It's early in the legion summer, but there's one thing that every coach knows he'll need from their team and it's quality pitching.
The Wanderers hope that can stay true for their season, as they sit at 1-1 through Monday's schedule.
Dwight Pulieri is back in the fold as manager of the club and looks to improve off last season's 11-10 mark.
Bethlehem Catholic will have to get through the top-ranked team in the state in order to defend their state volleyball crown.
The defending 2A state champions swept Coughlin in three games (25-13, 25-19, 25-15) in the first round of the PIAA 2A championships on Saturday to set up a quarterfinal draw against Northeastern.
The Hawks travel to Cumberland Valley Wednesday night for a 5:30 p.m. tilt against the state's most decorated team in 2A volleyball, as the multiple-time state champions are the heavy favorites to walk away with the state title again this year.
The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced their scholar athletes last week at Moravian College.
Every varsity sport over the year was represented, as 23 student-athletes took home the prestigious honor to represent their sport for excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Bethlehem Catholic's Bridget Smith was the only representative to take home two awards during the morning ceremony, as she won honors in girls' soccer and girls' basketball.
The baseball season ended without any hardware for local teams, as Liberty and Freedom were both ousted from the District 11 4A tournament last week.
The Hurricanes (15-7) fell to Parkland for the third time this season following a 4-1 defeat in the quarterfinals. Parkland pitcher Tyler Duff registered his third win of the season over the 'Canes.
Parkland went on to knock off Pocono Mountain East 3-0 in the semifinals to set up tonight's championship finals against Whitehall (21-2) at 7 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park.
It's been known for awhile that Darian Cruz would be heading to Lehigh to wrestle, but three other teammates of the Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team joined a festival of athletes last week to announce their college destinations.
An ensemble of 20 Golden Hawks signed the dotted line in a conglomeration of fall, winter and spring athletes making their college announcements.
Connor Hedash, was one of four wrestlers to move onto the next level, as he'll attend the Air Force Academy.
All it took was one swing of the bat to change the outcome of Freedom's season Monday afternoon in the opening round of the District 11 4A playoffs.
And based by the smiles coming from the Patriots dugout, things worked out in their favor.
Jarrett Clymer hit a walk-off home run in extra innings to give Freedom a 4-3 victory over Northampton to setup a showdown against top-seeded Whitehall this afternoon.
Clymer was the lead-off batter in the bottom of the eighth when he found the right pitch from Kids' starter Garrett Kunkel to blast over the fence for the victory.
A loss in the Lehigh Valley Conference championship hasn't derailed Bethlehem Catholic's hopes for repeating as the 2A state champions again.
The Hawks fell to Parkland in four games last week to relinquish their hopes of claiming an LVC championship, but that's all water under the bridge at this point for head coach Jeff Koch.
As Becahi doesn't have any competition this week in district play, due to no other qualifiers, the Hawks are getting ready for a state run, just like they did a year ago.
Bethlehem Catholic and Parkland both took care of business Monday night in rivalry matches in the Lehigh Valley Conference semifinals at Whitehall.
The Hawks ousted Liberty in four games 25-20, 25-27, 25-21, 25-13, while Parkland also needed four games to break past a scrappy Emmaus squad en route to the finals during a 25-20, 27-25, 25-27, 25-18 result.
For Bethlehem Catholic head coach Jeff Koch, he feels that his team is peaking at the right time.
With the gluttony of football camps available to high school players and the growing importance of position specific drills to football coaches at the higher levels, Jason Brader thinks he's filled a need.
Brader, the owner FASST Performance in Quakertown, is holding a camp on May 18 from 10am-3pm at the Bethlehem Steelers Youth Field off Schoenersville Rd. in Bethlehem.
The camp is open to football players from ninth grade up until incoming seniors.
Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.