Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 19, 2019

Freedom girls top BC

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ track and field team opened its season with a 77-73 victory over Bethlehem Catholic last Monday at Freedom.

Becahi’s Mikayla Jones and Isabelle Rosario won the sprinting events, but the Patriots scored points on second and third place finishes.

“When I talked to my coach (Fred Rice), he said just run it all out, so I was feeling pretty good,” said Jones, whose time was 13.8 in the 100 and 28.9 in the 200. “With the crowd, I could tell someone was coming behind...

Outdoors: Trout opener sees great conditions

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Saturday’s regional trout season opener in the southeast saw unusually warm temperatures, no rain and normal water levels. Three factors that have deterred several past trout openers.

In talking to several anglers along the Little Lehigh off Fish Hatchery Road, the general consensus was that the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission should return to a statewide opening day as it was felt anglers from other counties fish locally making for crowded conditions on area streams and...

Phantoms continue playoff push

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

When the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, it ended their hopes of reaching the NHL playoffs.

For the Phantoms, their chase for a spot in the postseason continues on thanks to having picked up nine points in their last six games. A tough schedule over the season’s final seven games – including two games in Charlotte and two games at home against rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - could make it difficult to move from sixth in the Atlantic Division to fourth,...

Via games set to take place Saturday

Friday, March 29, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 44th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is slated for Saturday, March 30, at Northampton Community College.

The event features four games involving all-star senior players from all parts of the Lehigh Valley.

The Via All-Star Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities, showcases the basketball talents of area student athletes, and educates attendees about Via and the need for community support through...

Heidecker is new FHS track coach

Friday, March 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s track and field team has a new head coach, former North Hunterdon High School (Annandale, N.J.) coach Charlie Heidecker.

“I was so lucky that the head coach position was open at Freedom. I interviewed with Nate Stannard, and he offered me the job,” said Heidecker. “Everyone at Freedom has just been the best to me. I was so happy I could leave NHHS in a positive situation and land at such a welcoming place as Freedom where I could still coach.”

Before Heidecker made...

LHS looks to be back in contention

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

If Andy Pitsilos is the coach of Liberty’s baseball program the goals will never change. The Hurricanes are coming off a 17-6 campaign last season, which saw them make a run to the District 11 6A semifinals. Pitsilos expects the team to be in similar position this spring, as the Hurricanes hope to continue to reload.

“Our outlook for the team and our goals never change,” Pitsilos said. “We want to win our division, then the league, and then the district title and compete in states....

Pates back to defend

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After winning the District 11 6A title last season, Freedom now has the bull’s-eye on their backs heading into this spring.

The Pates, who won their first district title since 1999 last spring in a 2-1 win over Parkland, enter with expectations, but also with a lack of experience from last year’s Cinderella run through the district tournament as a seventh seed.

“Our goals are always to make the playoffs, win an EPC title and district gold,” said head coach Nick D’Amico. “Our...

Young Hawks team looking to battle

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Youth will be a theme for Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team this season, but head coach Mike Grasso won’t let that stop the Hawks from pursuing their goals this season.

Grasso, who enters his 32nd season, is always optimistic about his team’s chances.

“You know we have a young team and a young group of pitchers,” he said, “but these kids are working hard and I’m sure that they’re going to fight to be very competitive.”

Becahi finished 8-13 a year ago and bring a solid...

Pates hockey team falls in playoffs

Friday, March 29, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team had a momentous season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), going undefeated during the regular season with a 15-0-1 mark while scoring 133 goals and allowing just 17.

Unfortunately, it didn’t end well for the Patriots, as they lost to Northampton, 7-4, in a one-game playoff in the opening round of the LVSHL postseason.

Freedom had a 4-4 tie with Phillipsburg in their second-to-last regular season game.

“When you’re consistently...