Bethlehem Press

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Becahi’s Young and Glenn choose colleges

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

A pair of Bethlehem Catholic senior athletes recently announced their decisions to attend Division-I programs.

Basketball star Ryan Young is heading to Northwestern to play in the Big 10, while Zach Glenn has decided to wrestle at Army.

Young, a 6-foot-10 power forward, helped lead Becahi to last year’s District 11 4A championship and will be one of the top players in the East Penn Conference heading into this season, as the Hawks will be favored to win the league and district...

Pete’s Top-10: PHS stands firm on top

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Heading into week five, it appears that the dust is settling and the EPC title race will come down to the top three teams in the poll.

In the Colonial League, Palisades has clearly taken the lead position after last week’s major win over Southern Lehigh.

With the regular season entering its second half, which teams will continue to stand their ground and which ones will fall off the edge?

This week’s results will make things a bit more clear.

1. Parkland (4-0)...

Hawks beat Liberty

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The last thing Bethlehem Catholic wanted was an overtime period in its game against Liberty, but a game-winning goal by Brooke Bisko and tough defense by the Hawks produced a 4-3 victory for Becahi, all within regulation, this past Monday.

“It’s exhilarating,” said Becahi defender and captain Samantha Gaydos. “Last season was so much different, and I think having losses is so much different than having five losses in overtime because to be that close and lose that many times...It’s...

Bethlehem Cath. blows by Eagles

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It was a test of grit and resiliency on Saturday night for Bethlehem Catholic and Hawks answered against Nazareth in resounding fashion.

Trailing 20-13 at halftime against the Blue Eagles, Becahi exploded in the second half, outscoring Nazareth 38-7 en route to a 51-27 victory.

Matt Bisko poured in three rushing scores on the night and Tavion Banks added 200 yards of total offense (149 rushing) and two touchdowns to pace Becahi to a 4-0 start to the season.

After a...

Week 4 high school football roundup

Saturday, September 16, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

A week before the high school football season hits the halfway mark, some playoff races are starting to take shape. Whitehall kept itself among the top of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with a win Friday night, while Liberty also stayed in the hunt by beating Northampton.

Liberty-Whitehall

The Zephyrs cruised to a 41-13 win over Liberty.

Ethan Parvel passed for 172 yards and rushed for 103 yards in the win. He threw two touchdown passes and ran for three scores to...

Becahi rallies to defeat Emmaus

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Despite falling behind by two touchdowns in the first seven minutes of the game, Bethlehem Catholic didn’t panic last Friday against defending league champ Emmaus.

The Golden Hawks quickly answered with three unanswered first-half touchdowns then held off Emmaus in the fourth quarter for a 28-21 win over the host Hornets.

“All coach talked about all week was battling and adversity,” said Beca quarterback Javon Clements. “No one put their head down. We kept it up the whole game...

LHS-FHS split in soccer doubleheader

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Indescribable at first, but soon after an emotional, nail-biting, girl-boy soccer doubleheader between Freedom and Liberty on Monday night at BASD Stadium, the words finally came.

“Absolutely amazing,” said Freedom captain Julia Ackerman when the Patriots defeated the Hurricanes 3-2 in the first game of the night. “We knew we had a better chance than ever because we’ve been working so hard, we’re incredibly passionate, and we’ve got great speed.”

In the second game, the...

Volleyball heads into tougher slate

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there’s one thing that the top volleyball teams in the East Penn Conference look forward to, it’s taking on the best the league has to offer.

Liberty will get that opportunity this week when they battle Emmaus Friday afternoon at Memorial Gymnasium.

The Hurricanes (3-0) have had an easy slate to open their season, picking up a trio of consecutive sweeps over Pleasant Valley, Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South, but move into real league play tonight when they...

Outdoors: Rain puts a halt on productive fishing

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the recent rain, productive fishing came to a halt as fishermen had to wait for local streams to clear and recede. When that happens most die-hard anglers hit the lakes as they’re generally not as affected by rain.

But with cooling temperatures, fishing picked up over the weekend and may continue barring any hurricane remnants. Our fishing reporters have this to say:

Willie from Willie’s Bait and Tackle in Cementon says the Lehigh River cleared quickly but is still on...

Pete’s Top-10: Easton looks to play spoiler

Thursday, September 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

We head into week four of the football season the top four teams in the EPC have clearly been cemented, with each of the teams taking on formidable tests this week.

In Colonial League action, the battle between Palisades and Southern Lehigh will prove to be huge for the league title race.

How will it all shake down? Check out this week’s Top 10.

1. Parkland (3-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Major test for two of the conferences best teams this week. Trojans get an...