Liberty swimmers, Robert Negron, Ben Stuckey, Chase Ledger, and Jake Evert brought home five medals among them after competing at the PIAA State Class 3A Swimming Championships this past weekend at Bucknell University.
In the final event of the weekend, the Hurricanes swam the 400 free relay with a time of 3:10.60 and placed ninth, while the top eight relay teams clinched medals.
“I was really upset because we were so close,” said Evert.
In fact, the Hurricanes were so close to medaling in almost every event they competed in all weekend.
Liberty and Nazareth’s boys’ tennis teams decided to postpone last Monday’s match due to the freezing temperature, but when the tennis season will resume is anybody’s guess.
“I think Nazareth, Parkland, and we will have a pretty strong group of kids,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer.
So the two teams wanted to give each other their best shot, which will take place in April.
After Bethlehem Catholic’s first tennis match against Emmaus last Monday, the Hawks’ season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as snow and ice blanketed the courts on Illick’s Mill as well as the rest of the region, and it is unknown when the season’s matches will resume.
“It was sunny and not windy, but obviously cold on Monday. It was certainly doable,” said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Bethlehem Catholic junior Joseph Bozzi clinched two silver medals at the District XI Class AA Swimming Championships on Mar. 3 at Parkland High School.
Bozzi’s first medal was awarded after he took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.21.
“I was happy. It was expected, and I was satisfied with it,” Bozzi said. “The fly felt good, my backstroke was slower, my breast stroke was slow, but I came back really strong in the free.”
Marian’s Danny Berlitz placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.02.
Moravian College and Notre Dame Green Pond graduate Mike Antonis has been named head coach for Freedom High School’s boys’ tennis team.
“I heard there was an opening, and I kind of missed the team dynamic,” said Antonis, who was a 2013 District XI doubles champion with Fran Mowrey in 2013.
Currently, Antonis is searching for possible indoor court time for the Patriots while waiting for outdoor conditions to improve after last week’s storm.
Freedom senior Jon Fiorentino will be the Patriots’ number one singles player after playing doubles last year.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.
In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.
Scranton Prep was not about to allow Bethlehem Catholic to hand them a second loss this season, but neither were the Hawks going to hand the Classics a state playoff victory last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“I told our team, we’ve got to break through. We’ve got to get away, so being able to start it, once our momentum goes, I know our team is going to come through,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.
All Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Ray Barbosa could do after the Hawks’ last minute 58-56 loss to Greater Nanticoke in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs last Saturday afternoon was shake his head.
“They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter. Our defense has to be better than that,” Barbosa said. “We can’t give up 30 points in one quarter. We can’t do that.”
A lot happened in the last minute, but by then, the Trojans were well on their way to scoring those 30 points that Barbosa could barely wrap his head around.
Liberty senior Julia McCarthy already had a no sweat mindset by the time day one of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships began last Friday night at Parkland High School.
“I was feeling relaxed. It was a weird state of mind,” McCarthy said. “I was thinking, just win, and my real competition is the clock.”
McCarthy, who clinched the gold medal in the 200 IM in 2:04.23, was right.
On the second and final day of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, Freedom sophomore Al Bell won the gold medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:45.94.
“That was the goal,” Bell smiled.
Bell finished the event more than two seconds ahead of Parkland’s Hyunbin Kim and Southern Lehigh’s Raahi Klar-Chaudhuri who tied for second place in 4:48.00.