Scholar athletes from Bethlehem high schools dominated the 2012 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet Sunday.
Winning the top female and male awards were Bridget M. Smith of Becahi and Alec J. Talsania of Moravian Academy.
Smith played at center midfield for the Becahi girls and recorded a remarkable 71 goals and 40 assists in her career. She is also outstanding in the classroom with a number-one ranking in her senior class of 208 students with a 4.15 GPA out of 4.
In a meet where every place mattered, the Freedom Patriot girls defeated the Southern Lehigh , 94-89, last Tuesday.
"It's a big meet. Last year we didn't perform as well as we wanted," said Freedom swimmer, Carly DelFranco, before the meet's conclusion.
Although the Patriots had their share of first places, second and third swum by Molly Magnan, Kelly Kopko, and Caitlin McCadden were just as important.
Magnan was third in the 50 free and second in the 100 free, Kopko placed second in the 100 breaststroke, and McCadden came in third in the 100 backstroke.
If Bethlehem Catholic got the proverbial 'monkey off their back' last Friday in enjoying their first Lehigh Valley Conference win of the season over Northampton, 76-54, head coach Mike Frew didn't feel any weight lifted off him.
A night removed from a 67-60 overtime victory at Stroudsburg, Frew just knew his team needed to buckle down and thump the struggling Kids (2-10).
Four Hawks were in double digits against the Kids, led by senior center Matt Husek's 19 points and sophomore point guard Freddie Simmons 14.
Dylan Brown gave Freedom their first lead of the night over Northampton with one bout to go, but the reality of the situation made it bitter sweet.
Brown's fall in 3:13 over Brandon Wallander at 106-pounds gave Freedom a temporary moment of accomplishment, as they held a 27-26 advantage, but it all ended Monday night with Northampton's Mike Sheetz (113) packed away Tyler Trapani with a pin to give the Kids a 32-27 victory.
Scott DelFranco, Trevor Watlington, Peter Conzola, and Kyle Hanchick set the stage for Freedom's 120-60 victory over Southern Lehigh last week, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:48.08.
"I got us in a good lead, which led up to everyone's [pace]," said DelFranco.
DelFranco then won the 200 free in 1:50.35, and was second in the 100 back.
Patriot pride and determination is evident on the girls basketball team, as Freedom was victorious over Allen last week, 40-23.
Most noteably, the Patriots held the Canaries scoreless for the second quarter while scoring 11 points of their own.
"We just wanted to pick it up and get this win. We started hitting our plays and scoring more, and our defense was much better. We went from 3-2 to man, and that kind of mixed them up a little, and then we went 1-3-1, and they didn't have anything for that," said Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete.
Things are back on track at Freedom and it's been a sobering week at Liberty.
A week in the life of basketball coaches can go from being pleased to wondering when things will turn around.
For the Patriots, back-to-back wins over Allen and Nazareth closed out a three-game sweep on their schedule last week to pull themselves out of a below .500 mark into a 7-5 record heading into last night's tilt at Northampton.
Jeff Karam knows that keeping his Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team focused can be an issue at times.
Karam does have a program that is 6-0 on the season and has developed winning habits continually over the past three years.
Still, he saw a lack of intensity from his team during last week's 34-13 victory over Nazareth.
Whether the Hawks just came out flat, had a case of boredom or a bout of over confidence, that all should change this week.
Freedom's girls swim team swept all events in its 87-14 victory over Dieruff last Thursday.
Caitlin McCadden, Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, and Molly Magnan won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.91.
In the next girls' event, DelFranco won the 200 free in 2:02.15, and later, won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.56.
Rebecca Busby clinched the 200 IM in 2:32.62, and placed first in the 100 free in 1:03.71, and Brooke Munion swam to a first place finish in the 50 free in 26.56.
Liberty swimmers Sean Van Atta, Nolan Van Atta, Matt Buell, and Jacob Jones opened the boys meet against Central with a victory in the 200 medley relay, which led to a 108-58 win over the Vikings last week.
Sean Van Atta swam to a first place finish in the 200 IM in 2:16.75, and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.27.
Jones was also a double event winner, taking first place in the 50 free by a touch in 24.52, and the 100 free in 54.46.