As fate would have it, Freedom High School's boys swimming meet against Parkland came down to the final event of the night, the 400 free relay, but it was the Patriots who scored a long-awaited victory over the Trojans, 96.5-88.5 last Thursday.
"It felt great after them being so dominant in the league for the past decade or so. We finally achieved it for the team," said Freedom senior, Peter Conzola.
Although the Patriots were ahead before the relay, the Trojans could have tied the final meet score with a first-place finish.
Freedom High School junior, Helen Hsu, broke the pool record in the 50 free with a time of 24.38 in the Patriots meet against Nazareth last week.
"I wasn't really going into it, thinking about breaking the pool record. I was focusing on the meet. We knew it was going to be close. The girl next to me, that's what got me motivated," said Hsu.
Nazareth's Victoria Palochik took second place just .40 seconds later.
Bethlehem Catholic High School's girls basketball team set a school record with the all-time best start in school history with their 48-27 victory over Whitehall last Friday. They are 12-0 as of this past weekend.
Becahi senior guard, Janelle Robinson, said, "In every position we have an advantage, and we know how to feed off each other."
Three days earlier, Bethlehem Catholic found themselves trailing Nazareth by five points to begin the fourth quarter, but the Hawks clawed their way back to a 47-45 victory over the Blue Eagles.
Freedom High School's boys swimming team was victorious over Allen, 106-56, and Nazareth, 105-75, last week.
The Patriots won all but two individual events against the Blue Eagles, including Connor Harrigan, who placed first in the 200 free in 1:49.69 and the 500 free in 4:54.78, Peter Conzola, who took first place in the 200 IM in 2:04.64 and the 100 butterfly in 51.67, which broke the pool record, and Sam Magnan, who won the 100 free in 49.17 and the 100 backstroke in 57.62.
In the 100 free, Magnan outswam Nazareth's Grant Durner by .26 seconds.
Freedom High School sophomore, John McGinty, placed fifth at the Lehigh Valley Conference Diving Meet on Saturday at Emmaus High School.
McGinty scored 277.4 points, edging out Emmaus's Andrew Vanina, who had been in fifth place, by one point on the last dive, an inward one-and-a-half for McGinty.
"That pretty much put me in the lead. He messed up his dive, and I nailed that one and took the lead," McGinty said.
McGinty's best dive of the day was a front one-and-a-half.
"I got a lot of height and good rotation," he said.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team prevailed in a double overtime victory over Allentown Central Catholic, 79-74, last Tuesday night at Rockne Hall.
On a night when most games were postponed due to sub zero temperatures, Becahi's Kalista Walters turned up the heat on the Vikettes, scoring 42 points in the Hawks win.
Although Becahi led for most of the game, the Central outscored the Hawks in the fourth quarter, 18-11. It was Walters, however, who tied the game in the end, forcing the first overtime.
Liberty High School's boys swimming team maintained their undefeated record with victories over Central Catholic, 117-64, and Dieruff, 124-59 last week.
In the Hurricanes' meet against the Vikings, Sean Vannata, Nolan Vannata, Reid Rossi, and Jacob Jones led off with a win in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.56.
Brandon Merkert, Jones, Evan Smith, and Brandon Hlavaty also teamed up to win the 200 free relay in 1:34.91.
Liberty High School's girls swimming team scored two victories over Central Catholic, 124-59, and Dieruff, 122-28 last week.
Liberty High School's girls swim team defeated Southern Lehigh 93-77 on Saturday afternoon, the first swim meet for the Hurricanes since Dec. 19.
Liberty girls captain, Shelby Turner, said, "We knew it would be close. We estimated 20 points we could win by."
Individual event winners for Liberty were Kayla Drago in the 200 free with a time of 2:01.89 and the 100 free with a time of 56.61, Julia McCarthy in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.15 and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.53, and Jocelyn Baker in the 500 free with a time of 5:35.37.
Freedom High School's varsity cheerleaders took first place in the large varsity division at a cheerleading competition hosted by the Easton Area High School cheerleaders on Dec. 22.
Patriot captain, Danae Morgan, said, "I think everybody kind of felt we had it, but when we heard our name, everyone was so excited. Everyone knew we hit it. It was our best performance."
After competing at Kutztown University earlier in the month, the Patriots decided to make some changes to their original routine, which included a formation, partner stunts, and a standing tumbling segment.