The Freedom Patriot girls cross country team just missed a victory over Whitehall with one point separating the two teams last week.
Even though the Patriots lost to the Zephyrs, 28-29, Freedom's Shaina Palmer clinched first place in 19:16. Parkland won the next four spots, followed by a runner from Whitehall.
"They [Parkland] started in a big pack, and I just stayed up there with them, never letting go," said Palmer. "Going up the back, I knew I had to fight through it, and she [Nicole Albertson of Parkland] fell off."
Albertson finished in second place in 19:30.
Liberty and Freedom closed out their tennis seasons on the courts of the Hurricanes, where Liberty won, 5-2.
"It was pretty awesome. We have eight seniors, and we've been together since freshman year. It was bittersweet," said Liberty's number two doubles player, Lizzie Peters.
Freedom won two singles' matches as Flannery Johnston defeated Kaitlyn John, 6-2, 6-3 at number one, and Josie Airoldi defeated Nicole Correll, 6-0, 6-1 at number three.
Liberty won at number two singles as Samantha Peterson defeated Kayleigh DiNoto, 6-2, 6-2.
Bethlehem Catholic and Emmaus' girls soccer teams have similar win-loss records, so the Hawks were hoping to add a win to that record, but the Hornets held on for the 4-3 victory last week.
Becahi center mid, Bridget Smith said, "I think we had a good mentality. We both beat the same teams. We were confident that it would be a good game, and we definitely had a chance."
The Hornets scored first, but that did not rattle the Hawks as they tied the game with a goal by Becahi forward Abby Guman.
Guman went on to score another goal, and Smith added one of her own.
The Freedom Patriots boys cross country team remained undefeated after scoring a 23-32 victory over Parkland and a 15-45 victory over Whitehall last week.
The Patriots knew how important the five, six, and seven spots would be in clinching the wins, especially over Parkland, and strategized to accomplish just that.
"We thought we could do it, but Parkland is Parkland," said Freedom's Dan Quigley.
Parkland's Trevor Bergen won the race in 16:12, but Quigley finished right behind Bergen in 16:17, and Freedom's Chris Kelly placed third.
The Freedom Patriots scored a 2-0 soccer victory over Northampton last week, but arguably as impressive was their 1-0 loss to the undefeated Parkland Trojans.
"We fought real hard. It was sad we couldn't get the win. Baidy [Ba] almost knocked a shot in early. I was proud of the way we played," said Freedom defender, Patrick Eaton.
The Patriots held the Trojans scoreless for the first half and for most of the second.
The Liberty Hurricanes aren't going to take it anymore.
Coming off a recent loss to Freedom and a tie with Central Catholic, the Hurricanes are planning to take charge of the rest of the 2012 soccer season.
Last week, Liberty scored eight goals in a shutout against Dieruff.
"The goals are good. It showed we can score, but we were more impressed by the way we moved the ball. We weren't chasing it, but we were controlling it and moving as a team," said Liberty defender, Ian Larimer.
A double overtime victory for Freedom's girls soccer team gave the Patriots the confidence they were looking for in a 2-1 win over Wilson last week.
"It was the best we played all year. We definitely connected a lot more. We definitely understood the passing of the game. It wasn't just a kick and run kind of thing," said midfielder, Molly Magnan.
Magnan had the assist on the winning goal, scored by Carli Markle.
"We got a corner, and I crossed it in, and then she took the shot. It was right outside the 18," Magnan said.
At that point, only 50 seconds remained.
In the three-way battle of the neighboring rivals, Bethlehem Catholic's tennis team topped both Freedom and Liberty last week.
Most recently, the Hawks outplayed the Patriots, 5-2.
"It felt really good because they are one of our major competitors," said Becahi's Ally Setcavage.
Freedom won its matches at number one and number two singles, as Flannery Johnston defeated Mara Blanchard, 6-3, 6-2, and Federica Maranzana defeated Nina Kopy, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Becahi won at the number three singles spot where Allison Barczynski defeated Elizabeth McCarthy, 6-1, 6-0.
Bethlehem Catholic's cross country team traveled to Whitehall last week to open the regular season.
Three of Becahi's girls placed in the top 20, despite losing to Parkland, 15-48, and Whitehall, 28-30.
Kassi Yocco finished in sixth place, Olivia Zemanek finished in 14th place, and Cecelia Zemanek finished in 16th for the Hawks.
"The start was a slight hill, but the hills kept getting steeper and steeper," said Olivia Zemanek. "I ran with Cecelia the whole time."
The sisters, who are identical twins, typically run together in every meet.
Freedom and Liberty's boys cross country teams scored two opening season victories over Emmaus and Central Catholic last week.
Freedom's Chris Kelly won the race in 17:17 as the Patriots defeated the Hornets, 15-48, and the Vikings, 20-41.
Freedom's Daniel Quigley took second place in 17:24. Ben Ziegler placed fifth, Robbie Bogardo placed seventh, Jason Lopez placed eighth, Doo Park came in tenth, and Thomas Salerno came in 11th, all for the Patriots.
Liberty's Alex Fitch took fourth place as the Hurricanes defeated the Hornets, 20-40, and the Vikings, 24-34.