Sydnee Karam finished off a stellar swimming career with two more titles last weekend at the District 11 Class AA Championships.
The Bethlehem Catholic senior won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, capping a career that saw her win all eight district championship races she entered over her four-year career.
"I am so excited, so happy, so relieved," she said. "I'm thankful that all my hard work paid off. I knew it was possible. I didn't know if I could do it. I had to keep myself in line all four years of high school and it paid off."
Bethlehem Catholic sent a dozen wrestlers to the PIAA Class AA Southeast Regional Championships, and all 12 performed well enough to advance to this weekend's state championships.
The Golden Hawks crowned three regional champs and had two others finish in the top-three Saturday evening at Wilson High School in Reading.
Freshman Luke Karam (106) and senior teammates Darian Cruz (120) and Ryan Todora (138) all went 3-0 at regionals to earn their titles.
It wasn't long ago that most of the best teams in Bethlehem's Holiday Wrestling Classic came from District 11.
That time has passed.
This year's Classic saw District 2's Wyoming Seminary cruise to the team title while the highest-finishing District 11 team was the Colonial League's Saucon Valley in seventh place.
Freedom finished higher than any other Lehigh Valley big school team, taking 10th place. Liberty was a few places behind in 12th.
The Hurricanes had the top finisher among the two Bethlehem high schools.
Nick Maff didn't know exactly what his lead was coming down the stretch. He got to three under par early in Monday's District 11 golf championship and finished at four under, three strokes better than second-place finisher Evan Notaro of Northampton in the Class AAA tournament.
Maff knew he had to be at or near the top. And the Bethlehem Catholic freshman handled the pressure like a season veteran.
"I got some nerves," said Maff. "I just wanted to par out and not make any stupid mistakes."
In most tournaments, golfers are playing to win and second place means about as much as fifth or tenth or last.
The District 11 Championship Qualifying Tournament is a little different. There's not medal for first place, no prize for winning. And for most golfers, 10th place or 15th place feels just as good as first. The only thing that matters is getting through the tournament and advancing to the district championships.
Mitch Racosky isn't going to let two bad holes bring him down.
The Liberty senior was near the top of the Lehigh Valley Conference Golf Championship leaderboard heading into the final holes.
He was three over par before bogeys on holes 16 and 17 led to a 6-over par 78 Monday at Allentown Municipal Golf Course.
"I definitely played better than what the score reflects," Racosky said. "I bogeyed two of the last three holes. I could have been in a tie for second place if I would have just parred the last three holes."