Freedom swimmers Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell took first place in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.70 at the District XI Swimming Championships last weekend, and that was only the beginning for the Patriots.
In individual events, Hsu won the 100 free in 51.91.
Freedom coach Reik Foust said, "It was her mind-blowing speed. It's always impressive to win a district event, and she also broke a school record. In the medley relay, she had the second fastest time in the breaststroke."
Edward Hudak grabbed a rebound and quickly sank a five foot shot that just beat the buzzer to end the first half.
Bethlehem Catholic (13-11) went into the locker room only down by two, and now riding some momentum. But Allentown Central Catholic (23-3) came out fast and used a 49 point second-half to cruise past the Golden Hawks 89-61 and win the District 11 3A championship last Friday night at Easton Area Middle School.
Four Bethlehem wrestlers advanced from last week's Northeast Regional 3A tournament to Hershey for tomorrow's opening round of the PIAA championships.
For the likes of Liberty's Grimaldi Gonzalez and Freedom's Evan Kauffman, they'll be marching to Hershey with gold medals around their neck.
The seniors cranked out titles at their respective weights in consecutive weeks and will also be joined by Liberty's Jake Gunning (220) and Freedom's Jake Young (170).
Bethlehem Catholic sent a dozen wrestlers to the PIAA Class AA Southeast Regional Championships, and all 12 performed well enough to advance to this weekend's state championships.
The Golden Hawks crowned three regional champs and had two others finish in the top-three Saturday evening at Wilson High School in Reading.
Freshman Luke Karam (106) and senior teammates Darian Cruz (120) and Ryan Todora (138) all went 3-0 at regionals to earn their titles.
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.