Freedom senior basketball player Jennifer Kokolus signed a letter of intent last month to continue her academic and athletic career at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.
“I just love the culture of it. It’s a family feel and that’s what I was looking for,” said Kokolus. “The coach’s energy is great, and when I went to visit, it felt like home. I could see myself there for four years.”
Bernadette Laukaitis is Holy Family’s women’s head basketball coach.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team is currently 1-1 in city rivalry battles after defeating Liberty, 60-28, on Dec. 20 at Freedom.
“I was so excited,” said Freedom senior Jennifer Kokolus. “It’s my last home game versus Liberty, so I was really excited to come out with a big crowd today. It was a lot of fun.”
The Patriots led 30-12 at halftime, but both teams were held scoreless until there was 5:05 left in the third quarter. That’s when Alondra Cruz converted one of two free throws.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team defeated Pottsville, 102-72, during their last meet before the Christmas break at Liberty.
Top finishers in relays were Samantha Taylor, Morgan Muller, Talia Lehr, and Abby Mack in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:01.21, and Lehr, Treasa Burke, Taylor, and Mack in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:46.46.
Top finishers in individual events were Brooke Sergent in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.69, and Mack in the 50 free with a time of 25.74.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team defeated Pottsville, 97-67, to close out 2019 on Dec. 23 at Liberty.
In relays, Patrick Gilhool, Sean McGuire, Daniel Lader, and Corbin Eisenhardt won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:46.62. Caleb Stein, McGuire, Ben Service, and Addison Collins took first place in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.46, and Collins, Gilhool, Lader, and Stein came in first in the 400 free relay in 3:33.64.
In individual events, top finishers for the Hurricanes were Gilhool in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.65, followed by Eisenhardt, and Andrew Layne.
Liberty senior Samantha Taylor signed a letter of intent last month to continue her academic and athletic swimming career at Shippensburg University.
“I did a lot of day visits and open houses at 12 or 13 different schools and then I narrowed it down and did official overnights at four schools, but Shippensburg was definitely, as soon as I was there, I knew it was going to be my final choice because I loved it,” Taylor said.
Shippensburg’s swim team is coached by Tim Verge, who has been the head coach for his alma mater for 21 seasons.
Liberty’s girls’ first home swim meet of the new season ended in a 118-68 victory for Emmaus last Thursday.
“This was a good meet to get fast times because when you have someone to race, you swim faster,” said Samantha Taylor, one of the Hurricanes’ four senior captains for the girls team.
Taylor won the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.87.
“I try not to watch and focus more on what I’m personally doing, but it was a good race overall,” she said.
Liberty’s swim team hosted Emmaus last Thursday when the Hornets defeated the Hurricanes in boys’ results, 123-53.
In the boys’ first event of the day, Patrick Gilhool, Sean McGuire, Daniel Lader, and Addison Collins placed second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.65.
“I’m not disappointed that we placed second to them, but I think all of us could have swum faster. Nonetheless, I think we all tried our best today and we had a good meet,” said Lader, one of four senior captains for the boys’ team.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start and a nine-point deficit early in the second quarter to clinch a 61-48 victory over Freedom last Tuesday night at Becahi.
“There’s been a little rivalry between both our teams in the past few years, so I knew they were going to bring their A game, and we practiced the day before how to defend against them, so we were prepared and knew we were going to get their best,” said Becahi senior guard Taliyah Medina.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team just missed a victory over Northampton, losing by one point, 92-91, last Thursday at Northampton.
The Patriots took all three places in the 50 free, led by Sydney Straka with a time of 28.32. Sophie Twigger came in second, and Lilly Anderson was third.
The Pates also took all three places in diving with Sarah Gill who scored 199 points, Fallon Tatlow who scored 163.35, and Cailin Connelly who scored 147.85.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team earned its second victory of the season against Allen, 48-40, on Saturday after defeating Dieruff last Thursday.
The Patriots took a 29-17 lead at halftime, and it was the same offensive play the Pates repeated that caught the Canaries off-guard.