Local swimmers competed at the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, which began last Wednesday and were scheduled to go through Saturday, but their trip to Bucknell University was cut short when the meet was shut down on Thursday.
“It was actually kind of weird because the Class 2A divers were coming in, doing their warm-ups, and it was pretty congested in the diving area, so it was very hectic,” said Liberty swim coach Reik Foust, who had six swimmers with him at states. “Then, 10 minutes later, it was empty.”
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.”
Coming off recent cheerleading competition victories, Whitehall had some difficulties in its 13th place finish at the EPC Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.
Last month, the Zephyrs took first place at the Nazareth competition and the Parkland competition.
Although the Zephyrs started off well at the EPC competition, their routine hit some difficulties.
“More than usual [did not hit],” said Whitehall cheerleader Jade Geist. “I think everyone was very nervous, but I think the cheer went really well.”
There was a certain satisfaction for the Whitehall Zephyrs in defeating the defending EPC and District XI champions when they shut out Freedom, 4-0, last Wednesday on the Patriots’ home turf.
“After a loss it’s always good to get a win, but against the defending district champions, that’s a big thing, so now we have to keep on going and keep scoring goals,” said Whitehall forward Kresstoph Whittick.
That loss was to Emmaus, also last week, by a score of 3-2.
Whitehall’s cross country team competed in a scrimmage against Freedom and Southern Lehigh last Thursday at Freedom where senior Devon Roberts placed sixth in the girls’ race and sophomore Sean Connelly placed 15th in the boys’ race.
The second annual scrimmage was an opportunity for the Zephyrs to get a taste of competition before the regular season meets begin on Sept. 10.
Bethlehem Catholic’s number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti was named the District XI Tennis Female Scholar Athlete winner at the 20th annual banquet held recently at the Lehigh Valley Hotel and Conference Center in Bethlehem.
Magliochetti tied with Easton’s Elissa Jacobs, who played one singles for the Red Rovers. It was the first time in the history of the banquet there was a tie. The male scholar athlete winner was Parkland’s Matthew Liu.
The new format of the Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament in which Lehigh Valley won its first game but lost the next two had its pros and cons for the hometown team last week.
“Going in, you try not to have preconceived notions,” said Lehigh Valley head coach Blake Morgan. “The benefit is that the girls play their games all in a row, but it takes away from the time they spend together.”
In the past, the Carpenter Cup was a double-elimination tournament played over four days.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team had a short run in this year’s tournament, partly due to the tournament’s new format, after losing two of its three games on Tuesday.
No longer a double-elimination tournament, the top eight teams from day one and day two advance to the finals on day three.
Lehigh Valley’s strong start, a 10-0 mercy rule victory over PCCAF (Philadelphia Charter Catholic Academy and Friends) gave way to Delaware North’s strong finish in its 7-0 victory over Lehigh Valley.
Lehigh Valley softball coach Blake Morgan has released the 2019 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Team roster.
The team is comprised of high school sophomore and junior softball players from the Lehigh Valley who will compete in a tournament called the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic, which is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies.
The tournament is also an opportunity for players to showcase their talents in front of college coaches.
Whitehall High School softball players Lindsey Gawrys, Madison Cunningham, and Abbey Reese are some of the newcomers to Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team.
Lehigh Valley, whose head coach is Zephyrs head coach Blake Morgan, had their first practice on Sunday when the 15 players also had the opportunity to get to know each other better.