Liberty swimmer Jake Evert is a PIAA State Class 3A silver medalist since competing in the 50 freestyle this past Friday at Bucknell University. “I’m pretty content with it. Obviously, I was trying to win and wanted to do well going into it,” Evert said.
Evert’s time was 20.23. State College’s Matt Brownstead won the 50 free with a time of 19:55, a new state record.
“It was nice because I saw some splits from other guys I was going to race,” said Evert. “I felt faster and more energized. How you prepare for it- you’ll do well.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team defeated Gwynedd Mercy in the second round of PIAA State Class 4A playoffs, 44-33, last Wednesday at Governor Mifflin High School.
The Hawks were troubled by bad passes and were forced to press early in the game, but Gwynedd Mercy worked its way around that in the first quarter.
“Then, our feet came alive, and we talked about taking the next pass away and taking the onus of playing that man to man defense in the center of the court, and the girls did a good job of forcing a couple five second calls,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team cruised through the first round of PIAA State Class 4A playoffs in a mercy rule game, defeating Carver Engineering & Science, 68-19, at Easton Area Middle School.
Carver had started the game, already behind, when they hit traffic coming from Philadelphia, forcing a late start.
“I really commend them. I feel they had class, they weren’t angry. They played aggressive, but I was happy they were a good opponent,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier, who hit the first two three-pointers of the game.
Freedom’s boys’ tennis team opened the season with a 6-0 victory over East Stroudsburg North on Monday at Freedom.
“It’s definitely nice to be at home, but it’s a little different because we’ve had pretty bad weather and it’s only our second time out here,” said Patriot captain Justin Szaro.
Snow fell just in time for the start of spring sports practices, forcing teams inside or not at all. Freedom was able to get in a couple of practices at Northwood Racquet Club.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team recovered quickly from trailing 12-4 halfway through the first quarter in the first round of PIAA State Class 6A playoffs and clinched a 50-45 victory over Souderton last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“I think our kids just wanted it more, and 50-50 plays in the second half... When they answered us in the third quarter and cut the lead to two, I don’t think we lost faith. We came down and executed and just ran our stuff,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman.
Bethlehem Catholic lived up to its defense-wins-games philosophy and won the District XI Class 4A girls’ basketball semifinal against Northwestern Lehigh, 53-28, last Wednesday at Catasauqua High School.
“We always said from the jump we have to bring intensity,” said Becahi guard Isabelle Rosario, who scored eight points, including two threes against the Tigers.
Liberty senior Jake Evert thought all season about breaking his friend’s record, the district record, in the 50 freestyle, setting that goal from the start, and when he broke it this weekend at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, he pointed right back to that friend, Robert Negron.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team won two individual medals, three relay medals, and placed third in team results at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships last Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Talia Lehr, and Abby Mack won the silver medal in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:49.49, setting a school record.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team was the first to end the stand off by doing exactly that, standing off, in the Hawks’ 47-38 victory over Jim Thorpe in the District XI Class 4A final last Saturday at Freedom High School where they were crowned district champions.
“After killing about a minute, that’s when I felt a little reassured we had this,” said Becahi center Abby Brown.
The Hawks’ first lead since the first quarter against the Olympians came with 3:20 left in the third quarter when Isabelle Rosario intercepted a pass and scored on a lay up.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team placed second in the District XI Class 6A tournament after losing to Northampton, 60-52, last Thursday at Easton Area Middle School.
“They played their hearts out and sometimes when they play their hearts out, it’s not good enough,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “I’m 100 percent confident they’re going to bounce back and get ready for the state playoffs.”
Half of the Patriots’ first-half points came from sophomore Jewel Levy and nine of those points were threes.