Bethlehem Press

Sunday, January 26, 2020

EPC wrestling title up for grabs Saturday

Monday, January 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference wrestling championship is slated to take place on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.

The official pairings for the Saturday full slate of competition between each team in the conference won’t be decided until Thursday, but one matchup that appears to be a near certainty before pairings are released is the 7 p.m. championship bout between Bethlehem Catholic (8-0, 7-0) and Nazareth (11-1, 6-0).

Last year, Becahi was forced into the third place match,...

Hawk girls hoop team still unbeaten undefeated

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team continued its undefeated season with a 76-29 victory over East Stroudsburg South on Friday at Becahi.

Also continuing is the Hawks’ hunger to challenge themselves with nonconference games throughout the season.

The Hawks began on Dec. 7 when they defeated Springfield DELCO, 64-50.

One week later, the Hawks competed in the She Got Game Invitational in Virginia where they defeated Sidwell Friends High School, 61-58, the same...

’Canes get big victory

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty played their best game of the season on Sunday and look to carry that momentum forward following their showing at the Parkinson’s Jamfest at Parkland over the weekend.

Liberty knocked off last year’s PIAA 6A runner-up, Pennridge, 51-46 in the quadruple header that raises funds and brings awareness to the disease in support of former Northampton athletic director Mike Schneider.

Will Harper led the charge for the Hurricanes with 18 points in the win, as Liberty sprinted...

Becahi wrestling ready to make some noise

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic has taken their share of bumps and bruises this year at individual tournaments, but the Golden Hawks will look to dole out some punches this weekend when they head to Council Rock South for the Escape the Rock tournament.

Becahi took home the tournament title last year and head coach Jeff Karam thinks his team is suited to make their best run at an individual tournament this weekend compared to their stints at the Ironman and Beast of the East earlier this year....

Freedom swim team falls to Nazareth

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s swim team opened its meet against Nazareth with a strong performance in the girls’ 200 medley relay but lost against the Blue Eagles, 106-79 for the girls, and 86-55 for the boys last Thursday at Nazareth.

Nicole Spaziani, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette, and Sydney Straka won the relay in 2:06.69.

Andrew Ehret, Danny Connell, Luke McClure, and Eric Mann placed second in the same relay, out touched with a time of 1:50.46 to Nazareth’s 1:49.02.

Connell won the 200...

Patriots endure stretch of losses

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was a rough week for Freedom’s wrestling program, but one that the Patriots look to learn from after dropping three straight losses.

It was the first taste of defeat for the Pates this season after coming into the week 14-0, dropping results to Bethlehem Catholic, Easton and Parkland. Taking on traditional league powers will test anyone’s mettle, but head coach Dante Terenzio knows it’s part of the process to becoming a better team.

“We knew what we were up against with Beca...

LHS boys top Mounties

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ swim team defeated Stroudsburg, 116-54, last Thursday at Liberty.

Patrick Gilhool, Sean McGuire, Daniel Lader, and Ben Service won the 200 medley relay in 1:46.82.

“It’s a lot of fun being the anchor in meets. It’s pressure, especially if it’s close,” said Service.

Addison Collins won the 200 free in 1:51.09 and the 100 free in 51.05, Corbin Eisenhardt won the 50 free in 25.01, and Gilhool took first in the 100 butterfly in 54.75 and the 100 backstroke in...

LHS girls top Quakertown

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s patience along with its quickness led to a 59-30 victory over Quakertown on Saturday at Liberty.

“The first quarter we didn’t shoot the ball well at all. We were getting shots we wanted, but we couldn’t make a thing, and finally in the second quarter we got some to drop,” said Liberty coach Andy Wescoe. “I think our pressure got to them where we got some steals and some transition buckets in the second quarter and then Morgan Bokan came in...”

Bokan came off the bench...

LHS-Central swim meet also a reunion

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When Allentown Central Catholic’s swim team comes to Liberty, it’s more of a reunion than a regular season swim meet for some of the Vikings and Hurricanes.

“I look forward to this meet. We practiced here when we swam for the Y, so we’re all back in the same pool, and we hang out when we’re between events,” said Liberty’s Sammy Taylor last Thursday night. “The people you swam the Y with, you associate them with when you first started loving swimming.”

The Y has a competitive...

LHS girls down SHS

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Stroudsburg’s girls’ swim team hung close to Liberty, but the Hurricanes pulled out a 92-78 victory over the Mountaineers last Thursday at Liberty.

“[Coach] Reik [Foust] told us they had some depth so I was kind of worried about that, but I knew our girls could push through, and a lot of girls are sick, so I was worried about that too, but I knew in the end we’d pull through with the relays,” said Hurricane captain Abby Mack.

Brooke Sergent, Samantha Taylor, Talia Lehr, and...