There could only be one winner between the Bethlehem schools in the District XI softball quarterfinal, but it was Liberty who topped Freedom, 7-0, on Saturday at the home of the Patriots.
Freedom ended its best season in recent years with a record of 15-8 and made the LVC playoffs for the first time, but those achievements were of little consolation after the Patriots' loss to the Hurricanes.
Bethlehem Catholic's girls softball team won its third consecutive Lehigh Valley Conference championship by defeating Emmaus, 4-0, last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.
Winning pitcher, Joelle Morey, said, "It's amazing because no one's ever done it before."
Becahi leftfielder, Lauren Visconti, was the first to score for the Hawks on an RBI by Morey in the first inning.
Visconti also had a diving catch in the third inning, the same inning when Emmaus had the bases loaded but were unable to capitalize.
Bethlehem Catholic hurdlers, Tyler Horton and Lexi Reightler, may not have a track to practice this technique-driven event, but that did not stop them from clinching gold medals at the District XI Track and Field Championships last week at Blue Mountain High School.
Horton was a double gold medalist, winning the 300 intermediate hurdles in 38.46, and the 110 high hurdles in 14.5.
"The 300 was a pretty tight race. [Nazareth's] Carter [Taylor] was out on my right side, but I didn't hear him," Horton said.
Taylor won the silver in 38.48.
Bethlehem Catholic senior, Mara Blanchard, and Liberty senior, Casey Harewood, won gold medals in jumping events, and Liberty senior, Gracie Hargrove, won gold and silver in throwing events at the District XI Track and Field Championships last week at Blue Mountain High School.
Blanchard took first place in the pole vault with a height of 11-0.
"I was really nervous. There was stiff competition and pressure, but I got all my attempts on the first try. Once I got 11 on the first try, it made me relieved," Blanchard said.
Between Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty, one gold, one silver, and one bronze medal were clinched at the District XI Class AAA Track and Field Championships last week at Blue Mountain High School.
Becahi's Jade Kubitsky, Lexi Reightler, Katie Altpeter, and Mara Blanchard not only won the gold medal in the 4x4 relay, but also broke a school record with a time of 4:00.80.
Bethlehem Catholic won its first round of Team District Tennis Playoffs, defeating Saucon Valley, 3-2 last Tuesday.
The Hawks were faced with a line-up change in most spots when its number one singles player, Kevin Hamilton, became sick during the school day.
"It was a nice match to win, being without our number one player," said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Becahi's Stephen Rossi defeated Asturo Nakajima at number one singles, 6-3, 6-4.
Freedom's refusal to look back at an early-season loss to Bethlehem Catholic resulted in a 4-2 Patriot victory over the Hawks last week.
"We were so focused, we forgot about the last game and pretended it was our first time playing them," said Freedom first baseman, Sam Cabrera.
Three runs in the second inning by the Patriots and top notch pitching from Emily Gundrum set the tone for Freedom's victory.
Bethlehem Catholic's Tyler Horton not only won a gold medal in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the LVC Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School last Tuesday, but broke the meet record with a time of 38.71.
"I gained my momentum and did really well going over the hurdles. [Parkland's Kareem Williams] was running really fast, but I was waiting for [Nazareth's] Carter Taylor to come up on my left side, but he never did," said Horton.
Horton's teammate, Freddie Simmons took the silver medal with a time of 39.27.
Liberty thrower, Gracie Hargrove, won the gold medal in discus at the LVC Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School last Wednesday.
The Hurricane senior's distance was 124-10.
"I'm pretty excited. The school record is 129, so I'm right up there where I want to be. [Parkland's Oksanna Wittbrodt and I] have been throwing discus quite awhile together, so I had to watch her in practice, and Whitehall too, who came in third," Hargrove said.
After a significant rain delay, Hargrove also took the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 40-9.
Freedom's softball team won two close games last week, putting the Patriots in contention for an LVC Wildcard slot, their first in recent years.
Carly Deichman's homerun in the second inning, combined with Emily Gundrum's ten strikeouts led the Patriots to a 1-0 victory over last year's district runner-up, Emmaus.
"It's a new season, so we went in like it's our first time playing Emmaus. It was my first at bat, and I think [the pitch] was a little bit outside or down the middle. It happened to be a good swing, and it worked out for the team," said Deichman.