Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team got two matches completed last week before the school was closed on Thursday, defeating Whitehall 7-0 and losing to Emmaus 7-0.
“The kids were dismissed at noon or so and then weren’t allowed to practice,” said Becahi tennis coach George Harmanos, “and we’re not allowed to practice until further notice.
“I have some kids who go to Northwood or Winning Touch, but it’s up to their parents how much they want their kids to interact with other kids. It’s a sensitive spot.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team is a combination of experience and athleticism which should bode well for the Hawks this season.
Returning at number one singles will be sophomore Kurt Gruber. Freshman Armaan Makwana will play at two singles, and senior Gabe Velez is returning to the number three singles spot.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team doesn’t want to get beat, but they don’t mind getting beaten up.
Becahi center Abby Brown loves the physical games. Teammate Keyara Walters has talked about tough practices as being the norm. So when the Hawks scrimmaged Archbishop Wood last Wednesday in preparation for state playoffs, getting beaten up is exactly what they were looking for.
It pays to have a big first quarter, to which the Freedom Patriots can attest, after their 60-49 victory over North Penn in the first round of PIAA State Class 6A girls’ basketball playoffs last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“We talked a lot about coming out and not having close starts like we did in districts because it would eventually catch up to us, so we came out fast and saw what we can do when we set the pace,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein. “Teams don’t want to run with us, and we knew if we boxed out, we could get them to have stupid fouls.”
The Liberty Hurricanes, reigning district boys’ team tennis champions, are ready to challenge the district again with most of its strength in singles, not to mention doubles pairs that are rising to the challenge of a repeat.
Senior Louis Gruber is returning to number one singles, and senior David Lynn is returning at number two singles. Former doubles player, Anthony Ronca, a junior, will play at number three singles.
Liberty coach Chris Conrad has already seen improvement in the Hurricanes’ singles play.
Liberty’s boys’ swim team earned one relay and three individual medals at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
Hurricane sophomore Patrick Gilhool took silver in the 100 butterfly.
“It was a really good race between us three (Gilhool, Emmaus’s Gio Germano, and Nazareth’s Gabe Laslo), and even on the first 50, we all went into the wall together. Those two guys really pushed me to swim faster and so hopefully I get a bid to states,” Gilhool said.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team won its fourth consecutive District XI Class 4A title after defeating Jim Thorpe, 48-31, on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
“Anytime you can do anything four years says a lot about the players, the coaches, the parents,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It was a great celebration for our kids and the program.”
The Hawks took immediate control of the game with a 15-4 lead over Jim Thorpe by the end of the first quarter, but both teams were held to four and three points, respectively, in the second quarter.
Neither Freedom nor Nazareth’s girls’ basketball teams wanted a district championship more than the other, but after two overtimes, the Blue Eagles prevailed, 46-38, to win the District XI Class 6A final last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“It’s disappointing, more so in regards to having an opportunity to win,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “We needed to make an aggressive play and we didn’t, so hats off to them. It was a great high school, district championship game.”
Nothing softens the blow in the loss of a district basketball final. Not even a berth in states, and not even having overcome an insurmountable deficit in a semifinal days earlier.
This was the feeling of Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Scott McClary after the Hawks fell to Allentown Central Catholic, 52-48, in the District XI Class 4A championship game last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“Our guys wanted to win, they competed to win, we respect Central, they’re fine champions,” McClary said. “Neither team was tired. They just fought hard.”
Jewel Levy’s three pointer plus Kailey Turpening’s free throws to start the fourth quarter gave Freedom its first bit of breathing room in the Patriots’ 48-42 victory over Pocono Mountain West in the District XI Class 6A girls’ basketball semifinal last Tuesday at Catasauqua High School.
“I just needed to knock down that shot,” Levy said. “Someone was driving down the lane and they kicked it out and I knew that was our shot.”