Bethlehem Press

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Outdoors: Snow geese are back in the area

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re a snow goose hunter, or just a wildlife photographer, you both can shoot thousands of snow geese by trekking on down to upper Berks County.

There’s a large field behind Sittler’s Golf Center and Haldeman Ford on Route 222 outside Kutztown and on Kutztown Road. As I drove past there at 12:20 p.m. last week, the field behind these two businesses was a sea of white, that on first view took on the appearance of snow. But instead, was a few thousand snow geese feeding there with...

’Cane boys beat FHS

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ swim team was determined to go out with a bang despite its 99-78 loss to Liberty last Thursday, so Colin Burnette, Spencer Smith, Danny Connell, and Al Bell gave the 400 free relay everything they had in the last event of the day with a first place finish in 3:34.22.

“I figured it would be a good way to cap off the season, and it’s the last dual meet, so we might as well end it on a decent note,” said Bell, who swam a strong last leg.

Burnette led off in the...

Hawks back on top

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Chalk up another state championship for Bethlehem Catholic. The Golden Hawks came away from Hershey with their sixth PIAA wrestling title (four in 2A, two in 3A) over the weekend following a 38-22 victory over Kiski Area Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in the 3A finals.

Saturday’s achievement also marked the 300th career victory for head coach Jeff Karam, who relished the celebration of winning a state title with this year’s team.

“This is the best,” said Karam. “This is...

Hawk boys, girls advance to EPC hoop finals

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic boys survived a last-second shot to advance to the EPC finals.

Allen hit a desperation shot as the clock hit all zeros, but it came after the buzzer, and the Hawks advanced past the Canaries 56-54 on Wednesday night.

Justin Paz led all scorers with 17 points in the back and forth game. Ryan Santana added 11 and Ryan Young had 10. DeAndre Gardner chipped in with nine.

Tyreek Bell and Jasiah Lopez each scored 14 for Allen.

The Hawks move on to...

Hawks top Trojans, advance to semis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

One of the biggest reasons Bethlehem Catholic has entered the East Penn Conference tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the league is because of the balance and weapons they have at their disposal.

On Monday night, the Golden Hawks showed that teams are going to need a special performance to take them down in the postseason.

Becahi (20-3, 15-1) jumped out early and never looked back in the EPC quarterfinals at home, handling eighth-seeded Parkland 67-53.

The...

Pates knock off EHS

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ basketball team was ready for everything Easton threw at them in the East Penn Conference quarterfinal on Monday night when the Patriots defeated the top-seeded Red Rovers 55-51 at Easton Middle School.

“It feels so good,” said Freedom guard Kyra Jefferson. “The last seconds of the game, it was definitely like, we just beat them. They played great basketball. It was fun to compete with them, and I was really excited we got that win, and it feels really good to be a...

Outdoors: Great Backyard Bird Count to begin

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For you avid bird watchers (also known as ‘Birders’), you may want to join in this years 21St. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

This annual event takes place February 16-19 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches. The global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes over the past 21 years.

To participate, bird watchers count the birds...

LHS girls beat PME

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ swim team was victorious over Pocono Mountain East last week 91-74.

The Hurricanes opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Anna Lehr, Grace Russo, Sabrina Krotzer, and Kendra Smith in 1:59.42.

Lehr went on to win the 200 free in 2:06.68.

Abby Mack took first place in the 200 IM in 2:21.57.

Samantha Taylor was a double event winner in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.85 and in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.71...

LHS boys top PME

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ swim team celebrated a senior night 98-60 victory over Pocono Mountain East last Friday at Liberty.

Robert Negron, Chris Chambers, Omar Mohammed, and Jase Smith led off with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:46.85.

Negron took first place in the 200 free in 2:02.11, and Evert won the 50 free in 21.71 and the 100 free in 49.15.

Kellen Rogers placed first in diving.

“The front double pike is probably the newest one that I’ve done. It ended up...

Phantoms continue success over Hershey

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic...