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Cruz, Lotito compete at NCAA tourney

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by TIM ROBB Special to the Press in Sports

Lehigh's Randy Cruz went 1-2 at the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cruz, a former Bethlehem Catholic wrestler, opened the tourney with an 11-0 win over Brian Owen of Boise State.

He scored a takedown in a very funky scramble in the first, and then turned Owen with a cradle. In the second period, Cruz tilted, and then again cradled Owen to lead 10-0 after two periods. After choosing top, and riding out the entire third period, he earned a riding time point for a very convincing 11-0 win.

Liberty looking to replace all of its singles players

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes may have lost all its singles players to graduation, but Coach Leo Schnalzer has a number of players with some experience, as he attempts to find the right spot for each one for the 2013 boys' tennis season.

"We're still playing challenge matches, but we don't have to start them off from the ground floor," Schnalzer said.

Hurricane returners include junior, Brendan Cunningham, who played at number three doubles last year, and junior, Chris Kaposis, who played at number four doubles last year.

Hurricanes win opener, prep for Hawks

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty, the defending district softball champion, will look to its hitters to lead the Hurricanes to another winning season in 2013.

Already, the Hurricanes were victorious over Pocono Mountain East, 13-3 on Saturday, when Alyshia Dellatorre had three hits and Caitlyn Lavelle hit a home run for Liberty.

"We have a fence there now. A bunch of girls had hits. It was a good team effort," said Coach Rich Giering.

Former third baseman, Natalie Tannasso, was the winning pitcher.

Patriots only returning two

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After a hugely successful boys' tennis season in 2012, Freedom coach Jeff Young has a long way to go in 2013.

Only two varsity players are returning, Andrew Sinai and Bill Leeson, and most of the Patriots' team are underclassmen.

Sinai, a sophomore, will repeat as the Patriots' number one singles player.

"Andrew is just a great player. I saw him play a couple times this summer," said Young.

Leeson, a senior, will be the Patriots' number two singles player, after having played doubles last year.

Magnan takes silver

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The last thing Freedom swimmer, Sam Magnan, expected was a top seed, let alone a silver medal in the 500 free at the Class AAA PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Bucknell University.

"I looked at the board, and my parents, and everyone cheering, and my coach. I felt relieved and happy, and I dropped seven seconds," Magnan said.

The Patriot sophomore finished the 20 lap race in 4:29.60. The gold medalist was Zach Buerger of North Allegheny, who finished with a time of 4:28.12.

Hilliard Dancing

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Former Liberty star has helped Villanova make NCAA Tourney

When Liberty graduate Darrun Hilliard entered Villanova last season, he knew it would be a journey rather than a short spurt on the nearby Schuylkill Expressway.

He joined a program that was seemingly in transition and gained some earnest minutes along the way, making the adjustment as a freshman in one of the higher profile programs along the East Coast and in the country.

Many return for 'Canes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty track and field coach, Kevin Bush, is expecting the same strong Hurricane team that he has led over the past five years.

Key returners for the boys' team are seniors, Gerald Vital and Adam Uliana in sprints, senior, Matt Allred, in distance, and sophomore, Darius Jones, in jumping.

"As a whole, the jumpers are good. Our relays will be pretty good. We didn't graduate too many. Adam and Gerald were on the state relay team last year. We have a lot of new throwers, a lot of football guys. As a boys' team, they're just strong as a group," Bush said.

Hawks girls top Prep Charter

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Kalista Walters's back-to-back three pointers in the opening minutes of the Class AAA quarterfinal of the PIAA state playoffs, with a Janelle Robinson jump shot in between, set the stage for Becahi's 67-46 victory over Prep Charter last Saturday.

"Absolutely, Kalista's first basket set the tone for the game. It allowed all the young kids to get comfortable, and Smitty [Bridget Smith] took it upon herself to handle the ball," said Becahi coach Bill Lanscek.

Pate's Conzola is golden!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When the pressure was off, Freedom swimmer, Peter Conzola, turned the heat on and won the gold medal in the 100 backstroke at the Class AAA PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at Bucknell University.

"I realized I won when I touched the wall and looked at the opposite corner from where I swam, and I saw everyone from my team and District XI freaking out," Conzola said.

The Patriot junior was seeded seventh after the preliminary swim and was in lane one for the final.

Patriots have balance

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom track and field coach, Artie Owens, is heading into his third year with the Patriots, and is finding a nice balance of leadership and youth for the 2013 season.

Owens may already have a head start with middle distance and distance runners who ran on Freedom's league and district champion cross country team, including Chris Kelly and Doo Park, who are also returners to the track team.

"Since cross country did so well, I'm hoping my mid-distance and distance runners will do well," Owens said.