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Freedom tennis team gets a 4-3 victory over Central

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports


That's how Freedom's number two singles player, Bill Leeson, remembered his match against Central's Gabriel Velez in the Patriots 4-3 victory over the Vikings last Tuesday.

In one of two matches that went to three sets, Leeson won the first against Velez, 6-4, before dropping the second, 4-6.

"I was actually up 4-3 and managed to give away the next three games. Gabe, he was relentless. A lot of our games went to deuce, and he managed enough of those to get...

Hawks eye state trifecta

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It's never happened before, but Bethlehem Catholic hopes the stars align for them this spring on the volleyball court.

After winning the PIAA 2A title last year, the Hawks aren't only looking for a repeat, but a trifecta when it comes to hardware on the court.

Winning the Lehigh Valley Conference, district and state championship are on the agenda for the 2013 Hawks and third year head coach Jeff Koch is confident in a group that returns three starters from last year's magical...

Freedom looking to get back to form

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

It's been 22 years of coaching volleyball at Freedom and John Yanek just can't give it up.

After last year's 7-9 campaign that saw Freedom miss the district tournament for the first time in 20 years, Yanek didn't want to bow out in that manner.

He also wanted to lend some of the coaching wisdom he's picked up helping Moravian's womens team in the fall with the Freedom boys this spring.

"I just feel like I still have something to offer," said Yanek about coming back for...

Boys varsity lacrosse action comes to Bethlehem

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

For the first time ever, Bethlehem has a full slate of varsity boys lacrosse this season.

Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Freedom are all part of the Lehigh Valley Conference this season as varsity members, even though the sport is defined as a club activity in the Bethlehem Area School District.

That leaves Liberty and Freedom still fending for themselves when it comes financing the sport, insuring their teams and finding their own homes and transportation for contests.


LVC too much for MVC teams

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by BRAD HURLEY in Sports

Spring sports have began in the Bethlehem area, but there was still a little basketball to be played this past weekend at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem Township.

All stars from the Lehigh Valley Conference East faced off with all stars from the Mountain Valley Conference on "Super Saturday" at the Via All Star Basketball Classic.

The day also featured two games between the Lehigh Valley West and the Colonial League all stars squads in the early afternoon along with...

BC falls to Falcons

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Mason Kresley ripped a fastball from Brayden Knipe over the left field fence for a three run home run. The long ball erased an early 2-0 lead for the Golden Hawks, and sparked a ten run comeback by Salisbury to take a 10-4 nonconference win at Salisbury High School last Monday afternoon.

Salisbury came into the season with high expectations, and had all of the ingredients for a state championship run. But Bethlehem Catholic was bidding for an upset, scoring two runs in the first two...

'Canes look to take next step

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 by PETER CAR in Sports

In what may be the most competitive Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball season ever, Liberty expects to contend for the league and district titles.

After an 11-9 season a year ago that saw the Hurricanes reach the district playoffs, Neid Ammary's group is ready to take another step forward this year in their search for hardware this spring.

"We learned that we had all of the pieces in place to make a championship run this season," Ammary said. "Our team improved steadily...

Hawks fall in state final

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

If the pregame of the PIAA State Class AAA girls basketball final foreshadowed the outcome, Bethlehem Catholic coach Bill Lanscek was the first to know his Golden Hawks could be in trouble.

"The officials were talking to both teams about sportsmanship, and afterward, they asked both teams to look at each other, but number 31 from South Park never raised her eyes to look at our girls. It was like she was saying, I'm here for business, and that's how they played," said Lanscek.


Patriots only returning two

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After a hugely successful boys' tennis season in 2012, Freedom coach Jeff Young has a long way to go in 2013.

Only two varsity players are returning, Andrew Sinai and Bill Leeson, and most of the Patriots' team are underclassmen.

Sinai, a sophomore, will repeat as the Patriots' number one singles player.

"Andrew is just a great player. I saw him play a couple times this summer," said Young.

Leeson, a senior, will be the Patriots' number two singles player, after...

Hawks worked hard in offseason

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's boys' tennis team worked hard last summer and played through the winter, setting the table for a season to look forward to.

"We're pretty excited. They improved, and they're really into their tennis," said Becahi coach George Harmanos.

Although the Hawks' line-up may change, Harmanos has senior, Kevin Hamilton, at number one singles, and senior, Stephen Rossi, at number two singles.

"They're very close," Harmanos said.

Sophomore, Luke Mesko,...