Bethlehem Press

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Lehigh tops CR

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team opened Section 6 playoffs on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over Council Rock Holland in Southampton, Pa.

Knowing the Section 6 tournament is less than a week long and that Lehigh could be playing multiple games within a short amount of time, Lehigh manager Buck Horvath and his coaches decided to use four pitchers on Saturday. That way, no one pitcher would be spent for future games.

“It ended up working to our advantage because the other team couldn’t feel comfortable with any one pitcher,” Horvath said.

Hurricanes 8-2

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Cedar Beach summer league keeps pushing its way through July and Liberty is keeping on pace as one of the best teams this summer.

The Hurricanes came into this week with an 8-2 record, good for second place in the standings behind Reading (8-1).

Liberty, thus far, has been the only Bethlehem team finding success in summer action, as Bethlehem Catholic (3-7) and Freedom (1-8) have struggled.

Liberty hopes it can get back on track this week, following a 52-41 loss to Wilson West (8-2) Lawn last week, which tied both teams for second place.

NW divers do well

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northwest swim team hosted Trident for its last home meet of the season on July 9 when Eli Kovar and Windsor Reiss scored first place points for Northwest in diving.

Keller Pooley and Jeffrey Eisenhardt scored second place points for Northwest.

The diving event in summer swim meets consists of three dives for each competitor.

Reiss, who is in the girls 13 & over division, also placed first the day before during Northwest’s meet against Lehigh Country Club.

Handlovic to Cornell

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s Cole Handlovic announced that he’s heading to Cornell University to continue his wrestling career.

Handlovic, a rising senior for the Hawks, made the announcement on Twitter last week, signaling another Golden Hawk from the wrestling program heading to a Division-I program.

“I am very humbled to announce that I am committed to Cornell!,” Handlovic said. “Thank you to all of my coaches, my family, and my teammates who put me in the position for this to happen. Without all of you I wouldn’t be the athlete, student, or the person I am today. Thank you!”

McBride happy to be home with Pigs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

These days, Matt McBride is enjoying and cherishing the moments. His 20-plus minute drive to Coca-Cola Park from his home in Center Valley still continues to feel dreamlike. He recently was able to drive home to celebrate the first birthday of his daughter, Maggie.

“Last year during the first half of the season, it was surreal,” said the Bethlehem native and former Liberty High School standout. “When I would get back from a road trip, I would be driving home instead of going to an apartment where I am going to be for six months, but my home.

Lehigh beats VW

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team handed Valley West its first loss in the Section 6 tournament, and with that, took its two-game win streak home on Sunday night with a 3-1 victory won in Southampton, Pa.

“We’re in a pretty good spot,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “If we win on Tuesday, it’s over.”

Lehigh will take on the winner of Valley West and Council Rock Holland, past Press deadlines. Stroudsburg is the other team in the Section 6 tourney.

On Sunday, Aidan Dancho and Rocco Sciarra pitched three innings apiece.

John Yanek among those honored in North Catasauqua

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Robert “Wabs” Chromiak literally watched the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park be constructed out of the ground.

“I grew up across the street,” recalled Chromiak. “It was an all-wooded area and it was a dump with all dirt.

“After World War II, I would raise and take down the flag there.”

A few years later, Chromiak began a 25-plus career as playground director, a time period that began a long tradition of joy and competition that still lingers today.

LLL tops Pennridge

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Sunday afternoon was do or die for Lehigh Little League’s 12U team in the District 20 tournament, and Lehigh did, in a big way, defeat Pennridge, 7-1, to play for a championship on Monday night.

“Jacob Strong threw 5 1/3 innings of no hit, shut out ball, and basically brought us here,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.

Strong threw six strikeouts and hit a solo home run to center field in the second inning to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead, but that was only the beginning.

Lehigh Little League defeats So. Lehigh

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League outfielder and pitcher Jacob Strong made the most of his first at bat with a solo home run against Southern Lehigh in 12U District 20 tournament play last Friday at Lehigh.

“I thought I was going to do really well on my first at bat because I haven’t been doing well on my at bats lately, so I was like, I’m going to bring it back, and I did it,” Strong said.

Ironically, Strong saved what looked like a possible grand slam with a catch in right field in the bottom of the sixth inning which would have tied the game.