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Second title in three years

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic pitcher, Joelle Morey, was one strike away from a Class 3A District 11 championship last Thursday at Pates Park when Becahi fans started clapping.

"I was so nervous. I didn't know what to do. It was so much pressure," Morey said.

Morey, however, knew exactly what to do.

The Becahi senior threw a strike, and the Hawks were district champions, defeating Palmerton, 9-0.

Becahi shortstop, Emily Brandstetter, scored the first run in the first inning...

Laubach too much, 'Canes fall to Kids

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

No sooner had the Liberty Hurricanes lost the Class 4A District 11 championship to Northampton, 3-0, last Thursday at Pates Park than Liberty softball coach Rich Giering was ready to start preparing for next season.

"I'm disappointed, but I told them, there are good winners and there are good losers. I'm ready for next season; well, maybe after a little break. I love it," said Giering.

Liberty pitcher, Lauren Epsaro, led off the first inning with a walk after a ten-pitch at bat...

LVC boys win, girls tie at Lions All-Star Classic

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

With both the boys and girls soccer seasons in the fall for the first time this year, the 32nd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was played nearly six months after the final kick for many of these local high school area players.

The Mountain Valley Conference/Colonial League boys gave up three goals in losing 3-0 to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-stars. The girls teams tied 2-2 in a rain shortened game. Both games were played last Sunday afternoon at Whitehall High School.

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Deppe Classic for good cause

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (blue team) 11-4.

The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game...

Wanderers looking for improvement

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It's early in the legion summer, but there's one thing that every coach knows he'll need from their team and it's quality pitching.

The Wanderers hope that can stay true for their season, as they sit at 1-1 through Monday's schedule.

Dwight Pulieri is back in the fold as manager of the club and looks to improve off last season's 11-10 mark.

"To be competitive night in and night out, no matter who we play," said Pulieri about the team goals. "With a 20 game schedule in...

Freedom's Sinai takes bronze at states

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

To compete in the PIAA State Tennis Championships as a sophomore in high school can be overwhelming, but to win a state bronze medal shows that focusing on your game, no matter what your age, can lead to success, as was the case with Freedom's Andrew Sinai.

The Patriots' number one singles player proved to be the third best tennis player in Pennsylvania after defeating Mount Lebanon's Peter Hazlett, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in Sinai's last match of the tournament on May 25 at Hershey Racquet...

'Canes win showdown

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes are the defending district champions, and until someone tells them otherwise, they will maintain that title, according to Liberty softball coach Rich Giering.

Facing archrival Freedom in the District XI quarterfinal on Saturday, the Hurricanes prevailed 7-0.

Liberty shortstop, Alyshia Dellatore's first-inning double put the Hurricanes on the scoreboard. Then, with the bases loaded, third baseman, Emily Cecchini, was hit by a pitch, putting Liberty ahead 2...

Bethlehem teams ousted from districts 11 playoffs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

The baseball season ended without any hardware for local teams, as Liberty and Freedom were both ousted from the District 11 4A tournament last week.

The Hurricanes (15-7) fell to Parkland for the third time this season following a 4-1 defeat in the quarterfinals. Parkland pitcher Tyler Duff registered his third win of the season over the 'Canes.

Parkland went on to knock off Pocono Mountain East 3-0 in the semifinals to set up tonight's championship finals against Whitehall (...

Hawks must get through Northeastern Valley

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic will have to get through the top-ranked team in the state in order to defend their state volleyball crown.

The defending 2A state champions swept Coughlin in three games (25-13, 25-19, 25-15) in the first round of the PIAA 2A championships on Saturday to set up a quarterfinal draw against Northeastern.

The Hawks travel to Cumberland Valley Wednesday night for a 5:30 p.m. tilt against the state's most decorated team in 2A volleyball, as the multiple-time state...

Eckman has Moravian Academy back on map

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by JEFF MOELER Special to the Press in Sports

When he took over as head baseball coach at Moravian Academy three years ago, Chris Eckman decided it was time for the program to shed its image.

Eckman, who has been a teacher at the institution for six years, heard enough of the jokes and laughter when the program was discussed and believe he could transform it from a literal laughingstock to a bonafide one. Moravian Academy brought back baseball 10 years ago after a lengthy hiatus.

"No one really took it (baseball) seriously...