The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.
Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.
Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.
Bethlehem Catholic graduate and distance runner Rowan Pepe will continue her academic and athletic career at Misericordia University this year.
“I went to a few different schools, but something about Misericordia just clicked,” Pepe said, “and it’s close to my grandparents.”
Pepe received a letter from the university during her junior year in high school and filled out some information about her sport and her major, physical therapy, but she did not hear back until she decided to contact cross country and track coach Chris Wadas directly.
Northwest swimmers Corbin Eisenhardt, Malcolm Collins, Patrick Gilhool, and Tim Wetmore guaranteed Northwest’s team an overall third place finish at championships when they took first place in the 12 & under 200 medley relay on July 29 at Stonecrest.
Eisenhardt, Collins, Gilhool, and Wetmore won the relay with a time of 2:33.03.
This year, the championships meet was a two-day event on July 28 and 29. At the end of day one, Northwest was in sixth place. At the end of day two, Northwest had placed third by two points, just ahead of Kaybrook Green Hills.
The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.
Paige McCloskey and Chase Ledger have been swimming for the Hanover Stingrays for 13 and 12 years, respectively, but both are headed to college after their summer season ended after championships on July 22.
“When I first started, I was looking for something to do. It’s such a positive atmosphere. We’re still competing, but it’s more relaxing. It’s been a great part of my childhood,” said McCloskey.
Both McCloskey and Ledger also swam for Liberty High School.
Fifty girls, ages 8-15, participated in Bethlehem Sports Camps’ softball camp July 17-21 at Freedom High School.
“It’s been awesome,” said Bethlehem Sports Camps director Joe Stellato. “There’s nothing you can do about the heat, but...”
Patriot softball players Kylie Pinho, Jana Boksan, Julia Roman, Taylor Resetar, Maddy Sheffer, and Makenzie Smith assisted Stellato, Freedom softball coach Nora Borger, and Lehigh Carbon Community College coach Jenn Shellhammer throughout the week.
The Hanover Stingrays swim team were perhaps more prepared for championships than they knew, and when the final results were tallied on July 22 at Soleco, Hanover took first place with a total of 1182 points, followed by Quakertown with 1105 points, Soleco with 1029 points, and Macungie with 1021 points.
Ironically, Hanover lost to Quakertown and Macungie during the regular summer swim season, to Quakertown by a lot and to Macungie by a little, but three things happened since that time.
Lehigh Little League’s 11-year-old all-star team competed in the Pennsylvania State Baseball Tournament this past weekend at Lehigh after climbing from the losers’ brackets in districts and sectionals to win both.
“We were excited. Half of the team played last year, and half of the team was new to states,” said Lehigh manager Mike Ondria. “The ride to states was very emotional, especially with the route we took, coming through the losers’ brackets. Six trips to Richboro for six days straight [for sectionals] creates those lasting memories.”
Bethlehem Catholic capped off the Cedar Beach Summer League with a championship victory over Central Catholic last week, topping the Vikings 52-44.
The Hawks finished the summer 11-4 in the 18-team Big School Division and knocked off Emmaus, Bangor and Allen in the playoffs before the run up of their championship tilt with Central Catholic.
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