Unlike some other seasons, Bethlehem Catholic’s Tim McGorry is having fun.
The veteran golf coach is in the midst of a season in which expectations aren’t too high with only eight players on his roster.
Entering this week, his young squad was battling through a 1-4 season, but McGorry has been seeing the big picture.
“We have a lot of guys who are out there on a team for the first time, and they are keeping with it.
James Snyder always will have plenty of memories of the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). It has been a part of his life as well as his family’s since his early days as a youth.
His father and head Catty boys’ basketball coach, Eric, instituted the tournament 30 years ago.
“I have been involved with the TOC since I was a little kid,” recalled Snyder. “I remember giving Chris Michael, Gary Laubach, and Dick Tracy T-shirts at halftime.
“In high school, I was announcing in it. So, not just to play it, but also win it, makes the moment feel extra special for me.”
These days, Matt McBride is enjoying and cherishing the moments. His 20-plus minute drive to Coca-Cola Park from his home in Center Valley still continues to feel dreamlike. He recently was able to drive home to celebrate the first birthday of his daughter, Maggie.
“Last year during the first half of the season, it was surreal,” said the Bethlehem native and former Liberty High School standout. “When I would get back from a road trip, I would be driving home instead of going to an apartment where I am going to be for six months, but my home.
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.
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.
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.
It might be safe to say Bethlehem Catholic again will be a force in the Class 4A bracket of the PIAA boys’ basketball tournament.
The Golden Hawks, who advanced to the state semifinals last season, quickly dismantled Philadelphia-based Prep Charter, 89-61, in the opening round of the state tournament at Liberty High School March 8.
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.
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.
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.