Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Evert sets two records

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty senior Jake Evert set two pool records during the Hurricanes’ 103-75 victory over the Konkrete Kids at Northampton last Thursday.

Evert’s time in the 100 free was 46.93, beating the previous Northampton pool record held by Michael Bauer whose time was 47.77 in 2017.

Evert and teammates Sam Capwell, Jonathan Drago, and Addison Collins also broke Northampton’s pool record in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:30.70. The previous pool record of 1:30.75 was set in 2017 by...

FHS hockey knocks off Parkland again

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team is playing a different role in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this winter.

That’s what happens when you’re undefeated and knock off the defending nine-time, defending champions twice during the regular season.

Beginning this week, the Patriots had an unblemished 13-0 mark, scoring an incredible 113 goals and allowing a minuscule 12 goals. They downed perennial power Parkland 3-0 on Oct. 22 and 5-1 Dec. 17, breaking their undefeated...

Patriot girls defeat Liberty

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two times in two days, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team defeated both city rivals, and on Friday night in the first game of a girl-boy doubleheader, the Patriots topped Liberty, 56-26, at Liberty.

“Tonight was another cross town rival and it was good to beat them both in a row,” said the Patriots’ top scorer, Jennifer Kokolus, who had 18 points against the Hurricanes. “I tried to run the floor as hard as I can. My teammates always find me. They’re always selfless.”

The Patriots...

Pates rally to top Allen

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

William Allen’s girls’ basketball team had a 40-39 lead over Freedom with possession and less than 30 seconds left in the game, but two forced turnovers by Patriot forward Kailey Turpening resulted in four quick points for Freedom and secured a 45-40 victory over the Canaries on Monday night at Freedom.

“I wasn’t right up on my girl because our coach told us to deny certain people, but then I didn’t realize I had to deny that girl and he started yelling ‘deny deny deny’ so I ran and...

Article By: Scott Pagel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

As eastern Pennsylvania comes out of a deep freeze, the AHL season is two-thirds over and there are just 25 games remaining for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. A lot has happened this season with more than just the usual up-and-down player movements and the Phantoms have made it through in relatively good shape. Now, as the end is starting to come into view, it comes time to realize that the Atlantic Division is one big tightly packed mess.

The Charlotte Checkers are hands down the best...

Semifinals set in District 11 team wrestling

Friday, February 1, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The opening rounds of the District 11 team championships took place on Thursday without a lot of surprises.

In the 3A competition, the biggest “upset” was 5-seed Nazareth making it through to the semifinals. Along the way they beat 12-seed Whitehall 65-6 and then knocked off 4-seed Stroudsburg 57-12.

That sets up the Eagles third meeting with Liberty in just two weeks. The Hurricanes are the top seed after beating Nazareth in the EPC finals last week. Liberty handled Emmaus 64-...

’Canes are champs!

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes captured their first league wrestling title since 1986 by winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference championship with a 33-26 win over Nazareth Saturday night at Easton Middle School.

Head coach Jody Karam reflected on the first league championship of his 26-year Liberty tenure.

“Before we got on the bus today we took them into the gym and we looked at the banners. I showed the guys the banner and I said, ‘Tonight’s a nice night to update that banner...

Pates, Hawks were hoping for key win

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The basketball spotlight of the Lehigh Valley was front and center at Bethlehem Catholic last night, as the Golden Hawks hosted Freedom in the marquee battle of the season in the East Penn Conference. With both teams battling for the top spot in the conference, Tuesday’s showdown, which happened after Press deadlines, would play a pivotal role in the league playoff race.

Freedom (15-3) saw its 11-game win streak snapped last week in a 76-59 loss to Easton, but the Pates rebounded with...

Hall and Reid named soccer scholar athletes

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.

“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”

Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor...

LHS beats Dieruff

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s swim team hosted Dieruff this week when the Hurricane girls defeated the Huskies, 89-66, and the Hurricane boys also won, 89-30.

Samantha Taylor, Jackie Baker, Kay Wetmore, and Sarah Park won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.90.

Patrick Gilhool, Andrew Layne, Daniel Lader, and Addison Collins also won the 200 medley relay in 1:49.96.

Abby Mack won the 200 free in 2:02.94.

Taylor and Collins won the 200 IM in 2:16.68 and 2:15.74, respectively.