It was business as usual for Bethlehem Catholic, as the Golden Hawks won their seventh straight East Penn Conference championship over the weekend knocking off Nazareth 47-12 Saturday evening at Easton Area Middle School.
The Hawks have owned the EPC since the inception of the conference, but Saturday’s victory is now the telltale caution of how winning a league title may not mean so much a week later when district duals roll around.
Kyle Haas has found a new home, as the former Bethlehem Catholic football coach was formerly approved to become Northampton’s new head coach during Monday’s school board meeting.
Haas served as Bethlehem Catholic’s interim head coach in 2016, leading the program to an 11-4 mark, which included a District 11 4A title and an appearance in the state semifinals, while current Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took a year off from the sidelines for personal reasons.
There’s one thing you never see from a wrestling boxscore and that’s Bethlehem Catholic having a zero beside their final score.
For the first time in Jeff Karam’s 10 years as head coach of the Golden Hawks, a team shut them out over the weekend.
Wyoming Seminary’s 56-0 victory over the Hawks on Saturday night was certainly an eye-opener, even for the most seasoned Becahi observer.
The East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School headlined by the 7 p.m. showdown between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth for the EPC crown.
The Golden Hawks (7-1, 7-0) knocked off the Blue Eagles (10-0, 5-0) last year 40-20 to win the league title and will be favorites to do so again.
Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the bottom three teams from Division A and B squaring off.
The next round takes place at 3:15 p.m. with the 7th, 9th and 11th place bouts taking place.
It’s getting down to crunch time for Liberty and Freedom on the hardwood and time isn’t on their side.
The Hurricanes (7-8) and Patriots (6-9) have roughly three weeks left on the calendar and if they’re going to make a run at the playoffs, each game will have significant impact on their postseason ramifications, as both teams don’t have much room for error the rest of the way.
Bethlehem Catholic won another Escape the Rock title over the weekend and they did it without any of their wrestlers winning titles.
The Hawks squeaked out a 173-171.5 advantage over Cincinnati La Salle (Ohio) for the team title, as Ryan Anderson (138), Cole Handlovic (145), Luca Frinzi (152) and Robert Spezza (195) each found themselves in the finals but all came home with silver medals.
Even a dynamic shooting display wasn’t enough to extinguish Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night.
Freedom nailed 15 three-pointers against the Hawks, but couldn’t pull out the victory, as Ryan Young scored a game-high 31 points to help lead Becahi to an 81-76 win over the rival Patriots.
The win pushed the Hawks mark to 10-1 on the season, winners of eight straight and Friday’s contest was the closest anyone in the EPC has pushed them this season.
If there’s one sentiment that Freedom players should have taken away from their 81-76 loss to Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night, it’s that they can compete with anyone.
The Patriots (6-7) became the first team in the Lehigh Valley to push Becahi (10-1) to the limit in last week’s affair, but just as 10 other teams have tried this season to knock off the Hawks, Joe Stellato’s bunch came up on the wrong side of the box score in the defeat.
On the surface of Liberty’s 41-9 defeat to Bethlehem Catholic last week, it looks like the Hurricanes might be far off the Hawks path, but Liberty head coach Jody Karam likes to think they’re just a step behind.
Last week’s defeat was the first for the Hurricanes (14-1) this season and likely will be their last dual meet defeat heading into the postseason, but it wasn’t a giant step backward for the blue collar bunch, rather an opportunity to restore some hunger as they move forward this winter.
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.