Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

LV boys ready for Cup play

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup is set to take the field this week when they open up play on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. against Suburban One American/ Continental. The game comes after Press deadlines.

This year’s roster 25 players, 16 of which are underclassmen.

Liberty’s Ben Piripavel and Freedom’s Nick Stannard and Conor Howland are the local Bethlehem representatives on the squad.

A win by the LV squad in the opener would push them to the quarterfinal round on June 14.

The complete LV team roster is below.

Wanderers off to hot start

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO season is underway and the Wanderers have jumped out to a perfect start early in the season.

Winning their first two games of the season 12-0 over Hellertown and 14-0 over Bankos, the Wanderers (2-0) have been off to a torrid beginning to the season.

With games against Nazareth (5-1) and Wind Gap (0-4) this week, Dwight Pulieri’s team will get a chance to see what they’re really made of when they stack up against Nazareth this week.

Hawks head to college

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic announced their latest class of seniors heading to college to play sports last week.

The list is highlighted with Division-I athletes such as Dalton Daddona (Penn State, football) and Margaret Benzing (Lafayette, volleyball).

The wrestling team will send three grapplers off to the next level with Luca Frinzi (Lehigh), Nate Lackman (Rhode Island) and Dillon Murphy (Harvard).

The school honored 22 of their outbound seniors during last week’s ceremony with the complete list below.

Karam will be back at Bethlehem Catholic

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic wrestling coach Jeff Karam will be in his accustomed corner next winter when the Golden Hawks return to the mats.

The Becahi boss will balance the life of coach and spectator with both of his sons wrestling in college next season. Karam originally stepped down as head coach prior to last season, because of him wanting to spend more time watching his son Luke wrestle for Lehigh and Cole at New York University.

BC volleyball falls in states

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say that Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team was playing with house money as of late.

With a trip to the PIAA 2A tournament in their hands over the past 10 days, the Hawks made the most of their run to the quarterfinals before bowing to District 7 champion Ambridge over the weekend.

Ambridge took care of the Hawks in three games (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) to advance to this week’s semifinals, but it was a journey that was completely worth it for a very young Becahi team.

FHS came out swinging

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom came out swinging in their quest to topple Whitehall in the District 11 3A volleyball semifinals, but ultimately didn’t have enough punches to take down the Zephyrs last week.

Whitehall came back after dropping the first set to win three straight [21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-22]. The Zephyrs went on to knock off Parkland for the district championship, keeping their 22-0 undefeated season going.

Liberty heads to District 11 finals

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty roared through Parkland in the District 11 6A baseball semifinals thanks to a nine-run sixth inning, which catapulted them to an 11-4 victory over the weekend.

The win sets up a district finale between the Hurricanes (22-3) and Emmaus (13-11) on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park, which comes after Press deadlines.

The second-seeded Hurricanes clinched a spot in the PIAA tournament with Sunday’s win, but hope to add a gold medal to their resume this season after losing in the EPC championship game.

BC set for Lower Dauphin

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team had the weekend to prepare for the PIAA 2A tournament, as the Golden Hawks took on Lower Dauphin (15-4) in their state opener. The Hawks (13-9) were hoping to move to Saturday’s quarterfinal round with a win over the state’s eighth ranked team on Tuesday night, as those results are past Press deadlines.

Head coach Jeff Koch was hoping his team could rebound from their loss in the District I/11/XI subregional 2A championship to Holy Redeemer last week, as the Hawks fell in four games.

Patriots proud of their spring season

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ lacrosse season may have come to an end before an opportunity to reach the District 11 3A finals, but the Pates are still looking back fondly on what they accomplished this spring.

Freedom fell to Easton 21-12 in the district semifinals to wrap up its season at 13-6 with three of those losses coming at the hands of the Rovers this season.

Head coach Charis Innarella feels that despite the season ending without any hardware, that progress has continually been made.

District 11 baseball brackets become finalized

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 baseball postseason gets underway this week with the championship games from all classes taking place next week.

Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic hope they can make runs through their respective 6A and 4A classes, while Northampton and Notre Dame look to build off their momentum from winning their league titles.

Below is the complete list of contests for all District 11 classifications. Teams are listed in order of where they sit in the bracket.

Class 6A

Quarterfinals

May 22