Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

LHS rallies to win

Saturday, May 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Andy Pitsilos said Gabe Albino had ice in his veins with Liberty’s playoff fate resting on his shoulders in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday’s East Penn Conference baseball quarterfinal against Nazareth.

The top-seeded Hurricanes trailed 5-4, as Albino found himself behind 0-2 in the count with two outs and the bases loaded.

After only losing one league contest all season, Liberty was facing elimination in the first round of the league tournament.

That all...

Double the Fun!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s number one doubles team of Dan Lynn and Louis Gruber became District 11 doubles tennis champions after winning their match against Hurricane teammates Luke Conrad and David Lynn 6-4, 6-1 last Friday at Winning Touch in Allentown.

“It feels great,” said Dan Lynn. “We’re a good combination, and we gelled. Louis was great, and he always finds a way to make the shot.”

Accustomed to playing more singles than doubles, Lynn and Gruber had to play with a different strategy....

Arthur grabs first place

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty’s girls’ track and field teams won 17 medals among them at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Tuesday and Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.

On Tuesday, Hurricane thrower Jackie Arthur won the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 36-10.50.

“It felt really great, and I am really thankful for my coach [Chris D’Emilio]. He is super positive, and I really need that right now,” said Arthur....

Street captures gold

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s Darian Street rose to the challenge and clinched the gold medal in the long jump at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last Wednesday at East Stroudsburg South High School.

“Yes, I felt a little challenged today. Thank God I pulled through,” Street said.

Street’s jump was 22-03.75. Pleasant Valley’s Michael Mitchell placed second with a 21-11.50.

“I was getting a little nervous, but I thought I have to go for it,” said Street. “I wasn’t...

Emmaus beats LHS

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes won their first game of the East Penn Conference softball playoffs against Whitehall, 4-0, last Friday at Liberty before losing to Emmaus 3-2 in the semifinal on Monday night at Pates Park.

The Hornets had a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning until Liberty catcher Cailin Donegan tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Emmaus’s Abby Bartels hit a home run in the top of the eighth inning, and Liberty left two runners on base in the...

Volleyball postseason kicks off this week

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference volleyball playoffs will wrap up with Wednesday’s championship match between Emmaus and Whitehall, but the District 11 3A tournament will kick into action immediately on Thursday night with the pigtail and quarterfinal rounds taking place.

Freedom enters the tournament as the eighth seed and will open up at Emmaus to take on ninth seeded Easton at 5:30 p.m. with the winner then slated to take on the top-seeded Green Hornets (16-0) at 7 p.m.

The Patriots...

Bethlehem Steel to have entry in BML

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Bethlehem is finally going to have a team in the Blue Mountain League once again.

Bethlehem Steel baseball is set to take the field this season and the squad will be part of the Lehigh Sports Association, playing home games at Gene’s “Field of Dreams” Complex.

Juan Carreras will be the team’s general manager and is excited about bringing adult baseball back to Bethlehem.

“I have no doubt the program will honor the teams of the past and re-energize Bethlehem baseball...

FHS honors 21 athletes

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom also held a signing ceremony for their college bound student-athletes last week, as 21 Patriots were honored for their commitment heading to the next level.

Four of the 21 listed are heading to Division-I programs, as Evan Callahan not only leads the list on the athletic scale, but also academically, as he’ll wrestle at Harvard.

Teammate Ryan DeLoach will wrestle at D-I Campbell University in North Carolina, while Camryn Spina (cheerleading) will attend Rutgers and...

Bethlehem Catholic falls in semifinals

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic advanced to the semifinal round of the East Penn Conference Softball Tournament but lost to Parkland 4-1 on Monday night at Pates Park.

The Hawks were hoping for redemption after an earlier season loss to the Trojans.

“I thought we played extremely well against Parkland [the first time] even though we lost,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza, “but I take the blame because sometimes I think I try to get them too pumped up.”

On Monday night, the game was tied...

Carpenter Cup holding tryouts

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball franchise will be holding tryouts again during the month of May in lead up to the tournament opener on June 15 against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.

Tryouts will take place on May 21 and 28 at DeSales University from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

Area players from grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in tryouts, with the roster permitting 10 seniors, filled out by underclassmen.

The Lehigh Valley team won the championship in 1998,...