The summer league basketball playoffs took place last week, but none of the Bethlehem schools had qualified for one of the top six seeds in the Big School Division to make a run at the title.
Liberty, however, was the closest, coming up short with a 6-6 mark for the seventh seed.
That doesn’t seem to bother Hurricanes head coach Chad Landis, who was happy with the development of the team over the past two months.
When Ryan Young walked through the doors at Bethlehem Catholic as a 6-foot-2 freshman, he was sill trying to figure out his way around his growing body. After growing three inches more his sophomore year, Young admits he was that skinny, tall kid that ran awkwardly.
Eventually though, Young blossomed into a Division-I basketball prospect, an East Penn Conference MVP his senior year and a first team all-stater.
The Keystone State games are slated to start next week from July 25-30.
It will be another summer installment for the Lehigh Valley baseball entry, as they look to continue their success at the tournament over recent memory after taking the silver medal in the Scholastic Division a year ago.
The complete schedule for the tournament will be released later this week, but listed below is the complete roster for this year’s team.
Note: there are no Junior Division teams in the tournament this year.
Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Ray Barbosa resigned Monday morning and will take over as the new coach at Executive Education Academy Charter School in Allentown.
It ends a short, but highly-successful, three-year run for Barbosa at Becahi, as the Hawks won back-to-back District 11 4A titles the past two seasons and reached the PIAA semifinals last season before falling to mighty Imhotep Charter.
The Wanderers saw their NORCO Legion season come to an end in the semifinal round of the tournament over the weekend, following Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Northampton in the final game of the three-game series.
Northampton was able to win the first and third games of the series to advance to the finals against Nazareth, ending the Wanderers season at 17-5-1.
Head coach Dwight Pulieri knew his team gave everything they had in an even series against the third-seeded Kids.
The NORCO playoffs began this week and all three of Bethlehem’s teams qualified for the postseason, but the Wanderers will lead the charge with the best shot of any local team to make a run to next week’s championship. They enter the tournament as the second seed.
That postseason summer journey began on Monday evening when the Wanderers (14-3-1) took on seventh-seeded Bankos (9-9) in the opener of their best-of-three series.
After going 2-0 over Bankos during the regular season, Dwight Pulieri hopes his team can continue that trend this week.
It’s coming down to the final week of the regular season for Norco Legion and the Wanderers are still jockeying for position with Nazareth and Northampton.
The Wanderers came into this week with a 12-3-1 record, good enough to be sitting in third place behind Northampton (11-3) and first place Nazareth (12-2).
Staying in the top-three would be ideal for head coach Dwight Pulieri, but he’s also more than happy with how this season has unfolded for his group.
Freedom hopes it can muster together another impressive summer performance when the A-Town Throw Down takes place this weekend.
After the Patriots finished fourth in the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase two weeks ago, Joe Stellato and the program are looking for an encore performance this weekend.
Earlier this season Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri wasn’t sure what type of team he was going to have this summer, but through 11 games, the Wanderers have proven to be a quality side in NORCO.
The Wanderers came out of the weekend with a 9-2 record on the season and appear to be one of the top teams in the league this season sitting behind a 10-2 Northampton team in the standings.
Freedom made a run to the final four of the Cedar Beach basketball showcase over the weekend and saw it end there.
The Pates lost to Emmaus in Sunday’s final four 52-41 and fell to eventual champion Berks Catholic 47-35 earlier on Sunday to give them a 4-2 finish to the tournament.
But after struggling through the Cedar Beach summer league with a 1-6 mark, the Pates made their usual run at a summer tournament, much to the pleasure of head coach Joe Stellato.