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Track reacts to lost season

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s track and field coaches continued to hold out hope for a spring sports season until Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf closed schools throughout the state for the remainder of the school year on April 9.

“When I heard the governor closed schools, I thought, this is not good,” said Becahi coach Fred Rice.

The following day, Rice’s fears were confirmed by Becahi athletic director Chris Domyan via text message that the spring sports season was officially canceled....


Thursday, April 30, 2020 by CHIP WALAKOVITS in Sports

Bowling... whatever happened to the days when all establishments were filled to capacity six-to-seven nights a week?

Leagues filled the sites for 30–32 weeks starting Labor Day and ending around early May. Summer bowling for many was a 12-week extension of the winter season.

Wow, times have changed.

The high tide of 1960-70s has evaporated, and bowlers and centers are just a thing of the past.

City tournaments, once a popular item for two-to-three weekends in the...

LHS girls hoped for run

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s girls lacrosse team was looking to replace a large senior class from a year ago, following their 8-10 campaign from last season.

The Hurricanes had 10 seniors coming back this season, but as we all know with sports being canceled for the spring, those seniors won’t have a chance to test their mettle in the East Penn Conference.

Still, head coach Laurie Ann Muller had high hopes for the team before the coronavirus canceled the spring season.

“We were excited to...

Honoring athletes?

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by The Press in Sports


Is your spring sports team going honor, or has it already honored, their senior players and/or any 2020 spring sports athletes?

The Press would love to know about any upcoming or past event for coverage in our sports sections.

If the event is schedule for a future date, we may be able to work out coverage. However, if not, or if the event has already taken place, we would love for a submitted photo and information to be published in our papers.


Q & A... ...with Freedom’s Lily Judge

Friday, April 24, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Bethlehem Press will be doing student-athlete Q&A’s with senior representatives from sport over the course of spring.

This edition features Freedom’s girls lacrosse team, which was supposed to have one of their best season’s ever. Instead, the players are forced to wonder ‘what if’ as they deal with the cancellation of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lily Judge, senior, Freedom girls’ lacrosse

She will be attending James Madison University next fall...

Tennis teams react to closings

Friday, April 24, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In the world of Bethlehem Catholic, Freedom, and Liberty boys’ tennis, the effects of the newly canceled spring sports season vary regarding second chances for next year.

Liberty has two senior singles players, David Lynn and Louis Gruber, Freedom has no seniors on its team at all, and Becahi has three senior starters, Gabe Velez, Brett Wyatt, and Eric Smith.

“I have been in touch with them. They really enjoyed the sport and were looking forward to a good year and a better year...

Vannata’s triathlon challenge to raise money for Pittsburgh Food Bank

Friday, April 24, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the next 31 days starting on April 20, Liberty graduate and University of Pittsburgh senior Nolan Vannata will be doing a triathlon challenge to raise money for the Pittsburgh Food Bank, which has been providing emergency food to the community during the world’s current pandemic.

“There’s a documentary called “Iron Cowboy” about someone who did 50 Ironmans in 50 days,” said Vannata as he recalled how he got the idea. “The Pittsburgh Food Bank has really long lines, and cars are...

Hawks hoped to aim high with new coach

Friday, April 24, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic was to have a new lacrosse coach in the fold in Tom Fekula and the Hawks were looking forward to an improved season with an experienced group back in the fold.

Unfortunately, the spring season won’t happen this year despite the optimism even after Becahi’s 0-13 season a year ago.

Fekula was to be in charge of the Hawks this season and was excited about their chances before the shutdown became official.

“The coaching staff is focusing on lacrosse...

LHS track teams were eager to get started

Friday, April 24, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s track and field team finished time trials on March 14, leaving smiles on the faces of their coaches because the staff realized the Hurricanes were ahead of where they were last year at this time.

“We were excited to see where we could go. We were leaving, hoping for the best, but knowing it might not happen,” said Liberty coach Andy Messa, who has returned to lead the Hurricanes along with coach Chris D’Emilio. “And if we get a season, it’s easier to rebound if you’re a...

NFL Draft: a look at local players who made it

Friday, April 24, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?

Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?

With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.

The foursome was among a core of Bethlehem Catholic, Catasauqua, Emmaus,...