A tough defense combined with a prolific offense earned Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team a 69-48 victory over Northampton last Friday at Becahi.
As has been the usual as of late, the Hawks spent most of their practice time on defense, and knew Northampton’s biggest threats would be Aja Blount and Victoria Keenan.
“We mainly focused on those two, so I would help our girls in the paint,” said Becahi forward, Tessa Zamolyi. “I was moving everywhere.”
Freedom High School’s varsity cheerleaders made it to the semifinal round in the medium division at the PIAA State Competitive Spirit Competition last weekend in Hershey, Pa. after scoring high enough in preliminaries to advance.
“We did really, really well,” said Freedom captain, Camryn Spina. “Our routine hit perfectly, all our stunts hit, and our tumbling hit pretty flawlessly.”
Freedom’s swimmers split their meet against Stroudsburg last week when the Patriot boys won 56-38, and the Patriot girls lost 50-44 at Stroudsburg.
Troy Watlington, Colin Burnette, Spencer Smith, and Al Bell out touched Stroudsburg in the 200 medley relay, 1:52.75-1:53.36 in the first boys’ event of the day.
Rileigh Ellis won the 200 free in 2:06.15, and Tyler Higgins won the same event in 1:56.31.
Burnette took first place in the 200 IM in 2:08.98, Brian Seitz was first in the 50 free in 24.03, and Bell won the 100 fly in 55.07.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team defeated East Stroudsburg North, 91-65, last week at Liberty.
Eric Sin, Chris Chambers, Chase Ledger, and Daniel Bieniek won the 200 medley relay for the Hurricanes with a time of 1:52.45.
Robert Negron followed with a victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.59. Chase Ledger finished right behind Negron in 1:51.73.
Jake Evert won the 200 IM in 2:13.97, Jeffrey DePalma placed first in the 100 fly in 1:00.25, and Omar Mohamed won the 100 free in 52.45.
At this point in the season, Liberty’s girls’ swim team has high hopes of going undefeated after another victory last week, this one over East Stroudsburg North 90-52.
“Our season is looking really well,” said Hurricane captain, Jess Becker. “Our biggest challenge will be Emmaus. We’re looking forward to Emmaus.”
Paige McCloskey, Becker, Kay Wetmore, and Madison Muller won the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:05.84 to start the meet.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team defeated Pocono Mountain West by a score of 100-69 last week at Freedom High School.
After placing second in the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay, the Patriot boys came back to win the next relay midway through the meet.
Al Bell, Brian Seitz, Colin Burnette, and Tyler Higgins took first place in the 200 free relay in 1:36.50.
In individual events, Higgins won the 200 IM in 2:11.37, and Brian Seitz won the 50 free in 24.02.
Freedom High School’s varsity cheerleading squad took second place and the silver medal in the medium division of the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 7 at Shawnee Middle School in Easton.
“Everybody just went crazy,” said Freedom captain, Ashley Mease. “It makes you feel good when you make your coaches cry.”
Freedom coach Lynn Spina and the 20 member Patriot squad learned the next day that they also placed second overall out of 19 squads.
The Patriots scored 231.6 points, and Easton, also in the medium division, placed first with 244.7 points.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team scored a 101.5-73.5 victory over Pocono Mountain West last week at Freedom.
The Patriots began the meet with a first place victory in the 200 medley relay by Linda Mao, Reilly Ward, Sage Hillier, and Sydney Straka with a time of 2:05.95.
In the 200 free, Erin Madden placed first in 2:10.54, and Rileigh Ellis won the 200 IM in 2:28.48.
Ward won the 50 free with a time of 26.72 in a close finish with Pocono Mountain West’s Patricia Winiarz whose time was 26.82.
Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s girls’ basketball teams hung together for almost two quarters before the Hawks pulled away to score a 52-29 victory over the Patriots last Friday at Freedom.
At the end of the first quarter, Patriot forward, Hailey Silfies, made a difficult pass while in motion to Kaitlyn Swint who was underneath. Carissa Norder got Swint’s rebound, scored, and Freedom trailed by only two points.
Silfies, who had 11 points, then began the second quarter with a huge three point shot, but Becahi’s Natalie Rhine responded in kind.
It took until the fourth quarter for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to defend enough and drive enough for a 65-53 victory over Allen last Tuesday at Becahi.
“We made a bunch of really critical adjustments at halftime to stop their drives. Neila [Luma] stepped up in that second half and helped us stop those,” said Becahi junior, Morgan Orloski. “I don’t think [we took Allen lightly]. I believe we came out slower defensively.”