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Kauffman's knee helped mold future

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Evan Kauffman has been wrestling since he was 4-years-old.

But during his final match of junior season, Kauffman may have felt like he had enough. With one second left in his fifth place bout at the PIAA 3A championships, Kauffman had to bow out because of a knee injury. An injury that he battled through his freshman, sophomore and junior years.

It was a dislocated kneecap that kept popping out of place for the wrestling and football star.

"The doctors basically said I...

Lehigh-Bethlehem wins LV title

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by SCOTT W. PAGEL in Sports

The Lehigh-Bethlehem Connie Mack baseball team captured its second Lehigh Valley crown in three years when they knocked off Nazareth last Wednesday in game two of their best-of-three series.

It marks the third-straight year the team has reached the finals, and as head coach Keith Lehman said, the entire team stepped up.

"We had high expectations as the number-one seed," Lehman said of their 14-3, regular season record. "The guys lived up and embraced the challenge. It wasn't a...

Cruz leaves legacy at Becahi

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Darian Cruz admitted that it was nice to run the show at Bethlehem Catholic for a season. And while running the show weren't his exact words, the process of having his senior season to lead Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling program was something that Cruz enjoyed.

With his older brother Randy always being apart of his wrestling life, Cruz admitted that it was refreshing to be the boss for one year.

"I enjoyed being away from my brother for a little bit," said Cruz. "I'm sure he...

Smith all about helping team first

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The first time Chris Bastidas saw Bridget Smith play soccer, he was an assistant coach at Catasauqua High School, and she was simply a tall, red-headed girl from Bethlehem Catholic who was good at soccer.

Fast forward one year when Bastidas became the head coach at Becahi, and he realized there was nothing simple about Smith at all.

"It was her intensity and toughness, and it made everyone else intense and strong. She's so versatile too," Bastidas said.

Smith had been...

Confidence boost

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

One of Mike Frew's goals before heading into the Stellar Co. "Catch a Rising Star" Basketball Showcase was to have Bethlehem Catholic reach Sunday's basketball action.

The Golden Hawks did that by going 3-0 to start the tournament, but couldn't finish strong, as they lost their final two games of the event.

Despite the ousting from the tournament, the weekend of basketball was a reminder of what Becahi can become this winter, as well as a mental boost that one of the area's...

SONIC reach playoffs again

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley United SONIC FC clinched their third playoff berth in four years last weekend following a 5-1 victory over Bux-Mont Torch to send them into the Northeast Conference Playoffs.

It was the eighth straight victory for the Sonic, who finished their regular season 9-3, following a 1-3 start to their summer.

Head coach Dave Weitzman now hopes his team can continue their fury on the pitch by working their way through the playoffs, onto the National Premier Soccer League...

Freedom girls advance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that, "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."

The Freedom girls basketball team was able to take part in the annual Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, which began on Wednesday and concluded on Sunday. The weekend consisted of many of the local teams in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League...

Top seeds ousted in NORCO

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

The semifinals of the NORCO legion playoffs turned out to be a bracket buster, as two of the top seeds in the eight-team tournament were eliminated over the weekend.

Top-seeded Birches (18-6) and third-seeded Bath (16-8), the favorites to reach this week's finals, fell in sweeping fashion last week to Easton and Nazareth to set up a NORCO final against the two regional rivals.

Easton (17-8), the fifth seed, swept Birches with a 6-4 win in game one and a 5-2 series clincher in...

Bath third seed in playoffs

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO legion playoffs kickoff this week with defending champion Bath looking to make it back-to-back title campaigns.

The playoff brackets officially came out Sunday night following the completion of the Hellertown-Freemansburg contest, which decided the final seed in the eight-team tournament.

Hellertown won the contest over Freemansburg 11-3 to win the division, grab the eighth seed and send Freemansburg packing for the summer.

Bath (14-6), on the other hand,...

Karam third at Pocono 100

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

Expectations were high for Sage Karam entering Saturday's Pocono 100, and for good reason.

The Nazareth Area High School senior, and son of Liberty wresting coach Jody Karam, entered the race with the points lead in the Firestone Indy Lights Series after claiming the previous two races at Milwaukee and Iowa, respectively.

The event had additional significance for Karam, one of two Americans in the field, who was racing close to home on the Fourth of July weekend.