Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team repeated as District XI Class 4A champions after defeating Allentown Central Catholic 45-19 on Saturday at Freedom High School.
“These are never to be taken for granted,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It’s an awesome feeling. We’re going to enjoy today, and I think we’ve got to get ready for Berwick.”
Although the score tells one story, the first half was quite another, as the Hawks trailed for the first eight minutes, and then fought to take a permanent lead in the second quarter.
The way Freedom girls’ basketball coach Dean Reiman described it, “time kind of stopped,” as Freedom senior Hailey Silfies hit the shot that struck gold in the Patriots’ 40-39 overtime victory against Nazareth in the District XI Class 6A final on Thursday night at Northampton High School.
“I’m going to remember it for the rest of my life, but I couldn’t have done it without my team,” said Silfies, who had 15 points on the night. “It feels amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for a better night.”
Liberty’s girls’ swim team opened up the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships with a silver medal in the 200 medley relay on Saturday at Emmaus High School.
Anna Lehr, Natalie Richardson, Sabrina Krotzer, and Abby Mack swam to a second-place finish with a time of 1:49.70.
Liberty and Freedom’s swim teams had four individual gold medal winners at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Emmaus High School.
On Saturday, Liberty senior Robert Negron won the 50 free with a time of 20.63.
The Liberty Hurricane boys swept all three relay events at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Saturday and Sunday at Emmaus High School when Jase Smith, Chris Chambers, Jake Evert, and Robert Negron won gold medals in the 200 medley relay, the 200 free relay, and the 400 free relay.
In the first event on Saturday, the Hurricanes broke the district record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:33.84.
The Freedom Patriots are headed to the District XI Class 6A girls’ basketball final this Thursday after defeating Allen 56-33 on Monday night at Catasauqua High School.
“I’m super excited,” said Freedom guard Yasmine Herrera. “I can’t believe, well, I can believe, but we’re really in the championship game.”
It was a slow start for Freedom who trailed 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Herrera and Rachel Sanchez, who both came off the bench, sparked the Patriots with 11 points between them in the second quarter.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team won its last regular season meet last Thursday against Freedom 105-70 at Freedom.
“I love this team. It’s my family. I’ve spent so much time with them and I knew it had to come to an end but it was all worth it, and I think a lot of people had great seasons,” said Liberty senior Anna Lehr. “Being captain this year, getting to experience it from a different point of view, I loved watching the girls and growing with them.”
Last Thursday ended the regular, dual meet season, not just for the Freedom and Liberty swimmers, but for their divers too.
Heading into districts this weekend, Leigha Evans, Fallon Tatlow, and Sarah Gill, all from Freedom, and Cara Kuykens, Alicia Valladares, Kellen Rogers, and Sergio Alvarez, all from Liberty, did their best last Thursday to score points for their respective teams’ overall scores.
Evans’s best was her front one-and-a-half, where she received a 5, 6, and 7.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team was determined to go out with a bang despite its 99-78 loss to Liberty last Thursday, so Colin Burnette, Spencer Smith, Danny Connell, and Al Bell gave the 400 free relay everything they had in the last event of the day with a first place finish in 3:34.22.
“I figured it would be a good way to cap off the season, and it’s the last dual meet, so we might as well end it on a decent note,” said Bell, who swam a strong last leg.
It was just one of those shots, the kind that would change everything one way or another, and it did for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team when Taliyah Medina hit a three pointer with 40 seconds left in a one-point game with Allentown Central Catholic last Friday night at Liberty High School.