National Signing Day occurred last week and Freedom honored three senior student-athletes that are moving on to the next level.
Kaden Moore, Katie Flynn and Jennifer Kokolus all signed the proverbial dotted line during a press conference to commemorate the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another.
Moore highlighted the event with committing to Virginia Tech to play football.
The two-way lineman for the Patriots projects to be apart of the Hokies interior offensive line. Virginia Tech plays in the Belk Bowl against Kentucky on December 31 at noon.
Bethlehem Catholic got back on track over the holiday weekend with a championship at the Robert H. Griffith Holiday Classic.
The Hawks won both of their games, surviving Friday night’s opener against York Suburban 50-47 and then handling Red Lion in the title game 55-49.
Isaiah Alexander came away as the tournament MVP, as he scored 21 points in the championship game and recorded nine rebounds.
Ryan Glassmacher added 16 points in the win Saturday and Bryan Santana chipped in six points and six rebounds.
Bethlehem Catholic’s 15th place finish at the Ironman Tournament wasn’t something that had head coach Jeff Karam was glowing about. The Hawks suffered significant injuries, had their will tested and only came away with two medalists.
It was not an ideal start to their grueling out of conference schedule, but there’s a reason Karam puts his teams in these positions and the Ironman may have been a wake up call for his troops.
Freedom is off to an undefeated start to the basketball season, but can the Patriot boys keep that up this week?
The Pates are 4-0 and sit atop the East Penn Conference as one of four undefeated teams so far, following wins over Bethlehem Catholic and Dieruff last week.
With the combined record of their opponents at 5-8, the Pates have had the fortune of not playing any of the league’s top teams yet, but that all changes this week when they squared off against Easton (3-1) on Tuesday, past Press deadlines.
Brandon Hall is looking for growth with the Liberty wrestling program and the Hurricanes demonstrated some of that over the weekend with their performance at the Penn Manor Tournament in Millersville.
The Hurricanes finished second as a team with 152.5 points, coming behind team champion Council Rock North (190.5 points).
Junior 106-pounder Connor Werner was the lone Hurricane to come home with a gold medal, as he pinned Solanco’s Dominic Flatt in 3:34 to take home the crown.
Werner pinned three opponents in all and has ramped up his work ethic over the past month.
If the opening weekend of the wrestling season means anything for Freedom, it shows the Patriots will put in the work to continually improve this season.
The Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 start on the season with an undefeated march through the Battle at Bethlehem Duals at Freedom.
The Pates knocked off Southern Lehigh (59-15), St. Joe’s Prep (66-6), Neshaminy (46-23), Abington Heights (54-18) en route to topping Honesdale 60-12 in the final.
It was a weekend where Freedom dominated and one where they improved
Liberty wrestling is entering a new era with head coach Brandon Hall taking over the reigns for longtime Liberty boss Jody Karam.
With the former Freedom coach coming into his ninth season overall leading a program, Hall has expectations lined up for him, but is also ready for the challenge of leading the Hurricane program, that enjoyed a 19-4 season a year ago.
With Liberty losing a lot of experience to graduation last year, this year’s team may have its share of growing pains, but Hall won’t let that build in as an excuse.
It was an impressive weekend for our local teams, as they kicked off the basketball season Friday night.
Freedom and Liberty both jumped out to 2-0 marks on the year, as the Patriots won the Jeff Dailey Memorial Tip-Off Classic at Notre Dame.
Freedom pulled away from Bethlehem Catholic (1-1) in Saturday’s championship contest 68-47. After trailing the Hawks 30-26 with 3:49 in the third quarter, the Patriots exploded to finish the game on a 42-17 run.
The East Penn Conference’s Steel Division might be the toughest slate in the area this season and Freedom head coach Joe Stellato certainly notices.
Stellato enters his 20th season at the helm of the program with the Pates fresh off a 16-6 season last year. They’re now thrust into conference play with Allen being one of the best teams in the area, as well as Easton being considered a league favorite. Throw in city rivalry games with Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic and the Steel Division will be a tough out every night.
After winning the East Penn Conference crown and the District 11 4A championship last season, what does Bethlehem Catholic have in store for an encore?
With only four players with varsity experience back from last year’s 26-4 season, head coach Scott McClary’s second season on the Becahi bench will be drastically different from his inaugural campaign.
“This team could struggle in the beginning, as our schedule is brutal and we are very inexperienced,” said McClary. “I do think we have some good pieces and can get stronger by the end of the season and make some noise.”