Freedom’s girls’ swim team hosted Nazareth last Thursday when the Blue Eagles topped the Patriots, 101-84.
Freedom had a 63-62 lead going into the 200 free relay, but watched their lead start to dwindle throughout the last few events of the night.
The Patriots opened the meet with a first place victory in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Sage Hillier, Abby Burnette, Emily Justice, and Aliah Corrado finishing in 2:06.85.
Hillier placed second in the 200 IM in 2:35.71, and Burnette was second in the 50 free in 27.66.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team expected a dogfight with Whitehall, prepared for the Zephyrs’ third quarter comeback, and executed their way to a 49-38 victory last Tuesday night at Liberty.
“I think we withstood their charge. We expected it to be a dogfight all the way through. I think our handling of pressure was very good tonight. We had limited turnovers, so that’s helping us quite a bit,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “To beat Whitehall tonight, a home game, the kids played well. The kids are very happy with the execution tonight and certainly happy with the win.”
Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost to Nazareth, 115-65, last Thursday at Freedom, but that won’t stop the Patriots from continuing to move forward through the season.
“I think we’ve made great improvements from the beginning of the season, and I think this year is going to be one of our peaks,” said Patriot senior Paras Chand.
Al Bell, Sahil Shah, Luke McClure, and Dominic Fresoli placed second for the Pates in the 200 medley relay in 1:50.76.
Liberty jumper Daeshawn Teague measured the second best long jump in the state at the East Stroudsburg Warrior Classic Indoor Track Meet on Jan. 4 at East Stroudsburg University.
Teague jumped a 22-06.50, placing first among the meet’s other opponents.
Teague also placed third in the triple jump with a 39-08.00 and fifth in the high jump with a 5-06.00.
Freedom junior Fallon Tatlow made her return to the diving board with a second place finish during the Patriots’ swim meet against Nazareth last Thursday after injuries kept her on the pool deck since the start of the season.
“I think I did really well for my first meet and three days of practice,” Tatlow said. “My front one-and-a-half was really good. My inward dive was also really good.”
Tatlow received sevens on her front one-and-a-half.
Liberty’s swim team traveled to Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday when the Hurricane boys defeated the Vikings, 154-118, and the Hurricane girls defeated the Vikettes, 176-107.
The Hurricanes had strong starts in the 200 medley relays, placing first on a combination of Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Kay Wetmore, and Greta Stuckey in 1:58.89, and Jake Evert, Dylan Zukawski, Jonathan Drago, and Sam Capwell in 1:43.95.
Abby Mack won the 200 free in 2:03.06, and Patrick Gilhool won the same event in 1:59.82.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 33 15 .688
St. Paul’s 28 14 .667
Bath Lutheran 27 18 .600
Dryland 25 23 .521
Christ UCC 23 22 .511
Emmanuel 21 24 .467
Ebenezer 22 26 .458
Farmersville 20 25 .444
St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417
Light of Christ 17 28 .378
Salem UCC 16 29 .356
Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom both entered this week’s play as the hottest teams in the East Penn Conference.
The Hawks (10-2) were riding a six game win streak coming into the week, while Freedom (10-2) was winners of nine straight games.
With both teams playing in the Steel Division, it’ll make for an interesting stretch for both teams, as they take on this week’s calendar.
For the Hawks, coming together under first-year head coach Scott McClary has been all about buying in.
Six quick points by Parkland and more missed shots by Freedom prompted Patriot coach Dean Reiman to call a timeout before Friday night’s girls’ basketball game got out of hand.
“He brought us back to the Central game where we let it get too far out of hand, and we realized that this was our game, and we need to turn it on because we need to start winning big games to put us in a good position,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein.