Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Pa. sees spike in deaths

Monday, April 20, 2020 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Local News

New reporting system counts more cases

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health reported a significant number of deaths in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.

There were 276 deaths among those who have tested positive and are probable positive cases. The department reported 80 new deaths among positive cases on Saturday.

But Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine stressed that the increase did not happen overnight.

Freedom girls knock off PV

Monday, October 14, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Freedom spent the first 40 minutes of Saturday’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls soccer quarterfinals trying to read and react against Pleasant Valley’s defense.

The Patriots had it figured out in the second half.

An early second-half goal from Haley Gschrey lifted Freedom past the Bears 1-0 and into the EPC semifinals. The Patriots will play No. 2 seed Emmaus Tuesday.

JT’s Rosahac earns scholar athlete award

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Nathan Rosahac prides himself on working hard on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

The Jim Thorpe senior was recognized for his efforts Sunday night.

Rosahac was honored at the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter’s Awards banquet, winning the Albert M. Beneck Memorial Scholarship as the top scholar athlete.

BC Hawks fall to top-seeded Lehighton

Friday, November 2, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Spooky season? Not for Lehighton.

This is when the Indians feast.

A district runner-up the last two years, Lehighton enter this postseason as the top contender for the crown - and with a target on their back.

Don’t expect the Tribe to buckle under the weight of those expectations.

Lehighton lived up to its billing as the No. 1 seed with a 3-1 win over Bethlehem Catholic in the District 11 Class A semifinals on Monday.

The treat? The Indians will play Northwestern in the championship game on Wednesday, Halloween.

’Canes blank Bears

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

The Hurricanes set the tone early against Pleasant Valley, forcing a safety on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage.

Forced to start from its own 2-yard line after a punt, Liberty’s defense swarmed Pleasant Valley tailback Nasai Moon in the end zone for a 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game.

Rushing scores from Nasir Legree (120 yards) and Roberto Rivera on their next two possessions gave the Hurricanes a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

D-11 volleyball proves to be among the best

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

A glance at the six finalists in the 2014 PIAA Volleyball Championships revealed an unusual trend: All three matches featured teams from District 11 play.

Marian Catholic was the district's Class A representative, while Bethlehem Catholic took the honor in Class AA and Parkland earned the spot in the Class AAA match.

Two of the three teams, Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland, walked away with state championships, while Marian suffered a five-set defeat to Greensburg Central Catholic.

Bethlehem Catholic wins states

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's victory over Fort LeBoeuf in the PIAA Class AA volleyball championship match was, in a number of ways, a fitting end to the tournament for the Golden Hawks.

In advancing to the final, Bethlehem Catholic had gone four sets in its first three matches of the tournament.

This past Saturday, it took the Golden Hawks five sets to overcome a 2-1 deficit to claim the program's first state championship with a 20-25, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12, 15-8 triumph over the Bison.

Simmons claims silver

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Prior to Saturday's final in the Class AAA 300-meter hurdle race at the PIAA Track and Field Championships, Bethlehem Catholic's Freddie Simmons had a simple objective – medal.

What the Golden Hawks' junior got was that, and much more.

Simmons used a strong start to claim an impressive second place finish, a result he was admittedly thrilled with afterwards.

"My mentality was just to go all out and see what I could do," Simmons said. "I knew that I didn't run my best time yesterday (in the semifinals)…and I just kind of had an underdog mentality."

3 golds, another team trophy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

When the 2014 PIAA Championships came to an end late Saturday afternoon, there was little doubt that the best team was Bethlehem Catholic.

The Golden Hawks' Jake Riegel, Luke Karam and Zeke Moisey all earned gold for the first time, while six others placed to help the program earn the team title with a state record 138.5 points.

For Moisey, the honor was a long time coming after the senior finished second the last two years.

Hawks crown four, take regionals

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Entering this weekend's Class AA Southeast Regional tournament, expectations for the Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team were admittedly high.

The Golden Hawks did, after all, capture seven gold medals in last week's 2A District 11 championships.

With the stakes high and a chance to advance to this week's PIAA Championships on the line, the team did not disappoint.

Luke Karam (113), Zeke Moisey (126), Nick Cortopassi (170) and Andrew Dunn (220) all claimed regional titles, while seven others secured spots in Hershey by finishing in the top-five.