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Pates happy to top Mounties

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ tennis team was in the middle of a match at Pocono Mountain East on March 13 when the Patriots became aware that the season was being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Initially, I think we were all a little shocked, even though we were aware a postponement was possible, especially after the NCAA and NBA suspended their seasons,” said Freedom tennis coach Matt Potts. “I am not really sure anybody knew what to think. Ultimately, all of the kids are optimistic...

BC felt ahead of game before the shutdown

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

“A little anxious,” is how Bethlehem Catholic softball coach Rich Mazza and the Hawks have been feeling since receiving the news that “everything is off” hours before their scrimmage was to be played against Pen Argyl on March 12.

The Allentown Diocese closed all its schools early that day to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, which meant no sports practices, matches, and scrimmages for Becahi student athletes. The shutdown was then extended to the state of Pennsylvania by Gov....

Missing my extended family

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Sports

I could make a case for my favorite sports season being fall, winter, spring, or summer, but I was in the middle of favoring winter when I watched what was left of that season crumble before my eyes on March 12.

What was left were Freedom’s girls’ basketball, Bethlehem Catholic girls’ basketball, Liberty swimming, Moravian Academy diving, and Bethlehem Catholic diving, all in the middle of PIAA state tournaments and meets.

That Tuesday, I had covered the Lady Patriots beating...

BC heads to quarters

Friday, March 20, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s second round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs ended in a 70-49 victory over Gwynedd Mercy Academy last Tuesday at the Geigle Complex at Reading Senior High School, two days before the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“Some states canceled it, and some states are playing down south,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “It’s a fluid situation. New Jersey canceled, and that’s our next door neighbor. We remain optimistic but...

Chad Landis steps away from Liberty

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Sometimes you just know it’s the right time to step away and for Liberty’s Chad Landis, his reign on sideline for the boys basketball team has come to an end.

Landis notified school administrators and his team last week that this would be his final season coaching - for now.

After spending the past 12 years as head coach and eight more prior to that as an assistant, Landis felt this was the right time to take a timeout.

“I’ve thought about this for the past three or four...

Now, a waiting game

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

As each passing day goes, the news surrounding the worldwide coronavirus pandemic seems to only get worse.

For the PIAA and District 11, the spring sports season appears to be at jeopardy more and more each day. With news of a 10 day shutdown of the school system across the state coming last Friday, everyone in the sports world is playing the waiting game for direction from those at the top of the food chain.

“There really isn’t much going on because we’re just waiting for...

Trying to make sense of it all

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Sports

After the dust settled last Friday I couldn’t help but notice what a beautiful day it was.

I sat outside with a beverage while my kids played soccer in the backyard and we waited for mommy to get home. It was the kind of day I’ve been looking forward to since the holidays ended - sunny with temperatures in the upper-60s. For the first time, I really noticed the buds on the trees and thought to myself the area will be in full bloom in just days.

At the same time, I couldn’t help...

Bethlehem Catholic tennis begins 2-0

Friday, March 20, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s tennis team got two matches completed last week before the school was closed on Thursday, defeating Whitehall 7-0 and losing to Emmaus 7-0.

“The kids were dismissed at noon or so and then weren’t allowed to practice,” said Becahi tennis coach George Harmanos, “and we’re not allowed to practice until further notice.

“I have some kids who go to Northwood or Winning Touch, but it’s up to their parents how much they want their kids to interact with other kids....

State swim meet abruptly ends

Friday, March 20, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Six of Liberty’s swimmers competed at the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, which began last Wednesday and were scheduled to go through Saturday, but their trip to Bucknell University was cut short when the meet was shut down on Thursday.

“It was actually kind of weird because the Class 2A divers were coming in, doing their warm-ups, and it was pretty congested in the diving area, so it was very hectic,” said Liberty swim coach Reik Foust. “Then, 10 minutes later, it was...

FHS gets over hump

Friday, March 20, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s Lady Patriots emerged from their locker room and were greeted by applause, cheers, and fans yelling “quarterfinals” after defeating Central Bucks West, 60-47, in the second round of PIAA State Class 6A girls’ basketball playoffs on Wednesday at Pottsgrove High School in Pottstown.

“The last two years we couldn’t seem to get over the second game and tonight we did,” said Freedom senior Jennifer Kokolus. “We beat a really good team, so this game is going to give us a lot of...