Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Parkland tops Becahi

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.

“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”

Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa...

BC wins first girls hoops state title

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It was all Bethlehem Catholic senior forward Tessa Zamolyi could do to talk, cry, smile, and breathe after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions after defeating Villa Maria 46-27 last Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

“Watching and playing for four years, I’m so thankful, and I’m so happy to share this experience with my team,” Zamolyi said. “I’ve been waiting so long, and I’ve wanted to play in this final.”

On one of the first plays of...

Hawks were ready for Gwynned-Mercy in semis

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Instead of waiting all day last Sunday to find out whom they would face in the PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball semifinal, some of the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks went to see for themselves.

“We got to see what [Gwynned-Mercy] had,” said Becahi forward Tessa Zamolyi, regarding the Monarchs’ 43-42 quarterfinal win over Northern Lebanon at Santander Arena in Reading. “We knew them as a quick team.”

The Monarchs tried something different against the Hawks, however, a...

What happened after title win is bigger than sports

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Shortly after the final horn sounded and Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team celebrated its PIAA State Class 4A championship game victory over Villa Maria, the Hawks and the Victors shook hands, but what happened next caused onlookers pause.

As Becahi coach Jose Medina told it, Villa Maria coach Doug Chuzie suggested the two teams pray, and that since the Hawks won, Medina should lead the prayer.

As everyone formed a circle in front of the Villa Maria bench and grabbed...

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...

But, area teams still digging out from last week’s storm

Saturday, March 25, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Spring officially began on Monday, but we all know it doesn’t feel like those 70 degree days that winter teased us with.

As the snow gradually melts away, most area coaches and athletic directors can’t wait for the snowy cover to completely vanish as we head into the spring sports calendar.

Spring practices began on March 6 and teams were afforded five quality days of practice to open the season, only to see that trend reversed last week with Tuesday’s 10+ inches of snow across...

SWIMMING - Hurricanes bring home five state medals

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty swimmers, Robert Negron, Ben Stuckey, Chase Ledger, and Jake Evert brought home five medals among them after competing at the PIAA State Class 3A Swimming Championships this past weekend at Bucknell University.

In the final event of the weekend, the Hurricanes swam the 400 free relay with a time of 3:10.60 and placed ninth, while the top eight relay teams clinched medals.

“I was really upset because we were so close,” said Evert.

In fact, the Hurricanes were so...

Antonis is new FHS boys’ coach

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Moravian College and Notre Dame Green Pond graduate Mike Antonis has been named head coach for Freedom High School’s boys’ tennis team.

“I heard there was an opening, and I kind of missed the team dynamic,” said Antonis, who was a 2013 District XI doubles champion with Fran Mowrey in 2013.

Currently, Antonis is searching for possible indoor court time for the Patriots while waiting for outdoor conditions to improve after last week’s storm.

Freedom senior Jon Fiorentino...

Becahi’s Bozzi earns two district silvers

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic junior Joseph Bozzi clinched two silver medals at the District XI Class AA Swimming Championships on Mar. 3 at Parkland High School.

Bozzi’s first medal was awarded after he took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.21.

“I was happy. It was expected, and I was satisfied with it,” Bozzi said. “The fly felt good, my backstroke was slower, my breast stroke was slow, but I came back really strong in the free.”

Marian’s Danny Berlitz placed first...

CYO team wins states

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Notre Dame of Bethlehem recently won the CYO high school state championship title, but the story that led to the moment is perhaps what sports is all about.

Head coach Michael Horvath, of Hanover Township, guided the kids as far back as their elementary school days.

“I’ve been coaching this group of boys since they were in the third and fourth grades from Notre Dame of Bethlehem,” Horvath said, “which eventually led to a district championship in their eighth grade year and a...