Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tony’s Top-Cat wins TOC

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.

Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.

Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.

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LV wins Keystone Scholastic silver

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley’s edition in the Keystone State Games Scholastic Division came home with a silver medal from this year’s baseball tournament following an 8-1 loss to West in the tournament finale.

A six-run, sixth inning by West opened the contest up for the eventual gold medal winners, as the Lehigh Valley squad went 3-2 in the tournament.

“Outstanding pitching, great defense, and timely hitting throughout the tournament were the ingredients to our success this year in York...

Northwest swim team takes third place at finals

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest swimmers Corbin Eisenhardt, Malcolm Collins, Patrick Gilhool, and Tim Wetmore guaranteed Northwest’s team an overall third place finish at championships when they took first place in the 12 & under 200 medley relay on July 29 at Stonecrest.

Eisenhardt, Collins, Gilhool, and Wetmore won the relay with a time of 2:33.03.

This year, the championships meet was a two-day event on July 28 and 29. At the end of day one, Northwest was in sixth place. At the end of day two...

BML finals knotted at one game apiece

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Iron Financial Orioles know all about coming from behind. When they fell behind Martins Creek 5-0 Sunday in game two of the Blue Mountain League Championship Series, it was just another day on the ball field for them. Unfortunately for the Orioles, there wouldn’t be a comeback in the offing this time and they fell to Martins Creek 7-4, evening the series at one game apiece.

The Orioles went down two games to none in the semifinals and came back to win three straight to take the...

Pepe to continue at Misericordia

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic graduate and distance runner Rowan Pepe will continue her academic and athletic career at Misericordia University this year.

“I went to a few different schools, but something about Misericordia just clicked,” Pepe said, “and it’s close to my grandparents.”

Pepe received a letter from the university during her junior year in high school and filled out some information about her sport and her major, physical therapy, but she did not hear back until she decided...

Outdoors: good time to catch up on what’s new

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As we’re in the last of the summer doldrums with fishing being poor because of rain and dove hunting is only upcoming, now’s a good time to catch up on what’s new in the outdoor related marketplace.

If you’re firearms buff, collector or historian, Jerry Lee’s 2018 Gun Digest is a necessary read. In fact, you can spend the remainder of the summer reading this vast collection of firearms information Lee has assembled in his latest work.

This 1.25-inch, 567-page softcover has...

Hanover wins title

Friday, August 11, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Hanover Stingrays swim team were perhaps more prepared for championships than they knew, and when the final results were tallied on July 22 at Soleco, Hanover took first place with a total of 1182 points, followed by Quakertown with 1105 points, Soleco with 1029 points, and Macungie with 1021 points.

Ironically, Hanover lost to Quakertown and Macungie during the regular summer swim season, to Quakertown by a lot and to Macungie by a little, but three things happened since that...

Bethlehem camps another success

Friday, August 11, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Fifty girls, ages 8-15, participated in Bethlehem Sports Camps’ softball camp July 17-21 at Freedom High School.

“It’s been awesome,” said Bethlehem Sports Camps director Joe Stellato. “There’s nothing you can do about the heat, but...”

Patriot softball players Kylie Pinho, Jana Boksan, Julia Roman, Taylor Resetar, Maddy Sheffer, and Makenzie Smith assisted Stellato, Freedom softball coach Nora Borger, and Lehigh Carbon Community College coach Jenn Shellhammer throughout the...

Hanover seniors move on

Friday, August 11, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Paige McCloskey and Chase Ledger have been swimming for the Hanover Stingrays for 13 and 12 years, respectively, but both are headed to college after their summer season ended after championships on July 22.

“When I first started, I was looking for something to do. It’s such a positive atmosphere. We’re still competing, but it’s more relaxing. It’s been a great part of my childhood,” said McCloskey.

Both McCloskey and Ledger also swam for Liberty High School.

“Senior...

Callahan overcame injury his senior year

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Evan Callahan always had the physical dimensions to suit up on the football field, but it wasn’t until his senior year that Callahan actually decided to come out and play for the Patriots.

In what started out as a 3-4 season for Freedom, turned into a joy ride of five straight wins to the District 11 6A championship before ultimately falling to Parkland 24-14 on November 18.

The pain of losing a title contest never leaves, but for Callahan, the memories of a night that altered...