Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

HOOPS: Hawk boys, girls are D-11 champs

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic boys and girls each brought home District 11 4A titles this weekend and will advance to states.

The girls, on Saturday afternoon, beat Central Catholic 43-27 thanks to big second and third quarter runs.

The girls got balanced scoring in the game and chipped in with a stuffing defense to keep the Vikes in check. Hope Brown and Neila Luma eached scored 9 points in the win while Tessa Zamolyi had 8.

D-11 games a hit at PPL Center

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.

A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “sold out” sign hung on a PPL Center door.

EPC league finals are set

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.

For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.

Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the fourth which saw them outscore Becahi 21-11 in that final frame.

EPC releases basketball playoff brackets

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.

In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a site and time to be determined.

Hawks advance in states

Monday, November 28, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s football team advanced in state play this past weekend, turning a close game into a dominating, mercy rule performance after a big second half.

The Hawks won 42-12 over Greater Johnstown.

Becahi took a 14-6 lead in the first quarter but that score remained the same heading into halftime.

That didn’t last long once the third quarter started as QB Javon Clements ran 36 yards for a touchdown to put the Hawks on top 20-6.

D-11 titles clinched, others on the line; Football slate begins this weekend

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

On Wednesday, some District 11 titles were settled in the Lehigh Valley Press coverage area, while a few more are on the line Thursday night. In football, the action all gets under way this weekend.

In field hockey, the Emmaus Hornets did it again - their 28th straight district title after a 3-1 victory over Stroudsburg Wednesday night.

Freedom captures Bethlehem City Championship

Sunday, October 30, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Turnovers can change the momentum of a football game in just seconds, and there was perhaps no better example than Saturday’s Freedom-Liberty contest.

After a Freedom fumbled punt set the Hurricanes up on the Pates 1-yard line, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to capitalize on a costly mistake. But just few moments later, it was Freedom’s Jamal Williamson returning an interception 98 yards for a Patriot 7-0 lead and eventually a 34-0 victory that gave the Patriots the Bethlehem City Championship.

D-11 updates: 4A volleyball bracket released; Oct. 27 recaps

Friday, October 28, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

District 11 announced the times, locations and matchups for the 4A volleyball tournament. The games begin on Saturday morning at four different locations.

Parkland, the top seed, will host the winner of (8) Whitehall vs. (9) Pocono Mountain East, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. The winner takes on the Trojans at 10:30 a.m.

(4) Emmaus will host (5) Pleasant Valley at 10 a.m. and Delaware Valley will host Wyoming Valley West, however no time was announced for this contest.

Liberty wins, Freedom falls in D-11 girls soccer

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Girls soccer opened District 11 play on Tuesday and two Bethlehem Press teams were in action.

The seventh-seeded Liberty girls advanced with a 2-1, OT victory at home against tenth-seed Pocono Mountain West in a 7 p.m. game at BASD Field.

The game was scoreless for the entire first half until Pocono got on the board at 31:10 of the second half.

The ’Canes Merve Okumus tied it up at 1-1 less than a minute later before the game went into overtime.