It was a rough week for Freedom’s wrestling program, but one that the Patriots look to learn from after dropping three straight losses.
It was the first taste of defeat for the Pates this season after coming into the week 14-0, dropping results to Bethlehem Catholic, Easton and Parkland. Taking on traditional league powers will test anyone’s mettle, but head coach Dante Terenzio knows it’s part of the process to becoming a better team.
Freedom’s hockey team knows what a difference a year makes.
Last season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey (LVSHL), the Patriots were the surprise team of the league as they had one league loss before Northampton ended their season in the playoffs.
This year, the Patriots’ progress has been slowed by injuries as they will look to salvage some games in the final weeks. Freedom began the week with an overall 1-7-2 mark. It is a year of transition in which several younger players are breaking into the lineup.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are hoping that they’ve reached rock bottom and that things won’t get any worse than they are right now.
The team sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Division after a stretch of 12 games that saw them pick up just two wins and score 16 goals to lose five straight games. The team endured a second straight shutout – and their fifth this season - in Laval on Friday night.
If the winter break proved anything to Freedom, it’s that the Pates can play with anyone.
The Patriots won the Boardwalk Classic in Wildwood last week and did it impressive fashion, which head coach Joe Stellato hopes can pave the way for the team heading into the New Year.
With an 18-point comeback win in their 70-45 contest against Sterling in the opening round and then a 73-62 win over Archbishop Carroll, the second-ranked 4A team in PA, the Pates (8-2) could have eclipsed a mental hurdle on what type of team they want to be.
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Last week we had a pair of makeup matches. The first finds Star of Bethlehem beating Salem UCC 6-3, 8-6, losing the nightcap 2-1. Hitters for Star of Bethlehem: Scott Hoffert 6-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Austin Hoffert 5-14, Joey Hoffert with a HR. Sherry Bush was 6-12, Bill Rinker 5-10 (HR), Kim Bush with a HR, Kierstin Saeger with 2 HRs for Salem UCC.
If you have bird houses or nesting boxes at your residence, now’s a good time to check them so see if they need repair and to clean them out before spring arrives. Incoming birds won’t nest on old nest material that may have mites, bugs or even mice in them.
If you don’t have any boxes but would like to enjoy seeing the spring arrivals such as colorful bluebirds, it would be a great time to either buy or build a box/house or two.
Last week, Stroudsburg scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and rallied from a 10 point deficit to defeat Freedom, 56-52, which hit the Patriots so hard they wouldn’t let that happen again when they defeated Northampton, 45-37, last Saturday.
“We lost our minds at the end of that game, so we needed to stay focused and disciplined during this one,” said Freedom guard Corrin Gill. “We knew who could get hot for them, so we had to force others to shoot. We had to dictate what they did.”
Also challenging for the Patriots would be the Konkrete Kids’ defense.
Senior Julian Thomas and sophomore Isaiah Alexander stepped up in a big way for their team. The duo both tallied game-highs of 18 points in leading the Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball team to an important 61-46 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference basketball victory over Emmaus last Thursday night at Emmaus High School.
Whitehall had the height, but Liberty had the speed, and speed and scrappiness won in the Hurricanes’ 48-46 victory over the Zephyrs on Saturday night at Whitehall.
“Usually our offense can’t make shots because of height, but tonight we hit some threes, stayed with them, and our effort was there,” said Liberty guard Kathryn Wescoe.
The Hurricanes trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half but that was about to change to the Zephyrs’ surprise.
It was Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic that Freedom won’t forget any time soon.
The Patriots came away with two champions from the area’s top holiday tournament and a top 10 team finish to give them a boost of confidence heading into 2020.
Freshman CJ Horvath (106) and senior Luis Vargas (120) became the first Patriot wrestlers to take home gold medals since Rodney Sigley won the tournament in 2004.