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BC looks to bounce back against Central

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic will be looking for a bounce back week when they host Central Catholic on Friday night in their annual Holy War showdown.

The Hawks are coming off a 38-35 loss to Freedom last Saturday, dousing their hopes of winning the City title.

Now the focus for Becahi (7-2) is getting back on track after a surprising defeat.

“We have to respond this week,” said coach Joe Henrich. “I’m proud of the way we fought against Freedom. We were resilient, but I was...

Freedom boys fall to Parkland in EPC semifinals

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s EPC championship run ended last Tuesday when Parkland defeated the Patriots in boys’ soccer, 2-1, at J Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

“We have to let it go,” said Freedom coach Matt Reightler. “It was one game. It was a tough loss. Pretty much every loss we’ve had this year has been by one goal.

“I mean, Parkland is one of the best teams out there and we went toe-to-toe with them tonight. We can’t put our heads down. We have to pick them up and move forward because...

Pete’s Top 10: EHS, FHS move forward

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s finally come to the last week of the regular season and with Halloween this week, which teams will provide their fans treats heading into playoff stretch?

It’s also rivalry week for the top seven teams in the poll with plenty of intriguing matchups.

Sit back, relax and eat some candy on this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Parkland (9-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Is Parkland the only consistent big school team?

The Pick: Parkland 28- Emmaus 17


FHS aims for City Title

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was two dramatic finishes for Liberty and Freedom last weekend, but both teams endured different results.

The Patriots (5-4) clinched a playoff berth with their 38-35 comeback win over Bethlehem Catholic Saturday night, while Liberty (3-6) saw Nazareth kicker Matt Bugbee drill a 33-yard field goal as time expired Friday night to give the Blue Eagles a 30-27 victory.

The loss puts Liberty on the outside looking in of the District 11 6A playoff race, entering the week in ninth...

Hornets hold off Easton

Saturday, October 21, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The penultimate week of the high school football regular season saw Emmaus and Salisbury both clinch district playoff berths, with the former coming in a victory over Easton and the latter via a loss to Palmerton.

Here’s a look at some of Friday night’s action.


The Hornets jumped out to an early lead and held off the Rovers in the fourth quarter for a 30-20 win.

Emmaus quarterback Blake Reed (10-for-16 for 145 yards) threw a pair of first-quarter...

Liberty field hockey in EPC finals

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Liberty field hockey team has accomplished a lot during the 2017 season, but head coach Mary Kate Omdah loves that the Hurricanes aren’t celebrating…Yet.

Liberty advanced to the East Penn Conference championship by defeating East Stroudsburg South in the quarterfinals and Easton in the semifinals. The Hurricanes (18-2) will face Emmaus (20-0) in the finals on Thursday, Oct. 19.

“We talked about how we’ve had some milestones and record-breaking things happen and we really...

FHS boys top ’Canes

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Almost a month to the day since Freedom and Liberty last came face to face, the Patriots clinched a 1-0 victory over the Hurricanes and an EPC Steel Division soccer championship last Thursday night, Freedom’s senior night, at Freedom High School.

“Since we lost to them last time, we’ve been angry about that since September 11th. We just wanted that back,” said Patriot midfielder Jared Whitehorn, who scored the only goal of the game approximately 15 minutes into the first half.


Hawks crush Whitehall

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

If Joe Henrich was looking for his team to respond after a loss, Bethlehem Catholic certainly answered the bell last week against Whitehall.

The Hawks dominated the Zephyrs in a 56-14 mercy-rule victory, as running back Matt Bisko produced four touchdowns on the night to lead the offense, while the defense produced eight sacks in harassing Whitehall quarterback Ethan Parvel.

Becahi’s defensive line smothered Parvel’s pocket on the night, limiting him to completing 6-of-15...

Freedom advances in EPC playoffs

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ soccer team won its East Penn Conference quarterfinal playoff game 2-0 against Pleasant Valley on Saturday night at Freedom High School.

“We played them in summer league, so we kind of knew some of the players they had. We knew they had 11 wins going in, so we knew they were a solid team,” said Freedom defender Andrew Youwakim, who scored the Patriots’ second goal on a header with 16:27 left in the game. “ It was by the penalty spot and I had to adjust a little bit and...

’Canes head into EPC playoffs as top-seed

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The EPC volleyball tournament got underway on Tuesday night with Liberty entering the tournament as the top-seed.

The Hurricanes (15-1) met a familiar foe in city rival and eighth seed Freedom (11-7) in the opening round of the tourney, which was past Press deadlines.

The Hurricanes and Patriots squared off last week in their regular season finale, as Liberty came away with a 3-1 win (19-25, 25-9, 25-21, 25-18).

The game that Freedom took from Liberty was the first one...