Bethlehem Catholic’s run through the PIAA basketball tournament came to a sudden end last week following the Hawks 69-57 loss to Lower Moreland at Souderton High School in the second round of the state tournament.
It marked the end of a tremendous season for the Hawks, who finished 26-4 and came away as champions of the East Penn Conference and the District 11 4A title.
Still, for head coach Scott McClary, his first season under the helm was filled with highlights, but ending the campaign prematurely leaves a sting.
Bethlehem Catholic made a run to the PIAA semifinals a year ago and the Hawks might be poised to equal that journey again this season. After easily dispatching Prep Charter 89-61 last Friday night, Becahi (26-3) traveled to Souderton on Tuesday night to take on District One champion Lower Moreland in the second round of the tournament.
The results of that contest are past Press deadlines, but Lower Moreland came into the game with a 23-3 mark after topping John Bartram 75-61 in their PIAA opener.
Bethlehem will be well represented when the Big 33 football game takes place on Memorial Day weekend this year.
The Pennsylvania squad will feature five players from District 11, three of which are from Bethlehem Catholic, as the game will be played at 2 p.m. on May 27 at Central Dauphin High School.
Golden Hawk linemen Dalton Daddona and Elias Marte will be joined by kicker Anthony DaSilva, as the trio representing Becahi.
Damen Moyer waited years for the opportunity to come home from Hershey with a medal and the Liberty senior finally made that dream a reality Saturday night in Hershey in the championship round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Moyer joined Mikey Torres atop the podium for the Hurricanes as the two medalists from this year’s tournament, as the Hurricanes advanced seven wrestlers into the gauntlet at the Giant Center.
Ryan Anderson is no stranger to a smile or having fun.
On Saturday night in Hershey, Anderson was able to do both of those things after winning his second-straight state championship at the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Anderson was the lone gold medalist for the Hawks on the night, as Kenny Herrmann made a run to the finals but lost to Northampton’s stalwart Julian Chlebove. The pair helped push Becahi to the team title with 93 points and closed an eventful season for the program in customary fashion - as champions.
The East Penn Conference football all-stars were announced recently two of Liberty’s star players taking home top honors.
Hurricane running back Nasir Legree took home offensive MVP honors for the EPC South after amassing 4,132 career rushing yards. Defensive end Trevor Harris made it a sweep for Liberty’s MVP’s, as he took home the defensive honor from the South.
Freedom had seven first-team selections and Bethlehem Catholic had five members named to the first-team.
The complete list of all-stars is below:
First Team Offense
Scott McClary knew Bethlehem Catholic’s battle against Central Catholic in last Friday’s District 11 4A championship would be emotional. One thing he may not have predicted would be the contest being a blowout.
The Hawks jumped on Central early and never looked back, coasting to a 65-49 victory at Freedom High School.
It was the third straight district title for the Hawks, who improved to 25-3 this year and added another championship to their resume this season after winning the East Penn Conference title as well.
Redemption was a theme for Liberty’s Tal-Reese Flemming and Damen Moyer during Saturday’s Northeast Regional 3A tournament at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
After suffering district final defeats the prior weekend, both Hurricanes used those losses as springboards to regional crowns as Liberty advances seven wrestlers to this week’s PIAA state wrestling tournament in Hershey.
Flemming scored a dose of revenge on Nazareth’s Andrew Smith by surviving a 6-4, overtime victory in the 113-pound finals, a week after Smith defeated him in the district championship.
If there’s any Bethlehem Catholic wrestler heading into this week’s PIAA tournament with a ton of momentum, it’s Cole Handlovic.
The Hawks junior 152-pounder steamrolled his way to a Northeast Regional 3A title last weekend at Memorial Gymnasium and now has his sights on the ultimate prize of state championship this weekend in Hershey.
It was probably not a coincidence that Ryan Anderson and Jagger Condomitti were slated as the final matchup of last Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling finals.
The 145-pound showdown set up a rematch of Condomitti’s upset victory at the PIAA team championship and Anderson knew this would be an opportunity at redemption and he took care of business.