Bethlehem Press

Friday, May 25, 2018

Becahi tops K-Kids

Thursday, May 17, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the regular season, Northampton was the only team to hold the Bethlehem Catholic softball team scoreless.

Through the first five innings of their East Penn Conference playoff matchup on May 14, it looked like the Golden Hawks were destined for the same result.

As it turns out, they just needed to bunt more.

Bunt singles by Natasha Miner and Julia Sledz keyed a sixth inning rally that propelled Becahi to a 6-1 victory. The Golden Hawks (16-4) advanced to play Liberty in the conference semifinals.

Barkley picked 2nd overall by NY Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with Giants.com, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (Mayfield) I told our guys, ‘Don’t even waste your time. We’re taking Saquon and we’re going to run’.”

What a day!

Monday, April 2, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Local News

Barkley parade, celebration draw thousands of fans

For frequent visitors of Happy Valley in the fall, hearing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” blasting from speakers and chants of “We Are” in the streets is nothing new.

But Coplay residents expecting to do their normal Saturday morning grocery shopping at their local Giant were in for a very different experience March 24.

It was Saquon Barkley Day in the borough.

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

Pates top Liberty; fall to Trojans in finals

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

It is a cliché that has been around for decades, but it was certainly on display at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Feb. 28: When these two rivals meet, you can throw the record books out.

The Freedom Patriots ice hockey team was dominant over their Christmas City opponents this season. Freedom beat Liberty 11-0 in the season opener and the Patriots out-scored the combined Becahi-Central Catholic squad 32-4 in three games this year.

Liberty field hockey in EPC finals

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Liberty field hockey team has accomplished a lot during the 2017 season, but head coach Mary Kate Omdah loves that the Hurricanes aren’t celebrating…Yet.

Liberty advanced to the East Penn Conference championship by defeating East Stroudsburg South in the quarterfinals and Easton in the semifinals. The Hurricanes (18-2) will face Emmaus (20-0) in the finals on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Becahi dominates Kids

Thursday, September 7, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

For Bethlehem Catholic head coach Joe Henrich, the Golden Hawks’ 48-0 victory over Northampton last week was the perfect result.

While he was certainly happy to leave Al Erdosy Stadium with a shutout victory, Bethlehem Catholic still made a number of mistakes that caught the coach’s eye and will help keep his team grounded this week in practice.

The Golden Hawks fumbled twice, committed six penalties for 55 yards, and dropped a wide-open touchdown pass through the hands of the receiver.

Patriots knock off Central

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

It may have been the first game of the season, but the Freedom defense looks like it’s in midseason form.

The Patriots (1-0)forced three turnovers and held Central Catholic (0-1) to seven three-and-out possessions in Saturday night’s 27-3 victory at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

Freedom entered halftime with a 7-3 lead and Central Catholic was never able to make up ground in the second half — literally. The Vikings produced negative net yardage for the first 19 minutes of the second half until generating some first downs in the game’s last possession.