Bethlehem Press

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FHS boys fall to NHS

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost to Nazareth, 115-65, last Thursday at Freedom, but that won’t stop the Patriots from continuing to move forward through the season.

“I think we’ve made great improvements from the beginning of the season, and I think this year is going to be one of our peaks,” said Patriot senior Paras Chand.

Al Bell, Sahil Shah, Luke McClure, and Dominic Fresoli placed second for the Pates in the 200 medley relay in 1:50.76.

Bell won the 50 free in 21.87,...

FHS girls top Trojans

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Six quick points by Parkland and more missed shots by Freedom prompted Patriot coach Dean Reiman to call a timeout before Friday night’s girls’ basketball game got out of hand.

“He brought us back to the Central game where we let it get too far out of hand, and we realized that this was our game, and we need to turn it on because we need to start winning big games to put us in a good position,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein.

The Patriots responded with successive threes by...

Karam eager to see how Hawks finish

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jeff Karam told his wife he isn’t reading the newspapers anymore. He isn’t even sure what his future at Bethlehem Catholic will be next season. All that matters to Karam is the present situation of taking over the coaching duties of the Golden Hawk wrestling program for the recently fired Rick Thompson.

Karam, who spent the last 10 years as head coach before stepping back this season to watch his sons wrestle in college, is back in the saddle of head coaching duties as of last...

FHS girls lose to NHS

Friday, January 18, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ swim team hosted Nazareth last Thursday when the Blue Eagles topped the Patriots, 101-84.

Freedom had a 63-62 lead going into the 200 free relay, but watched their lead start to dwindle throughout the last few events of the night.

The Patriots opened the meet with a first place victory in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Sage Hillier, Abby Burnette, Emily Justice, and Aliah Corrado finishing in 2:06.85.

Hillier placed second in the 200 IM in 2:...

Wrestling: Thompson fired, Karam back in charge

Monday, January 14, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Rick Thompson era at Bethlehem Catholic came to an expedited end last week, as he was fired roughly five weeks into the regular season.
Becahi athletic director Chris Domyan sent out a press release shortly after 3 p.m. last Thursday, notifying of the change and reappointing former head coach Jeff Karam back in charge of the program.
“Bethlehem Catholic High School and wrestling coach Rick Thompson are parting ways effective immediately,” said the release that Domyan sent...

All-state teams named FHS, LHS, BC have selections

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem had a complementary contingent of football players being named to the Pennsylvania Writers 2018 All-State list, as Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic had members selected to their respective squads.

Liberty defensive end Trevor Harris and Freedom linebacker Tristan Wheeler were each named to the 6A team, while a trio of Golden Hawks were named to the 4A team including Dalton Daddona (G), Tavion Banks (RB) and Paul Carreras (LB).

Wheeler, who will play football at...

Pates have impressed

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

You can say Freedom’s basketball team has been a pleasant surprise this winter, but maybe that’s an indictment from the public perception more than anything.

The Patriots have jumped out to a stellar 8-2 start to the year and entered this week as winners of six straight games.

Freedom earned two pivotal league wins last week against Central Catholic (57-52) and Stroudsburg (72-63) and look to keep streaking this week with a win over Southern Lehigh (4-6) with Northampton (6-4)...

Paz nets milestone in win over EHS

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

In a matchup of the top-two boys basketball teams in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, one squad showed its muscle as Bethlehem Catholic got the better of Emmaus by double-digits, making a statement, winning 80-67 last Saturday night in front of a large crowd at Bethlehem Catholic High School.

Four Golden Hawks scored in double-figures, led by Julian Thomas, who tallied 19 points, a career-high for the junior. But it was senior Justin Paz who had a night he will always remember. In...

Cheerleaders win titles

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.

The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.

Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was...

FHS girls move to 8-2

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its game against Stroudsburg on Saturday, 60-34, bringing their record to 8-2.

In one aspect, the defending district champion’s victory was a recovery from a 49-44 loss to Allentown Central Catholic two days earlier in which the Patriots were down 17 points at the half.

“I think we were due for somebody to, well, we were ripe for the picking ... and if that loss helps to propel us to understand how important it is to prepare, then that loss...