Bethlehem Press

Saturday, March 17, 2018

LHS, FHS wrestlers gear up for districts

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Survive and advance.

That’s the name of the game for wrestlers this weekend when the District 11 3A tournament takes place Friday and Saturday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.

The Hurricanes are looking for an encore from their district duals performance, while the Patriots are hoping to make a splash in the individual postseason en route to pushing competitors on the road to Hershey.

For the host Hurricanes and head coach Jody Karam, there’s a good chance he’ll have...

Becahi’s Young named EPC MVP

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced their boys and girls all-star teams this week and Bethlehem products were featured throughout the nominated all-stars with Bethlehem Catholic center Ryan Young taking home MVP honors.

Joining Young on the first team included teammate Justin Paz and Liberty’s Alex Serrano.

On the girls side, Freedom’s Hailey Silfies and Bethlehem Catholic’s Taliyah Medina were named to the first team. Easton’s Leanna Deegan won MVP.

The complete list of...

Divers prep for districts

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Last Thursday ended the regular, dual meet season, not just for the Freedom and Liberty swimmers, but for their divers too.

Heading into districts this weekend, Leigha Evans, Fallon Tatlow, and Sarah Gill, all from Freedom, and Cara Kuykens, Alicia Valladares, Kellen Rogers, and Sergio Alvarez, all from Liberty, did their best last Thursday to score points for their respective teams’ overall scores.

Evans’s best was her front one-and-a-half, where she received a 5, 6, and 7....

LHS girls beat Pates

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ swim team won its last regular season meet last Thursday against Freedom 105-70 at Freedom.

“I love this team. It’s my family. I’ve spent so much time with them and I knew it had to come to an end but it was all worth it, and I think a lot of people had great seasons,” said Liberty senior Anna Lehr. “Being captain this year, getting to experience it from a different point of view, I loved watching the girls and growing with them.”

Lehr, Natalie Richardson,...

Flyers shuffle goalies because of injuries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

First, goalie Brian Elliott went on the injured list for the Flyers.

Then, on Saturday, Michal Neuvirth went down with an injury leaving the Flyers scrambling in goal.

Former Phantoms goalie Alex Lyon, who was replacing Elliott on the Flyers roster, played the rest of Saturday’s game with no backup. While there’s no good time for an injury, the fact that GM Ron Hextall still had a few days before the NHL trade deadline hit was somewhat of a silver lining.

On Monday, the...

Hawks back on top

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Chalk up another state championship for Bethlehem Catholic. The Golden Hawks came away from Hershey with their sixth PIAA wrestling title (four in 2A, two in 3A) over the weekend following a 38-22 victory over Kiski Area Saturday afternoon at the Giant Center in the 3A finals.

Saturday’s achievement also marked the 300th career victory for head coach Jeff Karam, who relished the celebration of winning a state title with this year’s team.

“This is the best,” said Karam. “This is...

Hawk boys, girls advance to EPC hoop finals

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic boys survived a last-second shot to advance to the EPC finals.

Allen hit a desperation shot as the clock hit all zeros, but it came after the buzzer, and the Hawks advanced past the Canaries 56-54 on Wednesday night.

Justin Paz led all scorers with 17 points in the back and forth game. Ryan Santana added 11 and Ryan Young had 10. DeAndre Gardner chipped in with nine.

Tyreek Bell and Jasiah Lopez each scored 14 for Allen.

The Hawks move on to...

Pates knock off EHS

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ basketball team was ready for everything Easton threw at them in the East Penn Conference quarterfinal on Monday night when the Patriots defeated the top-seeded Red Rovers 55-51 at Easton Middle School.

“It feels so good,” said Freedom guard Kyra Jefferson. “The last seconds of the game, it was definitely like, we just beat them. They played great basketball. It was fun to compete with them, and I was really excited we got that win, and it feels really good to be a...

Hawks top Trojans, advance to semis

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

One of the biggest reasons Bethlehem Catholic has entered the East Penn Conference tournament as the top seed and favorite to win the league is because of the balance and weapons they have at their disposal.

On Monday night, the Golden Hawks showed that teams are going to need a special performance to take them down in the postseason.

Becahi (20-3, 15-1) jumped out early and never looked back in the EPC quarterfinals at home, handling eighth-seeded Parkland 67-53.