Bethlehem Press

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Hawks anxious to resume season

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After Bethlehem Catholic’s first tennis match against Emmaus last Monday, the Hawks’ season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as snow and ice blanketed the courts on Illick’s Mill as well as the rest of the region, and it is unknown when the season’s matches will resume.

“It was sunny and not windy, but obviously cold on Monday. It was certainly doable,” said Becahi coach George Harmanos.

Harmanos and Emmaus coach Dimitri Diamondapolous decided to have their teams play pro...

Liberty optimistic about boys team

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty and Nazareth’s boys’ tennis teams decided to postpone last Monday’s match due to the freezing temperature, but when the tennis season will resume is anybody’s guess.

“I think Nazareth, Parkland, and we will have a pretty strong group of kids,” said Hurricane coach Leo Schnalzer.

So the two teams wanted to give each other their best shot, which will take place in April.

“I’m not discouraged [about the weather] because I take our boys indoors twice a week,”...

National Champion!

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh’s Darian Cruz wanted to enjoy the moment with his family after coming home from St. Louis on Sunday following the conclusion of the NCAA wrestling championships Saturday night.

With District 11 wrestling on the national spotlight over the weekend, the former Golden Hawk turned Mountain Hawk took home the ultimate prize after posting a 6-3 decision over Minnesota’s Ethan Lizak to win the 125-pound NCAA championship.

It was a life-altering achievement for the red shirt...

BC girls eye state finals trip

Monday, March 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.

In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.


HOOPS - Only BC girls survive Saturday’s action

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.

The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.

The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.


HOOPS - Three LVP teams advance in states

Friday, March 17, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.

The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.

David Kachelries...

Mikey Labriola repeats state title glory

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola said he hasn’t seen Bethlehem Catholic coach Jeff Karam tear up, but he broke him down Saturday night.

Labriola won his second straight state championship in Hershey following a 17-9 major decision over Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal in the 170-pound 3A finals, ending his Becahi career how everyone expected him to.

But one can never anticipate the emotion of the moment, no matter how far you see it coming.

“It’s upsetting to realize it’s over now,” said...

Trojans rally, top BC boys

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

All Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Ray Barbosa could do after the Hawks’ last minute 58-56 loss to Greater Nanticoke in the first round of the PIAA state playoffs last Saturday afternoon was shake his head.

“They scored 30 points in the fourth quarter. Our defense has to be better than that,” Barbosa said. “We can’t give up 30 points in one quarter. We can’t do that.”

A lot happened in the last minute, but by then, the Trojans were well on their way to scoring those...

Girls advance in states

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Scranton Prep was not about to allow Bethlehem Catholic to hand them a second loss this season, but neither were the Hawks going to hand the Classics a state playoff victory last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.

“I told our team, we’ve got to break through. We’ve got to get away, so being able to start it, once our momentum goes, I know our team is going to come through,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.

Medina set the example with a three pointer to open the fourth...

Werner grabs silver medal

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Luke Werner’s 2017 trip to Hershey for the PIAA wrestling tournament can be simply defined as a fun experience.

It was the greatest run he’s ever had at the Giant Center and it culminated with a silver medal performance, following a 13-3 defeat to Northampton’s Julian Chlebove during Saturday night’s 120-pound 3A championship.

It marked the third time in as many weeks that Werner lost to Chlebove in a finals situation, dropping both the district and regional titles to the...