Last Friday night, there was more on the line for Liberty and Freedom's girls basketball teams than a rivalry win, because at the end of the night, only one team would qualify for district playoffs.
It was the Hurricanes who prevailed on their home court, 56-45, advancing to the district tournament, which begins next week.
Regarding a recent losing streak, Liberty senior, Dominique Oyeniyi, said, "We were kind of thinking about that. Some people were down on us, but we worked hard and talked about those games."
Liberty's girls swimming team knew that last year's tie with Emmaus was good, but an all-out victory would be better, so the Hurricanes took first place in eight events, surviving close calls in five, to score a 99-87 victory over the Hornets last Thursday.
"Especially because we tied last year, we were so excited the week before. [Defeating Emmaus] was one of our main goals," said Liberty senior, Rachel Rider.
Rider was first in the water for the Hurricanes, leading off in the 200 medley relay, the first event of the day.
Freedom High School's girls swimming team survived an 89-81 victory over Moravian Academy last week after suffering recent losses the week prior.
Freedom junior, Helen Hsu, said, "Three meets before, they were tough ones. We knew that going in, so we were just trying to do our best. It was nice to finally come out on the winning side."
Hsu won the 50 free in 24.46 and the 500 free in 5:16.01.
Other individual event winners for the Patriots were Carly DelFranco in the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.61, and the 100 free with a time of 57.94.
Liberty freshman swimmer, Julia McCarthy, set a pool record in the 100 breaststroke at Nazareth last week in the Patriots' 118-68 victory over the Blue Eagles.
"I was really happy. It was a goal I set for myself," McCarthy said.
McCarthy's time was 1:09.02, her best time by a few tenths of a second.
"When I was on the last lap, I was scared I wasn't going to make it because I was in a lot of pain, so I tried to speed up. I'm really happy," she said.
Liberty sophomore swimmer, Reid Rossi, was understandably a little nervous upon entering Nazareth's natatorium last week, having once been a Blue Eagle before moving to Bethlehem.
"I really wanted to win to prove I didn't get slower. Obviously, I was nervous coming here, but they made it really easy for me, and I got to swim against my friends," Rossi said.
Rossi proceeded to take first place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.76, and the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.70 in the Hurricanes' 123-60 victory over Nazareth.
Freedom's boys swimming team defeated Easton 106-77 last Thursday, but the Patriot girls fell to the Red Rovers, 93-90.
Both Patriot teams opened the meet with victories in the 200 medley relay.
Carly DelFranco, Kelly Kopko, Helen Hsu, and Shannon Howell placed first in 1:53.32, and Peter Conzola, Trevor Watlington, Connor Harrigan, and Shjon Watlington placed first in 1:47.27.
Back-to-back victories for Freedom's girls basketball team last week gave the Patriots the hope they needed to make the District 11 playoffs later this month. After losing to Easton by one point earlier this season, the Patriots were determined to avenge that loss, prevailing 46-39 against the Red Rovers on Friday night.
"It was a great game. They're always great competition for us. We knew we had it. We wanted that one really badly," said Freedom senior, Kelley Rosete.
The Patriots maintained a slim lead at the end of each quarter, eventually pulling away in the fourth.
After a slow start in the first quarter, Freedom High School's girls basketball team began a comeback which led to a 49-38 victory over Dieruff last Friday.
"The coach kind of gave it to us [after the first quarter]. We just start slow sometimes. In the second quarter, our shots started falling a little bit," said Freedom senior guard, Brenna Dosedlo.
By halftime, the Patriots trimmed the Huskies lead to one point.
"I think we played good for two quarters. We definitely picked it up after the half," Dosedlo said.
Liberty High School's boys swim team extended its winning record with a 112-71 victory over Northampton last week.
The Hurricanes won all three relays, scoring eight points for each first place finish.
Sean Vannata, Nolan Vannata, Brandon Merkert, and Jacob Jones opened the meet with a 1:46.87 victory in the 200 medley relay.
Jones, Evan Smith, Merkert, and Brandon Hlavaty won the 200 free relay in 1:35.03, and Sean Vannata, Reid Rossi, Smith, and Nolan Vannata won the 400 free relay in 3:34.91.
After placing third in the small division at the District 11 Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Competition, Bethlehem Catholic moved on to the PIAA State Cheerleading Championships last weekend.
On Friday, the Hawks placed fifth out of 46 teams in the preliminary round.
"That was our best routine so far. We were all really nervous going in, but we pulled together and did what we had to do to get to finals," said Becahi captain, Mary Cotturo.
Between the district competition and states, the Hawks added more difficulty to their routine.