Freedom’s girls’ basketball team came up with a 54-35 victory over William Allen in its first game of District XI Class 6A playoffs last Thursday at Catasauqua High School.
“Tonight we knew we had to step it up, obviously,” said Patriot forward Jennifer Kokolus. “I’m so happy. We came out aggressive, we threw the first punch, and we never looked back.”
Even though Freedom defeated Allen recently, it was a different game from when the Pates hosted the Canaries a couple of weeks ago.
It was probably not a coincidence that Ryan Anderson and Jagger Condomitti were slated as the final matchup of last Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling finals.
The 145-pound showdown set up a rematch of Condomitti’s upset victory at the PIAA team championship and Anderson knew this would be an opportunity at redemption and he took care of business.
Freedom sophomore Sarah Gill placed seventh out of 17 female competitors at the District XI Diving Championships on Feb. 23 at Emmaus High School.
“She did great,” said Freedom diving coach Lisa Young. “She didn’t have a bad dive the whole day.”
Gill was in or around fifth place for most of the day.
“She was very consistent. Every dive was just great,” Young said.
Gill scored a 384.65, one point away from sixth place and four points away from fifth place.
“That’s how close it was,” said Young.
The quest for their third-straight District 11 4A title continues this week for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks hope to lock themselves into Friday’s potential championship matchup with Central Catholic.
The 4A semifinals took place on Tuesday night, past Press deadlines, but it was a safe bet that both Becahi and ACCHS, the number one and two seeds respectively, would find their way toward another meeting this season.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team got off to a very slow start but turned the tables on Nazareth awfully fast in the Patriots’ 48-32 District XI Class 6A girls’ basketball semifinal victory on Monday at Catasauqua High School.
“We knew we came out flat, and we knew we needed to want it more than they did,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein. “It was as simple as getting our shooters hot, and having Jen [Kokolus] make shots in the post. When Jen’s on, and Kailey’s [Turpening] shooting hot, it’s kind of hard to stop.”
Jaden Freeman has battled injuries over the past two years to prevent him from participating in the District 11 postseason. Last weekend in his home gymnasium, Freeman finally took advantage of his chance to compete and came away with a gold medal.
Freeman was one of four Liberty finalists, but the only one to come away with a district title, as he topped Northampton’s Hunter Werkheiser by a 5-3 decision in Saturday’s championship finals.
Suburban Dart League
St. Paul’s 38 19 .667
Star of Bethlehem 39 21 .650
Bath Lutheran 35 25 .583
Dryland 33 27 .550
Emmanuel 31 29 .517
Christ UCC 28 32 .467
Light of Christ 28 32 .467
Ebenezer 27 33 .450
Farmersville 23 34 .404
St. Stephen’s 23 37 .383
Salem UCC 22 38 .367
Star of Beth (15-1, 6-3)
at Salem UCC (3-1)
SB - Jason Biggs 7-15, Kyle Taylor 6-11, Scott Hoffert, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Bill Hoke Sr. cycle.
Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s girls’ basketball teams met one last time last Thursday at Easton Area Middle School in the EPC semifinal won by the Hawks, 44-39.
It was the third time the Hawks and Patriots faced each other, each team having won one and lost one.
“I feel like it was just another game,” said Becahi forward Kourtney Wilson. “Every game is another game. It’s nothing different. You just have to play your game every game.”
Mother Nature has not been kind to ice fishermen this season. With up and down temperatures and weekly rain, ice thickness is dangerously thin in certain local waters.
According to local bait and tackle shops, the best bet is to head north to the Poconos.