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Girls top PHS in the semis Parkland in semis

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team expected what they got from Parkland in the East Penn Conference semifinal against the Trojans last Wednesday night at Freedom High School.

“We knew they were physically fast-paced, and they gave us a great battle,” said Becahi forward Hope Brown, who had five points in the game.

A battle it was until the last five minutes when the Hawks pulled away with foul shots and won 47-39.

“We just had to keep playing aggressive,” said...

Liberty girls top Pates

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes hosted the Freedom Patriots last Thursday in the last swim meet of the regular season when Liberty’s girls scored a 149-140 victory over Freedom’s girls, highlighted by a new pool record set by Liberty senior Julia McCarthy.

“I didn’t realize I was going that fast,” said McCarthy regarding her swim in the 100 breaststroke. “I wanted the pool record all year, and I knew if I put my head to it, I would get it at some point.”

McCarthy’s time was 1:07.53,...

Liberty preps for opener versus PMW

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It will be 17 days since Liberty last played when the team heads to Pleasant Valley Saturday afternoon for the opening round of districts against Pocono Mountain West.

The 1 p.m. tip-off probably can’t come soon enough for the Hurricanes (12-10), who enter the 6A tournament as the sixth-seed.

It’ll be a rematch from an earlier bout this season against the third-seeded Panthers, where Liberty lost a 76-74 overtime nail-biter on the road.

“Pocono Mountain West is a very...

LHS boys beat FHS

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In Liberty and Freedom’s final swim meet of the regular season, the Hurricane boys came out on top 146-130 last Thursday at Liberty High School.

Jase Smith, Ben Stuckey, Robert Negron, and Jake Evert led off in the 200 medley relay with a first place finish for the Hurricanes in 1:42.44.

Chris Chambers won the 200 free in 1:51.85 for Liberty, but Al Bell took first place in the next event for Freedom, the 200 IM, with a time of 2:01.82.

Liberty’s Anthony Delcorso won the...

’Canes honor seniors

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For many, the milestone of Senior Night actually takes root in a high school athlete’s freshman year, as they watch in awe as senior teammates are being honored and appreciated during the last home swim meet of the season.

By the time Liberty swimmers Paige McCloskey and Jeff Depalma lined up on the pool deck for Senior Night last Thursday, they were suddenly seniors.

“This team is a family, and I told myself to keep it together, but I walked out, and I was the sobbing one,”...

Patriots get another shot at Emmaus

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, it’s no secret that Freedom will have a daunting task at hand when they open the District 11 6A tournament Saturday night against second-seeded Emmaus.

Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Allen and it will be the biggest game of the year for the Patriots (12-10), who enter the postseason with a five-game winning streak.

However, just like Liberty, the Pates haven’t played since Feb. 8. The fear of losing momentum can become a reality when a two-week layoff comes into the...

BC girls win EPC title

Monday, February 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Prior to winning the East Penn Conference Girls’ Basketball Championship last Friday, Bethlehem Catholic coach Jose Medina told his Hawks that last year’s silver medal was hanging in his car, a medal they could not get again.

After a 45-40 victory over Easton at Freedom High School, Medina presented his team with medals of a different color. Gold.

Becahi players Tessa Zamolyi, Taliyah Medina, and Morgan Orloski summed up the feeling with the same word. Amazing.

“We knew...

Allen boys, Beca girls win EPC; Slaters, Spartans take CL crowns

Saturday, February 18, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Four league basketball champions were crowned Friday night as both Lehigh Valley area high school athletic conferences held finals.

The Allen boys and Bethlehem Catholic girls won titles in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference games, held at Freedom High School. Bangor boys and Southern Lehigh girls captured Colonial League crowns at Easton Middle School.

EPC BOYS

Bethlehem Catholic-Allen

The Canaries pulled out to a 46-23 halftime lead and never looked back,...

EPC league finals are set

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

East Penn Conference boys and girls finals are set and champions will be crowned Friday night at Freedom High School.

For the boys, Bethlehem Catholic will face Allen for the third time this season at 8 p.m. at Freedom.

Becahi survived against East Stroudsburg North for a 60-58 victory. The Hawks built an early lead and led 21-11 after one, and then 39-24 heading into the half. Eastburg chipped away in the third to cut the deficit to 49-37 before a frantic rally attempt in the...

Hawks played part in historic match

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

I received a phone call late Friday night from a friend where the narrative quickly shifted to opinion on what would happen in Saturday’s Class 3A state wrestling championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth.

I assumed Becahi would squeak through to top the Blue Eagles, which I was wrong about, but I was fairly correct when making the assumption that this may be the best and most important match in District 11 history.

But, after watching it unfold at the Giant Center...