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Press photo by Nancy ScholzFlyers Lara Makdsi, Mikayla Warren and Alycia Smith helped Whitehall earn a state birth. Press photo by Nancy ScholzFlyers Lara Makdsi, Mikayla Warren and Alycia Smith helped Whitehall earn a state birth.

Bethlehem Catholic takes first, Whitehall qualifies for states

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders were crowned Small Division district champions for the second consecutive year after competing in the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

The Hawks were also overall champions with a total score of 253.30.

“I could see they were feeling confident and ready to go,” said Becahi coach Colleen Iannetta. “Once they hit the partner stunts, I could just see the relief and happiness on their faces and I knew they were going to hit the rest of the routine.”

The Hawks’ goal was to hit 0 (no falls or deductions).

“We achieved that goal, so we were all really pumped,” Iannetta said.

The squad of 16 includes: Bridget Ehrig, Reagan Zemgulis, Gina Gaglione, Paige Mathur, Natalia Kokosky, Megan Papscy, Mya Mitchell, Maura Harnett, McKenna Harnett, Reilly McNally, Keianna Lopez, Helen Hrazanek, Emma Valle, Juliana Gagliona, Olivia Maund, and Elise Lembach.

Becahi’s assistant coach is Alex Lisicky.

Also competing at states from the small division will be second place Stroudsburg, third place Parkland, fourth place Wilson, fifth place Whitehall, sixth place Freedom, and seventh place Southern Lehigh.

Easton cheerleaders won the medium division, and Emmaus won the large division. Both will be competing at states, along with Pocono Mountain East, who won the coed division.

East Stroudsburg South placed second in coed, and Pocono Mountain West placed third, and they also will be competing at states this weekend.