Bethlehem Press

Monday, October 22, 2018

Top-10: Pates on top

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

After last week’s Miracle in Macungie what does week nine have in store for local football fans?

Not sure anything can top Freedom’s 32-31, overtime win over Emmaus, but this week offers the Hornets another shot at a big game when they travel to Bethlehem Catholic.

Nazareth is quietly moving its way up the poll, while Notre Dame might be the new top dog in the Colonial League.

1. Freedom (8-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

This just seems like a magical year for the Pates. Nine straight wins this week.

The Pick: Freedom 42- Central Catholic 14

Volleyball playoffs to get underway

Thursday, October 18, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

LHS field hockey gets win

When the East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs get underway this week, Liberty will look to win their third straight conference title when the action begins Tuesday night.

The Hurricanes (13-2) are all but guaranteed a top-four seed in the eight team playoff, as they wrap up the regular season Monday night at home against Freedom (11-6).

EPC playoffs begin for volleyball, field hockey

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s field hockey team will be the lone team from Bethlehem in the East Penn Conference playoffs when things get underway this weekend, as the Hurricanes are vying for the second seed of the tournament as they head into this week.

Liberty (13-2-2) had their eight game winning streak snapped last week with a 4-0 loss to an undefeated Emmaus (16-0) team. The Hurricanes have games against East Stroudsburg South and Freedom this week before the EPC tournament gets underway Saturday, as they look to lock up the second seed.

D-11 HOF induction Sun. Saturday

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall athletic director Bob Hartman announced the inaugural class for the District 11 Hall of Fame last week.

The inaugural class includes 14 inductees selected from nominations made by member schools, officials’ chapters, and media membership.

All inductees were selected based on their high school accomplishments solely.

This year’s class will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley in Upper Macungie Township at 4 p.m.

Pete’s Top-10: Battle of unbeatens this week

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

You don’t always get matchups between undefeated teams this late in the season, but the top two teams in the region square off this Friday night in Emmaus, when top-ranked Freedom hits the road to take on the Green Hornets.

It is the marquee game of the week that will likely decide who wins the EPC South and will be another opportunity for the Patriots to confirm their standing as the unequivocal top team in the area, while giving Emmaus the chance to steal the spotlight.

Freedom-Emmaus steals the show this week, but look below for what else is in store for week 8.

Hawks hold off Cavaliers

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

It looked like it homecoming was going to script for Bethlehem Catholic on Saturday afternoon, but things suddenly turned dicey in the second half before the Golden Hawks eventually held off East Stroudsburg South for a 41-28 victory.

Becahi led 35-0 at halftime to kick in the mercy rule, but the Cavs weren’t interested in feeling sorry for themselves, scoring on three big plays in the third quarter to make things interesting before eventually running out of gas.

Freedom wins again

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Nobody expected Freedom to mercy rule Easton last week, but you can’t put anything past this year’s group of Patriots following another impressive performance in last week’s 35-7 thumping over the Rovers at BASD Stadium.

The win pushed the Pates to 7-0 heading into a massive showdown with undefeated Emmaus (7-0) this week on the road Friday night, but there was no looking ahead of Easton last week, as Freedom raced to the game’s first 35 points in dominating fashion to put the game into the mercy rule by halftime.

Pete’s Top-10: Showdown weekend

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Last week’s results were par for the course, as none of the top-10 teams suffered a loss, but that could change this week as Freedom, Easton, Northwestern and Stroudsburg all face threats looking to knock them off.

The Patriots and Rovers are this week’s marquee showdown, while the back end of the poll features Stroudsburg taking on Northampton in the biggest home game the K-Kids have had in close to 10 years.

It’s coming down to crunchtime for area teams, so let’s see which teams are priming themselves for the postseason and which teams are actually pretenders.