Freedom senior basketball player Jennifer Kokolus signed a letter of intent last month to continue her academic and athletic career at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.
“I just love the culture of it. It’s a family feel and that’s what I was looking for,” said Kokolus. “The coach’s energy is great, and when I went to visit, it felt like home. I could see myself there for four years.”
Bernadette Laukaitis is Holy Family’s women’s head basketball coach.
The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.
The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.
Bethlehem Catholic came away with seven champions at the Tony Iasiello Memorial Christmas Tournament over the weekend.
After getting beat up at the Ironman Tournament and Beast of the East tournaments earlier this month, the Hawks got back on the proper footing with their home event.
Becahi got titles throughout their roster from freshmen to seniors as Cael McIntyre (Fr., 106); Dante Frinzi (So., 113); Evan Gleason (Jr., 132); Kenny Herrmann (Sr., 138); Matt Lackman (Sr., 145); Cole Handlovic (Sr., 152) and Justus Bozzi (Jr., 182) all came away with championships.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team is currently 1-1 in city rivalry battles after defeating Liberty, 60-28, on Dec. 20 at Freedom.
“I was so excited,” said Freedom senior Jennifer Kokolus. “It’s my last home game versus Liberty, so I was really excited to come out with a big crowd today. It was a lot of fun.”
The Patriots led 30-12 at halftime, but both teams were held scoreless until there was 5:05 left in the third quarter. That’s when Alondra Cruz converted one of two free throws.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team defeated Pottsville, 102-72, during their last meet before the Christmas break at Liberty.
Top finishers in relays were Samantha Taylor, Morgan Muller, Talia Lehr, and Abby Mack in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.21, and Lehr, Treasa Burke, Taylor, and Mack in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:46.46.
Top finishers in individual events were Brooke Sergent in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.69, and Mack in the 50 free with a time of 25.74.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team defeated Pottsville, 97-67, to close out 2019 on Dec. 23 at Liberty.
In relays, Patrick Gilhool, Sean McGuire, Daniel Lader, and Corbin Eisenhardt won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.62. Caleb Stein, McGuire, Ben Service, and Addison Collins took first place in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.46, and Collins, Gilhool, Lader, and Stein came in first in the 400 free relay in 3:33.64.
In individual events, top finishers for the Hurricanes were Gilhool in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.65, followed by Eisenhardt, and Andrew Layne.
Liberty senior Samantha Taylor signed a letter of intent last month to continue her academic and athletic swimming career at Shippensburg University.
“I did a lot of day visits and open houses at 12 or 13 different schools and then I narrowed it down and did official overnights at four schools, but Shippensburg was definitely, as soon as I was there, I knew it was going to be my final choice because I loved it,” Taylor said.
Shippensburg’s swim team is coached by Tim Verge, who has been the head coach for his alma mater for 21 seasons.
National Signing Day occurred last week and Freedom honored three senior student-athletes that are moving on to the next level.
Kaden Moore, Katie Flynn and Jennifer Kokolus all signed the proverbial dotted line during a press conference to commemorate the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.
Moore highlighted the event with committing to Virginia Tech to play football.
The two-way lineman for the Patriots projects to be apart of the Hokies interior offensive line. Virginia Tech plays in the Belk Bowl against Kentucky on December 31 at noon.
Suburban Dart League
With Dryland having a bye this week, Star of Bethlehem maintains 2nd place sandwiching 3-2 (11 innings) and 14-4 wins around a 5-4 loss (10 innings) to Christ UCC. Leading hitters included Scott Hoffert 11-16 and Jason Biggs 7-16 for Star of Bethlehem, while Dave Shaver was 6-13 (HR) with HRs from Susie Gasper and Eric Yocum for Christ UCC.
Bethlehem Catholic got back on track over the holiday weekend with a championship at the Robert H. Griffith Holiday Classic.
The Hawks won both of their games, surviving Friday night’s opener against York Suburban 50-47 and then handling Red Lion in the title game 55-49.
Isaiah Alexander came away as the tournament MVP, as he scored 21 points in the championship game and recorded nine rebounds.
Ryan Glassmacher added 16 points in the win Saturday and Bryan Santana chipped in six points and six rebounds.