Former Freedom High School swimmer and 2012 Misericordia University graduate, Chelsea Mixon, has been named the 2011-2012 Middle Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year.
"I'm astounded. I just feel very blessed and honored that I was chosen," said Mixon.
A social work major, Mixon combined excellence in the pool, classroom, and her community to be granted the honor.
Under head swimming coach, Jason Morini, Mixon was a two-time MVP and helped the Cougars to MAC championships in the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay.
For the second year in a row, Freedom's boys' cross country team won the Lion Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
"It was a very good start to the season. I'm very pleased," said Freedom coach Bob Thear.
Chris Kelly led the boys' team with a second place finish in Class AAA, third place overall, in 16:53.
"After it settled in, I was really happy with our team's performance. 'Champions' is nice to say. It really shows what we can do," Kelly said. "My goal was to break 17, and once I saw I did that, I was really, really, really happy."
Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, took second place in Class AAA and fifth place overall at the Lions Invitational Cross Country Meet last Friday at Moravian Academy.
Freedom coach Bob Thear said, "It was a good start for her. She was only 15 seconds off her personal record, but even with that, she's in a great position."
Palmer finished the race in 20:26.
Palmer said, "I was a little disappointed with my time. I was kind of tired, and I have allergies right now, and it was hot. I could have done better."
It wasn't how Joe Henrich thought the 2012 Bethlehem Catholic football season would start for the Golden Hawks when they opened with a 35-26 loss to Pocono Mountain West last Friday night at Notre Dame-Green Pond.
But after trailing 21-6 at halftime, a fire from Becahi's players was prevalent, which was something that hasn't been seen in awhile from the brown and gold.
The Hawks (0-1) battled back to draw within 28-26 in the fourth quarter after quarterback Anthony Trapani found Chris Figler on a 71-yard throw, but the needed two-point conversion for Becahi was no good.
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.