Bethlehem Press

Friday, May 25, 2018

Williamsport tops LHS

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was the end of the road for Liberty's basketball team over the weekend, as the Hurricanes lost to Williamsport 62-60 in the opening round of the PIAA 4A tournament.

It was a rough weekend for Bethlehem teams, as Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic saw their seasons end as well in the state tournament.

Liberty head coach Chad Landis felt that 2013 was a successful year for his crew despite having an early exit from states, but wished Saturday's affair would have ended differently...

Bill Walton to speak at this year's Via banquet

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Sports

Via of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to announce the keynote speaker sponsored by the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Basketball Banquet, an sports event honoring the finest basketball talent from the 35 high schools in the greater Lehigh Valley. Bill Walton, all-star basketball legend, two time NBA and NCAA Champion, and NBA MVP, is the keynote speaker for what promises to be an exciting night to honor Lehigh Valley basketball. The banquet will take place Wednesday, March...

Hawk boys fall

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in Sports

Matt Husek opened up the fourth quarter of last Friday's PIAA 3A first-round matchup against Pope John Paul II with a jumper that gave Bethlehem Catholic their largest lead of the night at 45-38.

Everything then seemed to go downhill for the Hawks.

The Golden Panthers (16-9), District 1's number two seed, went on to score 12 of the next 16 points to go ahead by one with 1:33 left to play. And despite a costly Hawks turnover with 1:02 remaining, Becahi (13-12) still clung to...

Freedom cheerleaders take first place in Hershey

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots competition cheerleading squad got a huge boost last weekend with a first place victory in the Level 4 Division, and an overall grand champion victory at the Mardi Gras Cheerleading Competition in Hershey, Pa.

The Pates are currently on their way to Disneyworld, where they will compete at the Americheer International Competition March 13-16.

"We always like Mardi Gras because we are four-time returning champs," said Freedom cheerleader, Sarah Callahan....

Burcin wins 5 medals

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

2012 Liberty graduate and Washington College freshman, Eric Burcin, won five medals, including two gold, and broke several school records at the Centennial Conference Championship Swim Meet last month at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.

Burcin's first gold medal came in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.54, breaking the school record he had set in preliminaries with a time of 58.68. Burcin's new record had not been broken in 16 years.

"It felt great. I was...

Patriots fall in a heartbreaker

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

All season, Freedom's boys' basketball team has had their share of close games. In fact, they lost six games by seven points or less while winning their share of tight games.

In their opening round PIAA state playoff game at Allen Saturday afternoon, the Patriots fell on the short end of the equation when they suffered a 47-45 last-second defeat to Upper Darby, ruining their chances to win a state tournament game for the first time in 31 years.

Upper Darby's Quadir Rice grabbed...

Hawks rally to knock off Spartans

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by KATIE MCONDALD in Sports

As Bethlehem Catholic guard, Nicole Lacherza, sank the first of two free throws in the final seconds of the District XI Class 3A final against Southern Lehigh on Saturday, a full-blown smile came across Becahi coach Bill Lanscek's face.

It was a long time coming, considering there was no guaranteed Becahi victory until that very moment. In fact, the Hawks trailed for most of the game by as many as nine points, but a true team effort clinched a 50-44 win over the Spartans and a...

Peter Conzola takes boys top honor

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom swimmers, Peter Conzola, Scott DelFranco, Connor Harrigan, Eric Lawrence, and Sam Magnan will represent the Patriots at the PIAA State Swimming Championships on March 13-16 at Bucknell University after their winning performances at the District XI swim meet last weekend.

Conzola, who was named the male Swimmer of the Meet at districts, won the 100 butterfly in 51:02 and the 100 backstroke in 49.21. Conzola's backstroke broke the district record, previously held by Emmaus's...

Girls relay team wins district gold medal

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom swimmers Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell took first place in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.70 at the District XI Swimming Championships last weekend, and that was only the beginning for the Patriots.

In individual events, Hsu won the 100 free in 51.91.

Freedom coach Reik Foust said, "It was her mind-blowing speed. It's always impressive to win a district event, and she also broke a school record. In the medley relay, she had the second...

Patriots downed by Parkland in 4A finals

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by TODD KRESS Special to the Press in Sports

Freedom head coach Joe Stellato and the Patriots envisioned Saturday's District 11 4A boys championship game against Parkland differently than how it actually panned out.

The Patriots, who trailed by 12 going into halftime, saw their deficit grow to as much as 22 in the third quarter of their 65-50 defeat to the Trojans over the weekend.

"I don't know what to say," said Stellato. "We just didn't get it tonight. It was their night."

It was obviously disappointing. We all...