Ryan Anderson is no stranger to a smile or having fun.
On Saturday night in Hershey, Anderson was able to do both of those things after winning his second-straight state championship at the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Anderson was the lone gold medalist for the Hawks on the night, as Kenny Herrmann made a run to the finals but lost to Northampton’s stalwart Julian Chlebove. The pair helped push Becahi to the team title with 93 points and closed an eventful season for the program in customary fashion - as champions.
The East Penn Conference football all-stars were announced recently two of Liberty’s star players taking home top honors.
Hurricane running back Nasir Legree took home offensive MVP honors for the EPC South after amassing 4,132 career rushing yards. Defensive end Trevor Harris made it a sweep for Liberty’s MVP’s, as he took home the defensive honor from the South.
Freedom had seven first-team selections and Bethlehem Catholic had five members named to the first-team.
The complete list of all-stars is below:
First Team Offense
Scott McClary knew Bethlehem Catholic’s battle against Central Catholic in last Friday’s District 11 4A championship would be emotional. One thing he may not have predicted would be the contest being a blowout.
The Hawks jumped on Central early and never looked back, coasting to a 65-49 victory at Freedom High School.
It was the third straight district title for the Hawks, who improved to 25-3 this year and added another championship to their resume this season after winning the East Penn Conference title as well.
Redemption was a theme for Liberty’s Tal-Reese Flemming and Damen Moyer during Saturday’s Northeast Regional 3A tournament at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
After suffering district final defeats the prior weekend, both Hurricanes used those losses as springboards to regional crowns as Liberty advances seven wrestlers to this week’s PIAA state wrestling tournament in Hershey.
Flemming scored a dose of revenge on Nazareth’s Andrew Smith by surviving a 6-4, overtime victory in the 113-pound finals, a week after Smith defeated him in the district championship.
If there’s any Bethlehem Catholic wrestler heading into this week’s PIAA tournament with a ton of momentum, it’s Cole Handlovic.
The Hawks junior 152-pounder steamrolled his way to a Northeast Regional 3A title last weekend at Memorial Gymnasium and now has his sights on the ultimate prize of state championship this weekend in Hershey.
It was probably not a coincidence that Ryan Anderson and Jagger Condomitti were slated as the final matchup of last Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling finals.
The 145-pound showdown set up a rematch of Condomitti’s upset victory at the PIAA team championship and Anderson knew this would be an opportunity at redemption and he took care of business.
The quest for their third-straight District 11 4A title continues this week for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks hope to lock themselves into Friday’s potential championship matchup with Central Catholic.
The 4A semifinals took place on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines, but it was a safe bet that both Becahi and ACCHS, the number one and two seeds respectively, would find their way toward another meeting this season.
Jaden Freeman has battled injuries over the past two years to prevent him from participating in the District 11 postseason. Last weekend in his home gymnasium, Freeman finally took advantage of his chance to compete and came away with a gold medal.
Freeman was one of four Liberty finalists, but the only one to come away with a district title, as he topped Northampton’s Hunter Werkheiser by a 5-3 decision in Saturday’s championship finals.
It’s playoff time for local teams heading into the District 11 basketball tournament, as Liberty and Freedom both kick off this week’s action on the hard court.
The Hurricanes started the week with Tuesday’s contest against Pocono Mountain West (12-10) at home in an eight-nine matchup.
The two teams last met on January 3 and Liberty (12-10) blew them off the court courtesy of a 72-49 victory, but it’s safe to assume that things won’t be that easy this time around.
Freedom’s wrestling coach Dante Terenzio is taking a wait-and-see approach heading into this weekend’s District 11 wrestling tournament.
The Patriots will have 12 wrestlers in the mix, with three returning medalists, as Terenzio hopes this weekend will display his team’s potential.