Bethlehem Catholic wrestler Darian Cruz is on the verge of picking his college destination very shortly before he enters his senior year at Becahi.
Cruz, a 106-pound state champion last March at the PIAA 2A tournament in Hershey, has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Lehigh and Oklahoma State according to Hawks head coach Jeff Karam.
"I think he's going to make a decision in the matter of the next few days," said Karam, who spoke about the situation on Monday. "He wants to get the decision out of the way and he's got some very good options."
Liberty fell in a tri-match to Emmaus and Nazareth in a contest from Monday, Aug. 20.
The Hornets shot a 382 while Nazareth carded a 410. Liberty finished with a 424.
Kevin Zakesky led the 'Canes with a team-low 79 at Bethlehem Muni Golf Club. Mitch Racosky had an 80, Jessy Lengyell had an 85 and Ryan McDonald scored an 88. Parker Henning shot a 95.
Emmaus' Kyle Wambold led all players with a round of 67. Bret Howey led the Eagles with a 78.
1. Kyle Wambold, 67
2. Grant Schumaker, 77
3. Mike Lessel, 77
4. Carlos Fullerton, 79
PIAA District 11 is pleased to announce the adoption of a new power rating system to be used beginning immediately for fall sports in 2012, and progressing through the 2012-13 athletic seasons.
The power rating system and its policies and timelines were adopted on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 during the District 11 committee meeting.
The Lehigh Valley Fever girls basketball ninth grade team qualified recently for the quarterfinals of the AAU Nationals Championship in Orlando, Fla., and ended up finishing fifth.
They went 3-0 winning their pool with wins against: New England Mass Ducks 41-18, Virginia SQBA 42-25 and Georgia Dream 64-54. They beat the Mass Huskies 56-28 in the first round of the championship bracket.
Liberty 2012 graduate and former Hurricane swimmer, Courtney Desh, will continue her swimming career at Lehigh University this fall.
Desh had also considered Lafayette and Bucknell, but in the end, Lehigh was the most natural fit.
"My sister went there, and I really just liked the whole team atmosphere. I just really clicked with my teammates, and the coach was really nice," said Desh.
Rob Herb will be entering his eighth season as head coach of the Mountain Hawks.
The first day of the fall sports season generally means the start of the school year, so if Monday meant anything for schools across the state of Pennsylvania, it would probably translate into the summer being over.
For coaches throughout the Valley though, this is the exciting time of year where players get back together and test their fitness, skill and desire in preparation for season openers nearly three weeks away.
The Hanover Stingrays Swim Team took third place at the 2012 Suburban League Championships last month at Lower Macungie.
Soleco won the meet with 1381 points, followed by second-place finisher Quakertown with 1252.5 points. Hanover scored 1025 points in the nine-team meet.
In the 15 and over age group, Liberty High School swimmers, Courtney Desh and Eric Lawrence, placed first in two events apiece.
Desh won the 50 yard breaststroke in 32.59 and the 100 yard IM in 1:04.56.
Matt Husek didn't have a timetable to pick his future college destination, but he's glad it's over with now.
The upcoming Bethlehem Catholic senior decided to continue his basketball exploits at Holy Cross when he verbally committed last week.
The 6-foot-11 center has grown three inches from last season, when he averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
Husek figures to be a major factor this season for the Hawks, who are coming off a 5-17 season under head coach Mike Frew, who enters his second year at the helm.
The opening day of fall sports isn't just a preparation period for coaches and athletes in Bethlehem.
Fred Harris, the athletic director for the Bethlehem Area School District, had more complicated issues to deal with this year as he welcomes his second term of running Freedom's and Liberty's sports programs.
The addition of girls' soccer to the fall has come with trepidation from many and Harris is just the latest AD that has to deal with the new found set of circumstances surrounding the surplus of another fall sport.
He who goes into the last wall the hardest comes out the fastest.
Whether Freedom's Seth Watlington remembers these as famous last words, or words he will never forget, one thing is for certain: a PIAA State Class AAA Swimming and Diving Championship gold medal in the breaststroke won by the Patriot swimmer this March at Bucknell University.