You could see it from the opening whistle of the District 11 4A championship game Saturday night at Nazareth. There was no way Bethlehem Catholic was going to lose to Saucon Valley.
The Hawks bullied their Colonial League counterparts all over the field and throttled them en route to a 42-7 mercy-rule victory at Nazareth.
Becahi (10-2) led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back, as they knocked off the Panthers in back-to-back years for the district crown.
Not many surprises occurred in last week’s opening round of the playoffs outside of Pocono Mountain West back handing second-seeded Stroudsburg. However, what else would you expect from an all MVC showdown?
Parkland got pushed farther than they would have liked, while Easton made a statement with their thumping over Nazareth.
Palisades should keep rolling, but what will their Colonial League counterparts Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley do in their title matches with EPC foes?
League bragging rights are on the line this week, so let’s see who can keep talking.
Four cross country runners from Liberty and one from Freedom competed in the PIAA State Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
“We were really thrilled to have four going,” said Hurricane coach Mark Will-Weber.
Hurricane sophomore Belle Weikert placed 27th among 212 girls with a time of 19:43, and Hurricane junior Darlyn Fermin placed 81st out of 236 boys with a time of 17:02.
It wasn’t a fluke.
With the new District 11 classifications allowing for more teams to make the postseason district tournament, there are going to be teams below the .500 mark that qualify for the playoffs.
Liberty was one of them.
Finishing the regular season at 4-6 overall after a victory over city rival Freedom on the 10th and final week, the Hurricanes earned the eighth seed in the District 11 6A tournament.
Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team were awarded silver medals at the District XI Team Tennis Championships last Wednesday at Lehigh University.
The Hawks defeated Notre Dame East Stroudsburg 4-1 in the quarterfinal and Salisbury 3-2 in the semifinal, but lost to Blue Mountain in the final 3-2.
As with the match against Salisbury, most of the pressure fell on Becahi’s three singles player Jenna Sloan.
Bethlehem Catholic tennis players Molly Ehrig and Jenna Sloan were silver medalists in the District XI Class 2A Doubles Tennis Championships recently at Winning Touch in Allentown.
Logan Lencheski and Emma Anmolsingh from Notre Dame Green Pond won the doubles final, 6-4, 6-3.
“Overall they were a little bit more aggressive and took more risks,” Ehrig said.
Things seemed to be going the Hawks’ way after the pair took a 3-0 lead in the first set, but the Crusaders took over, winning five straight games.
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Despite a rough two-game stretch to close out the regular season, which included a 21-7 loss in the finale to Bethlehem rival Liberty, Freedom head coach Jason Roeder wasn’t concerned as his team prepared for the district playoffs.
In fact, it was that recent stretch that Roeder believed would strengthen his team as postseason football got underway. And he was right.
Bethlehem Catholic will see a familiar foe Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the District 11 4A football championship when they take on Saucon Valley at Nazareth.
The Golden Hawks advanced thanks to a 48-7 demolition over Pottsville last week, but face a tougher task with the Panthers this week, fresh off their 41-10 thumping over Central Catholic in the opening round of districts.
Bethlehem Catholic High School’s number one singles tennis player Brenna Magliochetti was crowned PIAA State Class 2A singles tennis champion this past weekend at Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey, Pa.
“It’s kind of indescribable. It’s been multiple days now, and I still can’t wrap my head around it,” Magliochetti said. “After last season, it’s been on my mind for 12 months, so match point was completely overwhelming.”
Magliochetti defeated Knoch’s Laura Greb in the final, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).