Bethlehem Press

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hawks get a second chance with D-11 berth

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have suffered through a tough spring season, but the Golden Hawks aren’t worried about that any longer.

Becahi qualified for the District 11 4A baseball playoffs as a sixth-seed despite having a 6-14 season mark, as they head into Wednesday’s battle with fellow Catholic school rival, third-seeded Allentown Central Catholic, who also enter the tourney with a sub .500 mark of 7-13.

In the end, head coach Mike Grasso doesn’t really care about the record of...

LHS rallies to win

Saturday, May 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Andy Pitsilos said Gabe Albino had ice in his veins with Liberty’s playoff fate resting on his shoulders in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s East Penn Conference baseball quarterfinal against Nazareth.

The top-seeded Hurricanes trailed 5-4, as Albino found himself behind 0-2 in the count with two outs and the bases loaded.

After only losing one league contest all season, Liberty was facing elimination in the first round of the league tournament.

That all...

Double the Fun!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s number one doubles team of Dan Lynn and Louis Gruber became District 11 doubles tennis champions after winning their match against Hurricane teammates Luke Conrad and David Lynn 6-4, 6-1 last Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.

“It feels great,” said Dan Lynn. “We’re a good combination, and we gelled. Louis was great, and he always finds a way to make the shot.”

Accustomed to playing more singles than doubles, Lynn and Gruber had to play with a different strategy....

Street captures gold

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s Darian Street rose to the challenge and clinched the gold medal in the long jump at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.

“Yes, I felt a little challenged today. Thank God I pulled through,” Street said.

Street’s jump was 22-03.75. Pleasant Valley’s Michael Mitchell placed second with a 21-11.50.

“I was getting a little nervous, but I thought I have to go for it,” said Street. “I wasn’t...

Arthur grabs first place

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams won 17 medals among them at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.

On Tuesday, Hurricane thrower Jackie Arthur won the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 36-10.50.

“It felt really great, and I am really thankful for my coach [Chris D’Emilio]. He is super positive, and I really need that right now,” said Arthur....

FHS honors 21 athletes

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom also held a signing ceremony for their college bound student-athletes last week, as 21 Patriots were honored for their commitment heading to the next level.

Four of the 21 listed are heading to Division-I programs, as Evan Callahan not only leads the list on the athletic scale, but also academically, as he’ll wrestle at Harvard.

Teammate Ryan DeLoach will wrestle at D-I Campbell University in North Carolina, while Camryn Spina (cheerleading) will attend Rutgers and...

Bethlehem Catholic falls in semifinals

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic advanced to the semifinal round of the East Penn Conference Softball Tournament but lost to Parkland 4-1 on Monday night at Pates Park.

The Hawks were hoping for redemption after an earlier season loss to the Trojans.

“I thought we played extremely well against Parkland [the first time] even though we lost,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, “but I take the blame because sometimes I think I try to get them too pumped up.”

On Monday night, the game was tied...

Carpenter Cup holding tryouts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball franchise will be holding tryouts again during the month of May in lead up to the tournament opener on June 15 against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.

Tryouts will take place on May 21 and 28 at DeSales University from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Area players from grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in tryouts, with the roster permitting 10 seniors, filled out by underclassmen.

The Lehigh Valley team won the championship in 1998,...

Freedom falls short

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a three-run first inning, Freedom held control of their quarterfinal matchup against Emmaus, but the Hornets finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three times to walk-off with a 4-3 win. The loss eliminated Freedom from the EPC Playoffs, and puts Emmaus into the semifinals against Parkland.

For six innings, Alec Huertas had things well under control. He started the seventh by striking out Zach Schrader and still had a shot at finishing the game under the...

Becahi Hawks honor college-bound athletes

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic honored 18 student-athletes heading to college this fall at a ceremony held last Friday morning.

Michael Labriola heads this year’s class, as the two-time PIAA state wrestling champion will head to Nebraska to compete in the Big 10. Labriola leaves Bethlehem Catholic as its all-time leader with 166 victories.

Fellow teammates Niko Camacho (American University) and Luke Carty (Ithaca College) will also wrestle at the next level.

Neila Luma also leaves...