Bethlehem Catholic forward, Tessa Zamolyi, called the Hawks’ 58-42 victory over Freedom a good win, but not something to jump around about after their EPC playoff game last Friday night at Becahi.
That’s because the Patriots pulled out all the stops, perhaps surprising the Hawks because in the teams’ two previous matchups, Becahi defeated Freedom handily. This time, things would be different.
“Playing them for the third time, they definitely came a lot closer,” Zamolyi said. “The last two times, we dominated, so we didn’t expect them to come so close.”
Freedom seniors, Jaiden Coyne, Meckenzie Herman, Giselle Sanchez, and Kaitlyn Swint, along with the rest of the Lady Pates basketball team celebrated Senior Night with a 51-20 victory over Pleasant Valley on Monday night at Freedom.
“The other girls stayed after school and decorated the gym, and we weren’t allowed in,” said Coyne, visibly pleased with the evening.
The Patriots led 27-11 at the half and discussed keeping up their momentum before the start of the third quarter.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 57-17 victory over Liberty last Tuesday began with an unsettling 7-5 first quarter score for the Hawks.
“We definitely were getting beat on defense,” said Becahi junior, Natalie Rhine. “We knew our feet needed to be quicker, and we needed to get more stops on defense.”
The Hawks turned the tables quickly and took a 22-6 halftime lead.
“They were man-to-man, and we were zone,” Rhine said. “We came out strong in the second half, and everything was fine.”
As Liberty’s boys’ swim team was fighting for every point against Nazareth last week, Hurricane diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer was stressing to both his male and female divers how much every point counts, including points for diving.
Liberty sophomore, Cara Kuykens, and junior, Alicia Valladares, did their parts with a first and second place finish against the Blue Eagles, as the Hurricane girls’ team pulled out a 100-77 victory.
Kuykens scored 141.05 points, and Valladares scored 128.00.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team planned to come out “full fire,” and expected Easton to do the same in the Hawks’ 56-37 victory last Friday on the Red Rovers’ Senior Night at Shawnee Middle School in Easton.
Although Becahi took an 8-0 lead to start, Easton narrowed the lead 13-10 by the end of the first quarter.
“In the first quarter, we expected back and forth,” said Becahi forward, Hope Brown. “We were playing well, but there were definitely things we could have improved on.”
For the second time this season, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team defeated Liberty, 49-36, last Friday at Freedom.
“Finally. Oh my goodness. I’m really proud,” said Patriot guard, Giselle Sanchez. “We’ve been fighting with Liberty for the longest time.”
Sanchez broke a tie near the end of the first quarter with a three-point shot.
“I was ready. It was my first shot in the game, and it got my momentum going,” she said.
Soon after, the Hurricanes tied the game again with a three by Bridget MacDonald to end the first half.
Liberty’s boys’ swim meet against Nazareth turned into a battle of lineup changes for Hurricane coach Reik Foust and Blue Eagle coach Seth Urffer when Liberty was faced with injury and illness minutes before game time.
Foust expressed his concern during the diving event, as his top sprinter, Robert Negron, sat on the pool deck with a sprained ankle. In addition, other strong swimmers were falling ill. It was unclear exactly what Urffer knew at the time, but something caused him to visit the scorer’s table frequently.
Halfway through Freedom’s swim meet against Central Catholic, the Patriots began to gain some ground on the Vikings, who eventually won the meet by a score of 102-81, with a 1-2 finish in the 500 free.
“I didn’t expect the score to be as close as it was,” said Rileigh Ellis, who came in first in the 500 with a time of 5:30.65. “I went for individual time, and once I noticed it was so close, I was excited.”
In addition, Ellis had just won the 100 free in 57.79 moments before, and did not know how much energy she would have to endure the 500 free.
Despite Freedom’s boys’ swim team’s 110-69 loss to Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday, it was a good day for senior, Troy Watlington, junior, Colin Burnette, and sophomore, Al Bell.
All three Patriot swimmers had first places finishes in individual races.
In order of events, Bell won the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.79, which was nine seconds faster than Central’s Charlie Li who placed second. Six races later, Bell won the 100 fly with a time of 54.20.
Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.