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Varsity Roundup: Nazareth, SV win wrestling titles

Sunday, February 5, 2017 by The Press in Sports


Nazareth and Saucon Valley captured District 11 team wrestling titles Saturday.

The Blue Eagles knocked off Bethlehem Catholic in the finals of Class 3A, falling 33-24 to a team the Hawks beat twice this season, including a week ago in the league title match.

Bethlehem Catholic came back with a 46-14 win over Northampton in the true second-place match to earn a trip to the state team tournament.

The Hawks opened Saturday’s matches at Freedom High School...

Outdoors: Great American Outdoor Show set to start

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway this Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, it’s still known as the Harrisburg Show, despite its new name, The Great American Outdoor Show.

Hosted by the NRA, this year’s super show will feature over 200 seminars, 1,100 exhibits, hunting/fishing outfitters from around the world, equipment dealers including the top firearms manufacturers, ATVs,...

Pates score confidence building win at EPC Day

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

To say that Freedom’s victory over Stroudsburg during Saturday’s East Penn Conference wrestling championship day was uplifting, well, would be an understatement.

The Pates saw the return of Evan Callahan to the lineup and coupled that with an energetic performance en route to a 36-28 victory.

The victory in the league’s 7th place match was a reversal of a 54-20 defeat the Mounties handed Freedom back on December 10, showing that progress had been made, especially a week after...

Heydt and Sturgess are scholar athletes

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School center midfielder, Ethan Heydt, and Quakertown High School forward, Victoria Sturgess, were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton, Pa.

Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected...

’Canes looking to get back on track

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty hopes to snap out of their recent funk before the postseason arrives, as the Hurricanes have lost three straight East Penn Conference games heading into a rivalry week of games against Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom.

With losses to Stroudsburg, Allen and Northampton in their recent EPC meetings, Liberty (10-8, 6-7) head into this week needing one win to clinch a district berth.

Head coach Chad Landis certainly understands that finalizing a playoff berth is important,...

Freedom boys fall to Vikes in pool

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Despite Freedom’s boys’ swim team’s 110-69 loss to Allentown Central Catholic last Thursday, it was a good day for senior, Troy Watlington, junior, Colin Burnette, and sophomore, Al Bell.

All three Patriot swimmers had first places finishes in individual races.

In order of events, Bell won the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.79, which was nine seconds faster than Central’s Charlie Li who placed second. Six races later, Bell won the 100 fly with a time of 54.20.


Hoop season heads down stretch

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

With just over a week left before the end of the basketball regular season, posted below is an updated list for teams that have already qualified for the District 11 postseason and ones that lurk in the hunt with their final games left on the schedule.

Listed below is a breakdown of each class and as a quick reminder, in order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.

However, the opportunity...

Freedom girls fall short against Central

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Halfway through Freedom’s swim meet against Central Catholic, the Patriots began to gain some ground on the Vikings, who eventually won the meet by a score of 102-81, with a 1-2 finish in the 500 free.

“I didn’t expect the score to be as close as it was,” said Rileigh Ellis, who came in first in the 500 with a time of 5:30.65. “I went for individual time, and once I noticed it was so close, I was excited.”

In addition, Ellis had just won the 100 free in 57.79 moments before,...

D11 duals set

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 team wrestling championships will begin Thursday night and conclude on Saturday evening, as the wrestling postseason is upon us.

Listed below are the format and locations for Thursday’s preliminary and quarterfinal rounds, as well as Saturday’s schedule, which is moved entirely over to Freedom.


Bethlehem Catholic is the top seed and will host the winner of Bangor (8) and Stroudsburg (9) at 7:30 p.m., as those two schools kick off things at 6 p.m. The...

Hawks pull away from Nazareth for EPC wrestling title

Sunday, January 29, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Nazareth gave Bethlehem Catholic a scare Saturday night in the East Penn Conference wrestling championship, but the Golden Hawks proved to be too strong.

The Hawks used falls from Jody Crouse (220) and Niko Camacho (HWT) to steal momentum and pull away for a 40-20 victory at Easton Area Middle School.

“Jody Crouse has been wrestling really well lately and Niko is Niko,” said Hawks head coach Jeff Karam. “We needed to get some momentum back in the match and those guys gave us...