Liberty’s girls’ swim team was victorious over Pocono Mountain East last week 91-74.
The Hurricanes opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Anna Lehr, Grace Russo, Sabrina Krotzer, and Kendra Smith in 1:59.42.
Lehr went on to win the 200 free in 2:06.68.
Abby Mack took first place in the 200 IM in 2:21.57.
Samantha Taylor was a double event winner in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.85 and in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.71.
Cara Kuykens was first in diving.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team was ready for everything Easton threw at them in the East Penn Conference quarterfinal on Monday night when the Patriots defeated the top-seeded Red Rovers 55-51 at Easton Middle School.
“It feels so good,” said Freedom guard Kyra Jefferson. “The last seconds of the game, it was definitely like, we just beat them. They played great basketball. It was fun to compete with them, and I was really excited we got that win, and it feels really good to be a part of it.”
Liberty’s girls’ swim team was victorious over Nazareth last week, defeating the Blue Eagles 126-60, and Liberty’s boys lost to the Blue Eagles 95-91 last week at Nazareth.
In girls’ results, Anna Lehr, Natalie Richardson, Kay Wetmore, and Kendra Smith won the 200 medley relay in 1:56.44.
Lehr also won the 200 free in 2:04.02 and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.40.
Samantha Taylor took first place in the 200 IM in 2:17.12, Wetmore won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.84 and the 500 free in 5:31.83, and Richardson came in first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.21.
After a week of celebrations, including Hope Brown’s 1,000th career point, senior night, and youth night, Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team struggled against Easton and lost to the Red Rovers 53-42 on Friday at Becahi.
“It was a battle of two great teams, and credit to them, it was their night tonight,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “They knocked down shots, and in basketball, that’s what it comes down to.”
Freedom’s girls’ swim team won one and lost one last week, losing to Southern Lehigh 128-55 on Tuesday and defeating East Stroudsburg South on Thursday 109-59.
Individual Patriot winners in the meet against Southern Lehigh were Emily Justice in the 200 free in 2:23.42, and Abby Burnette in the 200 IM in 2:27.57 and in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.83.
William Allen’s girls’ basketball coach Stan Broyles reminded his team, “No foul,” during the last timeout of the Canaries’ game against Freedom last Thursday night, but a foul was given and worked in Allen’s favor in its 51-46 victory over the Patriots at Freedom.
“Not what I wanted, and I don’t know if they wanted to do that, but it was a smart play,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “That’s what I would do in that situation.”
The Patriots were looking to avenge an earlier-season loss to the Canaries but were held to four points in the second quarter while Allen scored 11.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost its second close meet in a week to East Stroudsburg South last Thursday 86-81.
The Patriots’ 200 medley relay team was disqualified after what would have been a first place finish for Freedom.
In individual events, Danny Connelly won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.47, and Jack Runco won the 100 free in 56.68.
The Patriots also had 1-2 finishes in the 500 free by Al Bell and Spencer Smith, respectively, and in the 100 backstroke by Colin Burnette and Dominic Fresoli, respectively.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team just missed a victory over Allentown Central Catholic, losing 89-87 last Thursday at Freedom.
The Vikings picked up extra points with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 free, a 1-2 finish in the 200 free relay, and a 1-3 finish in the 200 medley relay.
“It was down to tenths, [1:48.06 to 1:48.42] but we’ve been working on that medley,” said Freedom senior Spencer Smith. “I saw it Tuesday [against Allen], and I saw it tonight that a lot of the swimmers are giving their all regardless of how down we are or how ahead we are.”
Liberty swimmer Jake Evert was feeling it during the Hurricanes’ meet against Whitehall and broke the pool record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.44 last Tuesday at Liberty.
“I did pretty well in the medley and the 50, so I was kind of feeling a 46, and I got a lot of rest last night, so I was feeling pretty energetic. I didn’t get as tired, and my coach has been giving me a lot of instruction like put my elbows up, flip earlier, when to breathe, and he’s been helping me out a lot, trying to get me to go 46 all season,” Evert said.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team came out strong in the first quarter, and Nazareth came out strong in the second, but it was the Patriots who prevailed in the end, 55-44, over the Blue Eagles last Friday at Freedom.
“We needed this win because of the league standing, so this is a good one for us,” said Patriot forward Jennifer Kokolus.
Freedom, Easton, Bethlehem Catholic, and Allen are fighting for the top spots in the Steel Division of the East Penn Conference.
“It’s been fun, and it’s exciting. We’re all fighting, and we need to win Easton and Allen,” Kokolus said.