Freedom’s girls’ swim team defeated Pocono Mountain East, 94-84, last Thursday at Freedom.
“Definitely our relays and our two breaststrokers Hallie Smith and Aliah Corrado really pulled it together and swam their butts off,” said Freedom coach Alisha Roscioli.
Corrado, along with Sage Hillier, Abby Burnette, and Deborah Belen, out touched PME for the win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:04.52 to the Cardinals’ time of 2:05.94.
After leading 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team went into high gear in the second, holding Nazareth to just two points in the Hawks’ 44-26 victory over the Blue Eagles last Friday at Becahi.
“I think it shows the work we put in, especially in practice on defense,” said Becahi center Abby Brown. “We talked about their offense and what we needed to do. The second quarter, we really picked up.”
Becahi guard Taliyah Medina hit a three pointer to start things off, and Brown added four points.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team is making do with seven swimmers this season, so despite strong swims by the Patriots, they were defeated by Pocono Mountain East, 87-68, last Thursday at Freedom.
“If we had one more boy, we would have been able to have two relays and that would have put us over the top or even closer,” said Pates’ swim coach Alisha Roscioli.
Instead, PME won the 400 free relay, the last event of the meet, unopposed.
Bethlehem Catholic guard Taliyah Medina made a packed Becahi gymnasium wait for it, and with just 1:35 remaining in the Hawks’ game against Nazareth, the Becahi senior scored the 1,000th point of her high school career last Friday night.
“It was very exciting and such a great moment to share with my family here watching, and it being at home on Youth Night, just the atmosphere was perfect,” said Medina. “When I hugged my dad (Becahi girls basketball coach Jose Medina) it was a really good feeling, and being able to kind of make history is so great.”
Bethlehem Catholic graduate and Misericordia University junior guard Tessa Zamolyi was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Division III National Player of the week this past November.
In a 93-41 victory over the University of Valley Forge, Zamolyi scored 31 points and tied the Misericordia school record with 14 made field goals.
In early January, Zamolyi was named the MAC Freedom Player of the Week, averaging 18.3 points and nine rebounds in three games.
Freedom’s swim team opened its meet against Nazareth with a strong performance in the girls’ 200 medley relay but lost against the Blue Eagles, 106-79 for the girls, and 86-55 for the boys last Thursday at Nazareth.
Nicole Spaziani, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette, and Sydney Straka won the relay in 2:06.69.
Andrew Ehret, Danny Connell, Luke McClure, and Eric Mann placed second in the same relay, out touched with a time of 1:50.46 to Nazareth’s 1:49.02.
Connell won the 200 free in 1:59.06, and Burnette won the 200 IM in 2:29.11.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team continued its undefeated season with a 76-29 victory over East Stroudsburg South on Friday at Becahi.
Also continuing is the Hawks’ hunger to challenge themselves with nonconference games throughout the season.
The Hawks began on Dec. 7 when they defeated Springfield DELCO, 64-50.
One week later, the Hawks competed in the She Got Game Invitational in Virginia where they defeated Sidwell Friends High School, 61-58, the same school attended by President Barack Obama’s daughters.
The first EPC Diving Meet of the season was held on Jan. 11 at Emmaus High School where five female divers from Freedom, Liberty, and Bethlehem Catholic placed in the top 12 out of 17 competitors.
“It was a great day for all of them,” said Coach Emily Kocis. “They all did very well and kept it all very well put together with some very strong dives.”
Freedom’s Sarah Gill took fourth place with a score of 357.75. Also from Freedom, Fallon Tatlow was sixth with 305.25 points and Cailin Connelly was 10th with 259.45 points.
Stroudsburg’s girls’ swim team hung close to Liberty, but the Hurricanes pulled out a 92-78 victory over the Mountaineers last Thursday at Liberty.
“[Coach] Reik [Foust] told us they had some depth so I was kind of worried about that, but I knew our girls could push through, and a lot of girls are sick, so I was worried about that too, but I knew in the end we’d pull through with the relays,” said Hurricane captain Abby Mack.
Brooke Sergent, Samantha Taylor, Talia Lehr, and Mack opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.48.
When Allentown Central Catholic’s swim team comes to Liberty, it’s more of a reunion than a regular season swim meet for some of the Vikings and Hurricanes.
“I look forward to this meet. We practiced here when we swam for the Y, so we’re all back in the same pool, and we hang out when we’re between events,” said Liberty’s Sammy Taylor last Thursday night. “The people you swam the Y with, you associate them with when you first started loving swimming.”