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Hawks bring home crown

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

“Too happy to even cry,” said Bethlehem Catholic guard Jaleesa Lanier after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions by defeating North Catholic, 60-49, on Saturday at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

Screams and squeals filled the arena as time ran out in the state final and the Hawks’ emptied the bench to celebrate.

“It’s amazing to win this, especially when everyone doubted us, never thinking we would be here; but from day one, it was always our...

During this run, BC had the answers

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

What Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team had in the state final were answers, but the questions started being answered at the start of the season when they knew their best player, Taliyah Medina, would be out all year with an injury.

“Our philosophy has been the same all year,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We’re going to work hard. There are things we’ve got to do and make the game ugly. They might not be the tallest, and they might not be the strongest, but they work the...

Girls avenge loss to Bonner Prendergast

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team, last year’s state playoff against Bonner Prendergast was the game that got away, and the Hawks never forgot that.

“We just knew, coming out, we do not want to repeat last year,” said Becahi center Abby Brown. “We practiced our fast breaks, we practiced pushing and pushing and pushing because we wanted to get off to that quick start and jump to the big lead. That way, at the end, it didn’t come down to the refs like last year.”

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Becahi girls hoping to advance to state finals

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Editor’s note: The Becahi girls semifinal game took place after Press deadlines.

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team cruised again this past Saturday when they defeated Danville, 60-37, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal at Hazleton High School.

Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier came out in the second quarter firing two consecutive threes, and the Hawks were off and running.

“They were taller than us, we knew that, so we wanted to play fast and fierce so we needed...

BC boys season ends

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s run through the PIAA basketball tournament came to a sudden end last week following the Hawks 69-57 loss to Lower Moreland at Souderton High School in the second round of the state tournament.

It marked the end of a tremendous season for the Hawks, who finished 26-4 and came away as champions of the East Penn Conference and the District 11 4A title.

Still, for head coach Scott McClary, his first season under the helm was filled with highlights, but ending...

Evert earns a silver

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty swimmer Jake Evert is a PIAA State Class 3A silver medalist since competing in the 50 freestyle this past Friday at Bucknell University. “I’m pretty content with it. Obviously, I was trying to win and wanted to do well going into it,” Evert said.

Evert’s time was 20.23. State College’s Matt Brownstead won the 50 free with a time of 19:55, a new state record.

“It was nice because I saw some splits from other guys I was going to race,” said Evert. “I felt faster and more...

BC excited for season

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team got in some extra days of practice due to its season opener scheduled for last Thursday against Nazareth at Illick’s Mill.

“It feels good,” said senior Stephen Botek. “We still have some improvements to make, but I think for the most part, we have a solid group of kids, good team chemistry and we can only get better from here.”

Freshman Curt Gruber is the Hawks’ number one singles player this year, Botek is at two singles, and Gabe Velez...

Pates comeback falls short

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Despite a strong second half by Freedom’s girls’ basketball team, the Patriots were unable to overcome an 18-point deficit in the first half and were knocked out of the PIAA State Class 6A tournament by Garnet Valley, 62-40, last Tuesday at Souderton High School

“I think we blew a great opportunity. They took the game to us. There’s no doubt about it,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “We didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half. We didn’t play the way we know how to play. We were...

Hawk girls beat Gwynedd Mercy

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team defeated Gwynedd Mercy in the second round of PIAA State Class 4A playoffs, 44-33, last Wednesday at Governor Mifflin High School.

The Hawks were troubled by bad passes and were forced to press early in the game, but Gwynedd Mercy worked its way around that in the first quarter.

“Then, our feet came alive, and we talked about taking the next pass away and taking the onus of playing that man to man defense in the center of the court,...

’Canes have experience

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s volleyball team brings plenty of experience heading into spring and that usually equates to success on the court.

With veteran coach Neiad Ammary entering his 15th season at the helm, the Hurricanes, who finished 10-8 last year, look to improve upon that mark and hopefully have a bigger push through the District 11 tournament.

“We are laden with upperclassmen who have a lot of varsity experience, so we’re looking to ensure that their careers end on a high note,” said...