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Wanderers staying in contention for top seed

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Earlier this season Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri wasn’t sure what type of team he was going to have this summer, but through 11 games, the Wanderers have proven to be a quality side in NORCO.

The Wanderers came out of the weekend with a 9-2 record on the season and appear to be one of the top teams in the league this season sitting behind a 10-2 Northampton team in the standings.

That Northampton team was the only one to top the Wanderers this year before Saturday’s 1-0...

Pates reach final four at Cedar Beach tournament

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom made a run to the final four of the Cedar Beach basketball showcase over the weekend and saw it end there.

The Pates lost to Emmaus in Sunday’s final four 52-41 and fell to eventual champion Berks Catholic 47-35 earlier on Sunday to give them a 4-2 finish to the tournament.

But after struggling through the Cedar Beach summer league with a 1-6 mark, the Pates made their usual run at a summer tournament, much to the pleasure of head coach Joe Stellato.

“It was a...

Rick Thompson named BC wrestling coach

Sunday, June 24, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Rick Thompson doesn’t need much of an introduction to wrestling fans in the area. His short-lived retirement from the coaching world now puts him squarely back in the bull’s-eye, as Thompson was approved last week to become Bethlehem Catholic’s next wrestling coach.

With Jeff Karam resigning in April after 10 years of leading the Becahi program, the Hawks bring in Thompson, who guided Phillipsburg to a 268-54-1 record in three stints with the program. Thompson was most recently the...

Valley falls in Cup play

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup run ended Monday afternoon in Philadelphia at the hands of a Delaware North in the quarterfinal round.

Delaware North was in control from the beginning taking a three-run lead in the first inning and then never looked back en route to a 26-9 victory.

After taking care of Urban Youth Academy 10-7 in the opening round of the tournament, LV was no match for their Delaware counterparts at FDR Park.

The LV squad faced a 10-1 deficit after...

They said it: A look back at Becahi’s softball season

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Before the season

“We expect to be pretty good. We only lost one player [to graduation].”

- Rich Mazza said.

After a big win

over Easton

“[Juliana Presto] was pitching all inside, so I stepped off the plate a little bit and drove through the ball. I think it got us all hyped up, especially that we got ahead in the game. We stuck with that mentality even out on the field.”

- Jess Indelicato

“Very much [surprised]. Very much. I know we have...

Freedom: 22 senior athlete destinations

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom recently announced its newest class of graduating seniors that will be moving on to continuing their education and athletic careers at the next level.

The Pates had 22 seniors reveal their college destinations recently, highlighted by Alec Huertas heading to Long Island University to play baseball.

Julia Roman also topped the list by choosing Drexel to play softball, while Hailey Silfies will join Huertas in Brooklyn for her basketball career at St. Francis College....

Matt Leon signs with LA Angels

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty graduate Matt Leon signed a professional contract with the Los Angeles Angels recently, culminating a fascinating chapter in his career at Seton Hall.

Leon joined Seton Hall as a walk-on his freshman year and ended his senior campaign as one of four unanimous Big East selections this past season.

The former walk-on had a stellar senior year breaking Seton Hall’s single-season record for saves, and climbed to second on the Pirates’ career saves and appearances list. He...

Becahi conducts a football combine

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic recently held its football program’s combine to culminate the hard work put forth during the winter weight lifting season.

It was also an opportunity to kick start their spring program and showcase players in front of several college coaches on hand.

This was the sixth year that the Hawks have held their combine and this year’s affair had 12 college coaches on hand including the likes of Lafayette, New Hampshire, Bucknell and Buffalo.

For what started...

Outdoors: Bear spotted in Upper Mac

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Mark Rabenold, a friend of mine from Allentown, took his mother for a ride last Tuesday afternoon to visit his grandparents’ grave site at Jordan Lutheran Church’s cemetery in Upper Macungie Township. When he pulled up into the cemetery he couldn’t believe what his eyes saw.

No, it wasn’t a ghost like something you’d see in a horror movie. But a more realistic figure.

There before him, and looking right at him and his mother, was a sizable black bear. Since my friend is an avid...