Winning your first district wrestling championship is always a special moment. Beating a Bethlehem Catholic wrestler in order to do it is just icing on the cake.
That was the sentiment from Liberty’s Damen Moyer following his 3-2 decision over Becahi’s Tavion Banks during last Saturday’s District 11 3A championships at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Freedom Patriots are headed to the District XI Class 6A girls’ basketball final this Thursday after defeating Allen 56-33 on Monday night at Catasauqua High School.
“I’m super excited,” said Freedom guard Yasmine Herrera. “I can’t believe, well, I can believe, but we’re really in the championship game.”
It was a slow start for Freedom who trailed 9-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Herrera and Rachel Sanchez, who both came off the bench, sparked the Patriots with 11 points between them in the second quarter.
When Ryan Anderson found out he was named to the second team of the East Penn Conference wrestling all-stars, it’s fair to say that it provided a bit of fuel heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A tournament.
Anderson, who is ranked fourth in the country at 138 according to Intermat, had little trouble dispatching through his bracket at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, producing a fall, technical fall and two major decisions en route to winning his first district title.
It was Round 2 for Bethlehem Catholic with their date in the East Penn Conference championship and the Hawks made sure they didn’t go through the same emotions they endured a year ago when Allen thumped them 84-62 in the league championship.
Instead, a Holy War battle against Central Catholic Friday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium came down to the buzzer as Central point guard Jay Vaughan’s three-point attempt to push the game to overtime smacked off the rim, preserving a 47-44 victory.
If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.
There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with smaller flocks continuing to come in from the East to join them.
Bethlehem Catholic doesn’t have any returning district champion wrestlers heading into this weekend’s District 11 3A tournament, but the odds the Golden Hawks don’t come away with any champions this week are close to slim to none.
Becahi enters round one of the individual postseason as favorites to come away with the team title, but the hypothetical question is how many champions can they crown when action culminates Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium?
Bethlehem Catholic boys and girls basketball programs will be looking to repeat as champions when the District 11 tournament gets underway this week.
Both the boys and girls are the top seeds in their 4A brackets and are favored to win both classes.
The boys open up the tournament on Friday at Allen against eighth-seeded Octorara at 7:30 p.m. The Hawks don’t have a real formidable opponent in the 4A bracket and should be a lock to win districts, barring a catastrophe.
First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.
Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.
Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.
Liberty’s girls’ swim team won its last regular season meet last Thursday against Freedom 105-70 at Freedom.
“I love this team. It’s my family. I’ve spent so much time with them and I knew it had to come to an end but it was all worth it, and I think a lot of people had great seasons,” said Liberty senior Anna Lehr. “Being captain this year, getting to experience it from a different point of view, I loved watching the girls and growing with them.”
Last Thursday ended the regular, dual meet season, not just for the Freedom and Liberty swimmers, but for their divers too.
Heading into districts this weekend, Leigha Evans, Fallon Tatlow, and Sarah Gill, all from Freedom, and Cara Kuykens, Alicia Valladares, Kellen Rogers, and Sergio Alvarez, all from Liberty, did their best last Thursday to score points for their respective teams’ overall scores.
Evans’s best was her front one-and-a-half, where she received a 5, 6, and 7.