Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

FHS girls top Trojans

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Six quick points by Parkland and more missed shots by Freedom prompted Patriot coach Dean Reiman to call a timeout before Friday night’s girls’ basketball game got out of hand.

“He brought us back to the Central game where we let it get too far out of hand, and we realized that this was our game, and we need to turn it on because we need to start winning big games to put us in a good position,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein.

The Patriots responded with successive threes by...

Karam eager to see how Hawks finish

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jeff Karam told his wife he isn’t reading the newspapers anymore. He isn’t even sure what his future at Bethlehem Catholic will be next season. All that matters to Karam is the present situation of taking over the coaching duties of the Golden Hawk wrestling program for the recently fired Rick Thompson.

Karam, who spent the last 10 years as head coach before stepping back this season to watch his sons wrestle in college, is back in the saddle of head coaching duties as of last...

FHS girls lose to NHS

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ swim team hosted Nazareth last Thursday when the Blue Eagles topped the Patriots, 101-84.

Freedom had a 63-62 lead going into the 200 free relay, but watched their lead start to dwindle throughout the last few events of the night.

The Patriots opened the meet with a first place victory in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Sage Hillier, Abby Burnette, Emily Justice, and Aliah Corrado finishing in 2:06.85.

Hillier placed second in the 200 IM in 2:...

Wrestling: Thompson fired, Karam back in charge

Monday, January 14, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Rick Thompson era at Bethlehem Catholic came to an expedited end last week, as he was fired roughly five weeks into the regular season.
Becahi athletic director Chris Domyan sent out a press release shortly after 3 p.m. last Thursday, notifying of the change and reappointing former head coach Jeff Karam back in charge of the program.
“Bethlehem Catholic High School and wrestling coach Rick Thompson are parting ways effective immediately,” said the release that Domyan sent...

All-state teams named FHS, LHS, BC have selections

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem had a complementary contingent of football players being named to the Pennsylvania Writers 2018 All-State list, as Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic had members selected to their respective squads.

Liberty defensive end Trevor Harris and Freedom linebacker Tristan Wheeler were each named to the 6A team, while a trio of Golden Hawks were named to the 4A team including Dalton Daddona (G), Tavion Banks (RB) and Paul Carreras (LB).

Wheeler, who will play football at...

Pates have impressed

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say Freedom’s basketball team has been a pleasant surprise this winter, but maybe that’s an indictment from the public perception more than anything.

The Patriots have jumped out to a stellar 8-2 start to the year and entered this week as winners of six straight games.

Freedom earned two pivotal league wins last week against Central Catholic (57-52) and Stroudsburg (72-63) and look to keep streaking this week with a win over Southern Lehigh (4-6) with Northampton (6-4)...

Paz nets milestone in win over EHS

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

In a matchup of the top-two boys basketball teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, one squad showed its muscle as Bethlehem Catholic got the better of Emmaus by double-digits, making a statement, winning 80-67 last Saturday night in front of a large crowd at Bethlehem Catholic High School.

Four Golden Hawks scored in double-figures, led by Julian Thomas, who tallied 19 points, a career-high for the junior. But it was senior Justin Paz who had a night he will always remember. In...

Liberty stuns Becahi

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was a historic moment for Liberty’s wrestling program last Friday night and one that every Hurricane alumni will cherish in the wake of the Hurricanes riveting 32-30 victory over Bethlehem Catholic at Memorial Gymnasium.

Senior Jake Ahmad (220) secured a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the final bout of the night against Joe Kurtz for a 3-1 decision that clinched the biggest result of the season in District 11, and perhaps in recent memory.

The win pushed Liberty to 9-0...

BC girls top Eagles

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team scored its eighth victory of the season last Thursday night in front of a large crowd at Nazareth where the Hawks defeated the Blue Eagles, 59-45.

“We knew it was going to be a challenge so we were excited to play this game because we need this for later on,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier who scored 14 points.

The Hawks had just come off a pre-New Year’s 49-47 victory over Imhotep Charter on Dec. 29.

“I think Imhotep Charter...

Susquehanna home of bass, catfish

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Within an hours drive of the Lehigh Valley, some of the best smallmouth bass fishing can be had in the Susquehanna River that runs past Harrisburg. And in a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.

From October 22-28, 2018, fisheries biologists conducted nighttime electrofishing surveys targeting adult smallmouth bass at four...