Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hawks happy for turn around

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Qualifying for districts is the goal for every team, but for Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team, that accomplishment might mean a little more to the program.

The Golden Hawks are back in the postseason for the first time since 2013.

After winning one match last season, the Hawks (7-8) solidified a spot in the District 11 2A playoff picture, one that head coach Jeff Koch is excited about.

“Clinching a postseason berth was very important to us as a program this year,” he...

City beats Suburban

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by The Press in Sports

In the 62nd Lehigh Valley Championship Series between the City and the Suburban leagues, Fritz-Wesleyan of the City League beat Salem Lutheran 3-0 for the Lehigh Valley Championship.

In game one, Salem jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Both Fritz and Salem scored runs in the 5th inning to make it 3-1. In the top of the 6th, Salem added a run to make it 4-1. But, Fritz went ahead 5-4 in the bottom of the 6th on two home runs, a solo HR from Brad Wanamaker and a three-run HR by Bob Carl, his...

Liberty boys beat Patriots in track

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ track and field team did everything they could to defend their new turf against Liberty, but the Hurricanes came out on top 83-67 last Monday at Freedom.

“Oh yeah, Kevin Pollock threw himself at the finish line of the 4x8,” said Freedom distance coach Bob Thear, regarding how far the Patriots went to score points. “Maybe this is the first time since the 80’s that a Liberty versus Freedom track meet was at Freedom.”

Adam Boyer led off for the Patriots in the 4x8...

LHS girls top Becahi

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When the Hurricanes tell Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo that they’ve got this, he listens, even when they’re trailing 6-3 after four innings against Bethlehem Catholic, but the Hurricanes made good on their word and won 15-11 last week at Becahi.

“I trust them,” Carrodo said.

And so, the fifth inning began with Kristin Kaleycik’s lead off base hit to left field.

“I pulled it a little, but the fact that I got on base was huge because the inning started good runs,”...

Liberty tennis team is D-11 champions!

Friday, May 5, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Liberty continued its perfect season with a 3-2 victory over Nazareth in the District 11 team finals on Thursday afternoon.

Louis Gruber and Jacob Berg were winners at singles for the Hurricanes. Gruber beat Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-2 while Berg knocked off Nate Tauber 6-0, 6-3.

In a rematch of the district singles finals, Ben Tauber of Nazareth beat Dan Lynn 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles, Liberty’s Luke Conrad and David Lynn beat Matt Soika and Dominic Ferraro 6-2, 6-0 while Duke Jin...

Lynn takes silver medal

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty senior Dan Lynn won the silver medal at the District 11 Class 3A Singles Tennis Tournament after competing against Nazareth’s Ben Tauber who won the finals match 6-3, 6-4 on Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.

“Of course, I wanted gold, but it’s a good feeling, silver,” said Lynn. “I just wanted to come in and play my game, go for his backhand, and come to the net.”

In the first set, three games went to deuce, and in the seventh game, Lynn was picking up momentum,...

Liberty grips division lead

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The race for the East Penn Conference Steel Division title appears that it’ll go down to the wire, just as it did a year ago.

Liberty (14-2, 11-1) heads into the home stretch with a two-game lead over Freedom (12-3, 9-3) with four games left for both teams.

The Hurricanes also hold the tiebreaker at the moment over Freedom on head-to-head play after their 10-0 victory on April 22.

This is similar to how the division race played out last season, as Freedom was the front-...

Straight from the Heart

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When Liberty softball coach Sam Carrodo called a team meeting one day last month, the Hurricanes thought they were being gathered to review plays; instead, they received unexpected inspiration from a boy named Owen and his dog Haatchi.

Owen Hawkins is a nine-year-old boy from London, England whom Carrodo met on Facebook after watching an ESPN documentary on Owen’s struggle with Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a rare muscle disease, which then led to Owen’s agoraphobia.

Haatchi is the...

FHS boys edge BC in track

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s 4x4 relay team of Kyree Marshburn, Nick King, Cyrus Thompson, and Dashaun Peterson came through in the clutch to clinch the Patriot boys’ 75-74 victory over Becahi’s boys in track and field last Monday at Freedom.

It was the Patriots’ first victory on their new home track, and as luck or fate would have it, the meet came down to the 4x4.

“From the jump, I knew I had to start off strong and hold my stride in the first 200,” said Marshburn. “Once I was out of the turn,...