It wasn't a surprise to anyone that Bethlehem Catholic left Freedom Saturday night with their third straight District 11 2A championship.
The Hawks crushed the competition in all three bouts, capping off their dominant weekend with a 53-9 victory over Saucon Valley in the finals.
As head coach Jeff Karam enjoyed another championship, it was evident that no matter how easy it looked for Becahi over the course of two days, the end result of claiming another piece of hardware was still memorable.
Although the Hurricanes were ten points ahead, halfway through their swim meet against Nazareth, Liberty knew the Blue Eagles could not be taken lightly.
In addition, Liberty swim coach Reik Foust, and diving coach, Jeff Zettlemoyer, make it a practice to not cash in on diving points when the other team, in this case, Nazareth, has no divers. On top of that, the meet would be scored as a six-lane rather than an eight-lane meet.
John Truby celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday and he couldn't have gotten a better present than what the Bethlehem Area School District gave him at their monthly board meeting that night.
Truby was approved to become the next head football coach at Liberty, ending a month of speculation about one of the hottest vacancies the Lehigh Valley Conference has to offer.
"If this is what your 30s have to offer, I can't wait to turn 31," said Truby. "It's a humbling experience and an honor to be the next head coach at Liberty. I'm really excited to start working with the kids."
Freedom High School's competition cheerleading squad won the silver medal in the large division at the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The Patriots' second-place victory earned them the right to compete at the PIAA State Cheerleading Competition on Feb. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
"I'm very proud of them. I think they rose to the challenge and did an excellent job. Nothing pleases me more than when they look like they're having fun out there," said Freedom cheerleading coach Alicia Zito.
Like the Liberty boys swim team, the Liberty girls were hoping for an eight-lane meet against Nazareth last week, but in spite of it all, the Hurricanes landed on top, 123-61 last Thursday.
Emily Cecchini, Anita Kundla, Rachel Rider, and Maggie Olock opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.69.
Olock said, "Swimming last is more fun. First is harder because you have to set the pace of the team."
In individual events, Jocelyn Baker won the 200 free in 2:03.91 and the 500 free in 5:24.88.
Liberty's senior night resulted in a 52-34 victory over Emmaus last Tuesday.
After a 21-16 Hurricane lead at the half, the Hornets threatened in the third quarter, pressing on defense and pulling to within one point.
"I think they played really good defense the whole game, but our guards handled it well," said senior, Maggie Zerbe, who had ten points on the night.
It was a good start to the day for Bethlehem at the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland on Sunday, but the tournament ended with a loss to another Bethlehem school.
Liberty kicked things off Sunday afternoon with a 54-46 victory over Council Rock North, getting a small dose of revenge on their District One counterparts, after the Indians eliminated Liberty from the second round of the state playoffs two years ago.
For head coach Chad Landis, it wasn't much about revenge, but rather gaining their second straight non-league victory over a high-caliber opponent.
One thing was evident in the eyes of Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball head coach Michael Frew from the beginning of last week's game against Emmaus - the Hornets wanted it just that much more.
The Hornets (9-8 overall; 7-3 in LVC) jumped out to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, and were never severely threatened from that point on en route to their 66-52 victory over the Hawks (8-9 overall; 2-8 in LVC) last Thursday night.
Freedom's girls swimming team was defeated by Easton, 56-46, last week, but not without a fight.
"There were a lot of little things in that meet, a lot of [close races]," said Patriot captain, Molly Magnan.
The Red Rovers opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, and the Patriots placed second. Easton also won the 200 free relay with Freedom close behind, but in the third and final relay, Shannon Howell, Brooke Munion, Carly DelFranco, and Helen Hsu combined to outswim Easton in the 400 free relay in 3:43.56.
Freedom's boys swim team scored another victory last week with a 64-37 win over Easton.
"We're one of the least deep teams, but to have the record we have and do what we do is really amazing," said Freedom's Peter Conzola.
The Patriot boys have only two losses to swimming powerhouses Parkland and Emmaus.
In Freedom's meet against Easton, Scott DelFranco, Eric Lawrence, Conzola, and Connor Harrigan began with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.30.