Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

LLL 12U beats Solehi

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team pitcher Andrew Bowser got out of a bases-loaded third inning against Southern Lehigh, setting the stage for Jacob Matthews sacrifice fly that scored Elliot Berk and put Lehigh ahead, 1-0, in Lehigh’s 5-0 victory in the District 20 tournament on Thursday at Lehigh.

Lehigh added three runs in the fifth inning after Kam Kensicki was hit by a pitch, Jacob Strong singled, and Jaxon Horvath doubled to left center.

“I was kind of nervous...

Northwest swim looks to improve mark

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Already halfway through summer swimming season, Northwest’s record is 1-3 with a victory over Alburtis and losses to Orchard View, Kaybrook, and most recently, Saucon last Thursday night.

Saucon won 8-6, winning relays, 8 & unders, 9-10’s, and 13-14’s, while Northwest won 11-12’s, 15-18’s, and diving.

“Our team is small this year,” said Northwest coach Reik Foust. “Swim lessons are huge, but no one is coming up to the team.”

Northwest has 50 swim team members this...

Lehigh 12U team rolls past City Line

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U team opened the PA District 20 Tournament with a 16-0 victory over City Line last Monday at Lehigh.

Players representing Lehigh in the tournament are Elliot Berk, Andrew Bowser, Nicholas Bowser, Fikire Conway, Aidan Dancho, Carl Fair, Justin Frey, Jaxon Horvath, Kim Kensicki, Connor Martinez, Jacob Matthews, Rocco Sciarra, and Jacob Strong.

Pitchers Andrew Bowser and Sciarra combined for a four-inning no-hitter against City Line.

Horvath was 3...

Former Liberty coach Kalman Sarkozy passes

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley sports community lost a legend last week when legendary Liberty soccer coach, Kalman Sarkozy Sr., passed away at the age of 74 following a battle with cancer.

Sarkozy was a hall of fame coach, guiding Liberty’s boys’ program for 23 years (1980-2003), amassing 342 wins and three District 11 titles. He stepped down from the head coaching role at Liberty in 2003, but stayed on as an assistant until 2016.

The Hungarian born Sarkozy, who immigrated to the United...

FHS, LHS battling

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty and Freedom are both competing in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League at Lehigh University and are battling to stay alive in the playoff picture in Group A.

Freedom, the defending District 11 4A champions, are off to a 2-2 mark, good enough to have them enter the week in fifth place in the 10-team group. Liberty is 1-3 and sitting in seventh place.

The top-five teams in each of the three groups, plus a wild card team with the best record, advance to the 16-team...

Third time was the charm for Lehigh

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After three trips to Hellertown that included two weather-related postponements this past weekend, Lehigh Little League’s 10U team played its second game in the District 20 tournament to a 12-0 victory over Hellertown-Lower Saucon on Sunday at Hellertown.

“It was frustrating,” said Lehigh pitcher/catcher Brayden Kashner. “We got all ready and then...”

Friday’s 5:30 p.m. game was washed out, as was Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game. By 3 p.m. Sunday, there was no rain in sight.


LLL tops Pennridge

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 10U team opened the PA District 20 Tournament with a 6-3 victory over Pennridge last Tuesday at Pennridge.

“Pennridge is typically a tough team. It’s a far trip and a small field, so that was a pressure-packed six innings of baseball,” said Lehigh 10U manager Mike Kashner. “It threw us right into the fire. A lot of the young kids, it was their first time in a situation like that.”

Two of the older Lehigh players, second baseman JT Solano and pitcher...

Lehigh Valley boys fall in Cup finals

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by TJ ENGLE AND PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

They were the Carpenter Cup’s comeback kids.

Lehigh Valley’s late-game heroics had been commonplace at the prestigious tournament.

Down a run entering the final frames in each of their past two games, the squad has come up clutch.

And there was a belief they would do it again Tuesday at Citizen’s Bank Park.

But it was Burlington County (NJ) that broke open a tie game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the Carpenter Cup Classic championship...

Liberty goes far in tourney

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty made the deepest run over the weekend at the Cedar Beach Basketball showcase and its performance might be a preview of what is to come this winter.

The Hurricanes were one of the last teams alive in the big school division, losing to Reading in their final consolation round contest on Sunday to end their weekend tournament run.

Liberty went 4-2 throughout the duration of the event, which was better than Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom, which both lost the first two games...

Girls Cup team ousted

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team had a short run in this year’s tournament after losing two of its three games on Tuesday.

Lehigh Valley’s strong start, a 10-0 mercy rule victory over PCCAF (Philadelphia Charter Catholic Academy and Friends) gave way to Delaware North’s strong finish in its 7-0 victory over Lehigh Valley.

Salisbury’s Emily Silberman was Lehigh Valley’s starting pitcher, and Bethlehem Catholic’s Addison Roche knocked in the first two runs of the day...