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Pate cheerleaders bring home awards

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders from Freedom High School won multiple awards after participating in the UCA cheerleading camp, June 13-16, in Honesdale.

The Patriots took first place in game day, extreme routine, and leadership.

“That’s the one I’m most proud of, leadership,” said Freedom coach Lynn Spina. “Other teams vote on which squad exemplifies leadership, and helps other teams, and things like that.”

Seniors Ciara Barbosa and Samia Broughton were appointed temporary captains at camp, and became permanent captains for the 2017-2018 season on June 29.

Keystone Games tryouts taking place

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Tryouts for the Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games baseball team are underway and players from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties are encouraged to tryout.

Tryouts will be taking place across the region, all the way through July 15 in preparation for the tournament running from July 27-29 in York, PA.

There are two divisions for the tournament, starting with the junior division, which is open to players from grades 9-10 for the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholastic division is for students entering 11-12 grades for the same academic year.

Spina to continue career at Rutgers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Recent Freedom High School graduate Camryn Spina will continue her academic and cheerleading career at Rutgers University in the fall.

“I met the coach, and he really liked me, I fell in love with the campus, and it seemed like the perfect fit,” Spina said.

Rutgers’s head coach is Mike Stickle.

“He’s awesome. He’s supportive, and he’s really excited to work with his team and make us the best we can be. You can tell how excited cheerleading makes him,” said Spina.

Try-outs were held on April 14 and 15, but for Spina, it was a couple of years in the making.

Local Special Olympic athletes compete

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Athletes and coaches from Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton County, competed at the 2017 Pennsylvania State Summer Games over the first weekend in June at Penn State University.

The athletes, ages 8-54, competed in six sports, swimming, softball, basketball, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, golf, and bowling.

The swimmers, coached by Pam Magnan and Fred Knauss, were able to compete in three individual events and one relay. Practices are held at Liberty High School, and in March, April, and May, they travel to different competitions.

Three area players make EPC first team

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The 2017 East Penn Conference All-Star baseball team was announced last week with two Liberty players getting first team honors, as Jared Burcin (C) and Sam Kraihanzel (IF) earned recognition.

Freedom junior pitcher Alec Huertas was nominated as a first team utility player.

Two Hurricanes made the second team, led by Alex Laudenslager (P) and Elias Gross (IF).

Bethlehem Legion baseball teams eye playoff berths

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO Legion season is winding down and Bethlehem teams are battling for postseason berths with the season heading into the final week of play.

Freemansburg (8-6) sits in good position with the 18 game regular season slated to conclude this Sunday, as Chris Medei’s crew should secure one of the five wild card berths available.

“Our goals are to make the playoffs and compete for a league championship,” said Medei. “We just want the kids to perform at the level their capable of more consistently.”

Freedom girls reach Cedar Beach finals

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase gave fans a sneak peek of what they can look for this winter on the hardwood and for the Freedom girls, that appears to be another district run after reaching the finals on Sunday.

The Patriots fell to University City (N.J.) 51-40 in the championship game, as their New Jersey counterparts were the only team to beat Freedom in the tournament.

BC wrestlers compete at national events

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers have kept busy over the summer with national events, as several Golden Hawks wrapped up a dual meet tournament at the Disney Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida recently.

Ryan Anderson, Luca Frinzi and Niko Camacho were part of Team MAWA (Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association), who reached the finals but fell to Young Guns wrestling club (from western Pennsylvania) 24-24 on criteria.

The event featured 103 teams from 20 states, as top wrestlers from across the country participated in the event.

Girls Cup team takes fourth place

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Who would have thought that a little statue named One Hit Momma could bring about runs in the double-digits, not once, but twice, for Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team during their tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia?

“I found her in the bottom of the whiffle ball bucket and kind of kept it out, so I said everyone touch her head before you get a hit, and I guess everyone was taking it seriously, so everyone touched it,” said Becahi’s Jess Indelicato.