Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Hurricanes, Hawks pick up boys victories

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

With the weekend bringing frigid temperatures to the area, Liberty looked to stay on a hot streak as they step into the new year with their 56-50 win over Southern Lehigh in the Yasso-Rothrock Christmas City Classic on Saturday night.

It was the third straight win for the Hurricanes (5-6) in January after ending December with four straight defeats to bring them back toward the .500 level and provide some momentum heading into a week with matchups against Allen on Tuesday night and Pocono Mountain East on Friday.

Liberty takes BHWC crown

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

When Damen Moyer claps his hands at the center of the mat, it usually means good things. And those good things could have been heard across Bethlehem when Moyer put an exclamation point on a hallmark two days of wrestling for the Hurricanes at their own Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic.

Moyer’s fall over Blue Mountain’s Nate Stine in 4:32 of last Friday’s 195-pound finals gave all the Liberty faithful something to clap about, as the Hurricanes came away with three champions and their first ever team title in the 24-year history of the event.

’Canes primed to compete

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Expect more of the same with Liberty’s wrestling program this season. It usually doesn’t matter who the Hurricanes graduate, they always are a team that wrestlers hard, is prepared and develops their own talent.

Following last season’s 15-7 finish, which saw them come away with a state runner-up in the graduated Luke Werner (Lock Haven), head coach Jody Karam enters year 25 leading Liberty’s program with expectations always to be a competitive force in the East Penn Conference.

Hawks aim for dominance

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It may be a different group of wrestlers for Bethlehem Catholic this year, but many people expect more of the same.

The Hawks enter the season with a preseason national ranking of No. 13 by Intermat and look to push their way toward the top of the PIAA dual meet podium after falling to Nazareth last year in the district and state dual meet championships.

Head coach Jeff Karam comes back for his 10th year leading the program that looks to stay in the conversation of the state’s best.

BC top-10 at Beast

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic didn’t have one of their most prestigious showings at the Beast of the East tournament in Delaware over the weekend, but the Hawks scraped together a valiant effort to finish tied for ninth in the team standings, despite only having 11 wrestlers compete in the event.

The Hawks had three wrestlers medal as sophomore Matt Lackman (120, seventh), sophomore Kenny Herrmann (126, fourth) and senior Jarred Papcsy (138, fifth) came home with hardware from the event.

Hawks are favorites in EPC

Friday, December 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic is the team to beat this year on the hardwood.

That’s the sentiment around the East Penn Conference and District 11, as the EPC runners-up from a year ago and the defending District 11 4A champions bring back a bevy of returning talent from last year’s 21-7 campaign, which saw them lose in the first round of the PIAA tournament.

With the expectations high, head coach Ray Barbosa enters his third season at the helm looking to keep his team focused on nightly basis.

Patriots looking to surprise teams

Friday, December 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lack of experience is one way to describe Freedom’s roster this winter, but that won’t stop the Patriots from looking to surprise teams this season.

The Pates were 12-11 last season, lost all of their top scorers to graduation but head coach Joe Stellato still has a positive outlook on their expectations heading into this season.

“The team is not very experienced, but make up for it in speed and quickness,” Stellato said. “We will use that speed and quickness in a full court game, trying to create offense off our defense.”