Bethlehem Press

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Hawks pound Pottsgrove in opener

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

For two straight weeks, Bethlehem Catholic has looked like a team of men playing against boys.

The Hawks imposed their will again last Friday night against Pottsgrove, trouncing the Falcons from start to finish en route to a 49-14 victory at Spring-Ford High School in the opening round of the PIAA 4A tournament.

Matt Bisko led the way again for Becahi, rushing for 141 yards and three touchdowns in a contest that reached mercy rule status in the third quarter, as Becahi (11-2)...

LHS golf had great year

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Liberty’s golf team recently finished a momentous season, and the Hurricanes also should have a bright future.

The Hurricanes won the East Penn Conference (EPC) title as well as the District 11 Class 3A crown. They also sent two golfers to the PIAA Eastern Regional.

It was their second league title and inaugural district title under head coach Steve Bradley, who completed his 18th season at the helm. Bradley guided the Hurricane to a league title in the 2007 season.

He...

Outdoors: Potential for buck harvest increase again

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The traditional after Thanksgiving firearms deer hunting season opener (Monday, Nov. 27) has, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the largest turnout of hunters who harvest about a quarter of the season’s bucks. But the agency says this season has the potential of seeing a buck harvest increase for the third straight year.

The reasoning behind this, says PGC Executive Director Bryan Burhans, is due to last year’s massive acorn crop and mild winter that paved the way...

Becahi tops Saucon for title

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

You could see it from the opening whistle of the District 11 4A championship game Saturday night at Nazareth. There was no way Bethlehem Catholic was going to lose to Saucon Valley.

The Hawks bullied their Colonial League counterparts all over the field and throttled them en route to a 42-7 mercy-rule victory at Nazareth.

Becahi (10-2) led 28-0 at halftime and never looked back, as they knocked off the Panthers in back-to-back years for the district crown.

“Defensively,...

Patriots beat EHS on the road, again

Friday, November 10, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Despite a rough two-game stretch to close out the regular season, which included a 21-7 loss in the finale to Bethlehem rival Liberty, Freedom head coach Jason Roeder wasn’t concerned as his team prepared for the district playoffs.

In fact, it was that recent stretch that Roeder believed would strengthen his team as postseason football got underway. And he was right.

No. 6 seed Freedom went into Emmaus and defeated the No. 3 seeded Hornets, 26-15, on Friday night in the...

Magliochetti state champ in tennis!

Friday, November 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic High School’s number one singles tennis player Brenna Magliochetti was crowned PIAA State Class 2A singles tennis champion this past weekend at Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey, Pa.

“It’s kind of indescribable. It’s been multiple days now, and I still can’t wrap my head around it,” Magliochetti said. “After last season, it’s been on my mind for 12 months, so match point was completely overwhelming.”

Magliochetti defeated Knoch’s Laura Greb in the final, 6-2, 7...

Becahi to battle Saucon for crown

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic will see a familiar foe Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the District 11 4A football championship when they take on Saucon Valley at Nazareth.

The Golden Hawks advanced thanks to a 48-7 demolition over Pottsville last week, but face a tougher task with the Panthers this week, fresh off their 41-10 thumping over Central Catholic in the opening round of districts.

This will mark the fourth straight year Becahi (9-2) will square off with Saucon Valley (7-4) in the...

Liberty gives PHS a battle in D-11 loss

Friday, November 10, 2017 by C.J. HEMERLY in Sports

It wasn’t a fluke.

With the new District 11 classifications allowing for more teams to make the postseason district tournament, there are going to be teams below the .500 mark that qualify for the playoffs.

Liberty was one of them.

Finishing the regular season at 4-6 overall after a victory over city rival Freedom on the 10th and final week, the Hurricanes earned the eighth seed in the District 11 6A tournament.

It looked as if Liberty (4-7 overall) was about to...

Weikert places 27th at state meet

Friday, November 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Four cross country runners from Liberty and one from Freedom competed in the PIAA State Class 3A Cross Country Championships last Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.

“We were really thrilled to have four going,” said Hurricane coach Mark Will-Weber.

Hurricane sophomore Belle Weikert placed 27th among 212 girls with a time of 19:43, and Hurricane junior Darlyn Fermin placed 81st out of 236 boys with a time of 17:02.

“We wanted top 50 for Belle. She...

Pete’s Top-10: Can Colonial teams take titles from the EPC? teams?

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Not many surprises occurred in last week’s opening round of the playoffs outside of Pocono Mountain West back handing second-seeded Stroudsburg. However, what else would you expect from an all MVC showdown?

Parkland got pushed farther than they would have liked, while Easton made a statement with their thumping over Nazareth.

Palisades should keep rolling, but what will their Colonial League counterparts Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley do in their title matches with EPC foes...