Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

BC girls win EPC title

Monday, February 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Prior to winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again.

After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.

Becahi players Tessa Zamolyi, Taliyah Medina, and Morgan Orloski summed up the feeling with the same word. Amazing.

“We knew...

Allen boys, Beca girls win EPC; Slaters, Spartans take CL crowns

Saturday, February 18, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.

The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.


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The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back,...

EPC league finals are set

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.

For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.

Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the...

Hawks played part in historic match

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

I received a phone call late Friday night from a friend where the narrative quickly shifted to opinion on what would happen in Saturday’s Class 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth.

I assumed Becahi would squeak through to top the Blue Eagles, which I was wrong about, but I was fairly correct when making the assumption that this may be the best and most important match in District 11 history.

But, after watching it unfold at the Giant Center...

Hawks knock off Zephyrs to open EPC tournament

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say that confidence has been building for Bethlehem Catholic’s basketball team all season, but after handing Allen their first loss of the season on the final night of the regular season, the Hawks may have added more pep in their step heading into the postseason.

That certainly looked to be the case during Friday’s East Penn Conference playoff quarterfinal, as the Hawks came out fast and never looked back during a 64-54 victory over Whitehall.

The win pushed fourth-...

Duggan, Landis selected to Big 33

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty defensive end Jaohne Duggan and Emmaus kicker Carson Landis were the only local players from District 11 selected to the Big 33 roster last week.

With the Big 33 foundation folding last month, the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) took control of the contest, as 2017 will mark its 60th year to date.

One of the changes already seen with new leadership is the game’s tentative play date of Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day) at Hersheypark Stadium against...

Becahi girls top FHS

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic forward, Tessa Zamolyi, called the Hawks’ 58-42 victory over Freedom a good win, but not something to jump around about after their EPC playoff game last Friday night at Becahi.

That’s because the Patriots pulled out all the stops, perhaps surprising the Hawks because in the teams’ two previous matchups, Becahi defeated Freedom handily. This time, things would be different.

“Playing them for the third time, they definitely came a lot closer,” Zamolyi said. “...

Varsity Roundup: Golden Hawk wrestlers earn grudge match with Nazareth at state championships

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by The Press in Sports


East Stroudsburg North-Emmaus

The No. 8 seed Timberwolves knocked off top-seeded Emmaus 52-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal.

Arian Azemi led East Stroudsburg North with a game-high 21 points.

Emmaus’ David Kachelries scored 17 points, while teammate Zach Sabol added 10 points.

The Timberwolves will move on to face No. 4 seed Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Hawks defeated Whitehall in Friday’s quarterfinal...

INSTANT CLASSIC: Nazareth beats Becahi for state wrestling title

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Were you entertained?

Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.

It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.

It’ll also be one that...

EPC releases basketball playoff brackets

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.

In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Tuesday, Feb. 14 at a site and time to be determined...