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 Thursday when athletic director Chris Domyan asked if he would step back in charge.
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.
Consider that you lose your job and have to tell your wife. That’s not fun. Now, consider that you’re going to have to tell your wife that because you lost your job, you have to move from Idaho to Quad City, Illinois for another job. Then after one day at work, you’re again let go and now have to move 978 miles to Manchester, New Hampshire. Then, just a few weeks later, good news; sort of. You weren’t fired, but you’ve been “transferred” to Reading, Pennsylvania. So, with three pretty substantial moves in three months, how happy is your wife?
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 fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 32 13 .711
St. Paul’s 25 14 .641
Bath Lutheran 25 17 .595
Christ UCC 23 19 .548
Dryland 23 22 .511
Emmanuel 21 24 .467
Farmersville 19 23 .452
St. Stephen’s 20 25 .444
Ebenezer 20 25 .444
Light of Christ 16 26 .381
Salem UCC 13 29 .310
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.
Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty’s track and field teams competed at the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic on Dec. 26 at Lehigh University.
In boys’ events, Devon West (L) placed 13th in the 200 meter dash in 24.51, and Josiah Kelly (BC) was 25th in 24.94. Allen McDuffie (L) placed 25th in the 400 meter dash in 59.79.
In the 800 meter run, Ryan Wycherley (L) placed 11th in 2:10.06, and Francis Abi-Daher (BC) placed 30th in 2:45.74.
Phillip Bezas (L) came in 22nd in the one mile run in 5:19.27, and Jacob Orrico was 11th in the 3,000 meter run.
Within an hours drive of the Lehigh Valley, some of the best smallmouth bass fishing can be had in the Susquehanna River that runs past Harrisburg. And in a pair of recent reports, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) biologists concluded that the Susquehanna River is home to a healthy, abundant population of smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team scored its eighth victory of the season last Thursday night in front of a large crowd at Nazareth where the Hawks defeated the Blue Eagles, 59-45.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge so we were excited to play this game because we need this for later on,” said Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier who scored 14 points.
The Hawks had just come off a pre-New Year’s 49-47 victory over Imhotep Charter on Dec. 29.
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) and Parkland (8-3) on tap.