Bethlehem Press

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’Canes looking to build their program

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Laurie Muller enters her first year with Liberty’s girls’ lacrosse team and the Hurricanes are just looking for an improvement this season.

After last year’s 0-16 mark, Muller is hoping to create something sustainable for the program.

“Liberty lacrosse is a building program,” Muller said. “We’re looking forward to success this season on the field with many returning players that have improved over the off season. We also have a lot of new girls that came out and we can’t wait to see how quickly they will progress.”

Pates want to take the next step

Monday, April 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom hopes that this spring can be a breakout campaign for the girls lacrosse program.

After an 8-10 finish a year ago, head coach Charis Innarella enters her fourth year at the helm optimistic with what this year’s crop of girls can achieve.

“We have exceptional leadership this season within our core players,” said Innarella. “Our stick skills continue to improve and we have gained valuable experience over the past season. The success of our team will feed off of the closeness and passion our kids have for each other and for the game of lacrosse.”

Expectations high for LHS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.

The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.

Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.

Patriots hope to replicate banner year

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It might be difficult for Freedom to replicate the type of success they had a year ago, but the Pates will certainly look to make another run at the league and district titles this spring.

Coming off a 19-5 campaign, which saw them go 12-4 in the East Penn Conference regular season, to go along with their first EPC championship, expectations are elevated for the 2016 spring.

Head coach Nick D’Amico enters his 11th season at the helm and hopes that the loss in graduation won’t overshadow the potential of this year’s returning group.

Becahi aims for District 11 playoffs

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s been two years since Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team has made the District 11 playoffs and the Hawks are hoping this spring can be the year that ends that mini-slump.

Head coach Mike Grasso returns for his 30th season in charge, as the Hawks look to bounce back from an 8-12 campaign a year ago.

“The senior leadership we have is very good,” said Grasso. “Two of our top pitchers are seniors and we’re looking forward to see how they do and the defense behind them holds up.”

But, area teams still digging out from last week’s storm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Spring officially began on Monday, but we all know it doesn’t feel like those 70 degree days that winter teased us with.

As the snow gradually melts away, most area coaches and athletic directors can’t wait for the snowy cover to completely vanish as we head into the spring sports calendar.

Spring practices began on March 6 and teams were afforded five quality days of practice to open the season, only to see that trend reversed last week with Tuesday’s 10+ inches of snow across the Lehigh Valley.

National Champion!

Monday, March 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Former Hawk Darian Cruz wins NCAA title

Lehigh’s Darian Cruz wanted to enjoy the moment with his family after coming home from St. Louis on Sunday following the conclusion of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday night.

With District 11 wrestling on the national spotlight over the weekend, the former Golden Hawk turned Mountain Hawk took home the ultimate prize after posting a 6-3 decision over Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak to win the 125-pound NCAA championship.

Mikey Labriola repeats state title glory

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola said he hasn’t seen Bethlehem Catholic coach Jeff Karam tear up, but he broke him down Saturday night.

Labriola won his second straight state championship in Hershey following a 17-9 major decision over Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal in the 170-pound 3A finals, ending his Becahi career how everyone expected him to.

But one can never anticipate the emotion of the moment, no matter how far you see it coming.

Werner grabs silver medal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Luke Werner’s 2017 trip to Hershey for the PIAA wrestling tournament can be simply defined as a fun experience.

It was the greatest run he’s ever had at the Giant Center and it culminated with a silver medal performance, following a 13-3 defeat to Northampton’s Julian Chlebove during Saturday night’s 120-pound 3A championship.

It marked the third time in as many weeks that Werner lost to Chlebove in a finals situation, dropping both the district and regional titles to the Northampton sophomore.