Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s girls’ basketball teams met one last time last Thursday at Easton Area Middle School in the EPC semifinal won by the Hawks, 44-39.
It was the third time the Hawks and Patriots faced each other, each team having won one and lost one.
“I feel like it was just another game,” said Becahi forward Kourtney Wilson. “Every game is another game. It’s nothing different. You just have to play your game every game.”
Freedom senior Al Bell broke Liberty’s pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.14 last Thursday during Freedom’s senior night meet against the Hurricanes.
“I was hoping to go a little faster but right now in the season it’s grind time,” Bell said.
Bell also won the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.32.
Liberty’s Patrick Gilhool, Jonathan Drago, Andrew Layne, and Addison Collins won the 200 medley relay at the start of the meet in 1:46.56.
Freedom’s Danny Connell placed first in the 200 free in 1:58.39 and the 500 free in 5:23.11.
Freedom sophomore Sarah Gill medaled at the EPC Diving Championships when she placed fourth out of 16 divers on Feb. 9 at Parkland.
“I felt really good because the whole time I was really close to another girl and then after my last dive it got me a good 10 points over,” Gill said.
Gill’s last dive was a back two-and-a-half.
Updates were given after the fifth dive, when Gill was in fourth place, and after the eighth dive, when Gill was in fifth place. The competitors did a total of 11 dives.
It was an extra happy valentine’s day for Freedom’s swim team when Liberty hosted the Patriots’ senior night last Thursday.
“[Liberty coach] Reik [Foust] was beyond supportive and beyond understanding,” said Freedom coach Melissa Baer.
As last week’s weather threatened and then cancelled the Patriots’ last chance for a home swim meet before the regular season ended, Baer asked Foust if the Pates’ could hold their senior night ceremony at the Liberty-Freedom meet, which was at Liberty.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team ran away with the EPC final as early as the third quarter when they led Northampton by as many as 18 points in the Hawks’ 59-48 victory over the Konkrete Kids on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
“I feel amazing. I feel great. I feel really good,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier, who scored 11 points in the EPC championship game.
Things were not so guaranteed for the Hawks in the first half when both teams were even, and the lead changed several times.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team’s 18-point first quarter compared with its three-point second quarter was cause for alarm early in the Hawks’ 56-49 victory over Pleasant Valley in the East Penn Conference quarterfinal last Friday at Becahi.
“In the beginning we were moving the ball really well, but when we started to play one on five and try to drive against their zone, it wasn’t working, so we needed to calm down and move the ball like we did in the first quarter,” said Becahi center/forward Abby Brown.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team celebrated senior night with a 82-67 victory over East Stroudsburg North last Thursday at Liberty.
“Senior night was amazing. So emotional too,” said Hurricane captain Dylan Zukawski. “I’ve been with these people for so long.”
Zukawski, Jake Evert, Jonathan Drago, and Sam Capwell won the 200 medley in 1:42.34 to start the boys’ events.
“When you have three guys you’ve been swimming with all your high school life, it’s definitely much more fun,” Zukawski said.
At halftime of Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ basketball 73-65 EPC quarterfinal victory over Easton, Becahi coach Scott McClary told his Hawks there’s going be a little more chaos in the playoffs, so they would have to keep their composure and keep fighting.
There was bound to be some chaos in this meeting of two talented Steel Division teams with one win and one loss apiece against each other this season, who would challenge each other from the first whistle to the final buzzer.
Last Thursday night was extra special for seven of Liberty’s girls’ swim team members when they were recognized during the Hurricanes’ senior night while defeating East Stroudsburg North, 90-66.
“The seniors, they show up every day, and they’re always working hard, and they always push me because I want to keep up with them,” said sophomore Maddy Drager. “They’ve been a really big part of the team in helping me get my times down. They’re all so sweet, and I really enjoy all the seniors. I’m so sad to see them leave.”
Freedom’s swim team picked up two wins last week when the Patriot girls defeated Pocono Mountain West, 127-56, and the Patriot boys also defeated Pocono Mountain West, 112-58.
Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette, and Nicole Spaziani won the 200 medley relay for the girls in 2:07.69, and Dominic Fresoli, Sahil Shah, Andrew Ehret, and Danny Connell won the 200 medley relay for the boys in 1:55.15.
Sophie Twigger took first place in the 200 free in 2:20.83, and Al Bell won the same event in 1:46.65.
Hillier won the 200 IM in 2:37.59.