Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

John Yanek among those honored in North Catasauqua

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Robert “Wabs” Chromiak literally watched the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park be constructed out of the ground.

“I grew up across the street,” recalled Chromiak. “It was an all-wooded area and it was a dump with all dirt.

“After World War II, I would raise and take down the flag there.”

A few years later, Chromiak began a 25-plus career as playground director, a time period that began a long tradition of joy and competition that still lingers today.

Red tops Gold in annual McDonald’s Classic

Friday, June 21, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s Hunter Werkheiser and Nate Bendekovits truly cherished the moments and the overall experience with the recent 49th annual McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Football Classic at Nazareth’s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.

The senior linemen along with Kids’ running back Ethan Deater represented the Gold team – comprised of players from Northampton County, Phillipsburg and Palisades – that lost to the Red team - players from Lehigh, Carbon, and Monroe counties - 28-14, as the Red team claimed its first victory in the series since 2015.

Pates hockey team falls in playoffs

Friday, March 29, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team had a momentous season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), going undefeated during the regular season with a 15-0-1 mark while scoring 133 goals and allowing just 17.

Unfortunately, it didn’t end well for the Patriots, as they lost to Northampton, 7-4, in a one-game playoff in the opening round of the LVSHL postseason.

Freedom had a 4-4 tie with Phillipsburg in their second-to-last regular season game.

FHS hockey knocks off Parkland again

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team is playing a different role in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this winter.

That’s what happens when you’re undefeated and knock off the defending nine-time, defending champions twice during the regular season.

Beginning this week, the Patriots had an unblemished 13-0 mark, scoring an incredible 113 goals and allowing a minuscule 12 goals. They downed perennial power Parkland 3-0 on Oct. 22 and 5-1 Dec. 17, breaking their undefeated regular season streak of 115 games.

FHS ice hockey continues to play well

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team has hit all their strides this season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL).

The undefeated Patriots (12-0-0) have been nestled in first place all season, and they also have allowed just eight goals while they have scored 100.

In addition, Freedom has seven players in double figures in scoring.

With the postseason a few weeks away, the Patriots are confident they can take the next step toward winning a LVSHL championship.

Becahi hurt by penalties

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Tavion Banks was confident it would be different this time around against Imhotep Charter.

Unfortunately for Banks and his Golden Hawks teammates, it wasn’t.

Now, the Becahi junior vows to play his role in his final crack to get to Hershey next season after Becahi dropped a 41-6 to Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 4A semifinal at Charles Martin Memorial Stadium in northeast Philadelphia Nov. 30.

The Golden Hawks dropped a 24-13 decision in 2016 and suffered a 34-14 defeat last season to the Panthers.

Golfers compete in District 11 match

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

All three of Bethlehem’s high school teams had their seasons end recently at the PIAA District 11 golf match.

Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic didn’t advance any players to the state regional round.

Emmaus won the East Penn Conference (EPC) league title for the second consecutive season, and Northampton won the EPC tournament last week. Liberty, which finished with an overall 17-3 mark last season, began the season as defending EPC tournament champions.

EPC golf meet Wed. scheduled for Tuesday

Friday, September 28, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Liberty, Freedom, and Bethlehem Catholic headed into the East Penn Conference (EPC) tournament Tuesday, which past Press deadlines, rounding out their regular seasons in varying degrees.

However, as of deadline the tournament was moved back to 11 a.m. because of rain before finally being postponed to Wednesday.

Defending EPC and district champion Liberty will look to make another run with a steadily improving cast. LHS finished the regular season with a 10-5 mark.

Barkley quickly fits in at Giants camp

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Along with being the second overall pick in the recent NFL draft, Saquon Barkley couldn’t be happier with his new surroundings in the Jersey Meadowlands.

In fact on the first day of the team’s recent three-day OTA workouts, Barkley was the first player to arrive and the last player to leave the New York Giants’ training complex.

He already has developed into a staple in the greater New York area.

“This is where I wanted to be,” said the former Whitehall standout. “I am a hard worker, I am willing to learn, and I am coachable.