Bethlehem Press

Monday, February 19, 2018

Hawks favored to win state title

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic has their eyes set squarely on a team title this weekend as the PIAA wrestling tournament gets underway Thursday afternoon in Hershey.

The Hawks are on their quest to grab their sixth state championship (four in 2A) and enter the tournament as clear favorites heading into the tourney.

That process begins with their opening match against District One third place finisher Downingtown West in Thursday’s opening round of action.

outdoors

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania anglers will have a new way to buy fishing licenses next year.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission signed a licensing services contract that will give the agency the ability for anglers to easily purchase fishing licenses from their smartphones, and retain the license images on their devices to use as a proof of purchase.

The gift that keeps giving

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Sports

On Monday morning, I stopped at my local Turkey Hill for a coffee. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.

In the store, I noticed an older gentleman who was also getting a coffee and estimated him to be about 80-years-old. He was talking about the big game the night before to anyone who would listen.

As I was sitting in my car ready to leave, the man came out and stood on the sidewalk drinking his coffee - just looking around and smiling. He seemed to simply be taking it all in.

Pates boys lose close meet

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s boys’ swim team lost its second close meet in a week to East Stroudsburg South last Thursday 86-81.

The Patriots’ 200 medley relay team was disqualified after what would have been a first place finish for Freedom.

In individual events, Danny Connelly won the 200 freestyle in 2:02.47, and Jack Runco won the 100 free in 56.68.

The Patriots also had 1-2 finishes in the 500 free by Al Bell and Spencer Smith, respectively, and in the 100 backstroke by Colin Burnette and Dominic Fresoli, respectively.

Regular season winds down

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have a comfortable outlook on their postseason fate, but Liberty and Freedom are on the opposite end of the spectrum.

The Golden Hawks (14-3, 10-1) have clinched a district playoff berth and are fighting Pocono Mountain West (11-6, 10-1) for the top spot in the East Penn Conference.

Liberty (8-10, 4-8) and Freedom (7-10, 5-6), however, will be clawing for their playoff lives this week, as their rivalry showdown on Friday night will most likely become a postseason elimination game.

D-11 wrestling tournament this weekend

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 team wrestling championships will kick off on Thursday night and concludes Saturday at Freedom.

Bethlehem Catholic enters the 3A tournament as the top seed and the clear favorite to win the district crown as they open Thursday’s action at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the eight-nine matchup between Easton and Freedom. Those matches will take place at Liberty.

Fifth-seeded Stroudsburg will more than likely face fourth-seeded Northampton in Thursday’s other half of the upper bracket, as the Mounties take on twelfth-seeded Whitehall in the opening round.

outdoors

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

This inspirational story comes to us from the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP), which we did a column on a few years back.

Locally, the Swain School in Allentown, Defranco Elementary School in Bangor, Bangor Area Middle School and Bangor Area High School are involved in the program. The sport affords an opportunity for youngsters who don’t care to or can’t participate in ball sports, be a part of the scholastic sports environment.