The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.
Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:
Catasauqua High School
5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor
7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor
Whitehall High School
6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh
7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond
It was a bit of a shock when Bethlehem Catholic senior Ryan Anderson, the nation’s top-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds, lost a close decision to Northampton’s Jagger Condomitti in the state championships.
The upset kept Northampton’s title hopes alive and certainly seemed to swing momentum to the Konkrete Kids, even if momentarily.
But it didn’t last long.
Freedom’s swim team picked up two wins last week when the Patriot girls defeated Pocono Mountain West, 127-56, and the Patriot boys also defeated Pocono Mountain West, 112-58.
Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette, and Nicole Spaziani won the 200 medley relay for the girls in 2:07.69, and Dominic Fresoli, Sahil Shah, Andrew Ehret, and Danny Connell won the 200 medley relay for the boys in 1:55.15.
Sophie Twigger took first place in the 200 free in 2:20.83, and Al Bell won the same event in 1:46.65.
Hillier won the 200 IM in 2:37.59.
The East Penn Conference and Colonial League announced matchups for their respective league tournaments, which start Friday.
In the EPC, the Bethlehem Catholic boys get the top seed and will host eight-seed Easton at 7:30 p.m. Emmaus earns the second seed and will host Central at 6 p.m.
Freedom takes the fifth seed and will travel to Nazareth for a 7:30 p.m. game while Allen sneaked in on the final night of play to earn the sixth seed and a date at Pocono Mountain East for a 7 p.m. game.
The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks avenged their only regular season dual meet loss by defeating the Liberty Hurricanes 34-22 to win the District XI AAA team wrestling title.
The Hawks head to Hershey looking to claim their second consecutive state team championship and their third in four years.
Beca reached the final on the strength of 41-13 win over Northampton in their semifinal. Liberty got a final bout pin at 152 by Jason Rezac to get by Nazareth 26-24 in the other semi.
Bethlehem Catholic coach Scott McClary still feels like his Golden Hawks have room for improvement and that may be a scary proposition for opposing teams heading into the postseason.
The Hawks (17-3, 13-1) enter the final week of the regular season first place in their division and the top-seed in the East Penn Conference with games against Dieruff (3-16) and Allen (11-7) this week.
With Becahi in prime position to head into the EPC playoffs with the number-one seed and only one regular season loss, McClary is taking it all in stride.
As eastern Pennsylvania comes out of a deep freeze, the AHL season is two-thirds over and there are just 25 games remaining for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. A lot has happened this season with more than just the usual up-and-down player movements and the Phantoms have made it through in relatively good shape. Now, as the end is starting to come into view, it comes time to realize that the Atlantic Division is one big tightly packed mess.
William Allen’s girls’ basketball team had a 40-39 lead over Freedom with possession and less than 30 seconds left in the game, but two forced turnovers by Patriot forward Kailey Turpening resulted in four quick points for Freedom and secured a 45-40 victory over the Canaries on Monday night at Freedom.
Two times in two days, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team defeated both city rivals, and on Friday night in the first game of a girl-boy doubleheader, the Patriots topped Liberty, 56-26, at Liberty.
“Tonight was another cross town rival and it was good to beat them both in a row,” said the Patriots’ top scorer, Jennifer Kokolus, who had 18 points against the Hurricanes. “I tried to run the floor as hard as I can. My teammates always find me. They’re always selfless.”
The Patriots led 28-12 at halftime, but the disparity did not cause Freedom to back down.
Freedom’s hockey team is playing a different role in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this winter.
That’s what happens when you’re undefeated and knock off the defending nine-time, defending champions twice during the regular season.
Beginning this week, the Patriots had an unblemished 13-0 mark, scoring an incredible 113 goals and allowing a minuscule 12 goals. They downed perennial power Parkland 3-0 on Oct. 22 and 5-1 Dec. 17, breaking their undefeated regular season streak of 115 games.