Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Freedom hockey looks for more wins

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team knows what a difference a year makes.

Last season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey (LVSHL), the Patriots were the surprise team of the league as they had one league loss before Northampton ended their season in the playoffs.

This year, the Patriots’ progress has been slowed by injuries as they will look to salvage some games in the final weeks. Freedom began the week with an overall 1-7-2 mark. It is a year of transition in which several younger players are breaking into the lineup.

Hawks fall to Pottsville in semis

Friday, November 15, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic head football coach Joe Heinrich knew it was time to break his team’s recent skid over the past month, one in which the Golden Hawks had dropped three of their last four games.

A rematch with Pottsville in the District 11 Class 4A semifinal loomed as possible answer. The Golden Hawks thoroughly defeated the Crimson Tide the past two seasons in the same game.

Unfortunately for Becahi, it didn’t work.

Area golfers qualify

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Liberty’s golf team will take four golfers and also compete as a team in the upcoming PIAA District 11 tournament Oct. 7 at Steel Club in Hellertown.

Joey Altemose fired a 70 and Ryan Evans carted a 87 at Old Homestead Monday to advance to the championship.

He will join Jimmy Barker and Ryan Vital who previously qualified through the East Penn Conference (EPC) tournament. As a team, Liberty finished second at the EPC tournament. As a result of Moravian Academy winning the Colonial League title, the ’Canes were able to notch a district spot.

’Canes take second

Thursday, September 26, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Liberty’s golf team has a successful day the East Penn Conference (EPC) golf tournament, and they also took a step toward the upcoming district tournament.

The Hurricanes finished second at the EPC tournament behind Emmaus and they also qualified as a team for the district tournament. As a result of Moravian Academy winning the Colonial league title, Liberty was able to notch a district spot.

Golf season well under way

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.

Catty Corner wins TOC title

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.”

McBride happy to be home with Pigs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

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.

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.