Brandon Hall doesn’t see his new coaching gig as much pressure, more so as an honor.
After sitting out last season on the sidelines, it didn’t take long to lure the 43-year old South Mountain social studies teacher back to the wrestling room.
Hall was approved by the Bethlehem Area School District Monday night to become the fifth head coach in Liberty wrestling history. He takes over for the legendary Jody Karam, who resigned this summer after a 26-year stint as LHS boss, walking away as the winningest coach in program history with a 362-150-1 record.
Things did not go great for Bethlehem Catholic last Friday night in Nazareth. As the fourth quarter slowly came to an end, Becahi’s lead drummer from the band performed a solo act in the stands, which was the most entertainment fans got in the final stanza. A week after pummeling Parkland, Becahi fell flat in a 27-13 defeat to the undefeated Blue Eagles (5-0).
It was a loss that left head coach Joe Henrich visibly frustrated on a night where the offense was held to 90 yards rushing and the defense finally broke down late in the second half.
Liberty will be looking to lock up a playoff berth this week, as the Hurricanes are sitting on the cusp of a District 11 spot with seven games to play.
The Hurricanes (8-3) have split their last six games after a 5-0 start, suffering one goal defeats to Easton (9-1), Pocono Mountain East (10-0-1) and Parkland (9-0).
All three of those teams, along with Emmaus (10-0), have already clinched district berths and are in the top tier of teams in the area.
Liberty hopes that they can join them in that category, despite their recent string of narrow defeats.
Jason Roeder made sure his players remembered a barrage of Nazareth students storming the BASD turf last Friday night.
In the aftermath of a 35-33 victory by the Blue Eagles on Freedom’s home turf, the Pates brass was left ruminate in their first loss of the season to an upstart Nazareth squad that traded blows all night and made a final defensive stop on a two-point conversion to preserve victory.
Liberty’s volleyball squad got a test Monday night and the Hurricanes passed again, as they handed Central Catholic (5-1) their first defeat of the season in a three-game sweep (25-17, 25-13, 25-15) to remain the only undefeated team in the District 11 4A class.
The Hurricanes (6-0) earned the sweep with the help of Ashley Houchens (14 kills) and Elizabeth Flynn (11 kills, 17 digs) scoring, as well as Jamie Byrne’s 26 assists and 13 digs.
Bethlehem Catholic’s field hockey team has been on a surge as of late, but can the Golden Hawks keep the momentum going into this week?
The Hawks were riding a four-game win streak into this week and pushed their record to 5-3 overall to have them ranked second in the District 11 Class A rankings.
Wins over Notre Dame, East Stroudsburg North, Pleasant Valley and Pocono Mountain West evaporated a 1-3 start, which saw them lose three straight to the likes of Easton, Liberty and Emmaus.
We have a new team at the top of the poll following Nazareth’s 35-33, thrilling win over Freedom last Friday night.
It was one of the best high school games the area has seen in a while and now the Blue Eagles have the task of upholding their status at the top by hosting Bethlehem Catholic Friday night. It could mark back-to-back weeks where Nazareth is involved in the top contest in the area and those things tend to happen when you have the best quarterback in the region with Anthony Harris under center.
Joe Henrich said that high school football can be a crazy game. If you saw last week’s Bethlehem Catholic-Liberty affair, that sentiment would be justified.
The Golden Hawks escaped with a 27-22 win at BASD Stadium, thanks to Matt Stianche’s 30-yard TD grab in the final minute of the fourth quarter to catapult Becahi (2-1) to the win and rip the hearts out of their city rival Hurricanes (2-1).
After two weeks of the regular season, we have an idea of where teams stand in the Lehigh Valley football landscape. Freedom narrowly escaped last week, but Bethlehem Catholic proved they are right up there with anyone, as long as Tavion Banks is running the ball.
The Pates follow up their city rivalry last week with a trip to Parkland, while the Hawks are back at BASD to tangle with the Hurricanes.
Easton is proving its hype train is overblown, while Central Catholic has become a team nobody wants to play.
As with any encounter on the gridiron between Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic, fireworks are always on the agenda and last week’s city rivalry contest between both schools showcased that maybe the two best teams in the area reside in Bethlehem.
Jalen Stewart’s one-yard touchdown with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter gave Freedom a 24-21 lead for the comeback victory.
The Patriots stopped Becahi (1-1) on a 4th and 5 at the Freedom 17-yard line midway through the fourth quarter and then chewed up the rest of the quarter, driving 83-yards in 4:59 to steal the victory.