Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.
In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.
Scranton Prep was not about to allow Bethlehem Catholic to hand them a second loss this season, but neither were the Hawks going to hand the Classics a state playoff victory last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“I told our team, we’ve got to break through. We’ve got to get away, so being able to start it, once our momentum goes, I know our team is going to come through,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.
All Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Ray Barbosa could do after the Hawks’ last minute 58-56 loss to Greater Nanticoke in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs last Saturday afternoon was shake his head.
“They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter. Our defense has to be better than that,” Barbosa said. “We can’t give up 30 points in one quarter. We can’t do that.”
A lot happened in the last minute, but by then, the Trojans were well on their way to scoring those 30 points that Barbosa could barely wrap his head around.
Liberty senior Julia McCarthy already had a no sweat mindset by the time day one of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships began last Friday night at Parkland High School.
“I was feeling relaxed. It was a weird state of mind,” McCarthy said. “I was thinking, just win, and my real competition is the clock.”
McCarthy, who clinched the gold medal in the 200 IM in 2:04.23, was right.
On the second and final day of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, Freedom sophomore Al Bell won the gold medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:45.94.
“That was the goal,” Bell smiled.
Bell finished the event more than two seconds ahead of Parkland’s Hyunbin Kim and Southern Lehigh’s Raahi Klar-Chaudhuri who tied for second place in 4:48.00.
It was barely 10 minutes before the boys’ 200 free relay, when Liberty senior Anthony Delcorso was told he would lead off in the final event of day one’s District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday night at Parkland High School.
It was also more than a pleasant surprise for Delcorso, who had wanted to medal after missing out in previous years, but would he be able to duplicate that same strong start he had when he competed in the 50 free earlier in the evening?
Winning a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships was something Liberty senior Julia McCarthy had her eye on since her freshman year.
“It’s something I just really wanted to do,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy clinched that gold medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.57 on day two of districts last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School.
It did not take long for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to make a statement in its 66-30 District XI Class 4A semifinal victory over Blue Mountain Wednesday night at Whitehall High School.
As a result of drawing a bye in the quarterfinals, the Hawks had a long time to prepare for its run in the district tournament, 12 days to be exact.
Liberty and Freedom divers competed at the District XI Diving Championships last Saturday at Emmaus High School.
In Class AAA girls, Freedom’s Fallon Tatlow placed seventh with a score of 318.15, and Liberty’s Cara Kuykens placed eighth with a score of 307.25.
Also from Freedom, Leigha Evans placed 11th with a score of 273.35, and from Liberty, Alicia Valladares placed 14th with a score of 205.25.
For the first time in seven seasons, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team qualified for district playoffs, and despite its 65-54 loss to Parkland last Thursday night, the Patriots’ season had success written all over it.
“It’s a process,” said Coach Dean Reiman. “You don’t go from doormat to league champ in a year, but we have kids coming back, and we’ll work harder to hopefully win the district.”
Walking out of the locker room after halftime, the Patriots were full of hope, trailing 30-28, and fans were on their feet in full support.