Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Liberty girls fall to Red Rovers

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom’s softball teams won their season openers last Wednesday, but Liberty lost its first of the season against Easton 1-0.

“I thought we played an outstanding game,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “Everything we told them to do, they did it and more. We just didn’t score the runs.”

The Hurricanes left the bases loaded in the fourth inning after Liberty center fielder Mikayla Ruppert was intentionally walked.

Young Hawks try to stay afloat in EPC

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Joe Assise is the new lacrosse coach at Bethlehem Catholic and his goal is to keep improving on the steps the Golden Hawks have been taking recently heading into this spring.

Becahi finished last season 5-11, which was a program best for wins in a campaign, but that may be a daunting task for the program this year.

The struggle with that heading into 2017 is replenishing the roster, that lost a bulk of its players to graduation, which will now be relying on youth to plow through a rugged EPC season.

Pates have high hopes

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Expectations are high for Freedom’s boys lacrosse team coming off an EPC West divisional title a year ago.

The Pates bring back a talented group from last year’s 11-8 season, which ended in the District 11 3A quarterfinals to eventual champion Parkland.

Head coach Tony Fabrizio enters his third season leading the program and is confident this year’s group can keep rolling this spring.

Hazleton tops LHS

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s softball team played its second game of the season against Hazleton on Saturday when the Hurricanes lost 3-2 at Liberty.

The Hurricanes had an opportunity for a first-inning lead after Paige Zigmund hit a line drive up the middle, Kyla Benner hit a single, and Julie Curti reached first base on an error, but the Hurricanes had miscommunication on the bases, which ended the inning.

In the bottom of the third, Mikayla Ruppert had a double, was awarded third base because of interference, and scored on an RBI by Alexa Burger.

Phantoms looking for long playoff run

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.

That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.

Via All-Star Game held this past weekend

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.

The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local senior high school basketball players.

Liberty track opens with wins over EHS

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes opened the 2018 track and field season with an 83-67 victory for the girls’ team over Easton and an 87-62 victory for the boys’ team also over Easton last Wednesday at Easton.

First place finishers for the Hurricane girls were Payton Shaffer in the 100 in 12.8 and in the 200 in 26.6.

Greta Stuckey won the 800 in 2:26.5.

Liberty’s girls won all three relay events, the 4x1 in 51.9, the 4x4 in 4:10.1, and the 4x8 in 10:16.8.

Buck numbers are up

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.

During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units.