Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 19, 2019

Patriots fall to Northampton

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots are heading into their most challenging week this season with a record of 6-3, having lost to Northampton, 8-1, this past Monday at Freedom.

“We got off to a nice start but we knew this week was going to be our big challenge week with Northampton, Nazareth, and Parkland, so we’re hoping to fight through the rest of it,” said Freedom coach Michele Laubach, who has returned to head coaching after having last led city rival Liberty.

“I feel like I never left...

Outdoors: An update on local fishing action

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Trout fishing is tops on the local fishing menu, but following a close second and third are shad and stripers.

Chris’ Bait & Tackle in Mertztown reports good trout action in all area streams thanks to recent stockings. At Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County, the crappie action died down and the overall bite is slow. At Blue Marsh Lake, anglers are doing really good on catch-and-release bass using large shiners. Crappie guys are also doing well there and picking up quite a...

Pigs start off the 2019 season strong

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster is a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar faces.

Popular players like Dylan Cozens, Mitch Walding and Cole Irvin are back with the Pigs. Young prospects JoJo Romero, Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez are at the Triple-A level for the first time in their careers. Local hero Matt McBride returns for a second season after playing high school ball for Liberty High School and college ball as a Lehigh Mountain Hawk.

The success of the team seems to be...

Pates knock off Becahi

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In Freedom’s first city rivalry tennis match of the season, the Patriots defeated Bethlehem Catholic, 6-1, last Thursday at Becahi.

Justin Szaro defeated Stephen Botek, 6-1, 6-2, at number one singles, Paras Chand defeated Gabe Velez, 6-1, 6-2, at number two singles, and at three singles, Advay Desmukh defeated Anthony Barczynski, 6-1, 6-0, all for the Patriots.

“Definitely my forehand and definitely my serve [were working well],” said Szaro. “He had a good forehand and a very...

LHS announces HOF inductions for 2019 class

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 by The Press in Sports

On behalf of the Hall of Fame Committee, Liberty High School is pleased to announce the Hall of Fame inductions for 2019. The induction will take place in Memorial Gymnasium on May 4t, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m.

All interested parties may contact Tanya Hood for ticket purchase and event information. She can be reached via email at

Congratulations to the class of 2019.

Gino Capuano: 1985 Wrestling (State...

FHS girls keep winning

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse program is off to a blistering start to the season, but can the Pates sustain their form?

Coming out of the gate with a 6-1 mark, the Patriots have faced little resistance so far this season for a team with as much youth that Charis Innarella’s squad has.

But that youth has been turning out results, as the Pates have pushed themselves to the top of the District 11 power points.

“We are a young team with some inexperience in a couple of key...

Parkland hands LHS first softball loss

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After rolling through their first five games with a margin of victory of 64-17, Liberty ran into the Parkland Trojans and the two teams battled hard until Parkland was able to put up four runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-1 win over the Lady Hurricanes.

Paige Zigmund was impressive on the mound, especially in keeping her composure through a tight and sometimes erratic strike zone. Even with those struggles, Zigmund struck out 11 batters in the game. Liberty (5-1 overall, 4-1 EPC)...

Liberty baseball slams the Trojans

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty suffered their first loss of the season last weekend and then they went out and gave Parkland its first beating of the season on Monday.

The Hurricanes (7-1) pounded out 13 hits on the road to post a 12-3 rout over the Trojans (6-1).

Head coach Andy Pitsilos relished the opportunity to play the Trojans on Monday, as the contest was considered a nonleague affair.

“The game was a nonleague game, so in terms of league standings is didn’t mean as much,” Pitsilos said...

Freedom track team falls to Nazareth

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Once all but one event had been run at Freedom’s track and field meet against Nazareth last Thursday, a group of Patriots gathered at the pole vault competition to cheer on teammate Ryan Smizaski, one of two men left standing along with the Blue Eagles’ Colin Finkbiner.

“I love to beat the other kid, but it’s more like focusing on myself, trying to do my best and my part for the team,” said Smizaski, who clinched first place with a new P.R. of 11-09.00 at Freedom.

“Last week, I...

Pates fall to Emmaus

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s tennis match against Emmaus could have gone either way in most matches, but in the team score, it went the way of the Hornets, 6-0, last Thursday at Freedom.

In singles play, Justin Szaro lost to Sean Jaeger, 1-6, 0-6, Paras Chand lost to Quinn Erk, 5-7, 6-7, and Advay Desmukh lost to Aiden Springs, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6.

Chand’s two set match took almost as long as Desmukh’s three set match.

“The rallies were really long, especially at the very end, it escalated,”...