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Becahi freshmen show Hawks future

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was another Tony Iasiello Christmas City Wrestling Tournament, but it was the same result last week as the host Golden Hawks crowned five champions at their event, posting 279 team points en route to rolling to the team title.

While the Hawks got expected titles from Mikey Labriola (182), Jody Crouse (195) and Niko Camacho (HWT), two of their freshmen showed that no matter who graduates any given year, the Hawks always come back with a loaded stable of talent.

Liberty boys top Parkland

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Starting fast and executing late have been two areas of play that Liberty’s basketball team has struggled with this season, but the Hurricanes hit on both those areas during the opener of the Parkland Holiday Scholastic Play-by-Play classic last Tuesday.

Liberty jumped out to a 22-8 first quarter lead on the hosts and held on for a 72-64 victory last Tuesday night. The Hurricanes couldn’t sustain that momentum the following night against a talented Harrisburg squad, falling 86-51.

Luke Werner settles for second place

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic is always a chance for wrestlers to gauge where they’re at just before the new year and for Liberty’s Luke Werner, that’s exactly what he took away from his runner-up finish at 120-pounds.

Werner lost to Central Dauphin’s Chris Wright by a 5-4 decision in last Thursday’s finals, giving him his third straight silver medal in his home event to lead the Hurricanes medal performance.

Liberty finished seventh in the team standings with 130 points and had seven wrestlers medal.

Becahi to host 49th annual Tony Iasiello tourney

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

The 49th annual Tony Iasiello Memorial Christmas City Wrestling Tournament will take place on December 29 and 30.

The Hawks won the team title with 314 points last year and crowned eight champions with Luke Carty (132), Mikey Labriola (170) and Niko Camacho (HWT) as the only returning champions back for the Hawks this year.

Can the Hawks top last year’s number of eight champs? That remains to be seen, as action kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Catholic.

Holiday Classic to include Easton

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Christmas City becomes wrestling city the week in between the holidays and that continues this year as the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic will take place December 28 and 29 at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.

This year’s tournament will have 32 teams and should get a boost in attendance and fanfare with Easton participating in the tournament this year.

The Rovers join the ranks of Pennsylvania powers Nazareth, Phillipsburg, Northampton, Central Dauphin, Council Rock South and Pennridge to go along with the host Hurricanes.

Plenty of holiday hoops for local teams

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

Christmas time always means time off from school and it also means holiday basketball tournaments.

That rings true for all three of Bethlehem’s schools, as Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic will get their share of holiday tournament action this week.

Liberty will stay close to home, as the Hurricanes played Parkland in the Trojans holiday tournament on Tuesday.

The six-team tournament featured Abington Heights against Berk Catholic in yesterday’s opener, followed by Lower Merion taking on Harrisburg.

Article By: Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

There’s a new summer basketball tournament in town and it hopes to fill some of the holes that high school coaches have talked about for years with the July tournament dates.

Glenn Klein, the veteran basketball tournament director for the Stellar Construction Catch A Rising Star showcase, is going solo and forming the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase from June 22-25.

Klein has directed and organized summer tournaments over the past 37 years and feels the time is right now to branch off to put together a different tournament.

Cedar Beach to have new summer tourney

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

There’s a new summer basketball tournament in town and it hopes to fill some of the holes that high school coaches have talked about for years with the July tournament dates.

Glenn Klein, the veteran basketball tournament director for the Stellar Construction Catch A Rising Star showcase, is going solo and forming the Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase from June 22-25.

Klein has directed and organized summer tournaments over the past 37 years and feels the time is right now to branch off to put together a different tournament.

’Canes look to clean things up

Friday, December 23, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

One thing that Liberty’s basketball team should be prepared for down the stretch is playing in close games.

The Hurricanes (2-2) went through another nail-biter on Sunday afternoon, falling to Pocono Mountain West 76-74 in overtime at Allen’s Sewards Gym in the opener of the first Lehigh Valley Round Ball Jamboree.

The four-game slate, which included Whitehall, Parkland and Allen playing teams from out of the area, benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.