Bethlehem Press

Friday, July 21, 2017

Spina to continue career at Rutgers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Recent Freedom High School graduate Camryn Spina will continue her academic and cheerleading career at Rutgers University in the fall.

“I met the coach, and he really liked me, I fell in love with the campus, and it seemed like the perfect fit,” Spina said.

Rutgers’s head coach is Mike Stickle.

“He’s awesome. He’s supportive, and he’s really excited to work with his team and make us the best we can be. You can tell how excited cheerleading makes him,” said Spina.

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Kaleycik will attend Kutztown

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Recent Liberty High School graduate Kristin Kaleycik will continue her academic and softball career at Kutztown University this fall.

Kaleycik narrowed down her choices after identifying colleges that offered a major in marketing, but she wanted to be far away from home.

“Then I visited Kutztown after [last year’s] Carpenter Cup, and I fell in love with the campus. The coach liked me, and they have a successful team, so I did an overnight in January or February,” Kaleycik said...

Three area players make EPC first team

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The 2017 East Penn Conference All-Star baseball team was announced last week with two Liberty players getting first team honors, as Jared Burcin (C) and Sam Kraihanzel (IF) earned recognition.

Freedom junior pitcher Alec Huertas was nominated as a first team utility player.

Two Hurricanes made the second team, led by Alex Laudenslager (P) and Elias Gross (IF).

The third team had seven Bethlehem representatives, including Liberty’s Alex Super (P), Mike Perreault (IF),...

Keystone Games tryouts taking place

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Tryouts for the Lehigh Valley Keystone State Games baseball team are underway and players from Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties are encouraged to tryout.

Tryouts will be taking place across the region, all the way through July 15 in preparation for the tournament running from July 27-29 in York, PA.

There are two divisions for the tournament, starting with the junior division, which is open to players from grades 9-10 for the 2016-17 academic year.

The...

Freedom girls reach Cedar Beach finals

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase gave fans a sneak peek of what they can look for this winter on the hardwood and for the Freedom girls, that appears to be another district run after reaching the finals on Sunday.

The Patriots fell to University City (N.J.) 51-40 in the championship game, as their New Jersey counterparts were the only team to beat Freedom in the tournament.

Freedom was paced by junior Hailey Silfies 19 points in the finals, but couldn’t find the answers to...

Bethlehem Legion baseball teams eye playoff berths

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO Legion season is winding down and Bethlehem teams are battling for postseason berths with the season heading into the final week of play.

Freemansburg (8-6) sits in good position with the 18 game regular season slated to conclude this Sunday, as Chris Medei’s crew should secure one of the five wild card berths available.

“Our goals are to make the playoffs and compete for a league championship,” said Medei. “We just want the kids to perform at the level their capable...

Girls Cup team takes fourth place

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Who would have thought that a little statue named One Hit Momma could bring about runs in the double-digits, not once, but twice, for Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team during their tournament last week at FDR Park in Philadelphia?

“I found her in the bottom of the whiffle ball bucket and kind of kept it out, so I said everyone touch her head before you get a hit, and I guess everyone was taking it seriously, so everyone touched it,” said Becahi’s Jess Indelicato.

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BC wrestlers compete at national events

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers have kept busy over the summer with national events, as several Golden Hawks wrapped up a dual meet tournament at the Disney Duals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida recently.

Ryan Anderson, Luca Frinzi and Niko Camacho were part of Team MAWA (Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association), who reached the finals but fell to Young Guns wrestling club (from western Pennsylvania) 24-24 on criteria.

The event featured 103 teams from...

Outdoors: Many bear sightings around our area

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the Cementon Fair soon to begin, patrons may be treated by seeing a black bear.

No, it’s not part of a fair act, but a wild bear was seen (and photographed) last Wednesday running across Main Street and onto the Cementon Playground property.

Two weeks ago a black bear was tranquilized and relocated in the Fogelsville area. And before that, another one popped up in Bethlehem. This was preceded by another in Bucks County. And a friend recently photographed one running...

Gold rallies for victory at McDonald’s All-Star Game

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

This year’s game was the opposite of last year’s 65-62 point frenzy, where both teams actually played defense and stopped the opposition and featured a bit of intrigue, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) came back from a 22-7 deficit to overpower the Red squad (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).

“It felt great to come away with the winning score,” said Petros. “The play was drew up for me to get the ball and it worked out. It’s a great way to end my...