Freedom’s swim team hosted Southern Lehigh last Thursday when the Spartans defeated the Patriots, 116-70 (girls), and 113-46 (boys).
Top swims for the Patriots included a second place finish for Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette and Sydney Straka in the 200 medley relay in 2:01.88, and Andrew Ehret, Eric Mann, Danny Connell and Luke McClure who were also second in the medley relay with a time of 1:50.61.
“In the fly, I took the lead and Sydney was anchoring,” said Burnette. “It was a really good race and we all swam our hardest.”
Freedom forward Jennifer Kokolus had two things to celebrate this month: reaching 1,000 points in her high school basketball career on Jan. 10 and being honored on senior night on Jan. 24.
Kokolus entered the Jan. 10 game at Freedom against Pocono Mountain East 34 points away from 1,000, but she didn’t know it. She didn’t even want to know.
In Freedom’s most recent swim meet against Emmaus, Sarah Gill, Abby Burnette, Andrew Ehret and Danny Connell won individual events for the Patriots last Thursday at Freedom.
Gill won in diving with a score of 244.10.
“My back one-and-a-half pike scored really well. It’s a few weeks old,” Gill said.
“And my one-and-a-half half [scored well]. My back is to the water and then I do a half twist with one flip and then another half and dive in.”
Burnette won two events, the 100 butterfly in 1:04.50 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.79.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team shut out Dieruff in the first quarter of the Patriots’ 62-19 victory over the Huskies last Friday at Freedom.
The Lady Pates took a 23-0 lead after one quarter of play, including 11 points by senior Jennifer Kokolus.
The Huskies called two timeouts in the first quarter to no avail.
Kokolus opened the second quarter with four straight points, and Dieruff got their first two on a layup by Jadalyn Vrena at 5:05.
Freedom guard Corrin Gill hit two three pointers in the same quarter.
Both Liberty’s boys’ and girls’ teams defeated Easton last Tuesday by a boys’ team score of 107-74 and a girls’ team score of 104-79.
Sammy Taylor, Abby Mack, Talia Lehr, and Sarah Park opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:56.60.
Brooke Sergent won the 200 free in 2:04.64 and the 100 butterfly in 1:01.05, Mack won the 200 IM in 2:15.82 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.93, and Taylor took first in the 100 free in 56.03 and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.12.
Maddy Drager placed first in the 500 free in 5:46.62.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team defeated one of its city rivals, Freedom, for the second time this season by a score of 52-45 last Tuesday at Freedom.
“This felt more aggressive,” said Becahi senior guard Jaleesa Lanier. “They knew some of our plays, they knew where to trap, so we had to think a little bit more this game.”
The night began with three straight three pointers, one apiece from Becahi’s Taliyah Medina and Abby Brown, and one from Freedom’s Brenna Ortwein, the game’s top scorer.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team defeated Pocono Mountain East, 94-84, last Thursday at Freedom.
“Definitely our relays and our two breaststrokers Hallie Smith and Aliah Corrado really pulled it together and swam their butts off,” said Freedom coach Alisha Roscioli.
Corrado, along with Sage Hillier, Abby Burnette, and Deborah Belen, out touched PME for the win in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:04.52 to the Cardinals’ time of 2:05.94.
After leading 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team went into high gear in the second, holding Nazareth to just two points in the Hawks’ 44-26 victory over the Blue Eagles last Friday at Becahi.
“I think it shows the work we put in, especially in practice on defense,” said Becahi center Abby Brown. “We talked about their offense and what we needed to do. The second quarter, we really picked up.”
Becahi guard Taliyah Medina hit a three pointer to start things off, and Brown added four points.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team is making do with seven swimmers this season, so despite strong swims by the Patriots, they were defeated by Pocono Mountain East, 87-68, last Thursday at Freedom.
“If we had one more boy, we would have been able to have two relays and that would have put us over the top or even closer,” said Pates’ swim coach Alisha Roscioli.
Instead, PME won the 400 free relay, the last event of the meet, unopposed.
Bethlehem Catholic guard Taliyah Medina made a packed Becahi gymnasium wait for it, and with just 1:35 remaining in the Hawks’ game against Nazareth, the Becahi senior scored the 1,000th point of her high school career last Friday night.
“It was very exciting and such a great moment to share with my family here watching, and it being at home on Youth Night, just the atmosphere was perfect,” said Medina. “When I hugged my dad (Becahi girls basketball coach Jose Medina) it was a really good feeling, and being able to kind of make history is so great.”