Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pates eye playoffs

Monday, April 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ lacrosse program is coming off an historic season and the Patriots look to repeat history this spring.

After winning 10 games last year, qualifying for the postseason and garnering the program’s first district playoff win, Freedom is hoping to build off that momentum.

“The outlook for this season looks very bright for us,” said head coach Tony Fabrizio. “We have a very good chance to win the EPC East Divisional Championship, but we know it won’t be handed to us...

Patriots hope to replicate banner year

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It might be difficult for Freedom to replicate the type of success they had a year ago, but the Pates will certainly look to make another run at the league and district titles this spring.

Coming off a 19-5 campaign, which saw them go 12-4 in the East Penn Conference regular season, to go along with their first EPC championship, expectations are elevated for the 2016 spring.

Head coach Nick D’Amico enters his 11th season at the helm and hopes that the loss in graduation won’t...

Becahi aims for District 11 playoffs

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s been two years since Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team has made the District 11 playoffs and the Hawks are hoping this spring can be the year that ends that mini-slump.

Head coach Mike Grasso returns for his 30th season in charge, as the Hawks look to bounce back from an 8-12 campaign a year ago.

“The senior leadership we have is very good,” said Grasso. “Two of our top pitchers are seniors and we’re looking forward to see how they do and the defense behind them holds up...

Expectations high for LHS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.

The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.

Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.

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Area tennis teams continue to battle the weather

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Last week’s high school tennis matches were more a matter of hit or miss than win or lose because of inclement weather, so with only two matches played by Liberty so far this season, Bethlehem Catholic has played five, and both will face off this Thursday at Liberty.

The Hurricanes are currently 2-0, scoring 6-1 victories over Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg.

Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer has kept Dan Lynn and Jacob Berg at number one and three singles, respectively, and both won...

’Canes softball gets confidence boost

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s 14-3 victory over Easton last Thursday at Easton was a huge confidence boost for the Hurricanes to start the 2017 softball season.

“I think their confidence went way up, not overconfident, but good,” said Liberty head coach Sam Carrodo, who is beginning his third season with the Hurricanes.

“We knew Easton played Central Bucks South the day before and beat them, and Central Bucks South has a pretty good team. So we came out and did what we did, and I was very happy,...

Via games provide fun, entertainment

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for its crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local area teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending to plenty senior players’ careers.

In the first two contests of a four-game schedule of the 42nd Annual Via All Star Basketball Classic at Northampton Community College, the North and South teams split the outcomes. The South girls...

Meant to Move aims to help reduce injuries

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.

“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general...

FHS girls have big squad

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School’s softball team will roster a squad of 14, including five returners and a new pitcher, for the 2017 season.

“We have a large squad this year,” said Patriot head coach Nora Borger, who is beginning her fifth season at Freedom. “They all worked really hard in the off season.”

Returning for the Patriots are Jana Boksan at catcher, and Arielle Gonzalez, Shalyn Banas, Julia Roman, and Taylor Resetar, all outfielders.

Newcomers are Camryn Spina at shortstop...