Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost to Nazareth, 115-65, last Thursday at Freedom, but that won’t stop the Patriots from continuing to move forward through the season.
“I think we’ve made great improvements from the beginning of the season, and I think this year is going to be one of our peaks,” said Patriot senior Paras Chand.
Al Bell, Sahil Shah, Luke McClure, and Dominic Fresoli placed second for the Pates in the 200 medley relay in 1:50.76.
Liberty jumper Daeshawn Teague measured the second best long jump in the state at the East Stroudsburg Warrior Classic Indoor Track Meet on Jan. 4 at East Stroudsburg University.
Teague jumped a 22-06.50, placing first among the meet’s other opponents.
Teague also placed third in the triple jump with a 39-08.00 and fifth in the high jump with a 5-06.00.
Freedom junior Fallon Tatlow made her return to the diving board with a second place finish during the Patriots’ swim meet against Nazareth last Thursday after injuries kept her on the pool deck since the start of the season.
“I think I did really well for my first meet and three days of practice,” Tatlow said. “My front one-and-a-half was really good. My inward dive was also really good.”
Tatlow received sevens on her front one-and-a-half.
Liberty’s swim team traveled to Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday when the Hurricane boys defeated the Vikings, 154-118, and the Hurricane girls defeated the Vikettes, 176-107.
The Hurricanes had strong starts in the 200 medley relays, placing first on a combination of Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Kay Wetmore, and Greta Stuckey in 1:58.89, and Jake Evert, Dylan Zukawski, Jonathan Drago, and Sam Capwell in 1:43.95.
Abby Mack won the 200 free in 2:03.06, and Patrick Gilhool won the same event in 1:59.82.
Six quick points by Parkland and more missed shots by Freedom prompted Patriot coach Dean Reiman to call a timeout before Friday night’s girls’ basketball game got out of hand.
“He brought us back to the Central game where we let it get too far out of hand, and we realized that this was our game, and we need to turn it on because we need to start winning big games to put us in a good position,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein.
Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.
Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.
Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty’s track and field teams competed at the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic on Dec. 26 at Lehigh University.
In boys’ events, Devon West (L) placed 13th in the 200 meter dash in 24.51, and Josiah Kelly (BC) was 25th in 24.94. Allen McDuffie (L) placed 25th in the 400 meter dash in 59.79.
In the 800 meter run, Ryan Wycherley (L) placed 11th in 2:10.06, and Francis Abi-Daher (BC) placed 30th in 2:45.74.
Phillip Bezas (L) came in 22nd in the one mile run in 5:19.27, and Jacob Orrico was 11th in the 3,000 meter run.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team scored its eighth victory of the season last Thursday night in front of a large crowd at Nazareth where the Hawks defeated the Blue Eagles, 59-45.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge so we were excited to play this game because we need this for later on,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier who scored 14 points.
The Hawks had just come off a pre-New Year’s 49-47 victory over Imhotep Charter on Dec. 29.
Freedom’s swim team split its meet with Whitehall last Thursday when the Patriot boys defeated the Zephyrs, 104-64, and the Patriot girls lost to the Zephyrs, 94-86.
The Patriot girls got off to a stong start, out touching the Zephyrs in the 200 medley relay, 2:07.67-2:08.09 with a combination of Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Hallie Smith, and Sydney Straka.
The Patriot boys got off to the same start with a 1:49.08 victory in the medley relay, beating the Zephs by 10 seconds with Andrew Ehret leading off, followed by Sahil Shah, Al Bell, and Danny Connell.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its game against Stroudsburg on Saturday, 60-34, bringing their record to 8-2.
In one aspect, the defending district champion’s victory was a recovery from a 49-44 loss to Allentown Central Catholic two days earlier in which the Patriots were down 17 points at the half.