Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pates take Winter Classic showdown

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

For once during this 2016-17 winter season, it wasn’t about X’s and O’s or winning and losing. There was a greater cause to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic ice hockey game.

Last Wednesday evening at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, high school rivals Freedom and Liberty joined together for the fourth annual Winter Classic.

Although a score was kept (Freedom won 6-4), the game was focused more on a student that didn’t lace up the skates.

Adam Recke is a senior at Freedom High...

Freedom boys lose to Emmaus

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Momentum has played a pivotal role during the season for the Freedom boys basketball team. Whether it was good or bad, the Patriots experienced both ends of the spectrum.

With seven straight losses during the meat of their schedule, it looked like it was going to be a quick end to the season back in late January. But Freedom kept pushing each and every day, and wound up winning five consecutive games to qualify for the district playoffs.

The Patriots found themselves as the...

D-11 Wrestling Roundup: Eight from LVP area earn gold

Sunday, February 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic had 11 place-winners and earned the team title at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3 Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School.

The following is a team-by-team recap of the top finishers from Lehigh Valley Press-area teams. For more about your local teams pick up a copy of this week’s Press.


Bethlehem Catholic

The Golden Hawks had two champions, 10 regional qualifiers and 11 place winners to edge Nazareth 240-223 in the team points...

District Basketball roundup: Iorio carries Parkland past Mounties

Sunday, February 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

District 11 basketball quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday with Lehigh Valley Press area teams competing in boys Class 6A and 3A games.

Here’s a look at the results and next round match ups in both brackets.

For more about you local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.


Class 6A

Sam Iorio scored 39 points to lead No. 4 seed Parkland to a 63-54 win over No. 5 Stroudsburg.

The senior scored 18 points in a decisive...

WRESTLING ALL-STARS: Hawks, Kids place four on EPC First Team; BC’s Labriola named MVP

Saturday, February 25, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

With 11 wrestlers making one of the three teams, including league MVP Mikey Labriola, Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers were well-represented on the 2016-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference All-Star team.

Four of the 14 first-team members were Golden Hawks, including Labriola, Zach Glenn, Mikey Lewis and Niko Camacho.

Northampton also placed four grapplers on the first team as Julian Chlebove, CJ Fenstermacher, Dan Moran and Cade Moisey all made the list.

The following are...

District basketball roundup: Parkland, Northampton girls advance; ENS stuns Zephs

Friday, February 24, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The District 11 basketball quarterfinal rounds got under way Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Here’s a look at how the Class 5A boys and 6A girls games unfolded.


East Stroudsburg North-Whitehall

The No. 6 seed Timberwolves knocked off No. 3 Whitehall, 52-50 in a Class 5A quarterfinal.

The Timberwolves, which upset top-seeded Emmaus in the league playoffs, saw just four players score and only three players with more than two points in...

Pates look to upper-weights at districts

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s wrestling team is hoping that some of the late season momentum they established can carry over to this weekend’s district tournament.

Most of the expectations for the Pates will be laid at the feet of their upper-weights, starting with returning district champion Evan Callahan (220), who is still working to come back fully from his injury during football season.

“Evan is still trying to recover from his injury, so he isn’t as crisp with his technique or in the kind of...

Allen over powers BC for EPC title

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was a tough night for Bethlehem Catholic in Friday’s East Penn Conference championship game against Allen, but it wasn’t the end of the season.

As the Hawks stumbled back into the locker room after an 84-62 thrashing at the hands of Allen in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Freedom, Becahi head coach Ray Barbosa had a simple message for his team.

“I told the guys this isn’t our last game,” Barbosa said. “You look at Allen and they lost to Parkland last year in the [EPC...

’Canes hope for D-11 tournament success

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The next phase of the wrestling postseason kicks off this Friday at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, as the District 11 3A tournament begins the road to Hershey for many local athletes.

Liberty head coach Jody Karam is looking for another productive tournament from his team, as Karam hopes the work they’ve put in throughout the dual meet season will pay off.

“I believe advancing six or seven wrestlers isn’t a long shot for us,” said Karam. “I think 195 is the dark horse for...

BC aims for team title

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic only returns one district champion from last year, but the Golden Hawks are planning on more than that when the District 11 3A wrestling tournament finishes up this weekend at Liberty.

Mikey Labriola is the lone gold medalist from last year’s crop of returning wrestlers, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks will be barren in the medal category.

The Hawks should battle with Nazareth for the team title and head coach Jeff Karam plans on advancing most of his lineup...