Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Becahi takes silver

Friday, November 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team were awarded silver medals at the District XI Team Tennis Championships last Wednesday at Lehigh University.

The Hawks defeated Notre Dame East Stroudsburg 4-1 in the quarterfinal and Salisbury 3-2 in the semifinal, but lost to Blue Mountain in the final 3-2.

As with the match against Salisbury, most of the pressure fell on Becahi’s three singles player Jenna Sloan.

“There were a few things she was trying to do like keep the ball deep and...

’Canes outmuscle Patriots in victory

Friday, November 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

After the frustrating season Liberty’s football team had endured through nine weeks, last Saturday’s dominating 21-7 victory over Freedom gave everyone on the Hurricane sideline a monstrous smile.

Sparked by Jaden Vazquez punt block after Freedom went three and out on their opening drive, Trevor Harris scooped up the football and raced six-yards for the opening score that felt like a grand slam of emotion for the early 7-0 lead.

From there, Liberty (4-6) never looked back en...

Becahi wins in OT

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was closer than expected, but last Friday’s Holy War between Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic displayed what rivalry games are all about, as the Hawks held on for a 38-37 overtime victory.

The Vikings (6-4) tried to steal the win on the BASD turf in overtime, electing to go for the two-point conversion after Logan Bachman’s 10-yard TD run brought Central within a point.

Instead of looking to kick the extra point and head to double OT, Central went for the jugular,...

Area harriers will head to state meet

Friday, November 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty runners Belle Weikert, Grace Haas, Darlyn Fermin, and Cole Frank became state qualifiers after competing at the District XI Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Wednesday at Bethlehem Municipal Course.

“I was so excited because last year it felt like it just happened because I was 10th and the last one to make it, but this year I really earned it and I didn’t just squeak in,” said Haas, a junior.

“The first mile I felt really strong and then we hit the hills and it...

Bunke takes 19th

Friday, November 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic senior Lauren Bunke had to wait awhile before confirmation came of her state qualification after her 19th place finish at the District XI Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country Championships last Wednesday afternoon at Bethlehem Municipal Course.

“I thought I was going to miss it by one or make it. It was a little bit long of a wait, so I was hoping,” Bunke said.

Becahi coach Kelly Bracetty delivered the good news to Bunke, that she earned the last spot for the PIAA...

Pete’s Top-10: PHS remains at No. 1

Friday, November 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Another week is in the books and the playoffs are upon us. For as long as the season has been, it will end for many teams this weekend.

One team that won’t see their season ending anytime soon is Parkland, who has passed every test this season and should do it again this week against Liberty.

Easton and Nazareth square off in round two of their rivalry slugfest, while Emmaus and Freedom highlight another marquee battle this week.

Things are heating up even though it’s...

Charboneau third

Thursday, November 2, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It was no surprise that Freedom freshman Lauren Charboneau qualified for the PIAA State Cross Country Championships after the District XI meet Last Wednesday, but her third place finish may have taken everyone by surprise.

“I sure didn’t see that coming,” said Patriot coach Bob Thear.

The week before, Charboneau placed 10th at the East Penn Conference meet with a time of 20:04. Charboneau’s district meet time was 19:51.

“At one point in the race, my legs felt like...


Friday, November 3, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This past Saturday kicked off the fall turkey hunting season in most parts of the state. The exclusion is in local WMUÕs 5C and 5D which havenÕt been opened for fall turkey in some time. And depending on where you hunt, the game commission recommends checking season dates as their lengths are different in some management units and a handful changed this year. This is due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer fall season, the higher the...

Soccer teams fall

Friday, November 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Heartbreak befell Freedom and Liberty’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams last week as the Patriots and Hurricanes were knocked out of District XI Class 4A soccer playoffs to end their respective seasons.

The Patriot girls were the last team standing before losing to Parkland in the quarterfinal, 4-0, last Thursday night at Parkland.

About an hour earlier, Freedom’s boys lost to East Stroudsburg South, also in a quarterfinal game, 3-2, at Freedom.

The Cavaliers had a 2-0...

Teams eye D-11 finals

Friday, November 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With the District 11 volleyball semifinals taking place on Tuesday, all three Bethlehem schools were battling for spots in Thursday’s championship round.

Liberty and Freedom are on opposite sides of the bracket as they encountered final four battles on Tuesday, as the top-seeded Hurricanes took on fifth-seeded Nazareth, while Parkland and Freedom were set for a three-seven matchup respectively.

In the 3A bracket, fourth-seeded Becahi faced top-seeded Southern Lehigh, with all...