One of the goals for the Freedom Patriots this season is to improve on last year's record of four wins, and with back-to-back victories last week, the Patriots are on their way.
Freedom defeated Northampton, 41-35, last Tuesday, and Wilson, 41-28, last Thursday.
"We kind of came out slow [against Northampton], but we knew it was our game," said Freedom guard, Brenna Dosedlo.
The Patriots came back from an 18-13 deficit at halftime, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth.
Liberty's girls swimmers scored two victories last week, 146-39 over Allen, and 111-58 over Northampton. Their record improved to 5-0 in the LVC, 8-0 overall.
The Canes won all events against Allen.
Lydia Csatari, Shannon Hogan, Laura Parks, and Grace Walters won the 200 medley relay in 2:08.94.
Emily Cecchini was first in the 200 free in 2:09.30, and the 100 breast in 1:16.07, Madison Sauers took first in the 200 IM in 2:22.92, and Jocelyn Baker won the 50 free in 26.96, and the 100 free in 58.21.
Victoria Carter won diving with 180.05 points.
Liberty's boys swimming team won two victories last week, defeating Allen, 127-56, and Northampton, 104-63.
Their record improved to 5-0 in the LVC, 8-0 overall.
Individual event winners for the Hurricanes against the Canaries were Sean Vannata in the 200 free in 2:06.24, and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.14, Matt Buell in the 200 IM in 2:18.25, Brandon Merkert in the 100 free in 54.04, Alex Medellin in the 100 backstroke in 1:08.15, and Nolan Vannata in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.68.
Liberty divers, Brenna McCornac, Victoria Carter, and Rachel Steiner, placed in the top ten at the Lehigh Valley Conference Diving Meet on Jan. 12 at Emmaus High School.
Liberty/Freedom diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer said, "They really dove well. I'm proud of them. Kaycee too."
Freedom diver, Kaycee Stoudt, placed 11th with 272.90 points.
McCornac, who was in fourth place for most of the eleven-dive meet, finished in fifth place with 323.15 points.
"I was shocked," said McCornac, having done better than she expected.
New pool records were set last week at Freedom High School's Natatorium in the Patriots meet against Nazareth.
Scott DelFranco set a pool record in the 500 free in 4:51.81. Peter Conzola and Helen Hsu also set pool records in the 100 backstroke. Conzola's time was unavailable as of Press deadlines, but Hsu's time was 1:00.10. Shannon Howell set a pool record in the 500 free in 5:16.38.
Connor Harrigan, Sam Magnan, Eric Lawrence, and DelFranco combined for a pool record in the 400 free relay in 3:23.58.
January 8 was a night to remember for Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team as they defeated Central in grand style.
The Hawks' 45-23 victory last Tuesday marked their first win against the Vikings in 15 seasons, and, as Becahi guard, Janelle Robinson, described it, it was a statement game.
Last year, the Hawks were on the losing end to the Vikings three times. Some of those losses were tougher than others. One was controversial. But on Jan. 8, there was no doubt about which team reigned.
In a meet where every place mattered, the Freedom Patriot girls defeated the Southern Lehigh , 94-89, last Tuesday.
"It's a big meet. Last year we didn't perform as well as we wanted," said Freedom swimmer, Carly DelFranco, before the meet's conclusion.
Although the Patriots had their share of first places, second and third swum by Molly Magnan, Kelly Kopko, and Caitlin McCadden were just as important.
Magnan was third in the 50 free and second in the 100 free, Kopko placed second in the 100 breaststroke, and McCadden came in third in the 100 backstroke.
Scott DelFranco, Trevor Watlington, Peter Conzola, and Kyle Hanchick set the stage for Freedom's 120-60 victory over Southern Lehigh last week, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:48.08.
"I got us in a good lead, which led up to everyone's [pace]," said DelFranco.
DelFranco then won the 200 free in 1:50.35, and was second in the 100 back.
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.