Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 13, 2020

Jody Karam named Easton wrestling coach

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jody Karam had a regret.

After resigning from the Liberty wrestling job following the 2018-19 season, Karam suddenly felt the void in his life this past January when he told Liberty athletic director Fred Harris that he made a mistake.

That point was only exacerbated in February as he watched the District 11 dual tournament in Memorial Gymnasium.

Karam, Liberty’s all-time leader with 362 career wins, wanted to be out there on the floor giving guidance, but instead was bound to being a spectator.

Q & A ... with Freedom’s Mayson Panik

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom senior boys lacrosse player Mayson Panik will be attending Kutztown and majoring in communications.

1. Now that the news of the spring season being over has had time sink in, what are your thoughts or emotions about not being able to play your senior year?

“With the news that the season is canceled it really ruined my spring. I am still a new athlete to the lacrosse community, and I fell in love with the game as soon as I stepped on the field.

2. What were you looking forward to the most this season?

Corsi hired as new BC baseball coach

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Matt Corsi has been coaching high school baseball long enough to understand what Mike Grasso has meant to the Bethlehem Catholic and local baseball community.

That’s why taking over the program is such an honor for the 1999 Becahi graduate, as Corsi was approved last week to succeed Grasso after 36 seasons leading the program and 45 years in total coaching at the school.

Q & A... With Liberty’s Brady Wied

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s lacrosse player Brady Wied will have a chance to play sports in college, but his final spring season at Liberty will always go down as the one that got away.

Here are Wied’s thoughts on a lost spring season that many seniors across the Lehigh Valley have suffered.

We will be attending Arcadia University to play lacrosse and is currently undecided on his major but will possibly pursue sports management.

1. Now that the news of the spring season being over has had time to sink in, what are your thoughts or emotions about not being able to play your senior year?

Q & A ... with Becahi’s Peter Varghese

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Peter Varghese will be attending Penn State University Park and majoring in criminology

1. Now that the news of the spring season being over has had time to sink in, what are your thoughts or emotions about not being able to play your senior year?

“It’s disappointing to not get to play any games as a senior. As a team we all put a lot of work into the preseason, like many other teams. Everyone worked really hard from the players to the coaching staff and hopefully the team can continue to grow next year.”

2. What were you looking forward to the most this season?

Mayer heads to Duke

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’ Matt Mayer announced last week that he’ll be continuing his wrestling career at Duke.

Mayer is a three-time PIAA qualifier and two-time medalist, taking home fourth place finishes his freshman and sophomore years.

He enters his senior season with an 82-23 career mark.

Duke went 0-17 last season, as Mayer, who wrestled at 120-pounds last season, figures to be a factor in their lineup as a 133 or 141-pounder.

Gov. Wolf issues guidelines for sports

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley sports programs are on the verge of getting back together following preliminary guidelines released last week by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The press release stated that members of the PIAA can resume activities for programs in the yellow and green phases of the COVID-19 plan.

“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” Wolf said in a news release. “This guidance balances keeping student athletes safe from COVID-19 while allowing them to participate in an important part of their lives.”

Baseball tourney hopeful to be played in early August

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

While spring sports were canceled across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are plans for baseball action this summer for seniors who missed out on their final season of high school baseball.

Dan Villanti, an assistant director of alumni relations at DeSales University and the director of the Rising Stars travel baseball program, has organized the tournament with the help of Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos and Notre Dame head coach Mike Bedics.