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A lesson in knees and life

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jonathan Bender was emailing Mark Cuban back and forth about his ideas. Bender, the fifth overall draft pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, was emailing the Dallas Mavericks owner about a product he had developed.

Cuban was looking for a product himself, a seven-foot, big-man, instead of what Bender was trying to pitch him.

"I told him about my product and he told me I needed a big man," said Bender. "It's tough to get owners to look at you as more than just athletes."

Williams sets new stardards at LHS

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was a stat line that showed the versatility and importance that KJ Williams has on the football field.

Following last year's 41-14 victory over Freedom, Williams shined as he perhaps has never done before on the gridiron, hauling in six catches for 137 yards, including a 66-yard TD, along with two interceptions, as well as another defensive TD. Throw in his punting and kicking duties and his kickoff return skills and Williams was the best football athlete in the Lehigh Valley Conference last season.

Allentown's Oswald wins BASS sweepstakes

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

According to the popular BASS, a bass fishing organization, a local Allentown angler won its recent "Fish With Skeet" sweepstakes.

Douglas Oswald of Allentown entered the fishing sweepstakes close to 40 times when his name was recently drawn. When he got a call from BASS Membership Director Mitch Frank, he knew something was up.

"I was hoping that was what the call was about," said Oswald. "There aren't too many times when the membership director calls and asks you to call back. I was ecstatic."

FHS gets new cheer coach

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Frredom High School cheerleading coach, Alicia Zito, has stepped down, and Lynn Spina will take over as head coach this upcoming school year.

Spina, who also coaches the Lehigh Valley Lightning All-Stars, was hired in May, and will be assisted by Ausjoli Nieves and new junior varsity coach, Courtney Norder.

The Patriots will roster 27 varsity spirit cheerleaders, 23 junior varsity spirit cheerleaders, and 20 competition cheerleaders.

Shumock always leads by example

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Polite is probably not the first word that comes to mind when describing an athlete, but politeness goes a long way when describing Kali Shumock, Bethlehem Press's Female Player of the Year from Liberty High School.

"Kali is the politest, most hard-working kid, who does what I ask of her, and who does things on her own," said Liberty field hockey coach, Mary Omdahl.

Shumock, who is entering her senior year, directs the Hurricanes' offense and defense as a center midfielder on the hockey field.

Kauffman's knee helped mold future

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Evan Kauffman has been wrestling since he was 4-years-old.

But during his final match of junior season, Kauffman may have felt like he had enough. With one second left in his fifth place bout at the PIAA 3A championships, Kauffman had to bow out because of a knee injury. An injury that he battled through his freshman, sophomore and junior years.

It was a dislocated kneecap that kept popping out of place for the wrestling and football star.

Pates find signs of summer growth

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

The middle of July is the peak of the summer basketball season for many teams, as the Stellar showcase and SportsFest's A-town Throwdown dominate the local scene this time of the year.

It's also the same time of year that Freedom head coach Joe Stellato believes his teams start to turn the corner.

Freedom didn't make it to Sunday's action of tournament play, going 1-2 in pool play last week, but it did give its head coach something to take away from the summer encouragement.

Magnan influenced on and off field

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Molly Magnan is one of those people you just love to love.

"She had a joke for me every day, but when it was time to work, she would work," said Freedom girls' soccer coach Jamie Halper.

A four-year letter winner and four-year starter on the soccer team, Magnan was a captain for two years and most recently played the midfield, leading in scoring for the Patriots this season and having an assist in almost every game.

"She's very good at setting up plays, and she's a strong player in the middle. She brings drive, determination, and she got the girls moving," Halper said.

Freedom girls advance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that, "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."

The Freedom girls basketball team was able to take part in the annual Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, which began on Wednesday and concluded on Sunday. The weekend consisted of many of the local teams in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League, and Mountain Valley Conference, but also featured teams from outside the Lehigh Valley.