In its second swim meet of the season, the Freedom Patriots gave their best effort against the Emmaus Hornets on Dec. 18, but were defeated, 112-71 (boys) and 107-79 (girls).
Helen Hsu, Carly DelFranco, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:53.03 for the Patriots.
Hsu said, "We didn't lose any [relay swimmers from last year], so hopefully, we'll keep getting better as the season goes on."
The Freedom Patriots swam to two victories over Northampton last week when the boys defeated the Konkrete Kids, 111-65, and the girls defeated the K-Kids, 111-65.
Freedom's Peter Conzola, Trevor Watlington, Scott DelFranco, and Brandon Burnette opened the boys events with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.59.
Liberty's first conference swim meet of the 2012-2013 season resulted in a 115-34 victory for the Hurricane boys and a 95-75 victory for the Hurricane girls last Thursday over Whitehall.
Sean Vanatta, Nolan Vanatta, Matt Buell, and Jacob Jones won the 200 medley relay for Liberty in 1:55.08.
Alex Fitch won the 200 free in 2:08.48, James Sheplock took first place in the 200 IM in 2:18.27, and Ryan Spadt swam to a first place finish in the 50 free in 24.60.
Preparation and patience were the keys in Freedom's 54-49 victory over Easton last Friday.
"We had three days to prepare, and they did what we thought they would. They play kind of helter skelter," said Freedom coach Ron Garza.
With a first quarter score of 13-12, the Patriots took better control in the second quarter, and had a 30-22 lead by halftime.
"We were attacking their defense, finding open shots, and making good passes," said Freedom senior guard, Ashley Gordon, who had 13 points against the Red Rovers.
The Bethlehem Catholic Cheer Team is inviting high school, recreational, and CYO cheerleading squads to participate in its fourth annual Golden Hawk Cheer Challenge, scheduled for Jan. 12.
"This is a friendly way to get teams back onto the competition mat after the holiday break before the larger competitions begin," said Bethlehem Catholic cheerleading coach, Brenda Michalska.
Bethlehem Hawks Brown were crowned 2012 Fastpitch Softball Association Lehigh Valley High School Fall League champions after a 9-3 victory over Whitehall Maroon on Oct. 25 at Pates Park, Allentown.
The Hawks broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored additional runs over the next three innings for the championship trophy.
There must be something in the water at the Foust household, as Freedom High School has announced that Reik Foust has been appointed the new head swim coach for the Patriots, while his father, also Reik, is entering his ninth season as head swim coach for the Liberty Hurricanes.
The younger Foust, a 2004 graduate of Liberty High School and a 2010 graduate of Catholic University of America, has been a part of the swimming world for almost as long as he can remember.
The Freedom Patriots participated in their first competition of the season at the Cheersport Philly Grand Competition on Saturday at Villanova University.
"Overall, we did a really good job. We lost 17 seniors, so we had a lot to compensate for. Our performance was a lot better than we thought," said Freedom co-captain, Sarah Callahan.
The Patriots' routine started with standing tumbling, a jump sequence, more standing tumbling, and stunts.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team was too hot to handle for Whitehall in the Hawks 48-31 victory over the Zephyrs at the Yasso-Rothrock Tournament on Saturday.
Although the Zephyrs took the early lead, a three-pointer by Becahi freshman, Nia Mims, sparked the Hawks offense toward the end of the first quarter.
Soon after, the Hawks pulled away when Becahi guard, Nicole Lacherza, hit a three of her own, breaking a 12-12 tie at the beginning of the second quarter.
Liberty and Freedom diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer is returning most of his Hurricane divers from last year, while inaugurating new divers for the Patriots.
While Liberty will only have two male divers, Bryan Rivera and Alex Caccamo, two female divers will compete for the boys, as allowed by PIAA rules.
Victoria Carter, Rachael Steiner, Brenna McCormack, Regan Morrison, Samantha Kincaid, and Kim Fetter are Liberty's female varsity divers.