As Bethlehem Catholic guard, Nicole Lacherza, sank the first of two free throws in the final seconds of the District XI Class 3A final against Southern Lehigh on Saturday, a full-blown smile came across Becahi coach Bill Lanscek's face.
It was a long time coming, considering there was no guaranteed Becahi victory until that very moment. In fact, the Hawks trailed for most of the game by as many as nine points, but a true team effort clinched a 50-44 win over the Spartans and a district championship at Easton Area Middle School.
It was a span of roughly 11 seconds as overtime was winding down that proved to be the difference in Saturday's District 11 4A boys basketball tilt between No. 7 Emmaus and No. 2 Liberty.
After the Hornets rallied from a four-point deficit with under a minute to play in regulation to send it into overtime, the Hurricanes trailed 49-47 in the extra session with under a minute to play.
The Hurricanes were in need of a big bucket with the clock ticking down.
And it was a pair of their leaders who provided back-to-back plays that proved to be decision maker.
The Bethlehem/Central Catholic hockey team fell down by a goal three different times and fought back to tie the game twice, but just didn't come up with a third goal in losing its final regular season game 3-2 to Salisbury/Whitehall last Monday night at the Lehigh Valley Ice Arena.
"We've had problems scoring goals," said head coach John Heckenberger. "We're snake bitten if that's what you want to call it. We fought hard, but we let those early goals in which didn't help. They came out strong this time after we got them last time."
Evan Kauffman became Freedom's first district champion since 2006 over the weekend and Liberty's Grimaldi Gonzalez repeated his stint atop the podium as the Bethlehem wrestlers brought home the only gold medals for their respective schools from the District 11 3A wrestling tournament held at Memorial Gymnasium.
Kauffman was one of four Patriots to move onto this week's Northeast Regional 3A tournament at Liberty, while the host Hurricanes advanced three wrestlers.
Liberty and Freedom had four divers in the top ten at the District 11 Diving Championships on Feb. 23 at Emmaus High School.
Liberty diver, Brenna McCornac, took fifth place with a score of 325.55. Freedom diver, Kaycee Stoudt, took seventh place with a score of 307.00. McCornac's teammates, Victoria Carter, Rachel Steiner, and Rachel Finn placed eighth, ninth, and 14th respectively.
"It's the best I've done all season," said Stoudt.
Bethlehem Catholic wasn't taking any chances in its 60-41 district quarterfinal victory over Palmerton on Saturday at Catasauqua High School.
A starting line-up change from the LVC semifinal and full-court pressure from the start propelled the Hawks to an early 11-2 lead.
"In pressure defense, Jordynn Jones is more similar to Janelle [Robinson]. She's quick and fast and strong, and her athleticism will get her through that," said Becahi coach Bill Lanscek.
Jones, a freshman, replaced Robinson, a junior, who is injured.
Liberty's run in district playoffs came to an end last week, but not without a fight, before the Hurricanes fell to Nazareth, 48-42.
In the fourth quarter of the district quarterfinal at Allen High School, the Hurricanes pulled to within two points of the Blue Eagles three times, but Nazareth had an answer for each attempt.
Nazareth's Kassie Behler and Morgan Calabrese had back-to-back three pointers, and Behler and Lennon Kramer made six foul shots in the final minute of the game.
For Bethlehem Catholic to crown nine champions in last weekend's District 11 2A tournament may not be a surprise to many.
After all, the Golden Hawks boast a star-studded lineup top to bottom that recently just earned its third straight PIAA title.
What some people forget, though, is this team isn't made up of just talented upperclassmen that are used to performing on the big stage.
Included on the squad are freshmen who have never participated under the bright lights of Liberty High School during the District 11 finals.
Things got a little nerve-racking for Freedom boys basketball head coach Joe Stellato and his Patriots during the fourth quarter of Saturday's District 11 4A quarterfinals matchup against Easton at William Allen High School's Sewards Gym.
The Patriots saw a nine-point lead late in the third quarter disappear as the Red Rovers went on a 9-0 run themselves to tie it with 4:38 to play in the fourth. The Patriots failed to get on the scoreboard for nearly six minutes in that fourth quarter, setting up for a dramatic finish.
Bethlehem Catholic's varsity competition cheerleading squad recently returned from the 2013 National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fl., ending the 2012-2013 competition season for the Hawks.
"Our main goals were to score 30 or higher in the cheer and to get to semifinals, which we did," said Becahi captain, Ali Wildman.
Out of 42 teams representing 13 states, the Hawks placed 18th.
"I am so proud of the team," said Becahi cheerleading coach Brenda Michalska.