Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Karam steps down as BC coach

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jeff Karam thought about his coaching future heading into the 2017-18 wrestling season.

And then he kept thinking about it more and more when his son, Luke, earned a starting spot on Lehigh’s wrestling team this season.

With Luke having three more years of eligibility, Jeff didn’t want to miss anymore of those moments.

After a decade of dominance, Jeff Karam stepped down as Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling coach last Friday, leaving behind a historical run with the program...

Pates hand Liberty its first loss

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

A win over your rival is always a confidence booster. Pulling out a late game victory is even better, which is exactly what Freedom did last Friday night when they knocked off Liberty 5-2 at Coca-Cola Park.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth, the Pates scored five runs in the final two frames for the win and knock Liberty down from the throne of being the only previously undefeated team in the district.

The win also stopped a two-game losing streak by the Pates (7-3), who...

Roman reaches 100 hits

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Ninety-eight, 99, 100. That’s what Freedom outfielder Julia Roman did last Friday, delivering her 100th career hit with a home run in the bottom of the seventh in the Pates’ 7-6 victory over Liberty at Freedom.

“I’m very excited. That was a milestone I’ve been wanting since freshman year,” Roman said.

Roman crossed the plate to an emptied Patriot dugout. That’s when she found out it was her 100th hit.

“I had no idea that it was my 100th. I thought I was at 94. I didn’t...

Freedom rallies to knock off Hurricanes

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

As has become the Freedom way, the Patriots defeated Liberty in a come-from-behind softball victory, 7-6, last Friday at Freedom.

“Every time we play Liberty, they really press themselves, and I’m glad we came out on top. I’m really, really proud of them,” said Freedom coach Nora Lorady. “That’s the key: never give up, and it’s never over till it’s over.”

Last Friday was not the first time the Patriots staged a successful comeback, and the Hurricanes knew it.


LV Phantoms add some playoff help

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers had a one-goal lead as they looked to fight their way back into their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With the Flyers up 4-2, Pittsburgh scored five straight goals, including four by Jake Guentzel, and went on to eliminate the Flyers in six games with an 8-5 win.

As difficult as the Flyers elimination was for fans, Phantoms fans can find a bit of a silver lining in the loss. With no more games to play for Philadelphia,...

Dylan Cozens aiming to get back to form

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by MIKE FEIFEL in Sports

Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.

After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.

It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.

Last season, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs were loaded with talent and there were eyes on the tandem...

Hurricane seniors headed to college

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty recently announced 24 student-athletes that will continue their athletic careers at college’s this fall.

A handful of the signees will be heading to Division-I programs, as Eleni Prodes (field hockey, Penn State), Olivia Sahaydak (field hockey, Duke), Robert Negron (swimming, Pittsburgh), Chris Chambers (swimming, Lehigh), Jaden Vazquez (football, Fordham) and Grace Mittl (track and field, Richmond).

The full list of signees is below.

Field Hockey


Outdoors: Lots of hunting, fishing chances

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Weather permitting, this weekend brings a smorgasbord of hunting and angling opportunities.

Spring gobbler hunting season opens April 28 in Pennsylvania and at the same time, shad have started their spawning run up the Delaware River. And right behind them, striped bass are entering the lower Delaware River and all along the New Jersey shore during their spring spawn run.

But that’s not all. Recently stocked trout streams have become fishable now that water levels have receded...

BC girls edge Eastburg

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ track and field team pulled out a 76-74 victory over East Stroudsburg South last Tuesday at BASD Stadium.

In sprinting events, Isabella Rosario won the 200 in 28.30, and Kamryn Williamson won the 400 in 1:07.00. Also in the 400, Maddie Wickel placed second in 1:09.00, and Sarah Knoble placed third in 1:11.00.

In distance and mid-distance, Marcela Banuelos won the 800 in 2:41.0 and the 3200 in 12:37, and Lauren Bunke won the 1600 in 7:51.


Pates have big week

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s volleyball team needed to regain some momentum and confidence after dropping matches to Parkland and Nazareth in successive fashion.

The Pates were able to get that cure with back-to-back wins over Bethlehem Catholic and Dieruff last week to push their mark to 7-3 heading into another big week of East Penn Conference action.

Freedom (8-3) has continued to hold their ground in the middle tier of the EPC powers and the wins last week proved to be big for head coach John...