Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic cross country runners competed in the Lions Invitational and the Northampton Invitational, respectively, this past weekend.
In the Lions Invitational on Friday at Moravian Academy, the top finishers for Freedom’s girls were Lauren Charboneau, 11th in 21:19, Elizabeth Fihlman, 27th in 22:41, and Julia Heineman, 44th in 24:01.
Top finishers for Moravian Academy’s girls were Krysta Nichols, 22nd in 22:22, and Lilly Eyvazzadeh, 39th in 23:45.
Saturday was opening day for Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty’s girls’ soccer teams when Liberty won its first game of the new season, 2-1, at Becahi. “A great start,” said Liberty coach Scott Rodenbach. “I am ecstatic, yes.”
Historically speaking, nothing is certain in a match between the Hurricanes and the Hawks, so when Brooke Bisko scored first for Becahi, Rodenbach thought, here we go again.
With the archery deer hunting season set to kick off locally Sept. 21 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, now’s the time to check your bows, bow strings, arrows and tree stands if you use one.
Early on in the season, football programs need to be able to handle the jitters then hopefully the talent can overcome that adversity to nab Week 1 wins.
Led by senior quarterback Dallas Holmes’ effort, and plenty of other standout performances, the Hurricanes came out of the gates with a gritty 70-0 shutout win over Pleasant Valley.
With week one of football in the books, not much has changed in the poll heading into this week’s action.
With the EPC South contests back under a full slate, we’ll get a better gauge of where teams are at. Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic highlight this week’s top game on the slate, while Parkland and Central Catholic should be another noteworthy contest.
Notre Dame looks like the team to beat in the Colonial League, while Northampton hopes it can make a run in the EPC North. With the Week 1 kinks out of the system, let’s see if teams operate smoother this week.
Week one could have been a glorified scrimmage week for many EPC South teams, as they took on their counterparts from the North. Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom each had lopsided affairs in hand, as the Pates torched East Stroudsburg North 58-0 and Becahi slammed Dieruff 48-7.
As week two gets underway, the real tests begin for many of the area teams and all eyes will be on BASD Stadium Friday night when Freedom hosts Becahi in their annual early season showdown.
Freedom varsity cheerleaders Jordan Collins and Madison Fey are set to lead the Patriots as captains for the upcoming sports and competition seasons.
Zeanah Bey, Mikayla Fey, Juliana Guzzo, Aracelis Marquez, Leslie Morales, Laycie Parker, Julia Ronca, Isabella Schaffer, Reese Schleppy, Amelia Stocker, Abigail Stocker, Sophia Szvetecz, and Carly Wrecsics make up the rest of the squad.
The Patriots attended an NCA Camp in Honesdale, Pa. recently along with the junior varsity cheerleaders.
Freedom’s girls’ tennis team opened its season last week with a win and a loss, defeating East Stroudsburg North and losing to Stroudsburg.
In the Patriots’ match against the Mountaineers last Thursday at Freedom, Freedom’s Isabella Szmadis and Stroudsburg’s Vasilia Briegel played for almost three hours when Briegel pulled out the win, 7-5, 7-5, at two singles.
Freedom’s Vaideh Chinovawar lost at one singles, 1-6, 1-6, but Dymea Schippers won at three singles, 6-0, 6-1.
With one week of high school tennis in the books, the Liberty Hurricanes got off to a 3-0 start that included an upset, a blowout, and a 4 1/2 hour match in sweltering heat.
The latter, against Whitehall, was Liberty’s first match of the new season, played at Whitehall last Monday when Veronica Lynn and Margeaux Donchez clinched the 4-3 victory at one doubles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, against Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub.
Earlier in the day, Lynn lost to Pedraza, 3-6, 3-6, and Angie Ronca lost to Yacoub, 0-6, 0-6, but Donchez defeated Nicole Asmar 7-6, 6-2, all in singles play.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders spent four days at Pine Forest-Chestnut Lake Camp where they received multiple awards between Aug. 12 and 15.
The Hawks took first place in the Rally Routine, first place in Sideline, and received the Superior Squad award. This year’s varsity squad will be led by senior captains Bridget Ehrig, Gina Gaglione and Reagan Zemgulis.