Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Hawks win NE Regional title

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Ryan Zeiner paced back and forth in the hallways of Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night after winning the 152-pound Northeast Regional title over Scranton’s Jacob Burgette 5-4.

A bystander walked by and offered, “Congrats champ.”

The word champion is something Zeiner always wanted for himself, but one that was never guaranteed. After leaving districts a year ago without placing, Zeiner is now heading to Hershey, as a regional champion.

Four Golden Hawks won titles Saturday...

Julia McCarthy named outstanding swimmer

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Winning a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships was something Liberty senior Julia McCarthy had her eye on since her freshman year.

“It’s something I just really wanted to do,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy clinched that gold medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.57 on day two of districts last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School.

“The whole race, with every stroke, I was telling myself to keep going. The...

Liberty relay takes first

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It was barely 10 minutes before the boys’ 200 free relay, when Liberty senior Anthony Delcorso was told he would lead off in the final event of day one’s District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday night at Parkland High School.

It was also more than a pleasant surprise for Delcorso, who had wanted to medal after missing out in previous years, but would he be able to duplicate that same strong start he had when he competed in the 50 free earlier in the evening?

“I...

Pates’ Al Bell wins gold

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

On the second and final day of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, Freedom sophomore Al Bell won the gold medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:45.94.

“That was the goal,” Bell smiled.

Bell finished the event more than two seconds ahead of Parkland’s Hyunbin Kim and Southern Lehigh’s Raahi Klar-Chaudhuri who tied for second place in 4:48.00.

“I was a little nervous, but I tried not to let it get to me. I was just excited, especially to race some people I...

Hurricanes advance four to state wrestling

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Luke Werner knows he’s had a tough road in the wrestling postseason. Nestled in the 120-pound bracket, Werner has had Northampton’s defending state champion Julian Chlebove in his weight class throughout this postseason.

With a talent like Chlebove in his bracket, the task was always going to be difficult, but Werner has kept battling over the past two weeks despite losing to Chlebove in both the District 11 and Northeast Regional finals.

Saturday’s 120-pound championship was...

McCarthy golden on Day One

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty senior Julia McCarthy already had a no sweat mindset by the time day one of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships began last Friday night at Parkland High School.

“I was feeling relaxed. It was a weird state of mind,” McCarthy said. “I was thinking, just win, and my real competition is the clock.”

McCarthy, who clinched the gold medal in the 200 IM in 2:04.23, was right.

“That was my best time. I really didn’t expect that would happen,” she said. “On my...

Callahan is champ, DeLoach advances

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With one week left in the wrestling season, Freedom senior Evan Callahan isn’t going to let anything stop him from competing in the PIAA championships this week in Hershey.

Callahan also didn’t let a tweaked knee cost him an opportunity at his first Northeast Regional championship, following a 6-3 decision over Parkland’s Nate Feyrer in Saturday’s 220-pound championship.

His title capped off the evening for the Patriots, as they advanced two wrestlers to this week’s state...

Whitehall’s Buskirk football scholar athlete winner

Monday, March 6, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

Like father, like sons.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.

Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.

One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete...

HOOPS: Hawk boys, girls are D-11 champs

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic boys and girls each brought home District 11 4A titles this weekend and will advance to states.

The girls, on Saturday afternoon, beat Central Catholic 43-27 thanks to big second and third quarter runs.

The girls got balanced scoring in the game and chipped in with a stuffing defense to keep the Vikes in check. Hope Brown and Neila Luma eached scored 9 points in the win while Tessa Zamolyi had 8.

The boys put up an equally impressive outing on...

Regional Wrestling Tournament: Hawks win title, send 10 to states

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The PIAA Regional Wrestling Championships were held Friday and Saturday. District 11 grapplers competed in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Liberty High School and the Class 2A Southeast Regional at Reading’s Wilson-West Lawn High School.

The top four finishers in 3A earned a trip to the state championships, which begin Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Class 2A’s top six regional finishers will move on to states.

Bethlehem Catholic crowned four district champs and will...