The Bethlehem Catholic boys lacrosse team has endured a tough start to the season.
Things didn't get any easier for the Hawks when they hosted current LVC leader Parkland last Tuesday at Bethlehem Catholic High School.
The Trojans scored eight first period goals, and regularly controlled possession of the ball for much of the contest. That lead was increased to 10-0 at halftime, which was then doubled by game's end, as the Hawks remained winless on the season with the 21-0 defeat to Parkland.
Bethlehem Catholic hurdler, Tyler Horton, broke another school record in the 110 high hurdles (14.4), and twin brothers, John and David Donchez, combined for 26 points in the Hawks 82-67 track and field victory over Freedom last week.
In individual events, John Donchez won the 800 meter (2:07), and David Donchez took first place in the triple jump (37-2 1/2) and the javelin (126-3).
Also for the Hawks, Becahi sprinter, Donovan West, was a double-event winner, placing first in the 100 meter (10.8) and the 200 meter (22.7).
Bethlehem Catholic singles players, Kevin Hamilton and Stephen Rossi, clinched their matches at number one and number two singles, respectively, and later teamed up at number one doubles to lead the Hawks to a 5-2 victory over Nazareth last week.
Hamilton defeated Andrew Wahlgren, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.
"I got off to a rocky start and lost the first set, but Mr. Harmanos just reiterated to play my game and get good ground strokes. I made the points longer and kept him moving back and forth," said Hamilton.
It was a chance for Liberty to see what they could do against another top tier Lehigh Valley Conference opponent, but this time the Hurricanes couldn't figure things out until it was too late.
With a win over Bethlehem Catholic under their belts this season, the 'Canes took on an undefeated Parkland squad last Thursday with their sights of truly cementing themselves as the top team in the league this season.
By night's end, that wasn't their fate, as Parkland (6-0, 5-0) swept all three games25-22, 25-14, 33-31to stay atop the LVC landscape and knock Liberty down a peg.
Michael Bounassi might be a name that many of the youth in the Bethlehem Area School District may not be familiar with, but he is arguably one of the most important figures BASD has ever had.
The former teacher, coach and athletic director at Liberty passed away on March 30 at the age of 89. He'll be someone that's remembered for his 34 years of teaching in the school district, his pride in his Italian heritage, the competitor he was, the coach he became, but more importantly, the role model he was to everyone that came in contact with him.
Last week was a week of feast or famine for the Liberty Hurricanes, winning two high-scoring games and losing one.
A 15-10 victory over Bangor preceeded a 10-0 victory over Whitehall before the Hurricanes fell to Parkland, 12-0.
Making her pitching debut at the varsity level last Saturday against Bangor was Lauren Epsaro, and three days later, the Liberty junior pitched a no-hitter against the Zephyrs that ended after six innings.
The Liberty Hurricanes are heading into rivalry week with a recent 6-1 victory over the Dieruff Huskies.
At number one singles, Liberty's Chris Kapcos defeated Ryan Kopishke, 6-1, 6-1, and at number two singles, Brandon Cunningham defeated Aaron Patrick, 6-2, 6-4 for the Hurricanes.
Liberty's Milind Jagota, who had been playing doubles until last week, defeated Eric Perez at number three singles, 6-0, 6-4.
Bethlehem Catholic sprinter, Mara Blanchard, broke the school record in the 100 meter in the Hawks 108-41 victory over Freedom last week.
Blanchard and teammates, Katie Altpeter and Jade Kubitsky, made it a one-two-three finish in the 100 meter, with a time of 12.3 for Blanchard.
"My coach told me, and Katie high fived me, so I was pretty happy about that," said Blanchard.
Altpeter won the 200 meter in 26.6, and Kubitsky won the 400 meter in 1:01.7.
In distance events, Becahi's Meghan Roszyk won the 800 in 2:35, and Freedom's Alexa Deemer placed second.
It's been a tough season for Bethlehem Catholic so far and it got even more difficult last week.
The Hawks suffered their second loss of the week, when Easton pulled out a 4-3 victory Friday evening at Coca-Cola Park.
Malin Loebsack knocked in the game winning run with two outs to spoil the Hawks day on the IronPigs turf, as well as end any momentum Becahi had after Thursday's 2-1 win over Central Catholic.
The Hawks sit at 2-6-1 on the year and head coach Mike Grasso knows things need to change quickly in order for the Hawks to salvage their season.
The Freedom Patriots survived another close call, defeating Nazareth, 4-3, last Tuesday.
Andrew Sinai, Bill Leeson, and Ross Sonnenblick won their matches at singles for the Patriots, leaving the team match in the hands of the number one doubles team of Sinai and Sonnenblick.
Sinai, a sophomore, and Sonnenblick, a freshman, defeated Nazareth's Mike Fishler and Andrew Wahlgren, 6-2, 6-1.