Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Another big victory for Freedom

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Freedom football team needed a clock-eating drive late in the game to potentially stave off a late-charging Parkland team that was beginning to get its legs.

A powerful offensive line and skillful backfield took the stage and came through when they needed to most and killed off the final 6:38 off the clock to hang on for a 21-18 win last Friday night at Parkland School District Stadium in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action.

Pates split two to start year

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The offensive disparity in the less than 24-hour period between games was evident for the Freedom field hockey team. After opening the 2019 season with a 5-0 victory at East Stroudsburg North in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference action, the Patriots struggled to find the back of the cage the next day, falling 2-1 in a nonconference game to Salisbury Saturday morning at Freedom High School.

Freedom (1-1 overall, 1-0 EPC) fell behind 2-0 after the opening half, and then cut its deficit in half, but was unable to get all the way back and find the tying goal.

Pates fall just short vs. WWL

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The way that the Freedom boys basketball team has been playing this summer, with being on the wrong side of results due to regularly missing starters and regular contributors, and then having to face a Wilson West Lawn team fresh off a Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament championship last weekend, not many would have given them the chance.

But the Patriots battled and competed until the very end before falling to the Bulldogs 49-44 last Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley summer league at Cedar Beach.

Liberty tops Emmaus in summer boys hoop action

Friday, June 21, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

No other team in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference has been playing better this summer than the Liberty boys basketball team. And the success continued as the Hurricanes erased a second half deficit and slow start to take down Emmaus 41-35 last Thursday night inside the auxiliary gymnasium at Whitehall High School in Lehigh Valley summer league action.

It was a fast-paced, high-tempo type of game with both teams competing at a high level like it was a postseason game and not a game played in the summer in front of a handful of fans.

Liberty falls to PHS

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It has been a rough, last three weeks for the Liberty football team. Having to play three of the top-five teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in a row, against two of which were coming off losses the week prior and more motivated than ever.

After winning their first two games to open up the 2018 regular season, the Hurricanes (2-3 overall, 2-3 EPC) have dropped their last three games to Parkland, Easton and Bethlehem Catholic each of the last three weeks respectively.

Becahi beats Parkland

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For nearly 15 minutes of game action last weekend, or a quarter-and-a-half, the Bethlehem Catholic High School football team looked like it was going to be another victim of the Parkland High School football team on its home turf.

It could not get anything going and the Trojans defense, normally stifling to the point of consistently recording shutouts, had not yet allowed a point to the Golden Hawks.

Freedom wins D-11 baseball title

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It’s been a long time coming, and it wasn’t easy.

The Freedom baseball team scored two runs in the top of the second inning, and used a strong pitching performance from seldom used in 2018 Tim Healy, to take down top-seed Parkland 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.

It is the first district title for the Patriots baseball team since 1999.

Herschel Walker highlights recent Via All-Star Banquet

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Former NFL Star Herschel Walker Highlights Via All-Star Banquet

Before this weekend’s 43rd annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic, boys and girls senior representatives of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and Colonial League teams were honored at the Via All-Star Banquet Wednesday night at the Sands Events Center in Bethlehem.

Wentz wins LV football scholar athlete award

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz made history for his school and football program Sunday night, March 4.

Wentz became the second Indians student-athlete since 2006 to be awarded the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame football scholar athlete award at the 58th annual banquet at Northampton’s Banquet and Event Center.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Foundation holds the annual banquet to honor a high school football student-athlete from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.