Bethlehem Press

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McCarthy golden on Day One

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty senior Julia McCarthy already had a no sweat mindset by the time day one of the District XI Class 3A Swimming Championships began last Friday night at Parkland High School.

“I was feeling relaxed. It was a weird state of mind,” McCarthy said. “I was thinking, just win, and my real competition is the clock.”

McCarthy, who clinched the gold medal in the 200 IM in 2:04.23, was right.

“That was my best time. I really didn’t expect that would happen,” she said. “On my...

Callahan is champ, DeLoach advances

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With one week left in the wrestling season, Freedom senior Evan Callahan isn’t going to let anything stop him from competing in the PIAA championships this week in Hershey.

Callahan also didn’t let a tweaked knee cost him an opportunity at his first Northeast Regional championship, following a 6-3 decision over Parkland’s Nate Feyrer in Saturday’s 220-pound championship.

His title capped off the evening for the Patriots, as they advanced two wrestlers to this week’s state...

Whitehall’s Buskirk football scholar athlete winner

Monday, March 6, 2017 by JUSTIN CARLUCCI in Sports

Like father, like sons.

The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation held its 56th annual Scholar Athlete Banquet on Sunday.

Hundreds of athletes, families, friends, and coaches packed the Northampton Community Center to officially culminate the 2016-17 season and find out which high school student would be awarded one of the season’s highest individual accolades.

One scholar athlete was chosen from 33 area high schools to become the 2017 scholar athlete...

HOOPS: Hawk boys, girls are D-11 champs

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic boys and girls each brought home District 11 4A titles this weekend and will advance to states.

The girls, on Saturday afternoon, beat Central Catholic 43-27 thanks to big second and third quarter runs.

The girls got balanced scoring in the game and chipped in with a stuffing defense to keep the Vikes in check. Hope Brown and Neila Luma eached scored 9 points in the win while Tessa Zamolyi had 8.

The boys put up an equally impressive outing on...

Parkland girls, Emmaus boys take titles; Hurricanes sweep boys relays

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The District 11 swimming championships were held Friday and Saturday. Champions in each event earned automatic qualification for the state meet, which will be held March 15-18 at Bucknell University.

The following is a recap of district champions from Lehigh Valley Press area teams, including a few district record-breakers. For more about the meet see this week’s issues of the Press.

Class 3A

The Parkland girls and Emmaus boys teams won district titles with both teams...

Regional Wrestling Tournament: Hawks win title, send 10 to states

Sunday, March 5, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

The PIAA Regional Wrestling Championships were held Friday and Saturday. District 11 grapplers competed in the Class 3A Northeast Regional at Liberty High School and the Class 2A Southeast Regional at Reading’s Wilson-West Lawn High School.

The top four finishers in 3A earned a trip to the state championships, which begin Thursday at Hershey’s Giant Center. Class 2A’s top six regional finishers will move on to states.

Bethlehem Catholic crowned four district champs and will...

D-11 games a hit at PPL Center

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

History was made at the PPL Center on Wednesday night and it wasn’t the Phantoms or a star-studded concert this time.

A paid attendance of 7,630 sold out the area for the boys District 11 6A semifinal games featuring Emmaus vs. Pocono Mountain West and Parkland vs. Allen. It was a District 11 record, according to many. The PPL Center’s Twitter account credited the “over 8,000 fans” who came out for the game for a great atmosphere, while the District 11 Twitter account posted a photo “...

GIRLS HOOPS - Becahi moves on to district finals

Thursday, March 2, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

It did not take long for Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team to make a statement in its 66-30 District XI Class 4A semifinal victory over Blue Mountain Wednesday night at Whitehall High School.

As a result of drawing a bye in the quarterfinals, the Hawks had a long time to prepare for its run in the district tournament, 12 days to be exact.

“I think the week off helped us to recoup. We broke down film, and we saw what we needed to work on, like rebounding and sharpening...

WRESTLING - Becahi gets a little revenge on Eagles

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect.

When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.

Labriola is the overwhelming favorite to win the 170-pound 3A state championship this year and on paper, defeated Northampton’s Cade Moisey by a 15-8 decision during Saturday’s finals, but a seven-point...

Perugini overcomes for D-11 crown

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

If there ever was a feel good story winner from Saturday’s District 11 3A wrestling tournament, Liberty’s Carlo Perugini would have ran away with it.

Perugini entered the season as much of an unknown, coming out for the team for the first time since his freshman year after dealing with three ACL tears during his high school career.

And as much of a feel good story he may be, not many would have expected Perugini to come away with a district title his senior year, but that’s...