Liberty’s girls’ basketball team got its first taste of competition this summer under new head coach Andy Wescoe at the A-Town Throwdown during SportsFest July 13-16 at Cedar Beach in Allentown.
“We didn’t do any tournaments or summer leagues [until SportsFest]. I felt it would be unfair because I wouldn’t know who to appoint on a roster,” Wescoe said. “I wanted them to get to know me, so I thought it would be more beneficial to work in the gym.”
Once Wescoe was approved by the school board in spring, he met with current and interested players.
The Connie Mack playoffs started this week and two Bethlehem teams were a part of the action.
Bethlehem Catholic ended with the third seed and earned an automatic trip to the state playoffs as well as a chance to win the Lehigh Valley League title. The Hawks finished 13-5-1 to take the all-important top-four spot in the LV standings.
Also making it was Northeast Bethlehem, which finished with a mark of 10-9 good enough for the 10th seed. They traveled to seventh seed Northern Valley on Monday but lost 8-4.
It’ll be another opportunity to play for a trophy this Thursday night when SportsFest’s A-Town Throwdown takes place at Allentown’s Cedar Beach through the weekend.
Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic will be back in action this week, as they hope to improve upon their tournament performances from the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase at the end of June.
Each team in this week’s tournament is guaranteed three games and those will be opportunities that each head coach is looking forward to see how their respective teams have improved over the past few weeks.
Northwest’s boys’ swim team had 17 first place finishes in its meet against Westwood Heights last Thursday night at Northwest.
In the 8 & under 25 backstroke, Andrew Bays placed first with a time of 26.09.
In the 9 & 10 age division, Roman Herman won the 50 free with a time of 34.70, the 25 fly with a time of 18.56, and the 25 back in 21.03.
Also in the 9 & 10 group, Andre Negron took first place in the 25 breaststroke with a time of 23.66.
Former Liberty High School soccer player and Moravian College graduate Ian Larimer is the new head coach for the Hurricanes’ boys’ soccer team.
Shortly after he was hired earlier this year and shortly after the team’s strength and conditioning work had been done, Larimer held a group meeting with Liberty soccer players to outline his philosophy, among other things.
“My philosophy is a high tempo, high-paced game where players need to think creatively and quickly through all facets of the game,” Larimer said.
Bethlehem Sports Camps is offering a softball camp and a baseball camp for players, ages 7-15, this July.
The softball camp will run July 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Freedom High School softball field.
The camp will be conducted by Freedom High School softball coach Nora Borger, Liberty High School softball coach Sam Carrodo, and Lehigh Carbon Community College softball coach Jenn Shellhammer.
The hopes of a NORCO Legion baseball title run came to an end for Freemansburg and Bankos last week, as both fell in their best-of-three series.
Bankos, the seventh seed, couldn’t overpower perennial contender Hellertown in three games, as all three games were decided by two runs or less.
Bankos lost the first game by a 1-0 result, but came back to take game two with a 3-2 victory before falling in the final contest 2-0.
Freemansburg got the jump on Nazareth in the opener of their four-five matchup, as they won the first game 6-4 before dropping two straight contests.
Former Liberty High School tennis player and current Hurricane assistant tennis coach Chris Conrad will take over for Leo Schnalzer as head girls’ tennis coach at Liberty, while Schnalzer will remain as head coach for the boys’ team.
“I’m going to keep kind of the same structure, and Leo will help when he can,” Conrad said.
Northwest’s swim meet against Westwood Heights resulted in eight first place finishes for Northwest’s girls last Thursday night.
In the age 9 & 10 25 backstroke, Lora Flynn took first place with a time of 21.27.
Alyvia Herman won the age 11 & 12 50 free with a time of 35.15.
“The last time I swam it, it was easier, but in the crescendo, it’s a sprint, so I wanted to swim it [like that],” said Herman. “I like the crescendo because it’s dark, and the lights are on, and it’s fun because everyone is super fast and cheering.”
Recent Liberty High School graduate Kristin Kaleycik will continue her academic and softball career at Kutztown University this fall.
Kaleycik narrowed down her choices after identifying colleges that offered a major in marketing, but she wanted to be far away from home.
“Then I visited Kutztown after [last year’s] Carpenter Cup, and I fell in love with the campus. The coach liked me, and they have a successful team, so I did an overnight in January or February,” Kaleycik said.
Kaleycik connected with former Parkland High School softball player Taylor Knappenberger.