Liberty senior Samantha Taylor became a district champion on Saturday after winning the 100 backstroke at the District XI Class 3A Girls Swimming Championships at Parkland High School.
“Immediately after I finished, I turned and looked at the board, and then I immediately turned and looked at my coaches because this is something I’ve worked for the whole season, so they were the first people I wanted to see when I won,” Taylor said.
Taylor, whose time was 57.97, clinched the gold medal by almost two seconds.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won a spot in the District XI Class 6A semifinal after defeating Easton, 52-41, in the quarterfinal last Friday at Catasauqua High School.
“I expected exactly what we saw. A team that was really hungry, that wanted to compete, that wasn’t intimidated, that was more motivated by losing three times to us,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “I always like competing against Dave’s [Lutz] teams because they’re well-prepared and they play hard.”
Moravian Academy sophomore Alexa Fegley was crowned District XI Class 2A diving champion at the District XI Diving Championships this past Saturday at Emmaus High School.
“I’m very proud of myself,” Fegley said. “I was very nervous, but I knew I had done everything I could do and everything I needed to do, but the nerves still were there.”
Fegley singled out her front 1.5 and her inward dive as being strong dives for her on Saturday.
“I really like those. They’re pretty easy for me,” she said.
Liberty freshman Keller Pooley competed in the District XI Class 3A Diving Championships along with 17 other female divers on Saturday at Emmaus High School.
“I got 30 or 40 points higher than my last 11-dive meet, so I feel pretty good,” Pooley said. “I was proud of it.”
Pooley finished in 14th place with a total score of 292.05.
Freedom junior Sarah Gill placed fifth at the District XI Class 3A Diving Championships on Saturday at Emmaus High School.
“Sarah’s performance today was good,” said Patriot diving coach Emily Kocis. “There were a couple dives I’ve seen her do better at practice, but I think over time, a lot of the dives Sarah’s doing right now are newly done in pike, so she’s just been doing them this season and over more practices and more meets, she will be more consistent with getting those.”
Bethlehem Catholic freshman Anna Petke clinched the silver medal at the District XI Class 2A Diving Championships this past Saturday at Emmaus High School.
“My first five were probably the best I’ve done in a long time and I thought I did a good job in staying consistent,” Petke said. “ I did my inward 1.5 very well, as well as my back double, and all my twisters, and especially my inward dive.”
Petke’s final score was 305.75.
Liberty boys’ basketball coach Chad Landis said the Hurricanes had a great run but getting back to business for a district run is at the top of the list after their 64-42 loss to William Allen in the East Penn Conference final last Thursday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.
“I don’t know exactly what it was,” Landis said of the Hurricanes’ shortfall. “It was one of those nights.”
Allen dominated the first quarter and led 21-12 before scoring six straight points to start the second quarter when Landis called a timeout at 4:51.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team hosted Liberty last Thursday when the Hurricanes defeated the Patriots, 114-50.
It was the Patriots, however, who won the first event of the meet, the 200 medley relay, swum by Andrew Ehret, Eric Mann, Danny Connell, and Luke McClure in 1:50.10.
Liberty’s Patrick Gilhool took first place in the 200 free in 1:54.24, and Sean McGuire won the 200 IM in 2:13.90, followed by Umut Akus and Tim Wetmore, all Hurricanes.
Freedom and Liberty’s girls’ swim teams closed out the season with their annual rivalry meet last Thursday when the Hurricane girls defeated the Patriots, 103-81.
Liberty’s Talia Lehr, Abby Mack, Brooke Sergent, and Sarah Park won the 200 medley relay in 1:58.03.
Sammy Taylor took first place in the 200 free in 2:05.24, and Mack won the 200 IM in 2:16.07, both for the Hurricanes.
Freedom’s Sydney Straka placed first in the 50 free in 26.77.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team is usually a third quarter team, but last Tuesday night, the Hawks lit up the second with 12 straight points in their 59-38 EPC semifinal victory over Freedom at the PPL Center in Allentown.
“Coach told us to stay in the game and don’t let them come back,” said Becahi forward Kourtney Wilson, who scored 18 game-high points. “Watching film, we see the open spots on the floor, so when we come into the game, we just have to execute.”