Bethlehem Catholic lived up to its defense-wins-games philosophy and won the District XI Class 4A girls’ basketball semifinal against Northwestern Lehigh, 53-28, last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.
“We always said from the jump we have to bring intensity,” said Becahi guard Isabelle Rosario, who scored eight points, including two threes against the Tigers.
Liberty senior Jake Evert thought all season about breaking his friend’s record, the district record, in the 50 freestyle, setting that goal from the start, and when he broke it this weekend at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, he pointed right back to that friend, Robert Negron.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team won two individual medals, three relay medals, and placed third in team results at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships last Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Talia Lehr, and Abby Mack won the silver medal in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:49.49, setting a school record.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team was the first to end the stand off by doing exactly that, standing off, in the Hawks’ 47-38 victory over Jim Thorpe in the District XI Class 4A final last Saturday at Freedom High School where they were crowned district champions.
“After killing about a minute, that’s when I felt a little reassured we had this,” said Becahi center Abby Brown.
The Hawks’ first lead since the first quarter against the Olympians came with 3:20 left in the third quarter when Isabelle Rosario intercepted a pass and scored on a lay up.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team placed second in the District XI Class 6A tournament after losing to Northampton, 60-52, last Thursday at Easton Area Middle School.
“They played their hearts out and sometimes when they play their hearts out, it’s not good enough,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “I’m 100 percent confident they’re going to bounce back and get ready for the state playoffs.”
Half of the Patriots’ first-half points came from sophomore Jewel Levy and nine of those points were threes.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team came up with a 54-35 victory over William Allen in its first game of District XI Class 6A playoffs last Thursday at Catasauqua High School.
“Tonight we knew we had to step it up, obviously,” said Patriot forward Jennifer Kokolus. “I’m so happy. We came out aggressive, we threw the first punch, and we never looked back.”
Even though Freedom defeated Allen recently, it was a different game from when the Pates hosted the Canaries a couple of weeks ago.
Freedom sophomore Sarah Gill placed seventh out of 17 female competitors at the District XI Diving Championships on Feb. 23 at Emmaus High School.
“She did great,” said Freedom diving coach Lisa Young. “She didn’t have a bad dive the whole day.”
Gill was in or around fifth place for most of the day.
“She was very consistent. Every dive was just great,” Young said.
Gill scored a 384.65, one point away from sixth place and four points away from fifth place.
“That’s how close it was,” said Young.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team got off to a very slow start but turned the tables on Nazareth awfully fast in the Patriots’ 48-32 District XI Class 6A girls’ basketball semifinal victory on Monday at Catasauqua High School.
“We knew we came out flat, and we knew we needed to want it more than they did,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein. “It was as simple as getting our shooters hot, and having Jen [Kokolus] make shots in the post. When Jen’s on, and Kailey’s [Turpening] shooting hot, it’s kind of hard to stop.”
Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s girls’ basketball teams met one last time last Thursday at Easton Area Middle School in the EPC semifinal won by the Hawks, 44-39.
It was the third time the Hawks and Patriots faced each other, each team having won one and lost one.
“I feel like it was just another game,” said Becahi forward Kourtney Wilson. “Every game is another game. It’s nothing different. You just have to play your game every game.”
Freedom senior Al Bell broke Liberty’s pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.14 last Thursday during Freedom’s senior night meet against the Hurricanes.
“I was hoping to go a little faster but right now in the season it’s grind time,” Bell said.
Bell also won the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.32.
Liberty’s Patrick Gilhool, Jonathan Drago, Andrew Layne, and Addison Collins won the 200 medley relay at the start of the meet in 1:46.56.
Freedom’s Danny Connell placed first in the 200 free in 1:58.39 and the 500 free in 5:23.11.