Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Phantoms, Checkers series getting rough

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Generally, you think of rivalries as being between teams in close proximity to each other.

Sometimes though, rivalries can develop because of circumstances, including a big playoff series. Such is the case for the budding rivalry between the Phantoms and Charlotte Checkers. The two teams played each other very evenly during the regular season and are matched up in the Atlantic Division finals on their quest for an AHL Calder Cup trophy.

The Phantoms came into the series with...


Thursday, May 10, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the weather finally warming up to normal temperatures for this time of year, folks will be out and about after suffering from cabin fever.

While the much needed warming trend is upon us, so are ticks. Both wood ticks and deer ticks, the latter being more difficult to spot because of their tiny size. Experts are expecting a potential tick explosion with the warm weather and the bloodthirsty critters will be in abundance this summer. The exports say ticks will be looking for a host...

LHS, FHS battle for EPC playoff seeds

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference baseball tournament gets underway this weekend and Liberty and Freedom are both vying for playoff berths as we hit the final week of the regular season.

The Hurricanes (13-4, 9-4) and Patriots (12-7, 10-5) both come into the week in position to finish as one of the top eight seeds.

Where they will land will ultimately be decided by this week’s slate of contests, as Liberty had to get through four league games, while Freedom only has two games on the...

LHS boys track ends up 11-0

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys track and field team completed an undefeated season after defeating Freedom 104-46 last week at Liberty.

Taking first place in individual events were Freedom’s Kyree Marshburn in the 100 in 11.3 and the 400 in 52.1, and Liberty’s Devon West in the 200 in 22.5 and Darlyn Fermin in the 800 in 2:03.00.

Cole Frank won the 1600 in 4:49.10 for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Pollock won the 3200 in 10:59.00 for the Patriots.

“Around the mile marker [I got ahead], and...

Hawks Young first team all-state

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s dynamic duo of center Ryan Young and guard Justin Paz were honored for their stellar seasons last week when both were named as All-State selections.

Young, who is headed to Northwestern, was named to the 4A first-team after averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds per game. Young was also voted as the East Penn Conference MVP this season, helping the Hawks to a 28-4 season.

Becahi won the East Penn Conference and District 11 4A titles before falling to eventual...

Patriots aiming for EPC bid

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Qualifying for the East Penn Conference volleyball tournament would be icing on the cake for the Pates season, but it might be too early to know if John Yanek and his crew will be getting an invite.

As the Pates swept Pocono Mountain East on Monday, they still weren’t sure if they would grab the fourth and final spot for next week’s tourney.

With Emmaus (15-0), Whitehall (14-2) and Parkland (11-4) seemingly as locks for the tourney, that leaves the final spot up for grabs...

FHS girls eye EPC playoffs

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Freedom girls lacrosse team has kept their winning ways on track this season and appear on the road to solidifying an East Penn Conference tournament berth.

The Patriots (11-5) have two games left on the schedule following Monday’s 13-10 defeat to Saucon Valley, closing out this week against Liberty on Thursday night.

That should allow the Patriots to enter the EPC tourney apart of the four-team pack with Easton (11-2), Parkland (12-3) and Emmaus (9-6).

Freedom lost...

Pates get by Becahi

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team tied Freedom, 2-2, in the top of the fourth inning, the Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Hawks on Sunday at Freedom.

Gabby Glick had a single and stole second base, Corrin Gill walked, and Brenna Ortwein had a base hit that dropped inside the right field line.

“I knew she was pitching outside, and he was calling outside, so on the outside pitch, you have to go with it because we...

Liberty softball wins doubleheader

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty softball’s doubleheader on Saturday yielded a 10-0 victory over Pocono Mountain East and a 5-0 victory over Pottsville at Liberty.

“I think we’re starting to come together at the right time,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “We have a huge week this week, Northampton on Monday and Beca on Wednesday, so if we can win those two games, we’ll be in very good position, especially if we can defeat Beca because that will give us a chance to win the division if we get a chance to...