Bethlehem Press

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Freedom hosts cross country scrimmage

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s cross country team hosted its second annual scrimmage last Thursday attended by Whitehall and Southern Lehigh.

Freedom coach Bob Thear saw the scrimmage as a good opportunity for everyone involved since the official start to the season isn’t until Sept. 10.

“I wanted to get something under our belts, especially for the new people - let them feel the distance out and get comfortable, as opposed to potentially throwing them right into the deep end,” Thear said. “I do...

BC cheer earns awards

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders spent four days at Pine Forest-Chestnut Lake Camp where they received multiple awards between Aug. 12 and 15.

The Hawks took first place in the Rally Routine, first place in Sideline, and received the Superior Squad award. This year’s varsity squad will be led by senior captains Bridget Ehrig, Gina Gaglione and Reagan Zemgulis.

The squad also includes Paige Mathur, Madison Gritz, Kaylyn Ward, Keianna Lopez, Maura Harnett, Mckenna Harnett, Mya...

LHS 3-0 after a week

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

With one week of high school tennis in the books, the Liberty Hurricanes got off to a 3-0 start that included an upset, a blowout, and a 4 1/2 hour match in sweltering heat.

The latter, against Whitehall, was Liberty’s first match of the new season, played at Whitehall last Monday when Veronica Lynn and Margeaux Donchez clinched the 4-3 victory at one doubles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, against Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub.

Earlier in the day, Lynn lost to Pedraza, 3-6, 3-6, and Angie...

Patriots start 1-1

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ tennis team opened its season last week with a win and a loss, defeating East Stroudsburg North and losing to Stroudsburg.

In the Patriots’ match against the Mountaineers last Thursday at Freedom, Freedom’s Isabella Szmadis and Stroudsburg’s Vasilia Briegel played for almost three hours when Briegel pulled out the win, 7-5, 7-5, at two singles.

Freedom’s Vaideh Chinovawar lost at one singles, 1-6, 1-6, but Dymea Schippers won at three singles, 6-0, 6-1.


BML title goes to Bulls again

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in its first season of the Blue Mountain League (BML). That was back in 2014.

Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.

He came up with the biggest hit in Game 5 of the championship series in his first season with the Bulls. Montes blasted a three...

Catty Corner wins TOC title

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

James Snyder always will have plenty of memories of the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). It has been a part of his life as well as his family’s since his early days as a youth.

His father and head Catty boys’ basketball coach, Eric, instituted the tournament 30 years ago.

“I have been involved with the TOC since I was a little kid,” recalled Snyder. “I remember giving Chris Michael, Gary Laubach, and Dick Tracy T-shirts at halftime.

“In high school, I was announcing...

Teams ready for new football season

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The aspirations for a championship season started way back in winter lifting sessions for most area football teams, but all the offseason work now comes out on display this weekend with the official opening of the 2019 season kicking off this Friday night.

For the Bethlehem area teams, it’s the beginning of expected championship aspirations for Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic and hopeful resurgence for Liberty.

The Hurricanes open things at home Friday night at 7 p.m. against...

Pete’s Top-10: Pates kick off 2019 as favorites

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Welcome to another year of the high school football season and the season keeps getting earlier.

With teams across the state missing out on one extra scrimmage this year, opening weekend is generally an extension of the preseason for many teams in the EPC South, but we do have a marquee battle in the Colonial League with a showdown between two league favorites, Northwestern and Notre Dame, as well as a showdown between Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley.

Week 1 picks make most...

Outdoors: Head to Jersey for salt water action

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With temperatures forecast to be in or close to 100 degrees this week, these dog days of summer make for tough fishing in local streams, rivers and lakes. If you crave big, good eating fish, head to the Jersey shore for some saltwater action.

According to our On the Water fishing reporter, more keeper fluke were reported in northern New Jersey as anglers make the most of the dwindling summer flounder season. Boat anglers continue to get the better fish on bucktails on rough bottom...

‘Season for the Ages’

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Wanderers’ season came to a close in the Region 2 tournament, but it didn’t take away from the type of campaign the team experienced over the summer.

The NORCO champs fell to Berks champ Norchester 7-1 to end their run in the tournament, going 2-2 in the double elimination format. Norchester scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away for the win.

For Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri, the season was a success after a 22-5 finish that saw his team win the...