Bethlehem Press

Monday, April 24, 2017

Pates want to take the next step

Monday, April 10, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom hopes that this spring can be a breakout campaign for the girls lacrosse program.

After an 8-10 finish a year ago, head coach Charis Innarella enters her fourth year at the helm optimistic with what this year’s crop of girls can achieve.

“We have exceptional leadership this season within our core players,” said Innarella. “Our stick skills continue to improve and we have gained valuable experience over the past season. The success of our team will feed off of the closeness and passion our kids have for each other and for the game of lacrosse.”

Expectations high for LHS

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

As long as Andy Pitsilos is in charge of Liberty’s baseball program, the expectations don’t really waver from year-to-year.

The Hurricanes finished last year 15-8 and reached the East Penn Conference semifinals and the District 11 4A quarterfinals.

Going deeper and adding some hardware is something that Pitsilos always has his eyes set on and that shouldn’t change this spring, as the Hurricanes will be looked as one of the contenders to win the EPC’s Steel Division crown.

Meant to Move aims to help reduce injuries

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Meant to Move is a studio in Bethlehem owned and operated by certified Pilates teacher and licensed Yamuna Body Rolling practitioner, Jeanne Reilly, who teaches techniques that lead to more flexibility, greater muscle tone, and better posture.

“Both are low impact and can enhance everything you do in life,” said Reilly, who has clients of all ages. “My push right now is to teach more of our youth, and my dream would be to educate gym teachers, health teachers, and educators in general, and coaches in the schools who work with kids every day.”

Patriots hope to replicate banner year

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It might be difficult for Freedom to replicate the type of success they had a year ago, but the Pates will certainly look to make another run at the league and district titles this spring.

Coming off a 19-5 campaign, which saw them go 12-4 in the East Penn Conference regular season, to go along with their first EPC championship, expectations are elevated for the 2016 spring.

Head coach Nick D’Amico enters his 11th season at the helm and hopes that the loss in graduation won’t overshadow the potential of this year’s returning group.

Via games provide fun, entertainment

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

All-star games are meant to be fun for the players and entertaining for its crowds. After a high school basketball season that saw plenty of local area teams reach the state tournament, Saturday’s Via All-Star Basketball Classic was a refreshing ending to plenty senior players’ careers.

In the first two contests of a four-game schedule of the 42nd Annual Via All Star Basketball Classic at Northampton Community College, the North and South teams split the outcomes. The South girls defeated the North, 45-38, in the first game, followed by a 102-85 victory for the North boys.

’Canes softball gets confidence boost

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s 14-3 victory over Easton last Thursday at Easton was a huge confidence boost for the Hurricanes to start the 2017 softball season.

“I think their confidence went way up, not overconfident, but good,” said Liberty head coach Sam Carrodo, who is beginning his third season with the Hurricanes.

“We knew Easton played Central Bucks South the day before and beat them, and Central Bucks South has a pretty good team. So we came out and did what we did, and I was very happy, but, yes, I was a little bit surprised with the amount of runs we scored.”

Area tennis teams continue to battle the weather

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Last week’s high school tennis matches were more a matter of hit or miss than win or lose because of inclement weather, so with only two matches played by Liberty so far this season, Bethlehem Catholic has played five, and both will face off this Thursday at Liberty.

The Hurricanes are currently 2-0, scoring 6-1 victories over Pleasant Valley and Stroudsburg.

Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer has kept Dan Lynn and Jacob Berg at number one and three singles, respectively, and both won their individual matches against the Bears and the Mountaineers.

Parkland tops Becahi

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two runs in the first inning and two runs in the third were enough for Parkland to hold Bethlehem Catholic at bay in the Trojans’ 4-1 victory over the Hawks on Monday at Becahi.

“That was nice,” said Parkland pitcher Aubree Fritzinger. “[The early lead] really helped everyone settle in. We knew it would be a tough game from the beginning.”

Becahi scored its only run in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple to deep right field by third baseman Alexis Lopez, driving in Alyssa Jimenez who had a bunt single.

FHS girls have big squad

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom High School’s softball team will roster a squad of 14, including five returners and a new pitcher, for the 2017 season.

“We have a large squad this year,” said Patriot head coach Nora Borger, who is beginning her fifth season at Freedom. “They all worked really hard in the off season.”

Returning for the Patriots are Jana Boksan at catcher, and Arielle Gonzalez, Shalyn Banas, Julia Roman, and Taylor Resetar, all outfielders.