Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gold rallies for victory at McDonald’s All-Star Game

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

This year’s game was the opposite of last year’s 65-62 point frenzy, where both teams actually played defense and stopped the opposition and featured a bit of intrigue, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) came back from a 22-7 deficit to overpower the Red squad (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).

“It felt great to come away with the winning score,” said Petros. “The play was drew up for me to get the ball and it worked out. It’s a great way to end my senior year.”

Hawks Hope Brown commits to Holy Cross

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic basketball player Hope Brown has committed to Holy Cross where she will continue her academic and athletic career after graduating from Becahi in 2018.

“I had that moment when I was there, that this is where I’m meant to be, and my mom did too,” said Brown. “It still doesn’t feel real.”

Brown also considered Wagner College and West Point, and the latter seemed like a very good option for Brown until she visited Holy Cross.

On Brown’s recent visit, Crusader freshman Madalyn Smith told Brown more about the basketball program and the atmosphere.

Street signs with Jets

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

A few times before his current one, Devin Street has been in the same situation. In fact, the former Liberty High and University of Pittsburgh standout recalled how it began back in his youth.

“Even when I was eight years old, people always doubted me,” recounted the wide receiver. “I always heard that I was too thin. I had a few offers out of high school, but people still never thought that I could make it.”

LV Cup softball goes 1-1 on opening day

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team went 1-1 on Monday when they defeated Jersey Shore 2-0 and lost to Berks County/LL 7-2 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

In its first game, Lehigh Valley and Jersey Shore were scoreless until Southern Lehigh’s Danielle Barnes hit a two-run home run. Whitehall’s Rachel Arner also scored after having walked.

Becahi’s Alexa Panuccio pitched the fourth inning, forcing two ground outs and a fly ball.

Kyle Haas back for McDonald’s game

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.

For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).

Yurconic named boys tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior John Yurconic II was named District XI Male Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Honestly, it’s a great feeling,” Yurconic said. “I thought I already had the icing on the cake, so I think this is something on top of that. It’s been an amazing four years.”

Yurconic played four years of varsity singles tennis for the Falcons, compiling a record of 77-21. He is the 2017 District XI Class 2A singles tennis champion, and he was a PIAA state doubles tennis champion with Mason Groff in 2016.

Spring-Ford eliminates Liberty softball

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes were loose before the start of their PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal game against Spring-Ford last Thursday, singing and laughing to music playing over the PA system at Parkland High School.

That’s what Coach Sam Carrodo wanted them to be, loose and happy, as he motioned “louder” to his team as the music ended. So all things considered, it was a surprise to many that this Hurricane team fell so hard to the Spring-Ford Rams by a score of 9-2.

Two Hawks named to softball Cup team

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic juniors, Alexa Pannucio and Jess Indelicato, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team, coached by Blake Morgan.

This is Indelicato’s second year on the team, but for Panuccio, it is her first.

“Jess has given me a little bit of insight,” said Panuccio, who will pitch or play the outfield, while Indelicato will play shortstop or third base.

LV Cup team opens this week

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The 2017 Carpenter Cup baseball rosters were announced last week, as the team opens up their 25th season in the event taking place at Philadelphia’s FDR and Citizen’s Bank Park.

The team’s opening round contest takes place on Thursday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m. against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.

The complete roster for the team is below.

Becahi’s Matt Morrow, a senior pitcher, is the lone Bethlehem area player on the team.

Brittain Shander (11) INF Northampton

Michael Jenkins (12) P Parkland

Matt Morrow (12) P Becahi