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?
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.
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.
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, DelFranco won the 200 IM in 2:17.77, and Helen Hsu placed first in the 50 free in 25.30 for the Patriots.
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 to only one point?
It was the signature win that Bethlehem Catholic has been looking for over the past several years and now the Hawks have to see if it makes a difference down the stretch course of this season.
Becahi moved a game within clinching their first district playoff berth since the 2006-2007 season after knocking off Liberty 57-40 last Friday night.
The win pushed the Hawks to 10-9 on the season, but more importantly, may have given them the confidence boost needed in order to solidify a district berth with a victory in one of their next three contests.
Freedom head hockey coach Mike Mould recently was pealed that his team reached the goal of a .500 season. However, he also envisioned his senior-laden team could have done more.
With two weeks left in the regular season, Freedom had an overall 5-4-5 record in the Varsity Pure Division of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). The Patriots will begin their final stretch of the season with a game against Non-Pure divisional teams Easton and Phillipsburg next week.
Connor Harrigan, Trevor Watlington, Cameron Bell, and Sam Magnan opened Freedom's swim meet against Central Catholic with a 1:51.86 victory in the 200 medley relay, leading to an overall 107.5-64.5 win over the Vikings last week.
Scott DelFranco took first place in the 200 free in 1:47.69, followed by Magnan and Harrigan.
"Even though it wasn't my best time of the year, I felt really smooth and refreshed. It felt really good," said DelFranco.
DelFranco also took first place in the 100 backstroke in 57.92.
Freedom's girls swim team had three one-two-three finishes in its 135-44 victory over Central Catholic last week.
Shannon Howell, Molly Magnan, and Rachael Giles finished the 200 free consecutively. Howell's time was 1:59.58.
"It feels really good, and it motivates me a lot to try hard and practice. I swim for a club team and this team, and [Coach] Reik [Foust] helps me out with technique and turns. My club coach, Ryan Woodruff, helps me too," said Howell.
Sixty seconds could not tick off the clock fast enough for Freedom to hold on for a two-point victory over Emmaus, and there was only one word that could express the Patriots' 37-36 loss.
"Disappointed," said Freedom center/forward, Ashley Husser.
On a pass from Husser in the final minute, Freedom guard, Ashley Gordon, scored to put the Patriots ahead, 36-34, when the Hornets called a timeout.