Bethlehem Press

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Hanover swim team expresses concerns over pool

Friday, August 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Several Hanover Stingray swim team members, coaches and parents attended the Hanover Township Board of Supervisors meeting on July 23 to find answers and express their concerns about the status of the Hanover Township swimming pool.

The pool has been closed all summer, in need of major repair or replacement, requiring the Hanover Stingrays - a competitive summer swim team - to practice at Stark Pool in Bethlehem. In addition, all of the Stingrays’ swim meets have been away meets....

NW softball team just shy of state title

Friday, August 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest Little League’s 8-10-year-old all-star team concluded its season as state runner-up on July 24 in Wellsboro, Pa.

After winning the District 20 championship and the Section 6 championship, Northwest began its run in the Pennsylvania State Tournament with a 4-2 victory over North Pocono on July 18, followed by a 2-0 victory over Mifflinburg on July 19, and a 5-4 victory over Delaware Valley on July 21.

One more victory would have clinched a state championship for...

Lehigh 12U falls to Council Rock Holland

Friday, August 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team seemed to be on the verge of a Section 6 championship but dropped its two last games to become runner-up to Council Rock Holland last week.

Last Tuesday, Lehigh gave up five earned runs in the first inning against Council Rock.

“There were a lot of walks, two hits by pitch, passed balls. Before we knew it, we were down 5-0,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “We chipped away little by little, but we gave up another run, and it was 7-2...

NW divers do well

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest swim team hosted Trident for its last home meet of the season on July 9 when Eli Kovar and Windsor Reiss scored first place points for Northwest in diving.

Keller Pooley and Jeffrey Eisenhardt scored second place points for Northwest.

The diving event in summer swim meets consists of three dives for each competitor.

Reiss, who is in the girls 13 & over division, also placed first the day before during Northwest’s meet against Lehigh Country Club.


Wanderers wins title

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The expected championship matchup in the NORCO finals between Wanderers and Northampton became a reality last week and as expected, the two best teams in the conference all summer took things to the max of their three-game series.

Wanderers pulled out the championship Monday evening 1-0 to now advance to the Region 2 tournament starting on July 19.

Gabe Rodriguez threw a four-hitter in the victory for the Wanderers, who got the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning...

NW swim tops Lehigh

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest swim team finished its meet against Lehigh Country Club with a 12-0 victory for Northwest after heavy rain forced its continuation to last Monday.

Abby Mack, Madison Drager, Greta Stuckey, and Treasa Burke won the 13 & over 200 medley relay in 2:23.57, and John Jones, Andrew Layne, Seth Coleman, and Jeffrey Eisenhardt won the same event for the boys in 2:13.05.

In 8 & under events, Desmond Murray won the 25 free in 24.85 and the 25 backstroke in 31.06, Estella...

McBride happy to be home with Pigs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

These days, Matt McBride is enjoying and cherishing the moments. His 20-plus minute drive to Coca-Cola Park from his home in Center Valley still continues to feel dreamlike. He recently was able to drive home to celebrate the first birthday of his daughter, Maggie.

“Last year during the first half of the season, it was surreal,” said the Bethlehem native and former Liberty High School standout. “When I would get back from a road trip, I would be driving home instead of going to an...

Handlovic to Cornell

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s Cole Handlovic announced that he’s heading to Cornell University to continue his wrestling career.

Handlovic, a rising senior for the Hawks, made the announcement on Twitter last week, signaling another Golden Hawk from the wrestling program heading to a Division-I program.

“I am very humbled to announce that I am committed to Cornell!,” Handlovic said. “Thank you to all of my coaches, my family, and my teammates who put me in the position for this to...

Hurricanes 8-2

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Cedar Beach summer league keeps pushing its way through July and Liberty is keeping on pace as one of the best teams this summer.

The Hurricanes came into this week with an 8-2 record, good for second place in the standings behind Reading (8-1).

Liberty, thus far, has been the only Bethlehem team finding success in summer action, as Bethlehem Catholic (3-7) and Freedom (1-8) have struggled.

Liberty hopes it can get back on track this week, following a 52-41 loss to...

Lehigh tops CR

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team opened Section 6 playoffs on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over Council Rock Holland in Southampton, Pa.

Knowing the Section 6 tournament is less than a week long and that Lehigh could be playing multiple games within a short amount of time, Lehigh manager Buck Horvath and his coaches decided to use four pitchers on Saturday. That way, no one pitcher would be spent for future games.

“It ended up working to our advantage because the...