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FHS girls win two

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s full schedule of girls’ basketball this week actually began this past Saturday with a 64-61 overtime victory for the Patriots over Mahanoy Area.

The Patriots then proceeded to defeat East Stroudsburg South, 65-21, on Monday night.

“We talked about keep moving the ball, keep running our offense, and just do what we do,” said Freedom senior Kyra Jefferson.

Defensively, the Patriots wanted to make a statement and pressed early in the game.

LHS girls beat CCHS

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ swim team scored a 103-77 victory over Allentown Central Catholic in its first meet of the new season last Tuesday at Liberty.

The Hurricanes had a large share of first place finishes in individual events after Anna Lehr, Natalie Richardson, Samantha Taylor, and Greta Stuckey opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:58.68.

Lehr then won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:04.83, as well as the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.52.

Hawks beat Parkland

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland’s girls’ basketball teams stayed within reach of each other for the first half of their EPC season opener, but everything changed in the third quarter as the Hawks scored 11 unanswered points leading to their 57-43 victory over the Trojans last Tuesday night at Becahi.

“It was a slow first half. We needed to close out on shooters more because they were killing us on shots,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.

LHS boys top Central

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ swim team hosted Allentown Central Catholic last Tuesday and defeated the Vikings 99-78 in their first meet of the season.

Jase Smith, Chris Chambers, Robert Negron, and Grant Smith swam to a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.73.

Jake Evert won the boys’ teams first individual event, the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1:50.21.

Yousef Ismail placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.93.

Negron won the 50 free with a time of 21.16 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.62.

Pate cheerleaders compete

Friday, December 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School’s cheerleaders competed in the East Penn Conference Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School.

Easton won the competition and Pleasant Valley was the runner-up.

“It was nerve wracking because it was our first competition,” said Patriot cheerleader Madison Fey, “but it was better than practice and good for our first competition.”

Freedom’s routine began with two-mans to music, followed by a cheer, and ending with music. The Patriots also used signs, danced, and built a pyramid.

Liberty girls fall to Saucon in opener

Friday, December 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ basketball team hosted Saucon Valley in its season opener on Friday night but lost to the Panthers in overtime 34-29.

“Effort was there. We just have to get more in tune with our chemistry, more in tune with what we’re trying to do offensively, and just feel a little more comfortable offensively on the floor,” said Hurricane coach Andy Wescoe.

Liberty’s first lead of the game came near the end of the second quarter on a basket by Tatianna Rivera, but Saucon Valley tied the Hurricanes on foul shots to make the score 11-11 at the half.

LHS wants to improve

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

As always, one of the goals of Liberty’s swim team is to be better than they were last year, and with their only loss to Emmaus in the regular season, beating the Hornets will be one of the challenges ahead.

Coach Reik Foust will be looking to district gold medalists Robert Negron, Jase Smith, Chris Chambers, and Jake Evert to lead the way.

“I would like all four to be team leaders, not just looking out for themselves, and be role models for the team,” Foust said.

Young takes over Freedom diving team

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom Patriot divers will compete under a new head coach this season, Lisa Young, who is leading a roster of eight, as of the preseason.

Young, whose daughter, Madison, was a diver at Freedom, has a long history of gymnastics experience, which lends itself perfectly to the sport of diving. Coach Young is also a Freedom High School Hall of Famer and attended Temple University on a full scholarship for gymnastics.

It all starts on defense for ’Canes

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty girls’ basketball coach Andy Wescoe believes the Hurricanes must start on defense in order to compete in a tough Steel Division and East Penn Conference this season.

“Although, we do have some returning players on our roster, this is an inexperienced group in terms of varsity play,” Wescoe said. “We’ll need somebody to step to the forefront for leadership and stability.”

Among the possibilities are seniors Lauren King, a guard, and Tatianna Rivera and Jayda Kempfer, both forwards.