Bethlehem Catholic’s 15th place finish at the Ironman Tournament wasn’t something that had head coach Jeff Karam was glowing about. The Hawks suffered significant injuries, had their will tested and only came away with two medalists.
It was not an ideal start to their grueling out of conference schedule, but there’s a reason Karam puts his teams in these positions and the Ironman may have been a wake up call for his troops.
Liberty’s girls’ first home swim meet of the new season ended in a 118-68 victory for Emmaus last Thursday.
“This was a good meet to get fast times because when you have someone to race, you swim faster,” said Samantha Taylor, one of the Hurricanes’ four senior captains for the girls team.
Taylor won the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.87.
“I try not to watch and focus more on what I’m personally doing, but it was a good race overall,” she said.
Liberty’s swim team hosted Emmaus last Thursday when the Hornets defeated the Hurricanes in boys’ results, 123-53.
In the boys’ first event of the day, Patrick Gilhool, Sean McGuire, Daniel Lader, and Addison Collins placed second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:43.65.
“I’m not disappointed that we placed second to them, but I think all of us could have swum faster. Nonetheless, I think we all tried our best today and we had a good meet,” said Lader, one of four senior captains for the boys’ team.
Freedom is off to an undefeated start to the basketball season, but can the Patriot boys keep that up this week?
The Pates are 4-0 and sit atop the East Penn Conference as one of four undefeated teams so far, following wins over Bethlehem Catholic and Dieruff last week.
With the combined record of their opponents at 5-8, the Pates have had the fortune of not playing any of the league’s top teams yet, but that all changes this week when they squared off against Easton (3-1) on Tuesday, past Press deadlines.
Brandon Hall is looking for growth with the Liberty wrestling program and the Hurricanes demonstrated some of that over the weekend with their performance at the Penn Manor Tournament in Millersville.
The Hurricanes finished second as a team with 152.5 points, coming behind team champion Council Rock North (190.5 points).
Junior 106-pounder Connor Werner was the lone Hurricane to come home with a gold medal, as he pinned Solanco’s Dominic Flatt in 3:34 to take home the crown.
Werner pinned three opponents in all and has ramped up his work ethic over the past month.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team overcame a slow start and a nine-point deficit early in the second quarter to clinch a 61-48 victory over Freedom last Tuesday night at Becahi.
“There’s been a little rivalry between both our teams in the past few years, so I knew they were going to bring their A game, and we practiced the day before how to defend against them, so we were prepared and knew we were going to get their best,” said Becahi senior guard Taliyah Medina.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team just missed a victory over Northampton, losing by one point, 92-91, last Thursday at Northampton.
The Patriots took all three places in the 50 free, led by Sydney Straka with a time of 28.32. Sophie Twigger came in second, and Lilly Anderson was third.
The Pates also took all three places in diving with Sarah Gill who scored 199 points, Fallon Tatlow who scored 163.35, and Cailin Connelly who scored 147.85.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team earned its second victory of the season against Allen, 48-40, on Saturday after defeating Dieruff last Thursday.
The Patriots took a 29-17 lead at halftime, and it was the same offensive play the Pates repeated that caught the Canaries off-guard.
Despite recent injuries, Freedom’s cheerleaders competed in the EPC Cheerleading Championships last Wednesday at Easton Area Middle School where they placed 10th out of 15 squads.
“We had a couple injuries so it was hard but we worked around it. I thought it was good. I was pretty impressed,” said Patriot captain Jordan Collins. “I know we could have done better, but for all the injuries, I thought it turned out pretty good.”
If the opening weekend of the wrestling season means anything for Freedom, it shows the Patriots will put in the work to continually improve this season.
The Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 start on the season with an undefeated march through the Battle at Bethlehem Duals at Freedom.
The Pates knocked off Southern Lehigh (59-15), St. Joe’s Prep (66-6), Neshaminy (46-23), Abington Heights (54-18) en route to topping Honesdale 60-12 in the final.
It was a weekend where Freedom dominated and one where they improved