Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hawks fall short in state semis

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic went through a roller-coaster ride in Monday’s PIAA 4A semifinal against Imhotep Charter, but when the final buzzer sounded it was time for the Hawks to get off the ride on their 2017-18 season.

Donta Scott scored a game-high 27 points to help lead Imhotep to a 65-60 victory at Reading’s Geigle Complex. The Panthers (30-2) carry a 21-game winning streak into Thursday’s state championship against District 7’s Sharon, but you can say that Monday’s matchup might have...

Lehigh Valley crowns 3 wrestling All-Americans at Nationals

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by PETER CAR AND TIM ROBB in Sports

Lehigh senior Darian Cruz enjoyed the limelight of being a national champion last year, but got treated the harsh reality of competing in a tough weight class at last weekend’s NCAA Division-I wrestling championships.

Cruz took fifth at 125-pounds during the tournament held at Quicken Loan Arenas in Cleveland, finishing his Lehigh career with a 120-20 record.

After losing 2-0 to Rutgers’ Nick Suriano in the semifinals, Parkland graduate and Minnesota wrestler Ethan Lizak gave...

Hawk girls fall in round two of states tourney

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s 40-38 loss to Bonner-Prendergast in the second round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs was arguably about as painful as it gets.

With seconds left in a tied game, the Hawks were called for two fouls, and Bonner-Prendergast’s Dakota McCaughan made two free throws, ending Becahi’s season.

“We win together, and we lose together,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We picked a bad game to not shoot the ball well.”

Medina noticed something...

Liberty boys down SHS

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ tennis team opened the season with a 5-2 victory over Stroudsburg on Monday at Liberty.

Louis Gruber won 6-0, 6-0 at number one singles, David Lynn won 6-0, 6-2 at number two singles, and Gavin Snyder won 6-0, 6-0 at number three singles.

Snyder, who played doubles last year, is happy to be playing singles this year.

“It’s relieving. It was my goal since freshman year to get a singles spot,” Snyder said. “It’s something new. I haven’t played singles in...

Pates great season ends

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Yes, the Freedom Patriots lost to Abington, 63-55, in the second round of PIAA State Class 6A girls’ basketball playoffs last week at Spring-Ford High School in Royersford, but according to the Patriots and Freedom coach Dean Reiman, the season was an overall success story.

“This program, a year ago, on a stage like this would have folded up the tent when we got down by 10 easily in that second quarter. So for them to have a confidence in themselves, and a belief in themselves, and...

Potts new FHS coach

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ tennis season begins this week with Matt Potts as the Patriots’ new head coach.

Potts is a tennis instructor at Northwood Racquet Club whose grandfather was Joseph McIntyre, Freedom’s first principal.

“I never coached high school tennis before, but I coach all the high school players [at Northwood], and I thought it would be fun,” Potts said. “I like building things, and I think we have a team that will be good.”

Freedom will have its first match against...

’Canes back to defend district title

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Defending District XI tennis champions, the Liberty Hurricanes, are returning to the courts this week to open the 2018 boys’ tennis season.

Sophomore Louis Gruber will play at number one singles, sophomore David Lynn will play at two singles, and senior Gavin Snyder will play at three singles.

Gruber is the 2017 district doubles champ, along with Dan Lynn who has since graduated.

David Lynn moves up from two doubles last year, and Snyder is also moving up from doubles....


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Saturday, March 24, kicks off the Mentored Youth Trout Days whereby youngsters under age 16 can join a mentor (adult) with a valid fishing license and trout stamp to fish stocked waters within 18 southeastern regional counties prior to the opening of trout season. This opportunity gives the kids a chance to catch a trout before the crush of anglers on opening day, March 31 in 18 southeastern counties of Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster...

LHS hockey felt better than 4-10-1 record

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Liberty hockey team may not have had the results in terms of wins this year, finishing at 4-10-1, but their season was still filled with highlights and quality play.

The Hurricanes were actually a mix of kids from all over the area, which included Saucon Valley, Phillipsburg, Warren Hills, Pocono Mountain, Palmerton, Moravian Academy and Quakertown.

The year started off with a 11-0 loss to Freedom, which finished second in the league losing to Parkland in the Lehigh Valley...