Freedom’s boys’ swim team just missed a victory over Allentown Central Catholic, losing 89-87 last Thursday at Freedom.
The Vikings picked up extra points with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 free, a 1-2 finish in the 200 free relay, and a 1-3 finish in the 200 medley relay.
“It was down to tenths, [1:48.06 to 1:48.42] but we’ve been working on that medley,” said Freedom senior Spencer Smith. “I saw it Tuesday [against Allen], and I saw it tonight that a lot of the swimmers are giving their all regardless of how down we are or how ahead we are.”
Liberty swimmer Jake Evert was feeling it during the Hurricanes’ meet against Whitehall and broke the pool record in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.44 last Tuesday at Liberty.
“I did pretty well in the medley and the 50, so I was kind of feeling a 46, and I got a lot of rest last night, so I was feeling pretty energetic. I didn’t get as tired, and my coach has been giving me a lot of instruction like put my elbows up, flip earlier, when to breathe, and he’s been helping me out a lot, trying to get me to go 46 all season,” Evert said.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team came out strong in the first quarter, and Nazareth came out strong in the second, but it was the Patriots who prevailed in the end, 55-44, over the Blue Eagles last Friday at Freedom.
“We needed this win because of the league standing, so this is a good one for us,” said Patriot forward Jennifer Kokolus.
Freedom, Easton, Bethlehem Catholic, and Allen are fighting for the top spots in the Steel Division of the East Penn Conference.
“It’s been fun, and it’s exciting. We’re all fighting, and we need to win Easton and Allen,” Kokolus said.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team changed things up in their rematch against Freedom last week, using a zone defense instead of man-to-man, making shots when the Patriots gained some momentum, and coming up with a 54-43 victory last Tuesday night at Becahi.
“The main difference was our defense. We kept them out from driving because that was a big thing last time. All their points were in the paint, and this time we tried to make them shoot outside shots. It changed the game,” said Becahi senior Morgan Orloski.
It was business as usual for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks won their seventh straight East Penn Conference championship over the weekend knocking off Nazareth 47-12 Saturday evening at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks have owned the EPC since the inception of the conference, but Saturday’s victory is now the telltale caution of how winning a league title may not mean so much a week later when district duals roll around.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference made their pairings official on Wednesday night for the EPC Championship Wrestling Day, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Easton Area Middle School.
Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and features three matches: 17th – Pleasant Valley vs. Central Catholic; 15th – PM West vs. Dieruff and 13th – ES North vs. Allen.
Round 2 begins at 3:15 p.m. and also features three matches: 11th – Emmaus vs. PM East; 9th – Whitehall vs. Freedom and 7th – Stroudsburg vs. Parkland.
Kyle Haas has found a new home, as the former Bethlehem Catholic football coach was formerly approved to become Northampton’s new head coach during Monday’s school board meeting.
Haas served as Bethlehem Catholic’s interim head coach in 2016, leading the program to an 11-4 mark, which included a District 11 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, while current Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took a year off from the sidelines for personal reasons.
There’s one thing you never see from a wrestling boxscore and that’s Bethlehem Catholic having a zero beside their final score.
For the first time in Jeff Karam’s 10 years as head coach of the Golden Hawks, a team shut them out over the weekend.
Wyoming Seminary’s 56-0 victory over the Hawks on Saturday night was certainly an eye-opener, even for the most seasoned Becahi observer.
A big third quarter for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team led to a 52-45 victory over Central Bucks West in a nonconference game on Saturday at Bethlehem Catholic High School.
“We get six out-of-conference games a year ... it really gets us ready for playoffs and state competition,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “This was our third game in a row, which is unprecedented, but we’ve got a deep bench, and the girls have great resolve.”
Mark your calendar for Feb. 3-11, the dates for the largest consumer outdoors show in the world.
The Great American Outdoor Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and it’s the most comprehensive outdoor show you’ll ever attend. For us folks here in the Southeast, we refer to this extravaganza as “the Harrisburg show” because it’s been well known over the years and there’s none like it or even comes close to it.