Freedom's swimmers scored two victories before the Christmas break when the Patriot girls defeated Whitehall, 100-83, and the Patriot boys also defeated the Zephyrs, 108-55.
Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.29.
Howell won the 200 free in 1:57.91 and the 100 free in 55.14. DelFranco was also a double event winner with victories in the 200 IM in 2:16.12, and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.31.
In the first of two meetings between archrivals Liberty and Freedom, it was the Lady Hurricanes who came out on top, 46-40, on Dec. 21, right before the Christmas break.
Relatively even after the first quarter, the Patriots picked up on defense, holding the Hurricanes to just two points in the second quarter.
Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete, said, "Our man defense kept us in the game. [At halftime], we went over how to get open and how to get our plays in."
The problem for the Patriots was that the Hurricanes were defending just as hard.
The Liberty Hurricanes remain undefeated after the boys swim team defeated Dieruff, 75-26, and the girls swim team also defeated the Huskies, 73-25.
The Hurricane boys won all events except for the 400 free relay.
Individual event winners for Liberty were Alex Fitch in the 200 free in 2:07.52, Brice Kessler in the 200 IM in 2:33.34, and John Butillo in the 50 free in 26.50.
Bryan Rivera won the diving event with 157.5 points.
Bethlehem Catholic may have a lineup full of new wrestlers, but the Hawks haven't changed much from a year ago, at least when it comes to the Tony Iasiello Christmas City Tournament.
Becahi ran away with the team title for a second consecutive year, walloping the competition with 310.5 team points, while sending 12 wrestlers into the finals and crowning eight champions.
At this point last season, Bethlehem Catholic was struggling to find wins on the basketball court. As they entered the York Catholic tournament a year ago at 0-5, they finally found some salvation with their first victory of the season during their Christmas break.
A year later, the Hawks return home with a tournament championship as they knocked off York Catholic 68-38 in last Friday's championship game.
Matt Husek led Becahi (4-4) with 17 points, while Justin Lenzer added 14, including four 3-pointers, to get the Hawks to .500 as they enter this week's action.
Liberty breezed through their first five games of the regular season, but the Hurricanes ran into some hiccups during the holiday season.
After a 5-0 start in the month of December, the 'Canes dropped their final two games before the new year, falling to Rancocas Valley 53-50 in double overtime last week, coupled by a 56-53 defeat to Arch Bishop Carroll last Saturday.
Head coach Chad Landis hopes that after his team's buzzsaw approach to the first five games of the year, the Christmas break provided a dose of reality.
It wasn't long ago that most of the best teams in Bethlehem's Holiday Wrestling Classic came from District 11.
That time has passed.
This year's Classic saw District 2's Wyoming Seminary cruise to the team title while the highest-finishing District 11 team was the Colonial League's Saucon Valley in seventh place.
Freedom finished higher than any other Lehigh Valley big school team, taking 10th place. Liberty was a few places behind in 12th.
The Hurricanes had the top finisher among the two Bethlehem high schools.
If there's one thing synonymous with the holiday season, it's holiday tournaments. Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic's boys' basketball teams will be making treks out of the area this week, as they gear up for out-of-area competition.
Liberty finds themselves in the most prestigious tournament on Dec. 27 and 29 when they take part in the Primetime Christmas Shootout at Trenton Catholic Academy (NJ).
After a too-close-for-comfort first quarter, the Liberty Hurricanes poured on the defense to defeat Easton, 43-35, last week.
"We decided to focus a lot more on our man defense, and we got a few steals in a row. We had some fast breaks, and pushed the ball up the court," said Liberty's Kali Shumock.
The Hurricanes outscored the Red Rovers by seven points in both the second and third quarters, and by eight points in the fourth quarter.
Shumock led Liberty's scoring with 13 points, followed by freshman, Kay West, who had ten points.
The Liberty Hurricanes swam to two more victories on Dec. 18, as the boys defeated Easton, 205-99, and the girls also defeated the Red Rovers, 180-132.
Individual event winners for the boys were Sean VanAtta in the 200 IM in 2:13.10, Ryan Spadt in the 50 free in 23.51, Evan Smith in the 100 free in 54.00, Alex Medellin in the 500 free in 5:34.28, and VanAtta in the 100 backstroke in 59.94.
"The 200 IM was a touch-out at the end," said team captain, James Sheplock, regarding VanAtta's close finish.
Liberty's Bryan Rivera won the diving event with 135.95 points.