Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

FHS girls have big squad

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School’s softball team will roster a squad of 14, including five returners and a new pitcher, for the 2017 season.

“We have a large squad this year,” said Patriot head coach Nora Borger, who is beginning her fifth season at Freedom. “They all worked really hard in the off season.”

Returning for the Patriots are Jana Boksan at catcher, and Arielle Gonzalez, Shalyn Banas, Julia Roman, and Taylor Resetar, all outfielders.

Newcomers are Camryn Spina at shortstop...

Parkland tops Becahi

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.

“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”

Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa...

Area tennis teams continue to battle the weather

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Last week’s high school tennis matches were more a matter of hit or miss than win or lose because of inclement weather, so with only two matches played by Liberty so far this season, Bethlehem Catholic has played five, and both will face off this Thursday at Liberty.

The Hurricanes are currently 2-0, scoring 6-1 victories over Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg.

Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer has kept Dan Lynn and Jacob Berg at number one and three singles, respectively, and both won...

’Canes softball gets confidence boost

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s 14-3 victory over Easton last Thursday at Easton was a huge confidence boost for the Hurricanes to start the 2017 softball season.

“I think their confidence went way up, not overconfident, but good,” said Liberty head coach Sam Carrodo, who is beginning his third season with the Hurricanes.

“We knew Easton played Central Bucks South the day before and beat them, and Central Bucks South has a pretty good team. So we came out and did what we did, and I was very happy,...

Via games provide fun, entertainment

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for its crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local area teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending to plenty senior players’ careers.

In the first two contests of a four-game schedule of the 42nd Annual Via All Star Basketball Classic at Northampton Community College, the North and South teams split the outcomes. The South girls...

Meant to Move aims to help reduce injuries

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.

“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general...

BC wins first girls hoops state title

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It was all Bethlehem Catholic senior forward Tessa Zamolyi could do to talk, cry, smile, and breathe after the Hawks were crowned PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball champions after defeating Villa Maria 46-27 last Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey.

“Watching and playing for four years, I’m so thankful, and I’m so happy to share this experience with my team,” Zamolyi said. “I’ve been waiting so long, and I’ve wanted to play in this final.”

On one of the first plays of...

Hawks were ready for Gwynned-Mercy in semis

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Instead of waiting all day last Sunday to find out whom they would face in the PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball semifinal, some of the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks went to see for themselves.

“We got to see what [Gwynned-Mercy] had,” said Becahi forward Tessa Zamolyi, regarding the Monarchs’ 43-42 quarterfinal win over Northern Lebanon at Santander Arena in Reading. “We knew them as a quick team.”

The Monarchs tried something different against the Hawks, however, a...

What happened after title win is bigger than sports

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Shortly after the final horn sounded and Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team celebrated its PIAA State Class 4A championship game victory over Villa Maria, the Hawks and the Victors shook hands, but what happened next caused onlookers pause.

As Becahi coach Jose Medina told it, Villa Maria coach Doug Chuzie suggested the two teams pray, and that since the Hawks won, Medina should lead the prayer.

As everyone formed a circle in front of the Villa Maria bench and grabbed...