Bethlehem Press

Saturday, July 11, 2020

More summer hoops expected to be canceled

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the first time in 31 years, Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions (TOC) may be postponed.

The tournament, scheduled to begin Aug. 2 or Aug. 9, could be among the growing number of summer basketball leagues and tournaments that have been canceled to the COVID 19 outbreak.

“We have never had it postponed,” said TOC director Eric Snyder. “We have to wait and see. It probably will not be held and I’m not counting on it.

“We can’t do the summer leagues and TOC until the government and health officials give us the OK. We are at the mercy of COVID-19.”

NFL Draft: a look at local players who made it

Friday, April 24, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?

Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?

With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.

BC boys fall to Archbishop Carroll

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

So close.

Becahi’s boys’ basketball team was supposed to have a hard time hanging with Archbishop Carroll’s talented team in the opening round of the PIAA Class 4A opening-round game at William Allen High School Friday night.

The Golden Hawks ended the game and their season a few seconds away from pulling an upset, in a 46-44 defeat.

Becahi’s Bryan Santana couldn’t connect on a three-point attempt and teammate Julian Thomas failed to hit a last-second toss as a valiant effort didn’t result in a favorable outcome.

FHS boys moving on

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Early in their game against Downingtown East, Freedom certainly had a challenge containing 6-foot-6 post player Andrew King, who made his presence felt with 10 of 19 points in the opening half.

Still, the Patriots were confident of capturing their first and only state playoff game since 1982. In the end, however, their season-long grit and determination didn’t let them down.

Freedom boys emerge with 6A title

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Getting through the District 11 Class 6A boys’ basketball tournament can serve as barometer for the upcoming state tournament.

Just ask Freedom and Northampton.

The two staged the anticipated battle expected, but Freedom’s overall balanced proved to be the deciding factor in the Patriots’ 58-48 victory at Easton Area Middle School Saturday afternoon.

Yet, both teams are near mirror images of each other heading into the final stage of their postseasons.

Northampton upsets Hurricanes

Friday, February 28, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Coming off their loss to Allen in the East Penn Conference (EPC) championship game, Liberty was optimistic it could regain its form during an earlier 15-game winning streak in the opening round of the PIAA District 11 Class 6A playoffs.

Still, the second-seeded Hurricanes didn’t want to take the seventh-seeded Northampton Konkrete Kids lightly.

Unfortunately, the Hurricanes couldn’t get into a rhythm all night, and they suffered a 52-44 defeat at the Easton Area Middle School Feb. 22.

The loss suddenly ended the Hurricanes’ season with an overall 20-6 record.

LHS boys advance ’Canes get past Freedom in EPC opening round

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

The Hurricane in Bethlehem continues to gain strength.

The one on the basketball court, that is.

Liberty’s basketball team won its 15th consecutive game and kept its slate clean since the New Year, as the Hurricanes downed Allentown Central Catholic, 60-53, in an East Penn Conference (EPC) semifinal at the PPL Center in Allentown Monday night.

With its win, second-seeded Liberty (20-4) will meet top-seeded Allen - a 66-61 overtime winner over Parkland - for the EPC final back on the same court Thursday evening.

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.