Within an hours drive of the Lehigh Valley, some of the best smallmouth bass fishing can be had in the Susquehanna River that runs past Harrisburg. And in a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team scored its eighth victory of the season last Thursday night in front of a large crowd at Nazareth where the Hawks defeated the Blue Eagles, 59-45.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge so we were excited to play this game because we need this for later on,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier who scored 14 points.
The Hawks had just come off a pre-New Year’s 49-47 victory over Imhotep Charter on Dec. 29.
You can say Freedom’s basketball team has been a pleasant surprise this winter, but maybe that’s an indictment from the public perception more than anything.
The Patriots have jumped out to a stellar 8-2 start to the year and entered this week as winners of six straight games.
Freedom earned two pivotal league wins last week against Central Catholic (57-52) and Stroudsburg (72-63) and look to keep streaking this week with a win over Southern Lehigh (4-6) with Northampton (6-4) and Parkland (8-3) on tap.
It was a historic moment for Liberty’s wrestling program last Friday night and one that every Hurricane alumni will cherish in the wake of the Hurricanes riveting 32-30 victory over Bethlehem Catholic at Memorial Gymnasium.
Senior Jake Ahmad (220) secured a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the final bout of the night against Joe Kurtz for a 3-1 decision that clinched the biggest result of the season in District 11, and perhaps in recent memory.
Freedom’s swim team split its meet with Whitehall last Thursday when the Patriot boys defeated the Zephyrs, 104-64, and the Patriot girls lost to the Zephyrs, 94-86.
The Patriot girls got off to a stong start, out touching the Zephyrs in the 200 medley relay, 2:07.67-2:08.09 with a combination of Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Hallie Smith, and Sydney Straka.
The Patriot boys got off to the same start with a 1:49.08 victory in the medley relay, beating the Zephs by 10 seconds with Andrew Ehret leading off, followed by Sahil Shah, Al Bell, and Danny Connell.
Bethlehem had a complementary contingent of football players being named to the Pennsylvania Writers 2018 All-State list, as Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic had members selected to their respective squads.
Liberty defensive end Trevor Harris and Freedom linebacker Tristan Wheeler were each named to the 6A team, while a trio of Golden Hawks were named to the 4A team including Dalton Daddona (G), Tavion Banks (RB) and Paul Carreras (LB).
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its game against Stroudsburg on Saturday, 60-34, bringing their record to 8-2.
In one aspect, the defending district champion’s victory was a recovery from a 49-44 loss to Allentown Central Catholic two days earlier in which the Patriots were down 17 points at the half.
Liberty’s swim team fell to Parkland last week, but the Hurricanes had some noteable swims in the boys’ 107-78 loss and the girls’ 124-62 loss to the Trojans.
Samantha Taylor, Natalie Richardson, Talia Lehr, and Abby Mack just missed a first place finish in the first event, the 200 medley relay, racing to a time of 1:56.47 to Parkland’s 1:55.82.
Yousef Ismail, Dylan Zukawski, Patrick Gilhool, and Jake Evert did win the medley relay for the boys with a time of 1:42.25.
In the 200 free, Kay Wetmore placed third in 2:04.58, and Addison Collins placed second in 1:57.32.
Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost a close meet to Northampton, 91-84, last Thursday at Freedom after winning its first meet of the season against Dieruff last Tuesday.
In the Patriots’ meet against the Konkrete Kids, the final score came down to the 400 free relay, but the Pates came in second.
Freedom’s boys opened the meet with a second place finish in the 200 medley relay swum by Luke McClure, Sahil, Shah, Al Bell, and Danny Connell in 1:52.16.
Bell won the first individual event, the 200 free, in 1:48.38. Later in the meet, Bell won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.48.
Freedom’s divers competed in their first meet of the new season last week in the Patriots’ swim meet against Northampton when Sarah Gill took first place and Cailin Connelly took third in the diving event.
Gill, a sophomore, scored 214.90 points with six dives.
Gill’s best dive of the day was her front one-and-a-half.
“I actually didn’t know it was going to be as good as it was,” Gill said. “I thought I came in piked, but then I watched the video, and it was better than I thought it was.”
Gill also did well on her back one-and-a-half twist.