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BC looks to do it again

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling program has accomplished a lot over the past two years, but that doesn't mean they're satisfied.

With back-to-back District 11 2A and PIAA 2A titles in hand, along with their first Lehigh Valley Conference championship last season, the Hawks return looking to do it all over again.

Head coach Jeff Karam begins his fifth year (18th overall) at the helm of the program with the expectations unchanged.

Donnelly to Lehigh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

It hasn't happened during Andy Pitsilos's 11-year tenure as baseball coach at Liberty, but there's always a first time for everything.

Senior shortstop Pat Donnelly became the first Liberty player under Pitsilos to commit to a college early, when he announced this month that he would attend Lehigh University to play baseball.

Donnelly, who was a first-team all state selection last year, took advantage of making the decision now.

Donnelly to Lehigh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

It hasn't happened during Andy Pitsilos's 11-year tenure as baseball coach at Liberty, but there's always a first time for everything.

Senior shortstop Pat Donnelly became the first Liberty player under Pitsilos to commit to a college early, when he announced this month that he would attend Lehigh University to play baseball.

Donnelly, who was a first-team all state selection last year, took advantage of making the decision now.

Winter practice takes shape before Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there's one thing synonomous with Thanksgiving, it's also the start of the winter sports season. The winter schedule officially picked up Friday afternoon for schools across the state as coaches and players prepare for another season of winter action.

In Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling room, those dreams of glory have become a mainstay for the Golden Hawks as they return as two-time defending PIAA 2A dual meet champs, but head coach Jeff Karam knows that road will be even tougher this year as his squad deals with graduation.

Hawks fall in states

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

All good things must come to an end, but for Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team, it was just a bit too early.

The Golden Hawks lost in their PIAA 2A opener last Thursday to Pope John Paul II in four games at William Tennent High School.

The Panthers (19-0) won 27-25, 25-22, 11-25 and 25-16 and kept their undefeated season going by winning their quarterfinal over the weekend against Berks Catholic to advance to yesterday's semifinals.

Pete's Top-10 Titles are on the line

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not a very shocking week in terms of wins and losses, but Parkland's 41-10 victory over Easton pretty much showed everyone what they needed to know about the Trojans. Clearly, the best team around, but it would be interesting to see what the Rough Riders of Catasaqua could do against the Trojans.

Since district sports are run by computers now, maybe we can assemble a computer generated mock Lehigh Valley championship game?

Now that would be fun. Wouldn't it?

1. Parkland (9-2)

Last week's rank: #1

Might as well just put Parkland in the championship.

Article By: PETER CAR pcar@tnonline.com

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty may have walked away with an inferior record to Freedom last Saturday, but you couldn't tell by all the smiles plastered across the faces of the Hurricane faithful.

The Hurricanes turned around a 7-6 halftime deficit with a 29-point third quarter to barrel there way through Freedom 41-14 to force a three-way split for the city championship.

It was Liberty's third win of the season, but the 'Canes (3-7) felt like they came away with more over the last month, when they finished the year 3-1 in their final four games.

Despite final record, Hawks making progress

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was the conclusion to a long football season last Friday night for Bethlehem Catholic. The Hawks finished out their 2012 campaign with a 42-7 defeat at the hands of Central Catholic.

Vikings running back Colin McDermot stole the show by rushing for a Lehigh Valley Conference record 422 yards, while adding five touchdowns to lead Central (5-5) into the district playoffs.

On the other side of the coin, Becahi struggled through a 1-9 campaign and head coach Joe Henrich fully understands the frustration that everyone related to the program feels.

Pete's Top-10: playoff edition

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well it's finally the postseason and this is the time of year that everyone has been waiting for. Unfortunately, computers have nudged their way into the process of making this fair, as you'll see below with some of the matchups.

But like they say, it is what it is.

1. Parkland (8-2)

Last week's rank: #1

Just goes to show you that power points still are not the answer when determining postseason seedings. It's a travesty that these two teams are playing this week.

The Pick: Parkland 21- Easton 14

2. Whitehall (8-2)

Last week's rank: #2