Four top-seeded teams earned league basketball championships this week as tournaments were completed in both the East Penn Conference and Colonial League.
In the EPC title games, Allen boys beat Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic girls held off Nazareth Thursday night at the PPL Center. In the Colonial League, Southern Lehigh upended Bangor for the boys title and Notre Dame (Green Pond) took down Moravian Academy for the girls championship Friday at Freedom High School.
Bethlehem Catholic guard Isabelle Rosario correctly predicted the Hawks would be facing Freedom in the EPC semifinal, played Tuesday, past Press deadlines.
“I’m actually ready for Tuesday,” Rosario said after the Hawks defeated Easton, 64-49, in the first round of conference playoffs last Friday night at Becahi.
“Last time we played Easton, it was actually a really, really close game until the fourth quarter, and we knew that they’re coming back here, it’s playoffs, and we couldn’t slack off,” said Rosario.
Freedom junior Sarah Gill placed fifth out of 15 female divers at the EPC Diving Championships last Saturday at Parkland High School.
“Sarah had a good day,” said Freedom/Liberty diving coach Emily Kocis. “She’s an all- around athlete. She’s strong both physically and mentally.”
Gill’s score was 378.35.
“My two best dives were a reverse dive and a back 1.5 twist,” Gill said. “Since the last EPC meet, I switched a back 2.5 twist with a back 1.5 twist 1.5 flip, and it was a little short and my feet came apart a little bit, but overall it was better than my 2.5 twist.”
The Hurricane in Bethlehem continues to gain strength.
The one on the basketball court, that is.
Liberty’s basketball team won its 15th consecutive game and kept its slate clean since the New Year, as the Hurricanes downed Allentown Central Catholic, 60-53, in an East Penn Conference (EPC) semifinal at the PPL Center in Allentown Monday night.
With its win, second-seeded Liberty (20-4) will meet top-seeded Allen - a 66-61 overtime winner over Parkland - for the EPC final back on the same court Thursday evening.
League championship basketball match ups are now finalized for both the Colonial League and East Penn Conference.
The Colonial League held girls semifinals Wednesday evening at Catasauqua High School.
Top-seeded Notre Dame (Green Pond) beat No. 4 Bangor 51-36 in a girls semifinal to advance to the championship game, while No. 3 Moravian Academy took down No. 3 Northwestern 49-45.
The Crusaders and Lions will meet Friday at 6 p.m. with the boys championship between No. 1 Southern Lehigh and No. 6 Bangor scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team defeated Southern Lehigh, 110-76, and Liberty’s boys also defeated Solehi, 89-81, last Tuesday at Liberty.
Sammy Taylor, Abby Mack, Talia Lehr, and Sarah Park opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.12.
Mack went on to win the 200 free in 2:00.32. Brooke Sergent took first place in the 200 IM in 2:21.26, and Addison Collins won the same event in 2:03.49.
Park won the 50 free in 26.47, Lehr came in first in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.42, and Patrick Gilhool also came in first in the fly in 52.90.
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Dryland 37 20 .649
Star of Beth 38 22 .633
Light of Christ 32 25 .561
Bath Luth 31 26 .544
Salem UCC 28 29 .491
Emmanuel 26 28 .481
St. Stephen’s 28 32 .467
Christ UCC 26 31 .456
Farmersville 24 33 .421
St. Paul’s 24 36 .400
Ebenezer 21 43 .389
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Ebenezer 4-1, 0-6, 2-4
Eb - Vic Pacchioni 6-12, Steve Goutis 6-12, Jim Voortman 4-12.
SS - Dave Blaukovitch 6-11, Ed Wychock 5-13, Maceo Conner 4-11 HR.
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Liberty’s girls’ basketball team closed out its season on Feb. 4 at home with a 66-40 loss to North Schuylkill but won its last conference game against Dieruff, 61-34, on Jan. 3 at Dieruff.
“We played a very, very good game yesterday against Dieruff,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “Tonight, [North Schuylkill’s] pressure is a little different, but you know, our kids compete. We don’t give up.
Bethlehem Catholic’s reign in Hershey as the top program in the state came to an end over the weekend, as well as their quest at a three-peat in the 3A team race.
The Golden Hawks still finished with medals around their necks, coming home with a third place finish following a 45-15 demolition over Erie Cathedral Prep in the 3A consolation final.
It marked the 10th straight year that the Hawks returned from Hershey with a prize, albeit not the one they were looking for.
Last Thursday night was an all-girls senior night for Freedom’s swim team when Grace Christiansen, Sage Hillier, Elena Hume, Hallie Smith, Sydney Straka, and Fallon Tatlow were honored by teammates, coaches, family, and friends prior to the Patriots’ swim meet with Stroudsburg at Freedom.
“There are moments when I feel like a senior and I’m almost out, but then there are times where I feel like I still have so much to learn,” said Smith. “My best was probably the 400 free relay at the end. I felt good going out.”