown Central Catholic, Freedom’s boys lost to the Vikings...

LHS looks to improve

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Coming off an 0-16 season, the only way is up.

That’s the prognosis for Liberty’s boys’ lacrosse as they head into this spring, as head coach Shaughn Bittner is banking on returning experience to improve the team’s compete level, despite still having many players that are new to the sport.

“Last year and this year as well, we have a lot of new players who have never played the sport of lacrosse before this year so we are continuing to build our program,” said Bittner. “We did...

Munion, Gilson part of NCAA swim meet

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School graduate Brooke Munion and Whitehall High School graduate Brooke Gilson have been both opponents and teammates over the years, swimming separately at their respective high schools and together at Parkland Aquatic Club.

They met again, this time as seniors attending different colleges, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held back on March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.

Munion attends Nova Southeastern...

FHS tops Becahi in tennis

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ tennis team scored its first victory of the season over neighboring rival Bethlehem Catholic by a score of 4-3 this past Monday at Becahi.

The Hawks, who had a record of 4-3 prior to Monday’s match were without their number one singles player Colby Treadwell. Yiwei Lyu filled in at one singles but lost to Jon Fiorentino 0-6, 0-6.

Becahi came back at two singles when Andrew Kaeser defeated Justin Szaro 6-3, 6-1.

“A lot of the games went to deuce [in the...

Pates want to take the next step

Monday, April 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom hopes that this spring can be a breakout campaign for the girls lacrosse program.

After an 8-10 finish a year ago, head coach Charis Innarella enters her fourth year at the helm optimistic with what this year’s crop of girls can achieve.

“We have exceptional leadership this season within our core players,” said Innarella. “Our stick skills continue to improve and we have gained valuable experience over the past season. The success of our team will feed off of the...

Pates eye playoffs

Monday, April 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ lacrosse program is coming off an historic season and the Patriots look to repeat history this spring.

After winning 10 games last year, qualifying for the postseason and garnering the program’s first district playoff win, Freedom is hoping to build off that momentum.

“The outlook for this season looks very bright for us,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We have a very good chance to win the EPC East Divisional Championship, but we know it won’t be handed to us...

Patriots hope to replicate banner year

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It might be difficult for Freedom to replicate the type of success they had a year ago, but the Pates will certainly look to make another run at the league and district titles this spring.

Coming off a 19-5 campaign, which saw them go 12-4 in the East Penn Conference regular season, to go along with their first EPC championship, expectations are elevated for the 2016 spring.

Head coach Nick D’Amico enters his 11th season at the helm and hopes that the loss in graduation won’t...

Becahi aims for District 11 playoffs

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s been two years since Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team has made the District 11 playoffs and the Hawks are hoping this spring can be the year that ends that mini-slump.

Head coach Mike Grasso returns for his 30th season in charge, as the Hawks look to bounce back from an 8-12 campaign a year ago.

“The senior leadership we have is very good,” said Grasso. “Two of our top pitchers are seniors and we’re looking forward to see how they do and the defense behind them holds up...

Expectations high for LHS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.

The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.

Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.

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