Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team is right where it wants to be, heading into postseason play this week.
The Hawks wrapped up its regular season with a 57-32 victory over Easton on Saturday night.
"It feels really good, going out with a bang," said Becahi senior forward, Cecilia Perez. "Our first goal was to be undefeated in the league, and next, to win leagues and districts."
Lehigh Valley Conference semifinal games are scheduled for Tuesday, past Press deadlines, when the Hawks will have taken on either Nazareth or Parkland.
Freedom's boys swim team swept first place in every event except the 400 free relay against Moravian Academy last week, as the Patriots claimed a 112-65 victory over the Lions.
"They are a really good team like any other. We knew they had some good swimmers, and we planned for that," said Freedom junior, Connor Harrigan.
Peter Conzola, Brandon Burnette, John McGinty, and Harrigan opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.99.
"We wanted to switch it up that meet and see how other kids would do," Harrigan said regarding the different-than-usual line-up.
Liberty's boys swim team knows that faster competition means faster times for the Hurricanes, so despite its 134-52 loss to Parkland last week, Liberty made the most of its second defeat of the season.
"We knew they were going to be really fast, so we made the most of the opportunity we had to swim against really fast people," said Liberty captain, James Sheplock.
The Trojans won all first places and most seconds.
Freedom's girls swim team scored a 129-56 victory over Moravian Academy last week.
"They have three different teams within Moravian Academy, [Wilson, Notre Dame, and Moravian Academy], so it was weird to see so many girls that I knew," said Freedom senior, Brooke Munion.
The Patriots opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay by Carly DelFranco, Kelly Kopko, Carly Cussen, and Molly Magnan in 1:59.40.
Rebecca Busby won the 200 free in 2:11.50, DelFranco won the 200 IM in 2:17.77, and Helen Hsu placed first in the 50 free in 25.30 for the Patriots.
Throughout the first 12 minutes of Liberty's game against Freedom on Saturday, it did not appear that it would be a good day for the Hurricanes.
Not only did the Patriots have home-court advantage, but Freedom was determined to avenge its three-point loss to the Hurricanes earlier this season.
Who knew that Maggie Zerbe's bucket with 3:25 to go in the second quarter would only be the start of an 11-point run by the Hurricanes, rallying from a 20-9 deficit, and holding Freedom to only one point?
Connor Harrigan, Trevor Watlington, Cameron Bell, and Sam Magnan opened Freedom's swim meet against Central Catholic with a 1:51.86 victory in the 200 medley relay, leading to an overall 107.5-64.5 win over the Vikings last week.
Scott DelFranco took first place in the 200 free in 1:47.69, followed by Magnan and Harrigan.
"Even though it wasn't my best time of the year, I felt really smooth and refreshed. It felt really good," said DelFranco.
DelFranco also took first place in the 100 backstroke in 57.92.
Freedom's girls swim team had three one-two-three finishes in its 135-44 victory over Central Catholic last week.
Shannon Howell, Molly Magnan, and Rachael Giles finished the 200 free consecutively. Howell's time was 1:59.58.
"It feels really good, and it motivates me a lot to try hard and practice. I swim for a club team and this team, and [Coach] Reik [Foust] helps me out with technique and turns. My club coach, Ryan Woodruff, helps me too," said Howell.
Sixty seconds could not tick off the clock fast enough for Freedom to hold on for a two-point victory over Emmaus, and there was only one word that could express the Patriots' 37-36 loss.
"Disappointed," said Freedom center/forward, Ashley Husser.
On a pass from Husser in the final minute, Freedom guard, Ashley Gordon, scored to put the Patriots ahead, 36-34, when the Hornets called a timeout.
Tears of joy flowed for Liberty's girls swim team as the Hurricanes tied Emmaus, 93-93, something Liberty had not achieved against the Hornets in 20 years.
Liberty captain, Emma Williams, said, "My mom was in the stands, and she was crying, and [Coach] Reik [Foust] was crying. All week, we kind of prepped ourselves, and our coaches really buckled down and got the best line-up. We knew it was going to be head-to-head."
Adding to the drama was the fact that the Hurricanes were two points behind at the time of the final event of the day, the 400 free relay.
Sometimes a rivalry game can be just as meaningful as a championship one, which was the case in Bethlehem Catholic's 48-37 victory over Liberty last Friday night.
Even a 14-point Hurricane deficit at the end of three quarters could not diminish the intensity of what proved to be a physical game, if nothing else.
"[I'm not surprised] at all. We're both rivals, and we're the only undefeated team in the LVC, so all the other teams step it up even more," said Becahi guard, Nicole Lacherza.
Handling the intensity was a game within itself.