Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Barkley picked 2nd overall by NY Giants

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Saquon Barkley will be trading in his Nittany Lion navy blue for a slightly lighter shade after the New York Giants selected the Coplay running back with the second pick in the NFL Draft.

Watch parties were set up across the area on Thursday, April 26, to see where the former Whitehall Zephyr would land. Fans would not have to wait long to hear Barkley’s name called.

In an interview with, New York general manager Dave Gettleman said, “Once Cleveland took Baker (...

LHS beats WHS in team districts

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ tennis team won its quarterfinal match against Whitehall, 5-0, in the District XI Team Tennis Tournament on Monday at Liberty.

Louis Gruber won at one singles, 6-0, 6-2, David Lynn won at two singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Gavin Snyder won at three singles, 6-0, 6-0.

At number one doubles, Jacob Wong and Anthony Ronca won their match, 6-2, 6-4.

“Anthony’s serve was on today a lot. He was hitting some incredible serving,” said Wong. “And then, second-to-last point...

Outdoors: antlerless deer licenses to increase

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to the 2018-19 hunting/trapping seasons, and a lot more.

The first bit of news is that the agency increased the antlerless deer allocation from 804,000 licenses last season, to 838,000 for the upcoming seasons.

Locally, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 5C remained the same at 70,000. Other local WMUs include: 5B, 58,000 (57,000); 5D, 28,000 (30,000).

The board also voted to issue 125...

Liberty looks to clinch district berth

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty learned some lessons last week, but they also put themselves in positions to make a run down the stretch.

The Hurricanes (8-5) went 2-1 last week with a win over Parkland in five games and a sweep over Dieruff, but suffered a midweek defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in four games.

With so much parity in the East Penn Conference this season, it’s no surprise to see teams taking each other down on a nightly basis and that’s what head coach Neiad Ammary is seeing from his...

Hawks trying to gain momentum

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic picked up a big win over the weekend and you can say the Golden Hawks really needed it.

The Hawks (6-7) were able to bust out for 16 hits in a 16-11 win over Freedom over the weekend to snap a two-game skid where they lost to sub .500 teams like Northampton (6-8) and Dieruff (2-11).

The win, to say the least, was big not only from the standpoint of playoff positioning, but also from a mental perspective.

“That was a tremendous win for us,” said head...

Valley represents at the NFL Draft

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.

Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.

The former Zephyr led the charge...

Phantoms, Checkers looking to be a very even playoff series

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The series win over Providence in the semifinals of the Atlantic Division playoffs was the first for the Phantoms franchise since their days of playing on the same ice that the Philadelphia Flyers played on at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

It came in the same year where their next-door neighbors, the Philadelphia Phillies, last won the World Series - 2008.

Since that series, the team relocated to Adirondack and finally wound up in Allentown. Now, they look to reach another...

EPC standings

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Skyline Division

Team Conf Over

Parkland 9-1 10-1

Emmaus 8-2 11-2

Central 6-4 8-5

Nazareth 5-4 5-8

Whitehall 3-5 5-6

Northampton 3-7 6-8


Easton 10-1 10-1

Freedom 7-3 9-5

Liberty 6-3 9-3

Becahi 4-6 6-6

Dieruff 2-8 2-11

Allen 1-9 2-10


Stroudsburg 7-2 8-5

Pleasant Vy. 5-4 7-5

PM East 4-3 6-4

ES South 2-7 3-10

PM West 1-7 2-9...

Gruber makes it to semis

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Five Bethlehem high school tennis players competed in the District XI Singles Tennis Tournament last week at Lehigh University and Saucon Valley High School.

Liberty sophomore Louis Gruber made it to the Class 3A semifinal after defeating Whitehall’s Nick Rohn, 6-2, 6-2, Stroudsburg’s Michael Irlbeck, 6-0, 6-0, and Hurricane teammate David Lynn, 6-4, 6-0.

Gruber fell in the semifinal to eventual district champ Sean Jaegaer of Emmaus, 0-6, 0-6.

Before losing to Gruber,...

Hawks top Freedom

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team scored two big wins last week, defeating Easton, 4-2, and Freedom, 12-2, both at Becahi.

“Easton was a great high school game. Easton played very well. They gave us everything we could handle,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza.

Days later, the Hawks mercy-ruled the Patriots in five innings.

“Very much [surprised]. Very much. I know we have hitters, but you know, some days we hit, some days we don’t, but I’m impressed with the way we hit the...