Bethlehem Press

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Liberty stays hot with victory over Freedom

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Every game is a big game according to Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos, but whenever Liberty and Freedom come together for one of their two regular season rivalry contests, it’s fair to say the stakes get even bigger.

During Saturday’s affair at Liberty, the Hurricanes had everything going the right way en route to a five inning, 10-0 shutout over the Patriots to bolster their confidence heading into another packed week of games.

With Liberty playing twelve games in the past 16...

Liberty boys win EPC tennis title

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes boys’ tennis team finished the regular season with a record of 14-0 and are the 2017 East Penn Conference Champions.

“I am very happy for the team,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer. “Prior to the season, I knew we would have very good players, so I can’t take a lot of responsibility for their success. I was there to help and support them, and maybe add to their success.”

Schnalzer is extremely grateful to his assistants, Chris Conrad, Dawn Ketterman-...

Hawks get past Freedom

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When Bethlehem Catholic pitcher Tatum Kresley was asked if she needed to come out of the game during the sixth inning of the Hawks’ game against Freedom last Thursday, her response was heck no, and Kresley and the Hawks proceeded to finish off the Patriots 8-3.

“I was feeling really, really good except for the sixth inning. I got a little tired,” said Kresley.

The Patriots strung together three hits to load the bases when Julia Roman doubled, Jana Boksan singled, and Shay Banas...

LHS duo advance to finals

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s number two doubles tennis team of Luke Conrad and David Lynn have advanced to the final of the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which will be continued at a time to be determined after being postponed because of rain last Saturday at Freedom High School.

Conrad and Lynn will face Parkland’s Kishan Unjia and Jesse Hence.

“I think it will be a challenge,” said Lynn. “Hopefully, we will do our best and go out and win. Our serves have been good all season. A lot of...

BC track finds a home

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic High School track and field coach Fred Rice has his hands full with 157 athletes on the roster this year, and he couldn’t be happier.

In addition, the Hawks have finally found a place to practice since Becahi does not have a track.

“Our A.D. Chris Domyan called Freedom’s A.D. Nate Stannard and asked if they would have any time availability, and then their new coach Ben Reph and I figured out what to do, how to lock up, and things like that,” said Rice. “They...

Rain halts EPC tennis tournament

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty tennis players Dan Lynn, Louis Gruber, and Jacob Berg have advanced to the finals in the East Penn Conference Tennis Tournament which was played last Friday and Saturday at Freedom High School.

Lynn began his match against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber at number one singles, but it was stopped due to rain and will be continued at time to be determined.

Down 2-5, Lynn won the second game and the seventh game on Saturday.

“Normally, he beats me most of the time. He’ll stay...

FHS boys lacrosse looks for momentum

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was another building block for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program last week when the Patriots topped Nazareth 14-12 to register their first ever victory over the Blue Eagles.

Jamal Williamson led the charge with four goals in the win, as Freedom’s program continues to make strides each year.

“This win was huge for our team and our program,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We took a couple of tough losses recently and we’re finally able to bounce back to beat Nazareth. We played...

EPC track and field top performances

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by The Press in Sports

The Northampton track team compete at the Allen Invitational as well as in a home meet against Parkland.

Lyndsey Gallagher earned a medal in both the 1600 (2nd) and 3200 (3rd) at the Allen Invite. She also broke the school record in the 1600 by almost 8 seconds - running a 5:08.13.

Alexis Barrall took second in the pole vault. Jeremy Sell was second in the shot put and the boys 400 relay team took third.

Some highlights of the Parkland meet again involved Gallagher, who...

Pates look for run to districts

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With just over two weeks left in the volleyball season, all three of Bethlehem’s teams appear poised for the District 11 postseason, barring second half collapses.

Freedom (9-5, 5-5) pushed themselves in position with a four-game win streak that continued on Monday with a sweep [25-19, 29-27, 25-23] over Easton.

It’s been a story of inconsistency for the Patriots this season, as they’ve defeated the teams they’re supposed to, but haven’t been able to register that signature win...

’Canes, Pates off to hot starts; play on Saturday

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It appears to be a two horse race in the East Penn Conference’s Steel Division, as Liberty (7-1, 4-0) and Freedom (7-0, 4-0) headed into this week in poll position atop the division.

With a full slate of games this week, both teams could enter their Saturday showdown (1 p.m. at Liberty) with more at stake than their rivalry.

First place in the division and the overall top spot in the conference can be had if both teams can navigate their week, as Liberty has three games on the...