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Liberty goes far in tourney

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty made the deepest run over the weekend at the Cedar Beach Basketball showcase and its performance might be a preview of what is to come this winter.

The Hurricanes were one of the last teams alive in the big school division, losing to Reading in their final consolation round contest on Sunday to end their weekend tournament run.

Liberty went 4-2 throughout the duration of the event, which was better than Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom, which both lost the first two games of the tourney to get eliminated.

Teams prep for Bash at the Beach

Friday, June 21, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Bash at the Beach will take place this weekend at Cedar Beach and all three Bethlehem schools will look to make a push to last until Sunday’s action.

With a lot of teams across the EPC already playing in the Cedar Beach summer league, this weekend’s tournament [the former Stellar event] amplifies the intensity and competition levels.

Bethlehem Catholic head coach Scott McClary, fresh off an EPC and district championship season, is using the summer as an opportunity to see the program grow after losing stars Justin Paz and Kyle Young to graduation.

Area players part of Big 33 victory

Friday, June 21, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was one final chance for some members of Bethlehem Catholic’s football team to relive their time as Golden Hawks during the recent 62nd annual Big 33 game.

Pennsylvania knocked off Maryland 21-0 in the contest, as four Bethlehem players and Becahi head coach Joe Henrich took part in the festivities.

Freedom linebacker Tristan Wheeler was also part of a PA effort that limited Maryland to six first downs in the contest, while the PA offensive line was anchored by two of Becahi’s biggest boys up front last season, as Elias Marte and Dalton Daddona worked the trenches.

LV boys ready for Cup play

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup is set to take the field this week when they open up play on Wednesday, June 12, at 12:30 p.m. against Suburban One American/ Continental. The game comes after Press deadlines.

This year’s roster 25 players, 16 of which are underclassmen.

Liberty’s Ben Piripavel and Freedom’s Nick Stannard and Conor Howland are the local Bethlehem representatives on the squad.

A win by the LV squad in the opener would push them to the quarterfinal round on June 14.

The complete LV team roster is below.

Wanderers off to hot start

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO season is underway and the Wanderers have jumped out to a perfect start early in the season.

Winning their first two games of the season 12-0 over Hellertown and 14-0 over Bankos, the Wanderers (2-0) have been off to a torrid beginning to the season.

With games against Nazareth (5-1) and Wind Gap (0-4) this week, Dwight Pulieri’s team will get a chance to see what they’re really made of when they stack up against Nazareth this week.

Hawks head to college

Thursday, June 13, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic announced their latest class of seniors heading to college to play sports last week.

The list is highlighted with Division-I athletes such as Dalton Daddona (Penn State, football) and Margaret Benzing (Lafayette, volleyball).

The wrestling team will send three grapplers off to the next level with Luca Frinzi (Lehigh), Nate Lackman (Rhode Island) and Dillon Murphy (Harvard).

The school honored 22 of their outbound seniors during last week’s ceremony with the complete list below.

Karam will be back at Bethlehem Catholic

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic wrestling coach Jeff Karam will be in his accustomed corner next winter when the Golden Hawks return to the mats.

The Becahi boss will balance the life of coach and spectator with both of his sons wrestling in college next season. Karam originally stepped down as head coach prior to last season, because of him wanting to spend more time watching his son Luke wrestle for Lehigh and Cole at New York University.

BC volleyball falls in states

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say that Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team was playing with house money as of late.

With a trip to the PIAA 2A tournament in their hands over the past 10 days, the Hawks made the most of their run to the quarterfinals before bowing to District 7 champion Ambridge over the weekend.

Ambridge took care of the Hawks in three games (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) to advance to this week’s semifinals, but it was a journey that was completely worth it for a very young Becahi team.

FHS came out swinging

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom came out swinging in their quest to topple Whitehall in the District 11 3A volleyball semifinals, but ultimately didn’t have enough punches to take down the Zephyrs last week.

Whitehall came back after dropping the first set to win three straight [21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-22]. The Zephyrs went on to knock off Parkland for the district championship, keeping their 22-0 undefeated season going.

Liberty heads to District 11 finals

Thursday, May 30, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty roared through Parkland in the District 11 6A baseball semifinals thanks to a nine-run sixth inning, which catapulted them to an 11-4 victory over the weekend.

The win sets up a district finale between the Hurricanes (22-3) and Emmaus (13-11) on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park, which comes after Press deadlines.

The second-seeded Hurricanes clinched a spot in the PIAA tournament with Sunday’s win, but hope to add a gold medal to their resume this season after losing in the EPC championship game.