Patriot pride and determination is evident on the girls basketball team, as Freedom was victorious over Allen last week, 40-23.
Most noteably, the Patriots held the Canaries scoreless for the second quarter while scoring 11 points of their own.
"We just wanted to pick it up and get this win. We started hitting our plays and scoring more, and our defense was much better. We went from 3-2 to man, and that kind of mixed them up a little, and then we went 1-3-1, and they didn't have anything for that," said Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete.
Freedom's girls swim team swept all events in its 87-14 victory over Dieruff last Thursday.
Caitlin McCadden, Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, and Molly Magnan won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.91.
In the next girls' event, DelFranco won the 200 free in 2:02.15, and later, won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.56.
Rebecca Busby clinched the 200 IM in 2:32.62, and placed first in the 100 free in 1:03.71, and Brooke Munion swam to a first place finish in the 50 free in 26.56.
Liberty swimmers Sean Van Atta, Nolan Van Atta, Matt Buell, and Jacob Jones opened the boys meet against Central with a victory in the 200 medley relay, which led to a 108-58 win over the Vikings last week.
Sean Van Atta swam to a first place finish in the 200 IM in 2:16.75, and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.27.
Jones was also a double event winner, taking first place in the 50 free by a touch in 24.52, and the 100 free in 54.46.
After a shakey start in its game against Whitehall last Friday night, Liberty prevailed over the Zephyrs in overtime, 52-49.
Down 10-2 in the first quarter, the Hurricanes knew they needed to refocus quickly.
"We needed to focus on our defense, which would allow us to push the ball, and that's how we got a few fast breaks," said Liberty guard, Kali Shumock.
By the fourth quarter, the Hurricanes had a 43-35 lead, which was about to disappear thanks to nine straight points by the Zephyrs.
Liberty girl swimmers were victorious over Central last week, 130-47.
Emily Cecchini, Maggie Olock, Grace Walters, and Emma Williams won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.53.
Madison Sauers won two events, the 200 free in 2:04.43, and the 100 free in 57.98.
Jocelyn Baker placed first in the 200 IM in 2:21.01.
Baker said, "My time [in the 200 IM] was pretty good today. We've been training hard over Christmas break. We weren't really sure about Central. They've given us a hard time in the past, so we did the best we could."
Baker also won the 500 free in 5:24.98.
Freedom's swimmers scored two victories before the Christmas break when the Patriot girls defeated Whitehall, 100-83, and the Patriot boys also defeated the Zephyrs, 108-55.
Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.29.
Howell won the 200 free in 1:57.91 and the 100 free in 55.14. DelFranco was also a double event winner with victories in the 200 IM in 2:16.12, and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.31.
In the first of two meetings between archrivals Liberty and Freedom, it was the Lady Hurricanes who came out on top, 46-40, on Dec. 21, right before the Christmas break.
Relatively even after the first quarter, the Patriots picked up on defense, holding the Hurricanes to just two points in the second quarter.
Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete, said, "Our man defense kept us in the game. [At halftime], we went over how to get open and how to get our plays in."
The problem for the Patriots was that the Hurricanes were defending just as hard.
The Liberty Hurricanes remain undefeated after the boys swim team defeated Dieruff, 75-26, and the girls swim team also defeated the Huskies, 73-25.
The Hurricane boys won all events except for the 400 free relay.
Individual event winners for Liberty were Alex Fitch in the 200 free in 2:07.52, Brice Kessler in the 200 IM in 2:33.34, and John Butillo in the 50 free in 26.50.
Bryan Rivera won the diving event with 157.5 points.
After a too-close-for-comfort first quarter, the Liberty Hurricanes poured on the defense to defeat Easton, 43-35, last week.
"We decided to focus a lot more on our man defense, and we got a few steals in a row. We had some fast breaks, and pushed the ball up the court," said Liberty's Kali Shumock.
The Hurricanes outscored the Red Rovers by seven points in both the second and third quarters, and by eight points in the fourth quarter.
Shumock led Liberty's scoring with 13 points, followed by freshman, Kay West, who had ten points.
The Liberty Hurricanes swam to two more victories on Dec. 18, as the boys defeated Easton, 205-99, and the girls also defeated the Red Rovers, 180-132.
Individual event winners for the boys were Sean VanAtta in the 200 IM in 2:13.10, Ryan Spadt in the 50 free in 23.51, Evan Smith in the 100 free in 54.00, Alex Medellin in the 500 free in 5:34.28, and VanAtta in the 100 backstroke in 59.94.
"The 200 IM was a touch-out at the end," said team captain, James Sheplock, regarding VanAtta's close finish.
Liberty's Bryan Rivera won the diving event with 135.95 points.