Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

‘Season for the Ages’

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Wanderers’ season came to a close in the Region 2 tournament, but it didn’t take away from the type of campaign the team experienced over the summer.

The NORCO champs fell to Berks champ Norchester 7-1 to end their run in the tournament, going 2-2 in the double elimination format. Norchester scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away for the win.

For Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri, the season was a success after a 22-5 finish that saw his team win the...

Aungst, Giants even series

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound toward the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire. Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.

Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.

But he didn’t let that adversity affect him. Aungst got Pat Rhoads to pop out to end...

Freedom basketball wins first Summer Jam

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom has a knack at winning titles in the summer. Head coach Joe Stellato hopes that can translate to championship aspirations in the winter.

The Patriots won the first annual Lehigh Valley Summer Slam last weekend at Dieruff, knocking off the Huskies 62-55 in the final.

Malek and Caleb Mims combined for 36 points in the championship game to lift the Pates to the title.

“We had so many guys contribute,” said Stellato. “Malek and Caleb brought the energy and excitement...

Northwest competes in ABE Championships

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest Swim Team competed in the ABE Championships on July 27 at Stones Crossing in its last meet of the summer swim season.

Northwest placed 10th out of 12 teams, and Kaybrook was the overall winner.

Northwest swimmers who had top finishes included Windsor Reiss, who took sixth place in 13 & over diving with 111.50 points.

Corbin Eisenhardt came in fifth in the 13-14 50 freestyle in 29.51, third in the 13-14 50 butterfly in 34.84, and fifth in the 50 breaststroke...

Stingrays take second in Suburban Lg.

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Hanover Stingrays took second place in the Suburban Swim League Championships Meet on July 20 at Whitehall where Quakertown placed first.

Macungie came in third, followed by Soleco, Lower Macungie, Whitehall, and Palmerton.

Top-placing swimmers for Hanover were Sarah Park, who won the 13-14 50 free with a time of 26.69, and Malcolm Collins, who won the same event for the boys in 26.08.

In the 15 & over 50 free, Addison Collins was fourth in 23.04, and Jonathan...

Outdoors: Native plants are easier to grow

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Every spring and summer we all spend a good deal of money buying and planting flowers to beautify our yards and gardens. But there is a way to circumvent this annual expenditure by planting native plants.

Native plants, as defined by the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, are ones that occur naturally in a particular region, ecosystem or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. Some may think they’re mainly weeds. But they’re not.

Also called indigenous plants,...

Harris a class act on and off field

Friday, August 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Trevor Harris was one of the most dominant football players in the East Penn Conference last season. His senior year was a hallmark campaign for the Liberty defensive end, garnering EPC South defensive MVP honors and first-team all-state status, but the awards and success were a culmination of Harris’ hard-work and some visits to summer camps after his junior season to set the tone for his stellar final year at Liberty.

“Going into my senior year, I went to a lot of camps and worked...

Stuckey always left it all on the field

Friday, August 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Greta Stuckey, Bethlehem Press’s Female Athlete of the Year from Liberty High School, has done many great things in track & field, swimming, and cross country. Her most recent great thing came two months ago at the District XI Class 3A Track & Field Championships.

It was an unlikely comeback that Stuckey pulled off as anchor of the Hurricanes’ 4x8 relay on May 15 at Whitehall High School.

“That 4x8 relay (Emily Jobes, Rachel Byrne, Cami Bortz, and Stuckey) is a really...

Karam steps down as LHS wrestling coach

Friday, August 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jody Karam has built Liberty’s wrestling program into one of the most respected in the area, if not the state, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.

Karam officially handed in his letter of resignation to Liberty athletic director Fred Harris last week, ending a 26-year run on the Hurricanes’ mats.

Harris sent out a press release last week, describing how much Karam meant to the program.

“Coach Karam has spent the better part of the last three decades...

Lehigh 12U falls to Council Rock Holland

Friday, August 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team seemed to be on the verge of a Section 6 championship but dropped its two last games to become runner-up to Council Rock Holland last week.

Last Tuesday, Lehigh gave up five earned runs in the first inning against Council Rock.

“There were a lot of walks, two hits by pitch, passed balls. Before we knew it, we were down 5-0,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “We chipped away little by little, but we gave up another run, and it was 7-2...