Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 27, 2017

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...

But, area teams still digging out from last week’s storm

Saturday, March 25, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Spring officially began on Monday, but we all know it doesn’t feel like those 70 degree days that winter teased us with.

As the snow gradually melts away, most area coaches and athletic directors can’t wait for the snowy cover to completely vanish as we head into the spring sports calendar.

Spring practices began on March 6 and teams were afforded five quality days of practice to open the season, only to see that trend reversed last week with Tuesday’s 10+ inches of snow across...

SWIMMING - Hurricanes bring home five state medals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty swimmers, Robert Negron, Ben Stuckey, Chase Ledger, and Jake Evert brought home five medals among them after competing at the PIAA State Class 3A Swimming Championships this past weekend at Bucknell University.

In the final event of the weekend, the Hurricanes swam the 400 free relay with a time of 3:10.60 and placed ninth, while the top eight relay teams clinched medals.

“I was really upset because we were so close,” said Evert.

In fact, the Hurricanes were so...

CYO team wins states

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Notre Dame of Bethlehem recently won the CYO high school state championship title, but the story that led to the moment is perhaps what sports is all about.

Head coach Michael Horvath, of Hanover Township, guided the kids as far back as their elementary school days.

“I’ve been coaching this group of boys since they were in the third and fourth grades from Notre Dame of Bethlehem,” Horvath said, “which eventually led to a district championship in their eighth grade year and a...

Hawks anxious to resume season

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After Bethlehem Catholic’s first tennis match against Emmaus last Monday, the Hawks’ season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as snow and ice blanketed the courts on Illick’s Mill as well as the rest of the region, and it is unknown when the season’s matches will resume.

“It was sunny and not windy, but obviously cold on Monday. It was certainly doable,” said Becahi coach George Harmanos.

Harmanos and Emmaus coach Dimitri Diamondapolous decided to have their teams play pro...

Liberty optimistic about boys team

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty and Nazareth’s boys’ tennis teams decided to postpone last Monday’s match due to the freezing temperature, but when the tennis season will resume is anybody’s guess.

“I think Nazareth, Parkland, and we will have a pretty strong group of kids,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer.

So the two teams wanted to give each other their best shot, which will take place in April.

“I’m not discouraged [about the weather] because I take our boys indoors twice a week,”...

Antonis is new FHS boys’ coach

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Moravian College and Notre Dame Green Pond graduate Mike Antonis has been named head coach for Freedom High School’s boys’ tennis team.

“I heard there was an opening, and I kind of missed the team dynamic,” said Antonis, who was a 2013 District XI doubles champion with Fran Mowrey in 2013.

Currently, Antonis is searching for possible indoor court time for the Patriots while waiting for outdoor conditions to improve after last week’s storm.

Freedom senior Jon Fiorentino...

Becahi’s Bozzi earns two district silvers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic junior Joseph Bozzi clinched two silver medals at the District XI Class AA Swimming Championships on Mar. 3 at Parkland High School.

Bozzi’s first medal was awarded after he took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.21.

“I was happy. It was expected, and I was satisfied with it,” Bozzi said. “The fly felt good, my backstroke was slower, my breast stroke was slow, but I came back really strong in the free.”

Marian’s Danny Berlitz placed first...

National Champion!

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh’s Darian Cruz wanted to enjoy the moment with his family after coming home from St. Louis on Sunday following the conclusion of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday night.

With District 11 wrestling on the national spotlight over the weekend, the former Golden Hawk turned Mountain Hawk took home the ultimate prize after posting a 6-3 decision over Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak to win the 125-pound NCAA championship.

It was a life-altering achievement for the red shirt...

BC girls eye state finals trip

Monday, March 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.

In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.

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