Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Parkland girls, Emmaus boys take titles; Hurricanes sweep boys relays

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.

The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.

Class 3A

The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams...

D-11 games a hit at PPL Center

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.

A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “...

GIRLS HOOPS - Becahi moves on to district finals

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It did not take long for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to make a statement in its 66-30 District XI Class 4A semifinal victory over Blue Mountain Wednesday night at Whitehall High School.

As a result of drawing a bye in the quarterfinals, the Hawks had a long time to prepare for its run in the district tournament, 12 days to be exact.

“I think the week off helped us to recoup. We broke down film, and we saw what we needed to work on, like rebounding and sharpening...

WRESTLING - Becahi gets a little revenge on Eagles

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect.

When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.

Labriola is the overwhelming favorite to win the 170-pound 3A state championship this year and on paper, defeated Northampton’s Cade Moisey by a 15-8 decision during Saturday’s finals, but a seven-point...

Bonilla, Callahan grab district golds

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

There was nothing but pure joy exuding from Thomas Bonilla Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.

The Freedom senior made a lot of people happy and the ones closest to him proud after winning his first district championship following an 8-1 decision over Bethlehem Catholic’s Ryan Zeiner in the 152-pound title bout.

It was the beginning of a wonderful night for Freedom wrestling, as fellow senior teammate Evan Callahan won his second straight district title at 220,...

Perugini overcomes for D-11 crown

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there ever was a feel good story winner from Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling tournament, Liberty’s Carlo Perugini would have ran away with it.

Perugini entered the season as much of an unknown, coming out for the team for the first time since his freshman year after dealing with three ACL tears during his high school career.

And as much of a feel good story he may be, not many would have expected Perugini to come away with a district title his senior year, but that’s...

Young leads BC to opening-round victory

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Six-foot, nine inch forward Ryan Young knew he needed to take over. He knew it was the type of game where he had a big advantage with a sizable edge over the opponent.

The junior came through for his team and had one of his best performances of his career, scoring 19 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in leading Bethlehem Catholic to a 71-48 victory against Lower Moreland (8-14) last Friday night at Allen High School in the quarterfinals of the new District 11 Class 4A Subregional, which...

Freedom girls fall to Parkland

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the first time in seven seasons, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team qualified for district playoffs, and despite its 65-54 loss to Parkland last Thursday night, the Patriots’ season had success written all over it.

“It’s a process,” said Coach Dean Reiman. “You don’t go from doormat to league champ in a year, but we have kids coming back, and we’ll work harder to hopefully win the district.”

Walking out of the locker room after halftime, the Patriots were full of hope,...

District diving event takes place

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty and Freedom divers competed at the District XI Diving Championships last Saturday at Emmaus High School.

In Class AAA girls, Freedom’s Fallon Tatlow placed seventh with a score of 318.15, and Liberty’s Cara Kuykens placed eighth with a score of 307.25.

Also from Freedom, Leigha Evans placed 11th with a score of 273.35, and from Liberty, Alicia Valladares placed 14th with a score of 205.25.

“Cara was excellent,” said Liberty diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer. “Overall...

Lehigh Valley football scholar athletes

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by The Press in Sports




Marcus Dileo Vereen

A 6-2, 253 pound tight end and defensive end, he ranks 76th in his class with a 3.53 GPA. He earned first team All-Conference honors on offense as a tight end. He is active in his community.


Ean Joseph Sheats

A 5-8, 180-pound tight end and linebacker, he ranks 14th out of 242 students. He is an honor roll student, National Honor Society member, and member of the Spanish Curricular...