Bethlehem Press

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Weather alters Colonial, EPC hoop schedules

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Colonial League and East Penn Conference playoff schedules for basketball were pushed back due to weather and school closings this week.

Tonight’s games (Thursday, Feb. 14) are as follows for the Colonial League:

Catasauqua High School

5:45 p.m.- Girls #1 Notre Dame-Green Pond vs. #4 Bangor

7:30 p.m. - Boys #1 Moravian Academy vs. #4 Bangor

Whitehall High School

6 p.m. - Girls #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Northwestern Lehigh

7:45 p.m. - Boys #2 Southern Lehigh vs. #3 Notre Dame-Green Pond

Patriot boys and girls win

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s swim team picked up two wins last week when the Patriot girls defeated Pocono Mountain West, 127-56, and the Patriot boys also defeated Pocono Mountain West, 112-58.

Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Abby Burnette, and Nicole Spaziani won the 200 medley relay for the girls in 2:07.69, and Dominic Fresoli, Sahil Shah, Andrew Ehret, and Danny Connell won the 200 medley relay for the boys in 1:55.15.

Sophie Twigger took first place in the 200 free in 2:20.83, and Al Bell won the same event in 1:46.65.

Hillier won the 200 IM in 2:37.59.

EPC, Colonial announce tourney matchups

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference and Colonial League announced matchups for their respective league tournaments, which start Friday.

In the EPC, the Bethlehem Catholic boys get the top seed and will host eight-seed Easton at 7:30 p.m. Emmaus earns the second seed and will host Central at 6 p.m.

Freedom takes the fifth seed and will travel to Nazareth for a 7:30 p.m. game while Allen sneaked in on the final night of play to earn the sixth seed and a date at Pocono Mountain East for a 7 p.m. game.

Wrestling: Hawks emerge with gold

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by TOM WENBORG in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks avenged their only regular season dual meet loss by defeating the Liberty Hurricanes 34-22 to win the District XI AAA team wrestling title.

The Hawks head to Hershey looking to claim their second consecutive state team championship and their third in four years.

Beca reached the final on the strength of 41-13 win over Northampton in their semifinal. Liberty got a final bout pin at 152 by Jason Rezac to get by Nazareth 26-24 in the other semi.

Boys hoops: Hawks are on top

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic coach Scott McClary still feels like his Golden Hawks have room for improvement and that may be a scary proposition for opposing teams heading into the postseason.

The Hawks (17-3, 13-1) enter the final week of the regular season first place in their division and the top-seed in the East Penn Conference with games against Dieruff (3-16) and Allen (11-7) this week.

With Becahi in prime position to head into the EPC playoffs with the number-one seed and only one regular season loss, McClary is taking it all in stride.

Article By: Scott Pagel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

As eastern Pennsylvania comes out of a deep freeze, the AHL season is two-thirds over and there are just 25 games remaining for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. A lot has happened this season with more than just the usual up-and-down player movements and the Phantoms have made it through in relatively good shape. Now, as the end is starting to come into view, it comes time to realize that the Atlantic Division is one big tightly packed mess.

Patriot girls defeat Liberty

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Two times in two days, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team defeated both city rivals, and on Friday night in the first game of a girl-boy doubleheader, the Patriots topped Liberty, 56-26, at Liberty.

“Tonight was another cross town rival and it was good to beat them both in a row,” said the Patriots’ top scorer, Jennifer Kokolus, who had 18 points against the Hurricanes. “I tried to run the floor as hard as I can. My teammates always find me. They’re always selfless.”

The Patriots led 28-12 at halftime, but the disparity did not cause Freedom to back down.

FHS hockey knocks off Parkland again

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team is playing a different role in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) this winter.

That’s what happens when you’re undefeated and knock off the defending nine-time, defending champions twice during the regular season.

Beginning this week, the Patriots had an unblemished 13-0 mark, scoring an incredible 113 goals and allowing a minuscule 12 goals. They downed perennial power Parkland 3-0 on Oct. 22 and 5-1 Dec. 17, breaking their undefeated regular season streak of 115 games.