Bethlehem Press

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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...

Freedom falls short

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a three-run first inning, Freedom held control of their quarterfinal matchup against Emmaus, but the Hornets finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, scoring three times to walk-off with a 4-3 win. The loss eliminated Freedom from the EPC Playoffs, and puts Emmaus into the semifinals against Parkland.

For six innings, Alec Huertas had things well under control. He started the seventh by striking out Zach Schrader and still had a shot at finishing the game under the...

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,...

EPC softball playoffs set

Friday, May 12, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.

By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.

Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout...

Hurricane boys win District 11 tennis title

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty High School’s boys’ tennis coach Leo Schnalzer described the Hurricanes’ clinching the District XI Class AAA championship like this: “I sort of knew the bus was coming. I waited on the corner, they opened the door, and I got on,” after Liberty defeated Nazareth 3-2 last Thursday at Lehigh University.

“It feels great for me, but I look at it more as the kids have experienced it and will be able to talk about it for the rest of their lives,” Schnalzer said.

All smiles and...

Lehigh’s Shafnisky gets shot with Eagles

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.

Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason...

Liberty aims to clinch top spot in EPC tourney

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The top spot in the East Penn Conference appears to be in the waiting hands of Liberty’s baseball team, should the Hurricanes close out the week in expected form.

Liberty (16-2, 13-1) only needs to defeat East Stroudsburg South (4-11) on Tuesday, past Press deadlines, to clinch the Steel division crown ahead of Wednesday night’s rivalry tilt with Freedom.

A win against ESS would also clinch the top-seed for the EPC playoffs, which get underway on Saturday.

All in all,...

Freedom boys lacrosse claim division crown

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s another milestone for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program, as the team recently solidified the East Penn Conference West title.

The Pates (11-6, 9-4) have won six straight contests following Monday’s 15-2 thumping over Liberty, giving them an undefeated season in the division, as well as setting a school record for regular season wins (11).

Head coach Tony Fabrizio sees the progress of winning the programs first division crown, as a steppingstone in the right direction for a...

LHS girls track wins

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ track and field team’s first visit to the new Freedom High School track ended in a 108-36 victory for the Hurricanes over the Patriots last Monday.

The Hurricanes had 15 first place finishes, including Payton Shaffer in the 100 meter dash in 11.9, Jade Dallam in the 200 meter dash in 26.9, and Greta Stuckey in the 400 meter dash in 1:00.

“I could feel [the other runners] were pretty close, and the Freedom girl [Morgan Weaver] has a really nice kick, so I saved...

Rovers defeat Pates

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Freedom Patriots scored one run in the third inning in their 11-1 loss to Easton on Monday, but two games are left in the regular season for the Pates.

“I knew we had a girl in scoring position, and I knew I had to get her in,” said Patriot center fielder Julia Roman, whose base hit knocked in Alexa Fancera.

With the game still within reach, Freedom trailed 3-1, but the Red Rovers scored five runs in the fourth inning, three on a triple by Courtney Grundhauser.