Former Liberty High School soccer player and Moravian College graduate Ian Larimer is the new head coach for the Hurricanes’ boys’ soccer team.
Shortly after he was hired earlier this year and shortly after the team’s strength and conditioning work had been done, Larimer held a group meeting with Liberty soccer players to outline his philosophy, among other things.
“My philosophy is a high tempo, high-paced game where players need to think creatively and quickly through all facets of the game,” Larimer said.
Bethlehem Sports Camps is offering a softball camp and a baseball camp for players, ages 7-15, this July.
The softball camp will run July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Freedom High School softball field.
The camp will be conducted by Freedom High School softball coach Nora Borger, Liberty High School softball coach Sam Carrodo, and Lehigh Carbon Community College softball coach Jenn Shellhammer.
The hopes of a NORCO Legion baseball title run came to an end for Freemansburg and Bankos last week, as both fell in their best-of-three series.
Bankos, the seventh seed, couldn’t overpower perennial contender Hellertown in three games, as all three games were decided by two runs or less.
Bankos lost the first game by a 1-0 result, but came back to take game two with a 3-2 victory before falling in the final contest 2-0.
Freemansburg got the jump on Nazareth in the opener of their four-five matchup, as they won the first game 6-4 before dropping two straight contests.
Former Liberty High School tennis player and current Hurricane assistant tennis coach Chris Conrad will take over for Leo Schnalzer as head girls’ tennis coach at Liberty, while Schnalzer will remain as head coach for the boys’ team.
“I’m going to keep kind of the same structure, and Leo will help when he can,” Conrad said.
Northwest’s swim meet against Westwood Heights resulted in eight first place finishes for Northwest’s girls last Thursday night.
In the age 9 & 10 25 backstroke, Lora Flynn took first place with a time of 21.27.
Alyvia Herman won the age 11 & 12 50 free with a time of 35.15.
“The last time I swam it, it was easier, but in the crescendo, it’s a sprint, so I wanted to swim it [like that],” said Herman. “I like the crescendo because it’s dark, and the lights are on, and it’s fun because everyone is super fast and cheering.”
Recent Liberty High School graduate Kristin Kaleycik will continue her academic and softball career at Kutztown University this fall.
Kaleycik narrowed down her choices after identifying colleges that offered a major in marketing, but she wanted to be far away from home.
“Then I visited Kutztown after [last year’s] Carpenter Cup, and I fell in love with the campus. The coach liked me, and they have a successful team, so I did an overnight in January or February,” Kaleycik said.
Kaleycik connected with former Parkland High School softball player Taylor Knappenberger.
Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Freedom High School won multiple awards after participating in the UCA cheerleading camp, June 13-16, in Honesdale.
The Patriots took first place in game day, extreme routine, and leadership.
“That’s the one I’m most proud of, leadership,” said Freedom coach Lynn Spina. “Other teams vote on which squad exemplifies leadership, and helps other teams, and things like that.”
Seniors Ciara Barbosa and Samia Broughton were appointed temporary captains at camp, and became permanent captains for the 2017-2018 season on June 29.
Tryouts for the Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games baseball team are underway and players from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties are encouraged to tryout.
Tryouts will be taking place across the region, all the way through July 15 in preparation for the tournament running from July 27-29 in York, PA.
There are two divisions for the tournament, starting with the junior division, which is open to players from grades 9-10 for the 2016-17 academic year.
The scholastic division is for students entering 11-12 grades for the same academic year.
Recent Freedom High School graduate Camryn Spina will continue her academic and cheerleading career at Rutgers University in the fall.
“I met the coach, and he really liked me, I fell in love with the campus, and it seemed like the perfect fit,” Spina said.
Rutgers’s head coach is Mike Stickle.
“He’s awesome. He’s supportive, and he’s really excited to work with his team and make us the best we can be. You can tell how excited cheerleading makes him,” said Spina.
Try-outs were held on April 14 and 15, but for Spina, it was a couple of years in the making.
Athletes and coaches from Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton County, competed at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Summer Games over the first weekend in June at Penn State University.
The athletes, ages 8-54, competed in six sports, swimming, softball, basketball, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, golf, and bowling.
The swimmers, coached by Pam Magnan and Fred Knauss, were able to compete in three individual events and one relay. Practices are held at Liberty High School, and in March, April, and May, they travel to different competitions.