Bethlehem Press

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Hawks volleyball off to a good start

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic volleyball coach Kelly Brown is enjoying her first year as head coach of the program and the Hawks are helping with that process thanks to a good start to the season.

Becahi is 6-3 following Monday’s loss (3-0) to Liberty, but enter a week where they can generate some momentum with contests against Allen and Easton to round out the week.

“So far, I am very pleased with how our season is going,” said Brown. “Hard work and persistence has allowed our team to...

Hawks roll past Liberty

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic looked like a team ready to challenge for the East Penn Conference title last week, following their 41-7 victory over Liberty Friday night.

Sparked by their electric offense, the Hawks outgained Liberty 495-to-142 with a barrage of big plays and a sterling performance by Hawks’ quarterback Javon Clements.

Clements finished the night 13-of-18 for 372 yards and three touchdowns, as Becahi (5-0) jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and never looked back...

Pates fall to Easton

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ tennis team played through the season undefeated until last Friday when they fell to Easton 4-3.

“[Being undefeated] meant a lot because we were getting so much support from the school,” said two singles player Becky Packo. “Now that we’re not undefeated, it’s a little bit heartbreaking but at the same time, we’ll be 15-1, and if we have a shot at [Easton] at districts, I want payback.”

The match came down to number one doubles after Packo won at two singles, 7...

Becahi boys fall to Emmaus 3-2

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ soccer team thought it was a foregone conclusion that the Hawks would lose to Emmaus last Thursday, and even though they did, 3-2, it was not nearly in the way they expected.

“They say, ‘Fear the man who has nothing to lose.’ That was us today,” said Becahi forward Joe Hawach, whose assist set up the Hawks’ first goal by Connor Aitken with 2:21 left in the game. “I passed it, it hit off the defender and went right to him.”

What happened next would...

Patriots can’t capitalize vs. PHS

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

If Freedom football coach Jason Roeder and his team were told before their game with Parkland that they would be trailing 3-0 at halftime, they would probably take that situation.

The Trojans came in to their matchup last Friday night at Parkland with an unblemished record and confidence, but 20 unanswered second half points gave Parkland (5-0 overall, 4-0 EPC South) a 23-point lead and they held on to beat the Patriots 23-7.

“We’ve got to convert and we’ve got to finish drives...

Pates Pollock second

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic hosted last week’s cross country meet at the course at Illick’s Mill where Becahi, Freedom, and Liberty’s boys defeated East Stroudsburg North and East Stroudsburg South but lost to Stroudsburg.

In individual results Stroudsburg had four runners in the top ten, including Zachary Lar, who won the boys’ race with a time of 16:28.

Freedom’s Kevin Pollock came in second with a time of 16:57.

“We knew we had a pretty good chance against the two East...

Outdoors: Steel Challenge event held

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This past weekend provided perfect weather for the East Coast Steel Challenge Championship shootout held at Ontelaunee Fish & Game Association’s firearms ranges.

The four-day event in New Tripoli drew 310 shooters from 25 states with one coming as far as California. Shooters ranged in age from 7 to 70 and had pros like Smith & Wesson pro shooter and Hamburg resident Doug Koenig who was one of the competitors.

The purse of $13,000 was delved out to the top shooters over...

Weikert takes first

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ cross country team defeated all three of last week’s opponents, East Stroudsburg North, East Stroudsburg South, and Stroudsburg, and Becahi and Freedom defeated the East-burg schools last week at the course at Illick’s Mill.

Liberty’s Belle Weikert took first place with a time of 19:01.

“I stuck behind two of the Stroudsburg girls, and then right there, I sprinted up the hill,” she said. “I just kind of ran my own race.”

Grace Haas placed fifth in 20:19...

LHS girls soccer splits two

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ soccer team went 1-1 last week with a 2-1 victory over Pocono Mountain West and a 2-1 loss to Northwestern Lehigh.

In the game against Pocono Mountain West, Liberty’s Merve Okumus scored a breakaway goal, assisted by Mia Del Corso with 22:21 left in the first half.

Pocono Mountain West tied the game when Kathrynn Gonzalez scored after an assist by Caroline Weirich with 12:40 left in the game.

Liberty came right back when Okumus scored the game winning...

Hurricanes aiming for momentum

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Momentum is something that Liberty’s field hockey team is hoping they can continue heading into this week.

After losing to Emmaus 12-0 on September 12, the Hurricanes have won five out of their last six matches heading into Monday’s 8-0 victory over Whitehall and hope that trend continues into this week’s slate of games.

After losing to Pocono Mountain East 1-0 last week, Liberty answered with a 1-0 win over Parkland and a 5-3 victory at Nazareth.

“Both of those wins...