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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A few times before his current one, Devin Street has been in the same situation. In fact, the former Liberty High and University of Pittsburgh standout recalled how it began back in his youth.
“Even when I was eight years old, people always doubted me,” recounted the wide receiver. “I always heard that I was too thin. I had a few offers out of high school, but people still never thought that I could make it.”
Joey Altimose has held a golf club in his hand since he was able to do it. Literally.
The Liberty freshman, who surprised the Lehigh Valley golf world with his play this season, recalled how he began the sport with a club in his hand at 14 months old and his trek hasn’t slowed. He credits the influence and guidance of his father Gene, a lifetime golfer and a former member of the Southern Lehigh High School team.
Before the season, Bethlehem Catholic head golf coach Tim McGorry believed his club would experience their share of growing pains. The Hawks began the season without two-time district champion Nick Maff, who took his game to Monmouth University this fall.
For the most part, the Hawks did grow. In fact, they likely progressed more than expected. Over the next few weeks, a trio of golfers will advance to the District 11 tournament. They also finished the regular season with an impressive 11-7 mark.