Bethlehem Press

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hawks part of Philly Live 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have struck out wins at the Cedar Beach Bash, but experience is what head coach Scott McClary is looking for this summer.

With the Hawks going into next year with a revamped roster, summer is the time to build experience for the program’s newest faces on the varsity scene. That was part of the allure of the program heading to Philadelphia over the weekend to take part in the Philly Live 2 tournament.

Featuring 81 teams with nationally ranked programs in the mix, as well as over 3,500 college coaches on the scene, McClary’s vision of getting the Becahi program as much exposure as possible came into focus last weekend.

Participating in this year’s event was important for McClary, who not only wants the best for the program, but also for his players.

“It was absolutely packed as far as exposure goes,” said McClary. “I really wanted to get ahead of the rule changes that the NCAA made this year and I am very proud that we were one of only four Lehigh Valley teams that was playing in any live event in the month of June, let alone this one, which ranks as the best event in the nation this month.”

The Hawks lost both contests in the tournament to Plymouth Whitemarsh and Central Bucks East.

Despite not picking up wins at Cedar Beach or in Philly, the experience is all that matters in the summer for teams looking to learn more about themselves heading into the winter.

“I knew going into the tournament that we might be in over our head, but we fought,” he said. “It was a great opportunity for our guys and our younger guys will be back in the years to come and get comfortable playing in this type of event.

“I want Bethlehem Catholic to be a program that provides the very best for our players and their development. We are playing a very young inexperienced team against teams that have mostly been led by upperclassmen.

“I love this for the summer. Our guys are getting better quickly as we implement new offensive and defensive systems with virtually zero practices. It may take us a while next year, but I think we are going to be a pretty tough out by the end of the season.”