Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 19, 2018

’Canes bring home two medals

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Tal-Reese Flemming was hoping he’d have a rematch with Bethlehem Catholic’s Matt Mayer following a loss in the District 11 semifinals. His shot at redemption finally came in Hershey.

Flemming (106) battled back from a quarterfinal loss at the PIAA 3A wrestling championships all the way through the consolation bracket to top Mayer 5-4 to grab a bronze medal Saturday night at the Giant Center.

He was one of two Liberty wrestlers to come home with hardware, as Matt Maloney...

Becahi boys roll

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic didn’t waste any time erasing any notion that Friday’s state playoff game against Greater Nanticoke Area High School would be a repeat of last year’s meeting.

The Golden Hawks took command early, using a stifling interior defense, along with some torrid outside shooting, to go up 19-3 after the first period.

From that point, they kept the Trojans from mounting any consistent offensive rhythm and breezed to a 71-30 victory at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium. The...

Patriot girls top PV

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its first round of PIAA State Class 6A playoffs with a 59-42 victory over Perkiomen Valley on Friday night at Easton Area Middle School.

“Our team had a lot of momentum going into this game, and everyone lifts each other up and helps with confidence,” said Patriot guard Corrin Gill. “We were prepared for the game, and we knew going into it that we were the more confident team.”

Gill’s shooting confidence also emerged from the start, hitting...

BC girls cruise to win

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Even though it became apparent very early that Berwick would not be able to compete with Bethlehem Catholic in the first round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs on Saturday at Freedom High School, the Bulldogs’ tears were as apparent as if they had lost in the final seconds.

The Bulldogs did lose, 56-25, and as they walked in line, red-eyed, past Becahi coach Jose Medina, they congratulated him and wished him luck, one-by-one, and left the gym.

“That’s the...


Thursday, March 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Despite the snow we had, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s fleet of trout stocking trucks are on a roll. They’ve been planting trout in area streams and lakes for the regional season opener March 31. There’s also the Mentored Youth Trout Opener March 24 where kids get a chance to catch a trout or two before the crowds of opening day take over.

By the time you read this, Muhlenberg Lake, the lower Jordan Creek, Laurel Run in Coopersburg, Little Lehigh, Monocacy Creek (...


Thursday, March 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of three-straight, three-game weekends on their schedule. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left to play in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.

With a win over Bridgeport on...

Wentz wins LV football scholar athlete award

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz made history for his school and football program Sunday night, March 4.

Wentz became the second Indians student-athlete since 2006 to be awarded the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame football scholar athlete award at the 58th annual banquet at Northampton’s Banquet and Event Center.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Foundation holds the annual banquet to honor a high school football student-athlete from...

Pates top Liberty; fall to Trojans in finals

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

It is a cliché that has been around for decades, but it was certainly on display at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Feb. 28: When these two rivals meet, you can throw the record books out.

The Freedom Patriots ice hockey team was dominant over their Christmas City opponents this season. Freedom beat Liberty 11-0 in the season opener and the Patriots out-scored the combined Becahi-Central Catholic squad 32-4 in three games this year.

But for the first two periods of the...

Anderson takes gold: Junior dominates en route to state title

Monday, March 12, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Ryan Anderson was sitting in the Giant Center floor seats designated for competitors at last week’s PIAA wrestling championships and calmly undressed from his singlet and put on a dry warmup and gathered his wrestling bag. He joked with fellow wrestlers and went about his routine just like he has for every other match this season.

The only difference this time was that Anderson had just become a state champion.

“I just realized I’m a state champ,” Anderson said to a small crew...

BC girls cruise by Central

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team repeated as District XI Class 4A champions after defeating Allentown Central Catholic 45-19 on Saturday at Freedom High School.

“These are never to be taken for granted,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It’s an awesome feeling. We’re going to enjoy today, and I think we’ve got to get ready for Berwick.”

Although the score tells one story, the first half was quite another, as the Hawks trailed for the first eight minutes, and then...