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Pair of wrestlers looking for gold

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 3A wrestling tournament is always a spin on the roulette wheel.

Liberty and Freedom just hope the work they put in throughout the season pays off when things kickoff at Memorial Gymnasium this weekend.

Both programs have aspirations of bringing home a district champion and those duties will be rested upon Liberty senior Grimaldi Gonzalez (126) and Freedom senior Evan Kauffman (220).

Both figure to be the top dogs in their respective weight classes and...

LHS girls win 98-87

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Depth was the key to Liberty's girls Valentine's Day victory over neighboring rival Freedom, as the Hurricanes defeated the Patriots 98-87 in their final regular season swim meet.

Adding to the love of one of the friendliest rivalry meets in high school sports was the father-son coaching rivalry of Liberty and Freedom, respectively.

Competing against his son for the first time, Liberty coach Reik Foust said, "I wanted to win everything: every event and both meets [girls and...

Can Hawks send 10 again?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

So what will Bethlehem Catholic do for an encore at this year's District 11 2A wrestling tournament?

After advancing a district record 10 wrestlers to the finals a year ago and crowning seven champions, how will the Hawks fare when this weekend's tournament kicks off on Friday afternoon at Freedom, but ends Saturday evening at Liberty with both the 3A and 2A finals.

Head coach Jeff Karam doesn't know if this year's team can replicate advancing 10 wrestlers to regionals, but he...

Pates, Hawks seeded for runs

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty may have won the Lehigh Valley Conference title last week, but Freedom won the seeding puzzle that comes together once the District 11 brackets are assembled.

The Hurricanes (17-7), who play in the district's toughest conference, scheduled the most competitive nonleague dates this season and who completely dominated the LVC tournament last week en route to the championship, have to settle for a second-seed in this year's 4A bracket.

That's because Pocono Mountain West (...

FHS boys win 99-86

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom swimming coach Reik Foust was looking forward to Valentine's Day, almost since the start of the high school swim season, but not for the reason you may think.

This Valentine's Day would be the first time that father and son swim coaches would go head-to-head in one of the biggest, yet friendliest, rivalry meets in the Lehigh Valley: Freedom versus Liberty.

In the boys meet, the Patriots landed on top, 99-86 over the Hurricanes.

Freedom's Connor Harrigan, Trevor...

It's a Hawk three-peat

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

They came. They saw. They conquered.

Yes, Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling team did it again in Hershey, dismantling the competition en route to a 43-16 victory over Reynolds Saturday afternoon in the PIAA 3A state championship.

Nobody came close to touching the Hawks in their four bouts over the three-day wrestling extravaganza at the Giant Center, as the Hawks had an eye-popping 81-0 win over Lower Moreland in their opener, only to see Fort LeBoeuf test them the closest in the...

'Canes rally, beat Freedom

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Throughout the first 12 minutes of Liberty's game against Freedom on Saturday, it did not appear that it would be a good day for the Hurricanes.

Not only did the Patriots have home-court advantage, but Freedom was determined to avenge its three-point loss to the Hurricanes earlier this season.

Who knew that Maggie Zerbe's bucket with 3:25 to go in the second quarter would only be the start of an 11-point run by the Hurricanes, rallying from a 20-9 deficit, and holding Freedom...

Freedom girls get a victory over Moravian Academy

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom's girls swim team scored a 129-56 victory over Moravian Academy last week.

"They have three different teams within Moravian Academy, [Wilson, Notre Dame, and Moravian Academy], so it was weird to see so many girls that I knew," said Freedom senior, Brooke Munion.

The Patriots opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay by Carly DelFranco, Kelly Kopko, Carly Cussen, and Molly Magnan in 1:59.40.

Rebecca Busby won the 200 free in 2:11.50,...

PHS boys top Liberty

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty's boys swim team knows that faster competition means faster times for the Hurricanes, so despite its 134-52 loss to Parkland last week, Liberty made the most of its second defeat of the season.

"We knew they were going to be really fast, so we made the most of the opportunity we had to swim against really fast people," said Liberty captain, James Sheplock.

The Trojans won all first places and most seconds.

"When you see them, you don't want to let them beat you....

What about when they lost?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Remember all that media hype leading up to the Super Bowl?

The constant topics on ESPN for two weeks on every facet of the game. The Har-bowl brothers storylines. The deer antler controversy. Anything the media can conjure up to fill time for the big game was all part of the process.

What do you hear about the Ravens or 49ers right now?

Sports championships have a limited shelf life when it comes to enjoying the moment of ultimate glory. Being at the top of your...