In Liberty and Freedom’s final swim meet of the regular season, the Hurricane boys came out on top 146-130 last Thursday at Liberty High School.
Jase Smith, Ben Stuckey, Robert Negron, and Jake Evert led off in the 200 medley relay with a first place finish for the Hurricanes in 1:42.44.
Chris Chambers won the 200 free in 1:51.85 for Liberty, but Al Bell took first place in the next event for Freedom, the 200 IM, with a time of 2:01.82.
It will be 17 days since Liberty last played when the team heads to Pleasant Valley Saturday afternoon for the opening round of districts against Pocono Mountain West.
The 1 p.m. tip-off probably can’t come soon enough for the Hurricanes (12-10), who enter the 6A tournament as the sixth-seed.
It’ll be a rematch from an earlier bout this season against the third-seeded Panthers, where Liberty lost a 76-74 overtime nail-biter on the road.
The Liberty Hurricanes hosted the Freedom Patriots last Thursday in the last swim meet of the regular season when Liberty’s girls scored a 149-140 victory over Freedom’s girls, highlighted by a new pool record set by Liberty senior Julia McCarthy.
“I didn’t realize I was going that fast,” said McCarthy regarding her swim in the 100 breaststroke. “I wanted the pool record all year, and I knew if I put my head to it, I would get it at some point.”
McCarthy’s time was 1:07.53, which broke her own school record of 1:06.64, which she set at districts last year.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team expected what they got from Parkland in the East Penn Conference semifinal against the Trojans last Wednesday night at Freedom High School.
“We knew they were physically fast-paced, and they gave us a great battle,” said Becahi forward Hope Brown, who had five points in the game.
A battle it was until the last five minutes when the Hawks pulled away with foul shots and won 47-39.
“We just had to keep playing aggressive,” said Becahi guard Natalie Rhine, who had 10 points. “Credit to them for penetrating to the inside.”
Bethlehem Catholic only returns one district champion from last year, but the Golden Hawks are planning on more than that when the District 11 3A wrestling tournament finishes up this weekend at Liberty.
Mikey Labriola is the lone gold medalist from last year’s crop of returning wrestlers, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks will be barren in the medal category.
The Hawks should battle with Nazareth for the team title and head coach Jeff Karam plans on advancing most of his lineup to regionals.
Freedom’s wrestling team is hoping that some of the late season momentum they established can carry over to this weekend’s district tournament.
Most of the expectations for the Pates will be laid at the feet of their upper-weights, starting with returning district champion Evan Callahan (220), who is still working to come back fully from his injury during football season.
Well, it’s no secret that Freedom will have a daunting task at hand when they open the District 11 6A tournament Saturday night against second-seeded Emmaus.
Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Allen and it will be the biggest game of the year for the Patriots (12-10), who enter the postseason with a five-game winning streak.
Prior to winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again.
After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.
Becahi players Tessa Zamolyi, Taliyah Medina, and Morgan Orloski summed up the feeling with the same word. Amazing.
“We knew we would be coming in to a different match because we knew them, and they knew us,” said Zamolyi.
Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.
The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.
The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back, taking the title with an 82-64 victory.
East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.
For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.
Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.