Dr. Jarrod Spencer, founder and president of Mind of the Athlete, a sports psychology company based in Bethlehem, has been traveling the country speaking to athletes, coaches, parents, students, athletic directors, health care professionals, and business leaders with his signature message of clearer mind, better performance.
Recently, Spencer has addressed the topic of parents in youth sports on WFMZ TV and at Grace Church Bethlehem, adding that the central point he makes is controversial, but that Generation X, of which Spencer is part, has wrecked youth sports in America.
Second-year Liberty girls’ basketball coach Andy Wescoe said the Hurricanes have shown marked improvement in their decision-making, handling pressure, and cutting down on turnovers, which helped them win the Catasauqua Summer League.
“But we aren’t where I want to be in this department yet,” Wescoe said. “Our weakness is lack of experience. We are young. We aren’t the biggest team either so team defense, ball pressure, and ability to rebound misses will be key. Shooting must be improved.”
The snows are back. No, not the slippery white stuff, but snow geese. And they substantially outnumber local Canada geese.
Local farmers detest snow geese because they can devour an entire winter wheat field, one of their favorite delicacies followed by corn.
Tavion Banks was confident it would be different this time around against Imhotep Charter.
Unfortunately for Banks and his Golden Hawks teammates, it wasn’t.
Now, the Becahi junior vows to play his role in his final crack to get to Hershey next season after Becahi dropped a 41-6 to Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 4A semifinal at Charles Martin Memorial Stadium in northeast Philadelphia Nov. 30.
The Golden Hawks dropped a 24-13 decision in 2016 and suffered a 34-14 defeat last season to the Panthers.
Freedom’s diving team, coached by Lisa Young, will return sophomore Sarah Gill and junior Fallon Tatlow, and will welcome sophomore Cailin Connelly and freshman Lillian Peterson.
The Patriots do not have a boys’ diving team this season, but that does not mean they have stopped looking for male divers.
In the meantime, Young is looking forward to Gill and Tatlow’s season, showing improvement from last year, and the potential of Connelly and Peterson.
Liberty’s diving team will be led by new head coach Emily Kocis, replacing Jeff Zettlemoyer who recently retired from the Hurricanes.
Kocis is a 2002 Liberty graduate and dove all four years in high school.
“The [coach vacancy] was sent to me, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be fun to do,” Kocis said. “I taught swimming lessons at the Y, and I loved to see when it would click. And with diving being an integral part of my high school career, I thought it would be rewarding to give back.”
The Freedom Patriots graduated four players from their district championship season last year, but key returners, forward Jennifer Kokolus, guard Corrin Gill, guard/forward Brenna Ortwein, guard Yasmine Herrera, and guard Rachel Sanchez have plenty of experience for another successful season.
“Our ball movement, at times, can be outstanding,” said Patriot coach Dean Reiman. “We have multiple players who can drive, pass, and shoot, and play unselfishly.”
What is missing for the Patriots this season is size and depth.
Liberty graduate and Union College freshman Anna Lehr made her college swimming debut with two individual victories and one relay victory in the Dutchwomen’s 156-84 win over Skidmore College on Nov. 10 at the Williamson Sports Center.
Lehr, who swam the medley relay, backstroke, IM, and freestyle for the Hurricanes and the Hanover Stingrays summer swim team, won the 200 free for Union with a time of 2:04.50.
Freedom knew it had to play a nearly perfect football game in order to beat St. Joseph’s Prep in last Saturday’s PIAA 6A quarterfinals. Unfortunately for the Pates, too many mistakes in the first half forged an easy path for a Prep victory, as Freedom ended its season in Northeast Philadelphia at the hands of a 42-14, mercy rule defeat.
Saturday’s defeat was another loss by District 11 to the Philadelphia Catholic League champion, as Prep has topped their D11 counterparts in five of the past six years.
High school swimming season is set to begin next month and for the Freedom Patriots, it will begin with new head coach Melissa Baer at the Cedar Crest Classic on Dec. 8.
Key returners for the Patriots will be district champ and senior Al Bell, senior Jared Franges, and sophomores Abby Burnette and Danny Connel.
Freshman Andrew Ehret will also be one to watch.