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.
Maceo Connor may not have been the most dominating, or stat driven guard in the Lehigh Valley Conference last season, but Connor certainly was the most positive teammate.
Connor recently received the "Most Positive High School Athlete" award in boys basketball for the state of Pennsylvania.
It was a quick affair Monday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, as Bethlehem Catholic took a three-game sweep over Liberty in boys volleyball.
The Hawks (10-3, 8-3) cruised their way to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-14 win to avenge an early season loss to the 'Canes (10-4, 8-3), as well as draw a first-place tie with Liberty atop the division standings.
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner. The Lehigh Valley team held their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
Two other tryouts will take place on Sunday, May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 am.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.