Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

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.

LHS golf had great year

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Liberty’s golf team recently finished a momentous season, and the Hurricanes also should have a bright future.

The Hurricanes won the East Penn Conference (EPC) title as well as the District 11 Class 3A crown. They also sent two golfers to the PIAA Eastern Regional.

It was their second league title and inaugural district title under head coach Steve Bradley, who completed his 18th season at the helm. Bradley guided the Hurricane to a league title in the 2007 season.

He expected his team to have a memorable year.

Liberty golf off to a hot start this season

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Experiencing one of their greatest seasons in nearly 10 years, Liberty’s golf team is looking forward to a post season spot. In fact, all Bethlehem-based teams are optimistic of a strong finish.

Liberty began play this week with a 12-1 mark, their lone blemish being a loss to Emmaus in East Penn Conference play.

Head coach Steve Bradley knew his players might be challenged, and he is anticipating a rematch.

Tony’s Top-Cat wins TOC

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.

Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.

Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.

Article By: JEFF MOELLER Special to The Press

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Local News

Robert “Wabs” Chromiak remembers the nights at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 when it once seemed like the social events never ended.

“We had bowling leagues just about every night, and there were so many other things going on,” he said. Chromiak 84, is a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the local post for 50 years.

“We had a lot of members, and it really was a great place to be. I played on basketball and baseball teams and also golfed in their tournaments.”

Time have changed.