Freedom’s swim team split its meet with Whitehall last Thursday when the Patriot boys defeated the Zephyrs, 104-64, and the Patriot girls lost to the Zephyrs, 94-86.
The Patriot girls got off to a stong start, out touching the Zephyrs in the 200 medley relay, 2:07.67-2:08.09 with a combination of Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Hallie Smith, and Sydney Straka.
The Patriot boys got off to the same start with a 1:49.08 victory in the medley relay, beating the Zephs by 10 seconds with Andrew Ehret leading off, followed by Sahil Shah, Al Bell, and Danny Connell.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its game against Stroudsburg on Saturday, 60-34, bringing their record to 8-2.
In one aspect, the defending district champion’s victory was a recovery from a 49-44 loss to Allentown Central Catholic two days earlier in which the Patriots were down 17 points at the half.
Liberty’s swim team fell to Parkland last week, but the Hurricanes had some noteable swims in the boys’ 107-78 loss and the girls’ 124-62 loss to the Trojans.
Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Talia Lehr, and Abby Mack just missed a first place finish in the first event, the 200 medley relay, racing to a time of 1:56.47 to Parkland’s 1:55.82.
Yousef Ismail, Dylan Zukawski, Patrick Gilhool, and Jake Evert did win the medley relay for the boys with a time of 1:42.25.
In the 200 free, Kay Wetmore placed third in 2:04.58, and Addison Collins placed second in 1:57.32.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost a close meet to Northampton, 91-84, last Thursday at Freedom after winning its first meet of the season against Dieruff last Tuesday.
In the Patriots’ meet against the Konkrete Kids, the final score came down to the 400 free relay, but the Pates came in second.
Freedom’s boys opened the meet with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay swum by Luke McClure, Sahil, Shah, Al Bell, and Danny Connell in 1:52.16.
Bell won the first individual event, the 200 free, in 1:48.38. Later in the meet, Bell won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.48.
Freedom’s divers competed in their first meet of the new season last week in the Patriots’ swim meet against Northampton when Sarah Gill took first place and Cailin Connelly took third in the diving event.
Gill, a sophomore, scored 214.90 points with six dives.
Gill’s best dive of the day was her front one-and-a-half.
“I actually didn’t know it was going to be as good as it was,” Gill said. “I thought I came in piked, but then I watched the video, and it was better than I thought it was.”
Gill also did well on her back one-and-a-half twist.
Two drastically different halves of basketball set up a showdown between Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic last week when the Hawks pulled out a 44-35 victory over the Patriots on Tuesday night at Becahi.
“We really wanted this win,” said Becahi senior Julia Zambo. “Everyone was saying they’re going to beat us, they’re ranked ahead of you, but we’re good at being the underdog, so we really wanted the win and I’m glad we pulled it out together.”
The first half was all Freedom who led by eight points at the end of the first quarter and five points at the end of the second.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team won its first meet of the season against Dieruff last Tuesday, but fell to Northampton, 102-82, last Thursday at Freedom.
That didn’t stop the Patriot girls from fighting to the finish of the last event of the day, the 400 free relay.
“I flipped on the last 50, and I saw the girl next to me,” said Freedom junior Hallie Smith, who swam the third leg. “You’re setting up the anchor to finish it, and it feels special because the team is relying on you.”
In the end, Smith, Sophie Twigger, Nicole Spaziani, and Elena Hume won the relay in 4:24.12.
Five Liberty High School distance runners competed in the 5K Northeast Regional Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Nov. 24 at VanCortlandt Park in Bronx, NY.
Hurricane senior Darlyn Fermin placed 11th in the High School Senior Boys’ Race with a time of 17:35.90.
In the High School Junior Girls’ Race, Belle Weikert placed 15th with a time of 21:12.
Cole Frank came in 9th with a time of 17:17.10 in the High School Sophomore Boys’ Race, and in the High School Sophomore Girls’ Race, Emily Jobes was 17th with a time of 21:00.80.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders and coaches jumped to their feet when it was announced that the Golden Hawks were the champions of the EPC cheerleading competition last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.
“At first, I thought, who are the Golden Hawks,” laughed Becahi senior Olivia Blasco, “and then my team is jumping and hugging each other. It’s a sigh of relief. Every year, we got better with the same girls all working together.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team won its first game in three years against Cardinal O’Hara, 53-50, last Friday night at Becahi.
“It is a great start to the season,” said Becahi center Abby Brown.
The Hawks maintained the lead throughout the game, ahead by six to eight points at the end of the first three quarters. But when O’Hara tied the game, 46-46, with 3:42 remaining, it was a fight to the finish that had Becahi fans chanting “defense” the rest of the night.