Becahi’s boys’ basketball team was supposed to have a hard time hanging with Archbishop Carroll’s talented team in the opening round of the PIAA Class 4A opening-round game at William Allen High School Friday night.
The Golden Hawks ended the game and their season a few seconds away from pulling an upset, in a 46-44 defeat.
Becahi’s Bryan Santana couldn’t connect on a three-point attempt and teammate Julian Thomas failed to hit a last-second toss as a valiant effort didn’t result in a favorable outcome.
Early in their game against Downingtown East, Freedom certainly had a challenge containing 6-foot-6 post player Andrew King, who made his presence felt with 10 of 19 points in the opening half.
Still, the Patriots were confident of capturing their first and only state playoff game since 1982. In the end, however, their season-long grit and determination didn’t let them down.
Getting through the District 11 Class 6A boys’ basketball tournament can serve as barometer for the upcoming state tournament.
Just ask Freedom and Northampton.
The two staged the anticipated battle expected, but Freedom’s overall balanced proved to be the deciding factor in the Patriots’ 58-48 victory at Easton Area Middle School Saturday afternoon.
Yet, both teams are near mirror images of each other heading into the final stage of their postseasons.
Coming off their loss to Allen in the East Penn Conference (EPC) championship game, Liberty was optimistic it could regain its form during an earlier 15-game winning streak in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs.
Still, the second-seeded Hurricanes didn’t want to take the seventh-seeded Northampton Konkrete Kids lightly.
Unfortunately, the Hurricanes couldn’t get into a rhythm all night, and they suffered a 52-44 defeat at the Easton Area Middle School Feb. 22.
The loss suddenly ended the Hurricanes’ season with an overall 20-6 record.
The Hurricane in Bethlehem continues to gain strength.
The one on the basketball court, that is.
Liberty’s basketball team won its 15th consecutive game and kept its slate clean since the New Year, as the Hurricanes downed Allentown Central Catholic, 60-53, in an East Penn Conference (EPC) semifinal at the PPL Center in Allentown Monday night.
With its win, second-seeded Liberty (20-4) will meet top-seeded Allen - a 66-61 overtime winner over Parkland - for the EPC final back on the same court Thursday evening.
Freedom’s hockey team knows what a difference a year makes.
Last season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey (LVSHL), the Patriots were the surprise team of the league as they had one league loss before Northampton ended their season in the playoffs.
This year, the Patriots’ progress has been slowed by injuries as they will look to salvage some games in the final weeks. Freedom began the week with an overall 1-7-2 mark. It is a year of transition in which several younger players are breaking into the lineup.
Bethlehem Catholic head football coach Joe Heinrich knew it was time to break his team’s recent skid over the past month, one in which the Golden Hawks had dropped three of their last four games.
A rematch with Pottsville in the District 11 Class 4A semifinal loomed as possible answer. The Golden Hawks thoroughly defeated the Crimson Tide the past two seasons in the same game.
Unfortunately for Becahi, it didn’t work.
Over the past four years, Freedom’s football team has gained chunks of yardage through the air and on the ground.
For the better part of the first half of their District 11 Class 6A semifinal playoff game against Parkland last Friday, the Patriots appeared to be on the same path toward a successful night with a 17-point advantage.
Liberty’s golf team will take four golfers and also compete as a team in the upcoming PIAA District 11 tournament Oct. 7 at Steel Club in Hellertown.
Joey Altemose fired a 70 and Ryan Evans carted a 87 at Old Homestead Monday to advance to the championship.
He will join Jimmy Barker and Ryan Vital who previously qualified through the East Penn Conference (EPC) tournament. As a team, Liberty finished second at the EPC tournament. As a result of Moravian Academy winning the Colonial League title, the ’Canes were able to notch a district spot.
Liberty’s golf team has a successful day the East Penn Conference (EPC) golf tournament, and they also took a step toward the upcoming district tournament.
The Hurricanes finished second at the EPC tournament behind Emmaus and they also qualified as a team for the district tournament. As a result of Moravian Academy winning the Colonial league title, Liberty was able to notch a district spot.