Bethlehem Press

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Patriots beat Emmaus for first title

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The District XI 6A football championship game between the Freedom Patriots and the Emmaus Green Hornets appeared to be a matchup of equals.

The two teams had been declared EPC South co-champions after posting identical 9-1 regular season records. Freedom had won the regular season game between the squads 32-31 in overtime after making up a 15-point deficit in the last 1:11 of regulation.

When the final horn sounded on Saturday night in Nazareth and the scoreboard showed a score...

Roeder: ‘We had to cross the finish line’ for guys who came ‘close’ and guys who ‘didn’t’

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

As head coach Jason Roeder clutched the trophy representing the first District XI football championship in Freedom’s history, he reflected on the win.

“We crossed the finish line tonight. We had to cross the finish line for a lot of guys who came close,” he said. “And we crossed the finish line for a lot of guys who didn’t come close, but who still played their hearts out for Freedom football year-in and year-out.”

In the previous two seasons, the Patriots players had finished...

BC pulls away for another 4A title

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Winning never gets old and Bethlehem Catholic’s football program certainly doesn’t mind celebrating on November weekends when other teams are at home watching.

The Golden Hawks won their third-straight District 11 title Saturday night in dominating fashion, posting a 73-14 win over Saucon Valley in the 4A championship game.

A game that started out with the Hawks trailing 14-7 saw them score 66-straight points in a rout that materialized quickly, giving the program their fifth...

Pates top Parkland

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

For the third straight year, Freedom will play for the District 11 Class 6A football title.

After losing to Parkland in each of the past two seasons, the Patriots advanced to this year’s title game with a win over the Trojans in Saturday’s semifinal at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

Freedom capitalized on four Parkland turnovers and Patriot quarterback Jared Jenkins threw for three touchdowns in a 35-21 win over the Trojans, ending their streak of six consecutive...

Pates end year in loss to Wilson-West Lawn

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ soccer team signed off Saturday night after losing, 1-0, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal to Wilson-West Lawn.

The quarterfinal, which was played at Upper Perkiomen High School in Pennsburg, started an hour late on an unseasonably cold afternoon, mostly due to wind.

About halfway through the first half, Wilson-West Lawn forward Sage Klein scored on a corner by David Dries.

Ten minutes later, a Wilson forward was one-on-one with Patriot goalie Derek...

Becahi rolls on way to finals

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

It almost seems like the last two weeks of football was just a formality for Bethlehem Catholic, but the dirty work has been completed and berth in this Saturday’s District 11 4A championship has been booked for the Hawks after handling Pottsville 40-28 Saturday afternoon at BASD Stadium.

The win matches Becahi (9-3) with a date against Saucon Valley (10-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday night at Nazareth.

It is the fourth-straight year the teams have met in the postseason and this will be...

Pates win D-11 title

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

As has been the Freedom way all season, the Patriots played to a double overtime, this time in the District XI Class 4A boys’ soccer final against Emmaus, and defeated the Hornets, 1-0, for district gold on Nov. 1 at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

The second overtime had just begun when Bradley Turocy scored the game winner.

“Dan [Ramirez] was down and I was a little confused, like, should we stop for him? But Zack [Fereno] played a ball in so I knew I had to go for it,”...

FHS wins on a rainy Friday

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Pressure was a word Freedom football coach Jason Roeder used repeatedly following last week’s 14-7 win over Liberty in the opening round of the District 11 6A playoffs, but it was an accurate noun to describe what the Freedom players, coaches and fans endured for six days following a disappointing loss to the Hurricanes in the regular season finale.

Instead, all that mental and physical stress associated with taking on your arch rival in back-to-back weeks came to a head at BASD last...

Hawks down Blue Mtn.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks advanced to the District XI 4A semifinals with a 45-13 victory over Blue Mountain on Saturday.

The Hawks entered the game as the #1 seed following a 7-3 campaign in the EPC. Blue Mountain qualified for the last spot in the District XI 4A playoffs despite a 3-7 regular season record and going 0-6 in the Schuylkill League.

Becahi started the scoring on their first drive of the game, traveling 61 yards on 7 running plays. Zaheer Seabrooks got...

Sinai, Smith and Magliochetti place

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic number one singles player Brenna Magliochetti won the silver medal after competing in the PIAA State Class 2A Singles Tennis Tournament this past weekend in Hershey, and Freedom’s Natalie Sinai and Tashanna Smith won bronze after competing in the PIAA State Class 3A Doubles Tennis Tournament, also this past weekend in Hershey.

“We wanted to end on a good note,” said Sinai. “They were very good.”

Sinai was referring to Shady Side Academy’s Ella Santora and Amy...