The East Penn Conference wrestling championship is slated to take place on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The official pairings for the Saturday full slate of competition between each team in the conference won’t be decided until Thursday, but one matchup that appears to be a near certainty before pairings are released is the 7 p.m. championship bout between Bethlehem Catholic (8-0, 7-0) and Nazareth (11-1, 6-0).
Liberty played their best game of the season on Sunday and look to carry that momentum forward following their showing at the Parkinson’s Jamfest at Parkland over the weekend.
Liberty knocked off last year’s PIAA 6A runner-up, Pennridge, 51-46 in the quadruple header that raises funds and brings awareness to the disease in support of former Northampton athletic director Mike Schneider.
Freedom’s swim team opened its meet against Nazareth with a strong performance in the girls’ 200 medley relay but lost against the Blue Eagles, 106-79 for the girls, and 86-55 for the boys last Thursday at Nazareth.
Nicole Spaziani, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette, and Sydney Straka won the relay in 2:06.69.
Andrew Ehret, Danny Connell, Luke McClure, and Eric Mann placed second in the same relay, out touched with a time of 1:50.46 to Nazareth’s 1:49.02.
Connell won the 200 free in 1:59.06, and Burnette won the 200 IM in 2:29.11.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team continued its undefeated season with a 76-29 victory over East Stroudsburg South on Friday at Becahi.
Also continuing is the Hawks’ hunger to challenge themselves with nonconference games throughout the season.
The Hawks began on Dec. 7 when they defeated Springfield DELCO, 64-50.
One week later, the Hawks competed in the She Got Game Invitational in Virginia where they defeated Sidwell Friends High School, 61-58, the same school attended by President Barack Obama’s daughters.
The first EPC Diving Meet of the season was held on Jan. 11 at Emmaus High School where five female divers from Freedom, Liberty, and Bethlehem Catholic placed in the top 12 out of 17 competitors.
“It was a great day for all of them,” said Coach Emily Kocis. “They all did very well and kept it all very well put together with some very strong dives.”
Freedom’s Sarah Gill took fourth place with a score of 357.75. Also from Freedom, Fallon Tatlow was sixth with 305.25 points and Cailin Connelly was 10th with 259.45 points.
Bethlehem Catholic has taken their share of bumps and bruises this year at individual tournaments, but the Golden Hawks will look to dole out some punches this weekend when they head to Council Rock South for the Escape the Rock tournament.
Becahi took home the tournament title last year and head coach Jeff Karam thinks his team is suited to make their best run at an individual tournament this weekend compared to their stints at the Ironman and Beast of the East earlier this year.
Stroudsburg’s girls’ swim team hung close to Liberty, but the Hurricanes pulled out a 92-78 victory over the Mountaineers last Thursday at Liberty.
“[Coach] Reik [Foust] told us they had some depth so I was kind of worried about that, but I knew our girls could push through, and a lot of girls are sick, so I was worried about that too, but I knew in the end we’d pull through with the relays,” said Hurricane captain Abby Mack.
Brooke Sergent, Samantha Taylor, Talia Lehr, and Mack opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.48.
When Allentown Central Catholic’s swim team comes to Liberty, it’s more of a reunion than a regular season swim meet for some of the Vikings and Hurricanes.
“I look forward to this meet. We practiced here when we swam for the Y, so we’re all back in the same pool, and we hang out when we’re between events,” said Liberty’s Sammy Taylor last Thursday night. “The people you swam the Y with, you associate them with when you first started loving swimming.”
Liberty’s patience along with its quickness led to a 59-30 victory over Quakertown on Saturday at Liberty.
“The first quarter we didn’t shoot the ball well at all. We were getting shots we wanted, but we couldn’t make a thing, and finally in the second quarter we got some to drop,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “I think our pressure got to them where we got some steals and some transition buckets in the second quarter and then Morgan Bokan came in...”
Liberty’s boys’ swim team defeated Stroudsburg, 116-54, last Thursday at Liberty.
Patrick Gilhool, Sean McGuire, Daniel Lader, and Ben Service won the 200 medley relay in 1:46.82.
“It’s a lot of fun being the anchor in meets. It’s pressure, especially if it’s close,” said Service.
Addison Collins won the 200 free in 1:51.09 and the 100 free in 51.05, Corbin Eisenhardt won the 50 free in 25.01, and Gilhool took first in the 100 butterfly in 54.75 and the 100 backstroke in 57.15, and McGuire came in first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.86.