Bethlehem Press

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LHS boys look to get better

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s basketball team is in for a season that have them relying on inexperience and a tough division, but it’s something that doesn’t scare off head coach Chad Landis about his team’s chances to improve from last year’s 11-12 finish.

The Hurricanes will be led by junior forward Will Harper, who averaged eight points a game last season, as the team’s most experienced player back on the floor. Other returning players include Alijah Cannon (so., G), Aflolabi Jemi-Alade (sr., G) and Eric Ludwick (so., G/F).

Terenzio takes over as Freedom coach

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom is starting a new chapter this season on the wrestling mats and new head coach Dante Terenzio hopes it’s a story that involves progress and winning.

After spending the last 10 years at Western Wayne High School, Terenzio is looking to cut his teeth in the East Penn Conference.

The Patriots, who finished last year 13-8, bring back a core that Terenzio hopes can make a push numbers into regionals, as they don’t have a regional qualifier on the roster.

Hawks set to defend title

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have a new coach in charge this winter on the hardwood, but the Golden Hawks will still carry high expectations when the season gets underway this weekend.

Becahi is coming off a 28-4 season a year ago, which saw them make a run all the way to the PIAA 4A state semifinals, only falling to Imhotep.

The Hawks won their first EPC title a year ago and enter the year as back-to-back District 11 champions.

’Canes aim for next step

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s wrestling program might be one of the top oiled machines in the area, but can the Hurricanes take the next step toward solidifying a spot in Hershey this season?

Jody Karam enters his 26th year at the program with one of his most experienced teams, as Liberty hopes they can make their first crack into the PIAA dual meet tournament this winter.

After finishing last season 22-2, with both of their losses coming to league and state powers, Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth, the Hurricanes will be primed for another tremendous winter under Karam.

Hawks set to defend title

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have a new coach in charge this winter on the hardwood, but the Golden Hawks will still carry high expectations when the season gets underway this weekend.

Becahi is coming off a 28-4 season a year ago, which saw them make a run all the way to the PIAA 4A state semifinals, only falling to Imhotep.

The Hawks won their first EPC title a year ago and enter the year as back-to-back District 11 champions.

Hawks fall to Imhotep to end 2018 season

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic was full of hope heading into their third straight PIAA 4A semifinal with Imhotep last Friday night, but the hope turned into reality quickly in Northeast Philadelphia, as the Panthers jumped ahead early and never looked back in a 43-6 rout.

It was the third straight year Becahi fell to Imhotep at this stage of the state tournament, but this year’s result was the most convincing score in the recent series.

FHS sees season come to an end

Friday, November 30, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom knew it had to play a nearly perfect football game in order to beat St. Joseph’s Prep in last Saturday’s PIAA 6A quarterfinals. Unfortunately for the Pates, too many mistakes in the first half forged an easy path for a Prep victory, as Freedom ended its season in Northeast Philadelphia at the hands of a 42-14, mercy rule defeat.

Saturday’s defeat was another loss by District 11 to the Philadelphia Catholic League champion, as Prep has topped their D11 counterparts in five of the past six years.

Hawks are moving on

Friday, November 30, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can’t really label a series of games between two teams as a rivalry unless one side has tasted defeat, but perhaps from a Bethlehem Catholic point-of-view, this week’s matchup with Imhotep Charter in the PIAA 4A state tournament is just as big, or bigger than any Liberty or Freedom city showdown.

The Golden Hawks (11-3) will make another trip down the turnpike this Friday night to Northeast High School to face Imhotep (11-2) for the third straight year in the state semifinals at 7 p.m.