Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.
Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.
Nineteen area cheerleading squads will compete in the 2019 District XI Competitive Spirit Championships beginning at 9 a.m. on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
Bethlehem Catholic, which won the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships, will compete in the Small Division. Performing positions were assigned by random draw, and as with the EPC competition, the Hawks will perform last in their division at approximately 10:20 a.m.
Freedom will also compete in the Small Division, right before Becahi at approximately 10:15 a.m.
Catasauqua High School’s cheerleaders placed sixth in the Game Day Division of the Colonial League Cheerleading Competition last Wednesday night at Catasauqua High School.
“For our first year in competition, it was a really good experience,” said Catty head coach Mikesha Calhoun, who is assisted by Nikki Treiber. “There is a learning curve for us.”
The Rough Riders just missed placing by five points.
“They hit their stunts really well and their energy was at an all-time high for them,” Calhoun said. “I had to leave and cry.”
Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team won the A-town Throwdown Divaz Varsity Tournament this past weekend after defeating Bethlehem Catholic in the final, 38-29.
The tournament included 16 girls’ varsity teams, some from the Lehigh Valley, others from the Poconos, New Jersey, and even Harrisburg.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”
Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied 4-4 after five innings.
In Lehigh Valley’s third game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley had its biggest victory with an 11-0 win over Inter-AC/Bal.
Perhaps it was the momentum Lehigh Valley was gaining after winning the first two games of the day, or the bonding that was solidifying by the time the third game rolled around that led to the shutout.
“It happened fast, probably between the first two games [on Monday],” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They started to talk more and bond.”
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team completed the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic with a 1-0 victory over Tri Cape and a 4-2 loss to Berks-Lancaster Lebanon on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
In the first game, Lehigh Valley and Tri Cape were scoreless until the sixth inning.
“It was nerve-wracking because we were all getting big hits but we weren’t scoring,” said Lehigh Valley first baseman Kylie Hlay (Parkland), who hit the game-winning double that scored Mya Zettlemoyer (Allentown Central Catholic) who had also hit a double.
The 2018 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team, coached by Blake Morgan, was announced last week and includes 16 sophomores and juniors from District XI.
“Try outs went well, and we’re always excited to have kids show up,” said Morgan, who is coaching his third Carpenter Cup team.
Returning from last year’s team are Whitehall’s Rachel Arner, Parkland’s Kelly Dulaney, Emmaus’s Hannah Palinkas, and Easton’s Courtney Grundhauser.
Emmaus senior and center defender James Haag was named the 2017 Lehigh Valley Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete during the annual soccer banquet held recently at the Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
“It’s such a great honor to be named the Frank J. Olszewski Boys Soccer Scholar Athlete for the Lehigh Valley,” Haag said. “I mean, it’s just amazing how there are so many great kids out here. I can’t believe that I got picked for it. There are so many other candidates that were absolutely amazing and I’m very happy to be named with any of those guys.”