Liberty senior Jake Evert broke the school record for the second time this season in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.61 last Thursday during the Hurricane boys’ 92-63 victory over East Stroudsburg South.
“Practice yesterday was hard, and I was a little tired today, but I was trying my hardest. I didn’t expect to break it, so I was pretty happy. Swimming it, I was really tired toward the end, but I kept pushing myself,” Evert said.
Evert broke the same record on Dec. 29 at an invitational in Pottsville.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team won its meet against East Stroudsburg South, 101-42, last Thursday at Liberty.
“I’m really proud of all the girls this year,” said Richardson, who is a captain along with Greta Stuckey. “We graduated a lot of seniors so we’re lacking a little bit of diversity, but we’re 5-2 and honestly, we’ve been doing amazing at practices and meets. It means a lot they value Greta’s and my opinion, and we work really well together. It’s an honor to be a leader in and out of the pool.”
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement last Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Freedom’s girls’ swim team hosted Nazareth last Thursday when the Blue Eagles topped the Patriots, 101-84.
Freedom had a 63-62 lead going into the 200 free relay, but watched their lead start to dwindle throughout the last few events of the night.
The Patriots opened the meet with a first place victory in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Sage Hillier, Abby Burnette, Emily Justice, and Aliah Corrado finishing in 2:06.85.
Hillier placed second in the 200 IM in 2:35.71, and Burnette was second in the 50 free in 27.66.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team expected a dogfight with Whitehall, prepared for the Zephyrs’ third quarter comeback, and executed their way to a 49-38 victory last Tuesday night at Liberty.
“I think we withstood their charge. We expected it to be a dogfight all the way through. I think our handling of pressure was very good tonight. We had limited turnovers, so that’s helping us quite a bit,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “To beat Whitehall tonight, a home game, the kids played well. The kids are very happy with the execution tonight and certainly happy with the win.”
Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost to Nazareth, 115-65, last Thursday at Freedom, but that won’t stop the Patriots from continuing to move forward through the season.
“I think we’ve made great improvements from the beginning of the season, and I think this year is going to be one of our peaks,” said Patriot senior Paras Chand.
Al Bell, Sahil Shah, Luke McClure, and Dominic Fresoli placed second for the Pates in the 200 medley relay in 1:50.76.
Liberty jumper Daeshawn Teague measured the second best long jump in the state at the East Stroudsburg Warrior Classic Indoor Track Meet on Jan. 4 at East Stroudsburg University.
Teague jumped a 22-06.50, placing first among the meet’s other opponents.
Teague also placed third in the triple jump with a 39-08.00 and fifth in the high jump with a 5-06.00.
Freedom junior Fallon Tatlow made her return to the diving board with a second place finish during the Patriots’ swim meet against Nazareth last Thursday after injuries kept her on the pool deck since the start of the season.
“I think I did really well for my first meet and three days of practice,” Tatlow said. “My front one-and-a-half was really good. My inward dive was also really good.”
Tatlow received sevens on her front one-and-a-half.
Liberty’s swim team traveled to Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday when the Hurricane boys defeated the Vikings, 154-118, and the Hurricane girls defeated the Vikettes, 176-107.
The Hurricanes had strong starts in the 200 medley relays, placing first on a combination of Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Kay Wetmore, and Greta Stuckey in 1:58.89, and Jake Evert, Dylan Zukawski, Jonathan Drago, and Sam Capwell in 1:43.95.
Abby Mack won the 200 free in 2:03.06, and Patrick Gilhool won the same event in 1:59.82.