Bethlehem Press

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Spencer addresses youth sports topic

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Dr. Jarrod Spencer, founder and president of Mind of the Athlete, a sports psychology company based in Bethlehem, has been traveling the country speaking to athletes, coaches, parents, students, athletic directors, health care professionals, and business leaders with his signature message of clearer mind, better performance.

Recently, Spencer has addressed the topic of parents in youth sports on WFMZ TV and at Grace Church Bethlehem, adding that the central point he makes is...

LHS swimmers try to make up for losses

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s swimming team will have a smaller look this year, having graduated many seniors last year, but coach Reik Foust is very excited about the incoming freshmen and sophomores for the 2018-2019 season.

“The girls’ team is fun to work with because everybody is trying to make everyone else better,” Foust said.

Returning for the Hurricane girls are Kay Wetmore, Greta Stuckey, Natalie Richardson, Samantha Taylor, Abby Mack, Emma Reilly, Jackie Baker, and Molly Gray, to name a...

This is only the beginning

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Sports

I admit, I’ve only dipped my toes in the water when it comes to youth sports.

My twin 7-year-olds have been playing sports since they were 4-years-old. Sports is already a huge part of their lives. Our living room is more a combination soccer, football and hockey arena than it is a living area. In fact, this is the first Christmas where there really aren’t any toys on their list, it’s all sports related items.

Recently, while watching 69 News one morning, I saw Dr. Jarrod...

Pate girls aim to repeat

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots graduated four players from their district championship season last year, but key returners, forward Jennifer Kokolus, guard Corrin Gill, guard/forward Brenna Ortwein, guard Yasmine Herrera, and guard Rachel Sanchez have plenty of experience for another successful season.

“Our ball movement, at times, can be outstanding,” said Patriot coach Dean Reiman. “We have multiple players who can drive, pass, and shoot, and play unselfishly.”

What is missing for the...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by The Press in Sports


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St. Paul’s 20 13 .606

Christ UCC 21 15 .583

Bath Luth 19 14 .576

Emmanuel 18 18 .500

Ebenezer 16 20 .444

St. Stephen’s 16 20 .444

Dryland 15 21 .417

Light of Christ 15 21 .417

Salem UCC 12 21 .364

Farmersville 12 21 .364

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Light of Christ (5-3)

D - Butch Silfies 9-13, Earl Sigley 7-14, Larry...

Kocis takes over LHS divers

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s diving team will be led by new head coach Emily Kocis, replacing Jeff Zettlemoyer who recently retired from the Hurricanes.

Kocis is a 2002 Liberty graduate and dove all four years in high school.

“The [coach vacancy] was sent to me, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought it would be fun to do,” Kocis said. “I taught swimming lessons at the Y, and I loved to see when it would click. And with diving being an integral part of my high school career, I...

FHS girl divers return, but currently no boys team

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s diving team, coached by Lisa Young, will return sophomore Sarah Gill and junior Fallon Tatlow, and will welcome sophomore Cailin Connelly and freshman Lillian Peterson.

The Patriots do not have a boys’ diving team this season, but that does not mean they have stopped looking for male divers.

In the meantime, Young is looking forward to Gill and Tatlow’s season, showing improvement from last year, and the potential of Connelly and Peterson.

“This weekend will be...

Hawks are moving on

Friday, November 30, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can’t really label a series of games between two teams as a rivalry unless one side has tasted defeat, but perhaps from a Bethlehem Catholic point-of-view, this week’s matchup with Imhotep Charter in the PIAA 4A state tournament is just as big, or bigger than any Liberty or Freedom city showdown.

The Golden Hawks (11-3) will make another trip down the turnpike this Friday night to Northeast High School to face Imhotep (11-2) for the third straight year in the state semifinals at 7...

Bell heads list of FHS swimmers

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

High school swimming season is set to begin next month and for the Freedom Patriots, it will begin with new head coach Melissa Baer at the Cedar Crest Classic on Dec. 8.

Key returners for the Patriots will be district champ and senior Al Bell, senior Jared Franges, and sophomores Abby Burnette and Danny Connel.

Freshman Andrew Ehret will also be one to watch.

“We have many new swimmers and return swimmers that never competed in anything other than relays or freestyle...

FHS sees season come to an end

Friday, November 30, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom knew it had to play a nearly perfect football game in order to beat St. Joseph’s Prep in last Saturday’s PIAA 6A quarterfinals. Unfortunately for the Pates, too many mistakes in the first half forged an easy path for a Prep victory, as Freedom ended its season in Northeast Philadelphia at the hands of a 42-14, mercy rule defeat.

Saturday’s defeat was another loss by District 11 to the Philadelphia Catholic League champion, as Prep has topped their D11 counterparts in five of...