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Big win

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

January 8 was a night to remember for Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team as they defeated Central in grand style.

The Hawks' 45-23 victory last Tuesday marked their first win against the Vikings in 15 seasons, and, as Becahi guard, Janelle Robinson, described it, it was a statement game.

Last year, the Hawks were on the losing end to the Vikings three times. Some of those losses were tougher than others. One was controversial. But on Jan. 8, there was no doubt about...

Becahi ice hockey falls

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

On the eve of the National Hockey League finally ending the lockout, the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League returned to action after the holiday break.

Jeremy Hoffer staked the Emmaus ice hockey team to an early lead with two first period goals, and Michael Smoker nearly held a shutout, as the Green Hornets beat Bethlehem/Central Catholic 5-1 Monday, Jan. 7, in their first game after the long holiday break.

Emmaus entered the break 8-2-1, and in second place behind Parkland...

Freedom hockey looks for trip to playoffs

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Freedom has hoped to control it destiny and make a return trip to the playoffs in the Pure Division of the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), but they will need some help.

The Patriots began the week nestled in third place in the tightly knit three-team division behind Parkland and Emmaus, five points behind the second-place club. They played Phillipsburg to a 1-1 tie Monday night.

For the most part, their season appears to be over as only the top two teams in the...

Becahi wrestlers ready for NHS, California flight

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jeff Karam knows that keeping his Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team focused can be an issue at times.

Karam does have a program that is 6-0 on the season and has developed winning habits continually over the past three years.

Still, he saw a lack of intensity from his team during last week's 34-13 victory over Nazareth.

Whether the Hawks just came out flat, had a case of boredom or a bout of over confidence, that all should change this week.

The Hawks travel to...

Pates looking up; Liberty getting back up

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Things are back on track at Freedom and it's been a sobering week at Liberty.

A week in the life of basketball coaches can go from being pleased to wondering when things will turn around.

For the Patriots, back-to-back wins over Allen and Nazareth closed out a three-game sweep on their schedule last week to pull themselves out of a below .500 mark into a 7-5 record heading into last night's tilt at Northampton.

Head coach Joe Stellato hoped the Pates could extend their...

Hurricanes knock off NHS for historical win

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty continued their hot start to the season over the weekend, when they knocked off Northampton 35-20 to bolster their record to 5-0 on the year.

It was also the second time in the last 20 years that Liberty knocked the K-Kids off and that's something that head coach Jody Karam could look back on with a smile.

"It's certainly a step in the right direction," said Karam, who's in his 20th season at the helm of the program. "No matter what the circumstances are, Northampton is...

Pates eye Va. Duals after two weeks off

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It's not quite how Brandon Hall expected to ring in the New Year for Freedom's wrestling program. The Patriots were forced to cancel their January 3 wrestling meet against Parkland, as well as postpone tonight's bout against Northampton because of a suspected skin infection.

Hall's program was shut down for 10 days, including tonight's match against Northampton, with no skin-to-skin contact for his wrestlers.

Even though the skin infection was limited, he felt the best decision...

Freedom boys basketball stops skid at PMW

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Disappointment. Wake-up call. Consistency.

All are words that come out of head coach Joe Stellato's mouth when he talks about Freedom's basketball season up to date.

Sitting with a 5-5 overall record and a subpar 1-3 mark in the Lehigh Valley Conference, the Patriots enter desperate measures this week with a three game slate.

Monday's 53-42 victory over Pocono Mountain West got their week off to a promising start with the road win.

Freedom followed that with...

soccer scholar athlete banquet Bethlehem area players get nominated

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Banquet will be held Sunday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. This year is the inaugural boys and girls joint banquet and it will take place at the Northampton Community Center.

Nominees are:

Bethlehem Catholic

Matthew Collier is center-mid with three career goals and five career assists. He has a 3.0 GPA out of 4.0.

He was a co-captain for two years and MVP defender his junior year and rookie of the year as a freshman.


LHS to see tough week

Thursday, January 10, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

When you talk to basketball coaches around the Lehigh Valley Conference, there's a certain consensus regarding the hierarchy structure this winter.

There's Liberty and then there's everyone else.

The Hurricanes (6-2, 4-0) only two losses were to Philadelphia area teams over Christmas and they've won their other six games by an average of 20.8 points, five of which have come against LVC opponents.

So when some teams are looking to fix their rebounding woes, offensive flow...