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Grasso to coach 800th

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

With 38 years of coaching under his belt and 26 years as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic, Mike Grasso can probably say he's seen it all in baseball.

One thing he'll add to his list of accomplishments this season is his 800th game, which will come whenever the Hawks entertain their second contest of the season, following last week's 4-4 tie with Pottsville (game was called after nine innings due to darkness and may be continued later this season).

Becahi was slated to take on...

Liberty looking to replace all of its singles players

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes may have lost all its singles players to graduation, but Coach Leo Schnalzer has a number of players with some experience, as he attempts to find the right spot for each one for the 2013 boys' tennis season.

"We're still playing challenge matches, but we don't have to start them off from the ground floor," Schnalzer said.

Hurricane returners include junior, Brendan Cunningham, who played at number three doubles last year, and junior, Chris Kaposis, who...

Cruz, Lotito compete at NCAA tourney

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by TIM ROBB Special to the Press in Sports

Lehigh's Randy Cruz went 1-2 at the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cruz, a former Bethlehem Catholic wrestler, opened the tourney with an 11-0 win over Brian Owen of Boise State.

He scored a takedown in a very funky scramble in the first, and then turned Owen with a cradle. In the second period, Cruz tilted, and then again cradled Owen to lead 10-0 after two periods. After choosing top, and riding out the entire third period, he earned a riding time point for a very...

Freedom looks to learn

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It would be fair to say that last year's baseball season was a tale of two halves for Freedom.

The Patriots started out hot and finished cold. After an 8-2 start to the season, the Pates slumped to finish 10-10 overall before losing to Whitehall in the first round of the district tournament.

With six starters gone from a year ago, head coach Nick D'Amico hopes the loss of nine seniors doesn't mean his new crop of players forgot about last year's lessons.

"We learned not...

FHS tops Bears

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom softball coach Nora Borger is implementing new rules, teaching discipline, and expecting hustle from the Patriots for the 2013 season.

"We've been discussing our goals. Everyone wants a winning season. Hit the ball hard, good pitching," said Borger.

Returners for the Patriots will be Emily Gundrum, Sam Cabrera, Becca Herman, Corrine Kline, Morgan Lukievics, Carly Deichman, Kelsey Brandle, Dana Morgan, and Megan Brown.

"Our pitching looks great. Emily is healthy....

Nora Borger is Patriots new softball coach

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School has announced the appointment of Nora Borger as the new head girls softball coach.

Borger had been the Patriots' assistant coach since 2008, and was the assistant junior varsity coach at Emmaus High School.

A 2002 graduate of Robert Morris University, Borger was a member of the softball team there, and she was also a starter on the 1996 Northampton Senior High School PIAA State Championship softball team.

This past winter, Borger conducted winter work...

Season had its highs, lows

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team celebrated the highs and embraced the lows over the course of the 2012-2013 season, creating one of the most successful teams in the school's history.

Even before the season began, opposing coaches thought the Hawks would be a team with which they would have to contend - and they were right.

Either Becahi coach Bill Lanscek was not so sure, or he was holding his cards close to his vest. Most likely, it was the latter, evidenced by the...

'Canes have strong arms

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty's baseball program has been under the guidance of head coach Andy Pitsilos for the past 11 years.

Consistency is one thing that comes with a long tenure. Tradition is another.

The 2013 Hurricanes hope to continue in both of those aspects as they enter this spring with a strong crop of six pitchers.

With snow on the ground over the past two weeks, having an abundance of arms can be a fortunate position if mother nature doesn't cooperate with scheduling this season...

Hawks start season with two wins

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's girls softball team may already be ahead of the game after a successful preseason scrimmage against Pen Argyl, Friday's 13-6 victory over Pleasant Valley, and Saturday's 13-2 win over Salisbury, showing that the Hawks are headed in the right direction for the 2013 season.

Becahi has the good fortune of returning six seniors: first baseman, Courtney Dupont, second baseman, Jackie DeSarro, third baseman, Kate Yanders, pitcher, Joelle Morey, left fielder, Lauren...

Patriots only returning two

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After a hugely successful boys' tennis season in 2012, Freedom coach Jeff Young has a long way to go in 2013.

Only two varsity players are returning, Andrew Sinai and Bill Leeson, and most of the Patriots' team are underclassmen.

Sinai, a sophomore, will repeat as the Patriots' number one singles player.

"Andrew is just a great player. I saw him play a couple times this summer," said Young.

Leeson, a senior, will be the Patriots' number two singles player, after...