Bethlehem Press

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Boys beat Whitehall

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ swim team had a head start on the season with an EPC nonscheduled meet against Whitehall that was won by the Hurricanes, 168-71, on Saturday at Liberty.

“It’s good [to be back]. I wouldn’t miss this season for the world,” said Hurricane senior Jake Evert. “I don’t swim club because I love these coaches, and you see the kids, everyone’s dancing around. I love this place.

Hurricane teammates Ben Service, Dylan Zukawski, Jonathan Drago, and Sam Capwell had a strong...

Outdoors: Bird count events taking place

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid bird watcher, you may enjoy participating in this year’s, Dec. 14 through Jan. 5 Christmas Bird Count. If so, register now.

The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is conducted within an established 15-mile wide circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear throughout the day. It’s not just a species tally; all birds are counted all day, giving an...

’Canes aim for next step

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s wrestling program might be one of the top oiled machines in the area, but can the Hurricanes take the next step toward solidifying a spot in Hershey this season?

Jody Karam enters his 26th year at the program with one of his most experienced teams, as Liberty hopes they can make their first crack into the PIAA dual meet tournament this winter.

After finishing last season 22-2, with both of their losses coming to league and state powers, Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth...

Terenzio takes over as Freedom coach

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom is starting a new chapter this season on the wrestling mats and new head coach Dante Terenzio hopes it’s a story that involves progress and winning.

After spending the last 10 years at Western Wayne High School, Terenzio is looking to cut his teeth in the East Penn Conference.

The Patriots, who finished last year 13-8, bring back a core that Terenzio hopes can make a push numbers into regionals, as they don’t have a regional qualifier on the roster.

Back for the...

Hawks set to defend title

Thursday, December 13, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have a new coach in charge this winter on the hardwood, but the Golden Hawks will still carry high expectations when the season gets underway this weekend.

Becahi is coming off a 28-4 season a year ago, which saw them make a run all the way to the PIAA 4A state semifinals, only falling to Imhotep.

The Hawks won their first EPC title a year ago and enter the year as back-to-back District 11 champions.

With former coach Ray Barbosa skipping over to...

Hawks fall to Imhotep to end 2018 season

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic was full of hope heading into their third straight PIAA 4A semifinal with Imhotep last Friday night, but the hope turned into reality quickly in Northeast Philadelphia, as the Panthers jumped ahead early and never looked back in a 43-6 rout.

It was the third straight year Becahi fell to Imhotep at this stage of the state tournament, but this year’s result was the most convincing score in the recent series.

The Hawks (11-4) fell behind 21-0 at halftime and got...

Becahi hurt by penalties

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Tavion Banks was confident it would be different this time around against Imhotep Charter.

Unfortunately for Banks and his Golden Hawks teammates, it wasn’t.

Now, the Becahi junior vows to play his role in his final crack to get to Hershey next season after Becahi dropped a 41-6 to Imhotep Charter in the PIAA Class 4A semifinal at Charles Martin Memorial Stadium in northeast Philadelphia Nov. 30.

The Golden Hawks dropped a 24-13 decision in 2016 and suffered a 34-14...

BC has to replace scoring

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

There will be some familiar players on Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team for the 2018-2019 season, but the Hawks’ leader in all offensive and defensive categories, Taliyah Medina, will sit out for the season after tearing her left ACL this past June while playing with her AAU team.

“Having to replace her output will definitely be a priority,” said Becahi coach Jose’ Medina.

Key returners for the Hawks will be forward Briana Barnard, forward Abigail Brown, guard Solei...

Outdoors: Snow geese back in Valley area

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The snows are back. No, not the slippery white stuff, but snow geese. And they substantially outnumber local Canada geese.

Local farmers detest snow geese because they can devour an entire winter wheat field, one of their favorite delicacies followed by corn.

Last week while driving on Mauch Chunk Road in South Whitehall Township, I couldn’t help but see several huge flocks of snows circling the cut crop fields owned by Jeras Corporation (Trojan Powder Co.) in Meyersville. But...

LHS girls look to improve

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Second-year Liberty girls’ basketball coach Andy Wescoe said the Hurricanes have shown marked improvement in their decision-making, handling pressure, and cutting down on turnovers, which helped them win the Catasauqua Summer League.

“But we aren’t where I want to be in this department yet,” Wescoe said. “Our weakness is lack of experience. We are young. We aren’t the biggest team either so team defense, ball pressure, and ability to rebound misses will be key. Shooting must be...