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Hawks are king

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, who's to say the dynasty can't continue with a new crop of wrestlers?

Becahi's uncertainty to open 2012 started off with signs of resiliency, which eventually led to the Golden Hawks capturing the King of the Mountain team championship over the weekend at Central Mountain.

Darian Cruz (120) and Jose Ortiz (182) both took away titles, as eight Becahi wrestlers came home with medals as the Hawks pulled away from foe Parkland in the team race 177.5 to 126.

Pates win Q-town duals

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

You know the expectations for Freedom's wrestling team are different when a 4-1 opening weekend record is somewhat disappointing.

Head coach Brandon Hall doesn't want to seem overly critical or negative of his troops bringing home first place honors from the Quakertown Duals over the weekend, but when 5-0 was the goal for the Patriots, Hall meant it.

"I asked our seniors if I was being too critical about our results and they said no," Hall said. "It was the first weekend of the season and you're just not where you're going to be yet.

Dave Brown out as Liberty head football coach

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Dave Brown was relieved of his duties last week as head coach of the football program at Liberty and now the Hurricanes are looking for their second head coach following the Tim Moncman era.

Brown, who took over for Moncman three years ago, tallied an 18-16 record during his tenure, including a 3-7 record this past season after the team started 0-6.

After entering this season with the job of filling 19 starter positions because of graduation, Brown had mixed emotions about being let go.

Hurricane boys blow out Dieruff

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

The last time Liberty played Dieruff, it was in summer league action and the Huskies ousted the Hurricanes from the Cedar Beach league.

Last Saturday night, however, was a different story.

Liberty overcame an early first quarter deficit and went on to route Dieruff 73-39 in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic at Memorial Gymnasium.

Nine different Hurricanes scored on the night, led by DeShawn Oyeniyi's 17 points.

Joey Torres and Greg Noack also posted double digits, as they both totaled 12 points on the night.

Pates hope for a great season in 2012-13

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Brandon Hall isn't ready to pronounce that this wrestling season will be one of Freedom's best campaigns in a long time. He'd rather have you check back in the middle of March to make that distinction.

The Patriots enter this winter with hype and momentum, but as Hall enters his third year as head coach of the program, he also approaches the heightened expectations with tempered optimism.

Hawks have optimism

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mike Frew would prefer to have his Bethlehem Catholic basketball team fly under the radar.

After a 5-17 season a year ago, coupled with being lumped in the Lehigh Valley Conference's East division alongside Liberty, Freedom and Easton, flying under the radar is right where the Golden Hawks find themselves in the midst of the 2012 season.

But as Frew enters his second season at Becahi, a cautious optimism is noticeable from a program that has enjoyed many good years, only to fall on hard times most recently.

FHS wants hardware

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom's basketball team will have similar staples from last year's team, but if there's one thing that the program doesn't want to have from a year agoit's an empty trophy case.

After a 21-5 season a year ago that ended in a gut wrenching 47-45 loss to Parkland in the District 11 4A quarterfinals, the Patriots were left without an LVC title or a district title in one of their best seasons ever.

Now the Patriots hope to be back in contention on both ends with a team that returns starting senior big men Derike Chiclana (C-6'4) and Nyreef Jackson (F-6'3).

Hurricanes sailing toward optimism

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Last year, Liberty's wrestling team went the entire season without taking a second of injury time.

It's a statistic that doesn't show up often, but one that got the attention of Penn State head coach and arguably the greatest collegiate wrestler of all-time, Cael Sanderson.

Sanderson retweeted the National Wrestling Coaches Association's original message last March on also posted it on his Facebook site. From an outsider's perspective, gaining recognition from one of the most respected wrestling idols is, well, pretty cool.

LHS boys look to get back to LVC, D-11 finals

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Chad Landis has been the boss of Liberty's boys' basketball program for five years and as he described last year's 14-9 season record, the word "dismal" was accompanied.

Competing for the Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 4A championships is in the DNA of Liberty's program and those chromosomes were absent last season, as the Hurricanes didn't qualify for the LVC tournament and lost in the first round of districts to Allen.

It was the most disappointing season of Landis' tenure and he doesn't want to replicate those results anytime soon.

BC looks to do it again

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling program has accomplished a lot over the past two years, but that doesn't mean they're satisfied.

With back-to-back District 11 2A and PIAA 2A titles in hand, along with their first Lehigh Valley Conference championship last season, the Hawks return looking to do it all over again.

Head coach Jeff Karam begins his fifth year (18th overall) at the helm of the program with the expectations unchanged.