Bethlehem Press

Friday, March 24, 2017

Becahi girls top FHS

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic forward, Tessa Zamolyi, called the Hawks’ 58-42 victory over Freedom a good win, but not something to jump around about after their EPC playoff game last Friday night at Becahi.

That’s because the Patriots pulled out all the stops, perhaps surprising the Hawks because in the teams’ two previous matchups, Becahi defeated Freedom handily. This time, things would be different.

“Playing them for the third time, they definitely came a lot closer,” Zamolyi said. “...

Hawks knock off Zephyrs to open EPC tournament

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say that confidence has been building for Bethlehem Catholic’s basketball team all season, but after handing Allen their first loss of the season on the final night of the regular season, the Hawks may have added more pep in their step heading into the postseason.

That certainly looked to be the case during Friday’s East Penn Conference playoff quarterfinal, as the Hawks came out fast and never looked back during a 64-54 victory over Whitehall.

The win pushed fourth-...

Duggan, Landis selected to Big 33

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty defensive end Jaohne Duggan and Emmaus kicker Carson Landis were the only local players from District 11 selected to the Big 33 roster last week.

With the Big 33 foundation folding last month, the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) took control of the contest, as 2017 will mark its 60th year to date.

One of the changes already seen with new leadership is the game’s tentative play date of Monday, May 29th (Memorial Day) at Hersheypark Stadium against...

Varsity Roundup: Golden Hawk wrestlers earn grudge match with Nazareth at state championships

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by The Press in Sports

BOYS BASKETBALL

East Stroudsburg North-Emmaus

The No. 8 seed Timberwolves knocked off top-seeded Emmaus 52-49 in an Eastern Pennsylvania Conference quarterfinal.

Arian Azemi led East Stroudsburg North with a game-high 21 points.

Emmaus’ David Kachelries scored 17 points, while teammate Zach Sabol added 10 points.

The Timberwolves will move on to face No. 4 seed Bethlehem Catholic in Tuesday’s semifinals. The Hawks defeated Whitehall in Friday’s quarterfinal...

INSTANT CLASSIC: Nazareth beats Becahi for state wrestling title

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Were you entertained?

Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.

It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.

It’ll also be one that...

EPC releases basketball playoff brackets

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced opening-round pairings for their boys and girls basketball tournaments. Action begins Friday night, Feb. 10 with most games beginning at 7 p.m.

In the boys bracket, Emmaus earned the top seed and will host Eastburg North. In the bracket below, fourth seed Becahi will host fifth seed Whitehall, which looked certain to finish with a top-four seed heading into the playoffs. The two winners will play Tuesday, Feb. 14 at a site and time to be determined...

Varsity Roundup: Golden Hawks upset Canaries in OT

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by The Press in Sports

In the finals basketball games of the 2016-17 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference season, Bethlehem Catholic knocked off Allen, the state’s top ranked team, while several other games were contested on the league’s final night before Friday’s playoffs begin.

For more about your local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Bethlehem Catholic-Allen

The Golden Hawks handed the state’s top-ranked team its first loss of the season, 68-56...

Patriots come back to top Liberty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

To say that Freedom players were excited after knocking off Liberty last Friday would be an understatement.

The Patriots came back from a five-point halftime deficit to outscore the Hurricanes by 13 points in the second half to push Freedom to a 56-48 victory.

Knocking off your rival was only one part of the equation for Freedom’s euphoria, but the other aspect was how big the victory meant in the playoff landscape.

Head coach Joe Stellato knew his team would rather be...

Becahi romps in state opener vs. Cumberland Valley

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

A mad Bethlehem Catholic wrestling team is one that nobody wants to see in Hershey, but that’s probably what the opposition is going to get after the Hawks 54-12 demolition over Cumberland Valley Monday night in the preliminary round of the PIAA 3A team tournament.

The Hawks opened with falls in three of their first four bouts from Ryan Zeiner (170), Mikey Labriola (182) and Andrew Balukas (195) and went on to win 11 of the 14 bouts to outclass the visitors.

Becahi (14-4) came...

LHS girls top Eagles

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

As Liberty’s boys’ swim team was fighting for every point against Nazareth last week, Hurricane diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer was stressing to both his male and female divers how much every point counts, including points for diving.

Liberty sophomore, Cara Kuykens, and junior, Alicia Valladares, did their parts with a first and second place finish against the Blue Eagles, as the Hurricane girls’ team pulled out a 100-77 victory.

Kuykens scored 141.05 points, and Valladares...