Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 25, 2019

Becahi girls hoping to advance to state finals

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Editor’s note: The Becahi girls semifinal game took place after Press deadlines.

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team cruised again this past Saturday when they defeated Danville, 60-37, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal at Hazleton High School.

Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier came out in the second quarter firing two consecutive threes, and the Hawks were off and running.

Pates comeback falls short

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Despite a strong second half by Freedom’s girls’ basketball team, the Patriots were unable to overcome an 18-point deficit in the first half and were knocked out of the PIAA State Class 6A tournament by Garnet Valley, 62-40, last Tuesday at Souderton High School

“I think we blew a great opportunity. They took the game to us. There’s no doubt about it,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “We didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half. We didn’t play the way we know how to play. We were intimidated by their size.”

BC excited for season

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team got in some extra days of practice due to its season opener scheduled for last Thursday against Nazareth at Illick’s Mill.

“It feels good,” said senior Stephen Botek. “We still have some improvements to make, but I think for the most part, we have a solid group of kids, good team chemistry and we can only get better from here.”

Freshman Curt Gruber is the Hawks’ number one singles player this year, Botek is at two singles, and Gabe Velez is at three singles.

Botek and Velez were doubles players last year, although not together.

Article By: Peter Car

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

EPC girls volleyball all-stars

The East Penn Conference volleyball all-stars for the fall saw Emmaus’ Caroline Bond coming away with MVP honors.

Liberty seniors Linda Perugini and Julia Burcin were both named to the first team list as well.

The complete all-star list is below.

First Team

Caroline Bond (MVP), senior, Emmaus; Rachel Hess, senior, Central; Lina Perugini, senior, Liberty; Maria Harding, senior, Nazareth; Macy Van Den Elzen, junior, Emmaus; Julia Burcin, senior, Liberty; Grace Steurer, senior, Parkland

Second Team

Liberty tennis looks to get season going

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The East Penn Conference boys’ tennis season was slated to have begun on March 11, weather permitting.

Liberty’s courts were clear of snow as of March 10, and Hurricane coach Chris Conrad expects that other schools’ courts are also clear since Liberty is one of the last courts to dry.

In the meantime, the Hurricanes had an opportunity to get some matches under their belts along with players from Parkland and Muhlenberg High Schools on March 9 at a junior team tennis event sponsored by the USTA.

Steel win opener, fall in second game

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Sports

The Steel’s opening match of 2019 against Birmingham Legion FC was the 100th match in charge for Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke. Burke has amassed a 33-40-27 record across all competitions in his four seasons with Steel FC. Burke has helped managed the Steel to two USL Cup Playoffs births, including leading the club to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the first time in the club’s modern-era founding.

Article By: The Press

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


St. Paul’s 42 21 .667

Star of Beth 43 26 .623

Bath Luth 39 27 .591

Dryland 39 30 .565

Emmanuel 34 35 .493

Christ UCC 33 36 .478

Ebenezer 32 37 .464

Light of Christ 30 3 .435

Salem UCC 27 39 .409

St. Stephen’s 27 42 .394

Farmersville 26 40 .391

Christ UCC (8-7) at

Salem UCC (5-0, 9-2)

S - Bill Rinker 7-13, Bob Krause 6-14, Kim Bush 5-13 2HR, HRs - Sherry Bush, Kierstin Saeger.

C - Ron Wagner 7-14, George Gasper 5-11, Garry Smith HR.