Cross country runners, Roberto Marrero and Will Alpaugh, have been running together for weeks, pacing each other, sharing tips when appropriate, and consistently placing well in dual meets.
Both, however, are neighboring rivals. Marrero is a Liberty senior, and Alpaugh is a Freedom sophomore.
As the cross country season progressed, Marrero and Alpaugh found themselves relatively even in dual meets, using that to push each other and themselves.
Freedom tennis player, Kayleigh DiNoto, did her homework and saw it pay off with a silver medal at number two singles in the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Monday at Parkland High School.
"It's good. It's nice, and it's really exciting," DiNoto said.
DiNoto's first match ended in an 8-4 victory over Bethlehem Catholic's Emily Hozza.
"I was consistent, and that was good," DiNoto said.
Expecting a tough match from her second opponent, Catherine Garrity of Emmaus, DiNoto learned Garrity's style of play.
All the pieces came together for Liberty tennis player, Samantha Peterson, when the Hurricane sophomore won the silver medal at number one singles in the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Monday at Parkland High School.
"I just kind of went for it no matter what. My ground strokes, in general, and my forehand were good today," Peterson said.
Peterson began the day with an 8-3 victory over Northampton's Leah Hodge.
"I played pretty consistent [against Hodge]," she said.
In the final rivalry match of the girls tennis season, Freedom defeated Liberty 7-0 last week at Freedom.
Flannery Johnston defeated Samantha Peterson 6-1, 6-0 at number one singles, Kayleigh DiNoto defeated Madelyn Conrad 6-1, 6-2 at number two singles, and Federica Maranzana defeated Emily Moss 6-0, 6-0 at number three singles.
Maranzana said, "Last year we lost against Liberty, so [winning] is always nice. We're definitely doing better than last year. I feel like our three singles [players] are strong, and our [team] record is much better."
Freedom cross country runner, Shaina Palmer, recorded her best time of the season last week with a 19:32 finish, leading the Patriot girls over Nazareth 22-34 and tying Northampton 29-29.
Liberty's girls also defeated Nazareth 21-35 but lost to Northampton 25-32.
Freedom freshman, Olivia Salerno took second place, and Bridget Tarnowski placed fourth, also for the Patriots.
Liberty's runners rounded out the top ten, as Nikki Nelson finished in fifth place, Raisa Kochmaruk was eighth, Rachel Finn came in ninth, and Julie Vernarr placed tenth.
Freedom tennis player, Federica Maranzana, was filled with mixed emotions following her silver medal finish at number three singles at the Lehigh Valley Conference Tennis Tournament on Monday at Parkland High School.
"I just kind of went out pretty relaxed. I wanted to play my best and see where it went. Once I got close, I wanted to see if I could do this. It's a little upsetting that I was that close," Maranzana said.
Maranzana made it to the final, taking on Parkland's TuQuyen Pham and missing out on the gold medal 8-10.
For the second time in one week, Freedom's boys soccer game under the lights at BASD Stadium yielded winning results, when the Patriots defeated Dieruff 6-2 last Wednesday night.
"They played us tough last year. It was a great opportunity for me to see how we would respond. I didn't really see any intensity in us in the first 20 minutes, but then we got six out of ten players involved in that first goal," said Freedom coach Michael O'Connell.
That first goal was scored by Nigel Long after Diego Hernandez played the ball across on a pass from Quinn Ackerman.
Freedom's girls tennis team boosted its record to 10-3 with a 6-1 victory over Bethlehem Catholic last Thursday.
At number one singles, Flannery Johnston (F) defeated Taylor Treadwell (BC) 6-3, 6-2.
"She was hitting it pretty hard most of the time. I got down 30-love, 40-love, and I knew if I got mad, I'd lose, so I tried to stay calm. When I play calm, I get into a longer rally and eventually win," Johnston said.
Patience was the key to Johnston's victory on Thursday.
Freedom's 2-0 victory over Whitehall in boys soccer last Saturday night was a win in the nick of time for the struggling Patriots.
Recent losses to Northampton and Parkland in which Freedom played well could have taken a toll, but the Patriots responded with a win over the Zephyrs under the lights at BASD Stadium in the rain and without senior goalkeeper Josh Wasilik.
Sophomore, John Eltringham, stepped in for Wasilik, who is recovering from a concussion, with seven saves.
Freedom's boys cross country team extended its win streak last week, defeating Parkland 25-36 and Whitehall 19-42.
Ben Ziegler placed first for the Patriots, third overall, behind two Parkland runners. Dan Quigley was fourth, and Jason Lopez placed fifth. Chris Kelly finished in ninth place, and Will Alpaugh finished in tenth. Tommy Salerno placed 11th, and Shane Smith placed 13th.
Kelly said, "We just wanted to beat [Parkland] as bad as we could. They were hit hard by graduation.