Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

PIAA BASKETBALL: Emmaus advances; Parkland, Beca, Salisbury fall in opening round

Sunday, March 12, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In Class 6A action, Emmaus beat District 1 fourth-place team Cheltenham, 68-67.

Matt Kachelries scored a game-high 24 points to get his career total to 990. His twin brother David added 19 points for the Hornets (21-6). Zach Sabol chipped in with 16 points.

Jack Clark led the Panthers with 32 points.

Emmaus, the fourth-place team from District 11, moves on to face District 3 champs Harrisburg (20-6) in the second round with the winner advancing to Saturday’s...

PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL: Beca, Northampton girls advance

Saturday, March 11, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic advanced with a 60-37 win over Scranton Prep in the first round of the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs.

Taliyah Medina scored 18 points for the Golden Hawks, while Morgan Orloski added 13 points.

Scranton Prep was the third place team out of District 2 and finishes its season at 15-11.

The Northampton girls advanced with a 63-26 win over District 12 second-place team Central High School of Philadelphia.

Aja Blount scored a game-high 19...

STATE WRESTLING UPDATE Hawks advance ten to Day 2

Friday, March 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.

Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.

Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket....

Bethlehem Catholic boys win first title since 2002

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Coming into the District 11 4A boys championship game, the two teams involved have had a long dry spell of district gold. It had been since 2002 that Bethlehem Catholic last won districts, and even longer for their opponent, Jim Thorpe, which last won gold in 1972.

But something had to give.

The Olympians fan base made the long trek to Easton Area Middle School in high volume and made their voices heard in support of their team. But it was the Golden Hawks that quickly quieted...

Becahi girls capture another District 11 crown

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It seems that almost every year, Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic are battling for the District 11 title. It happened once again this year.

After missing out on district gold last year, the Golden Hawks were back on top of District 11 in the new 4A classification, defeating the Vikettes 43-27 last Saturday afternoon at Easton Area Middle School.

“At the end of the day this is one of the goals we strive for from the first day of practice,” said head coach Jose Medina. “...

Hawks win NE Regional title

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Ryan Zeiner paced back and forth in the hallways of Memorial Gymnasium Saturday night after winning the 152-pound Northeast Regional title over Scranton’s Jacob Burgette 5-4.

A bystander walked by and offered, “Congrats champ.”

The word champion is something Zeiner always wanted for himself, but one that was never guaranteed. After leaving districts a year ago without placing, Zeiner is now heading to Hershey, as a regional champion.

Four Golden Hawks won titles Saturday...

Julia McCarthy named outstanding swimmer

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Winning a gold medal in the 100 breaststroke at the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships was something Liberty senior Julia McCarthy had her eye on since her freshman year.

“It’s something I just really wanted to do,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy clinched that gold medal in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.57 on day two of districts last Saturday afternoon at Parkland High School.

“The whole race, with every stroke, I was telling myself to keep going. The...

Liberty relay takes first

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It was barely 10 minutes before the boys’ 200 free relay, when Liberty senior Anthony Delcorso was told he would lead off in the final event of day one’s District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships on Friday night at Parkland High School.

It was also more than a pleasant surprise for Delcorso, who had wanted to medal after missing out in previous years, but would he be able to duplicate that same strong start he had when he competed in the 50 free earlier in the evening?

“I...

Pates’ Al Bell wins gold

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

On the second and final day of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships, Freedom sophomore Al Bell won the gold medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:45.94.

“That was the goal,” Bell smiled.

Bell finished the event more than two seconds ahead of Parkland’s Hyunbin Kim and Southern Lehigh’s Raahi Klar-Chaudhuri who tied for second place in 4:48.00.

“I was a little nervous, but I tried not to let it get to me. I was just excited, especially to race some people I...

Hurricanes advance four to state wrestling

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Luke Werner knows he’s had a tough road in the wrestling postseason. Nestled in the 120-pound bracket, Werner has had Northampton’s defending state champion Julian Chlebove in his weight class throughout this postseason.

With a talent like Chlebove in his bracket, the task was always going to be difficult, but Werner has kept battling over the past two weeks despite losing to Chlebove in both the District 11 and Northeast Regional finals.

Saturday’s 120-pound championship was...