Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 3, 2020

Zile takes over Liberty volleyball

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mike Zile is back in the saddle of leading a varsity volleyball program, but with all sports on hold, Zile’s second act is on delay.

The highly-successful former Bethlehem Catholic coach takes over Liberty’s program for Neiad Ammary and hopes that an experienced squad gets the chance to show their mettle following last year’s 14-4 campaign.

Back for the Hurricanes this year include Michael Capuano (Sr., setter), Danil Kurtz (Sr., libero), AJ Muffley (Sr., OH), Devin Renninger (Sr., OH), Ruiqi Wang (Sr., MH) and Joey Rachwal (Jr., MH).

Freedom volleyball will have new look this year

Thursday, April 2, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

John Yanek is entering his 29th season of coaching high school volleyball and needs 21 wins to reach 400 career victories.

For Yanek, the season and the milestone are on pause as we all deal with the coronavirus, but after a 20-5 season last spring Freedom had some holes to fill entering 2020.

“We had several major positions to fill after graduation,” said Yanek. “Those positions seem to be filled with underclassmen and some seniors who played club in the off season.”

BC potentially has a loaded team

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there is a volleyball season this spring, Bethlehem Catholic would certainly like to see what they can do this year. The Hawks have a new coach in Tim Sledz, but have familiar faces across the board, as they return all their starters from a team that made a run to the state quarterfinals last year.

“Ten seniors lead a very experienced team, which knows that in order to put together a successful season takes dedication to practice and commitment to a team,” said Sledz. “There are only so many touches to go around but the main focus has been on team success.”

Now, a waiting game

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

As each passing day goes, the news surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic seems to only get worse.

For the PIAA and District 11, the spring sports season appears to be at jeopardy more and more each day. With news of a 10 day shutdown of the school system across the state coming last Friday, everyone in the sports world is playing the waiting game for direction from those at the top of the food chain.

Pate boys enjoyed historic season

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was a historic run for Freedom’s boys’ basketball team this season, but one that eventually came to an end last week when the Patriots fell to Reading 67-65 in the second round of the PIAA 6A tournament.

The defeat wrapped up Freedom’s year at 19-9, but with the elusive District 11 championship in their trophy case this season, the memories from this winter will always be looked back upon with a smile.

Chad Landis steps away from Liberty

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Sometimes you just know it’s the right time to step away and for Liberty’s Chad Landis, his reign on sideline for the boys basketball team has come to an end.

Landis notified school administrators and his team last week that this would be his final season coaching - for now.

After spending the past 12 years as head coach and eight more prior to that as an assistant, Landis felt this was the right time to take a timeout.

State Champions!

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say that Kenny Herrmann and Cole Handlovic are pretty good friends.

The two senior wrestlers have went through their shares of trials and tribulations over the years, but their triumph in Hershey over the weekend made everything worth it in the end.

Both wrestlers came off the mat of their final high school matches with their hands raised high, as the Bethlehem Catholic duo ended their careers as state champions Saturday night at the Giant Center.

Area trio falls short in medal bid

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

While Bethlehem Catholic came home with plenty of hardware from last weekend’s PIAA wrestling championships in Hershey, Liberty and Freedom brought home experience from their stay at the Giant Center.

Freedom’s Luis Vargas (120) and Liberty’s Jason Rezac (145) and Javien Deleon (113) were bounced out of the tournament before the medal rounds, leaving Vargas and Rezac, both seniors, without another shot to bring home a medal from states. On the other hand, Deleon, a sophomore, can use the experience as motivation heading into the off season.