If there's one thing synonomous with Thanksgiving, it's also the start of the winter sports season. The winter schedule officially picked up Friday afternoon for schools across the state as coaches and players prepare for another season of winter action.
In Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling room, those dreams of glory have become a mainstay for the Golden Hawks as they return as two-time defending PIAA 2A dual meet champs, but head coach Jeff Karam knows that road will be even tougher this year as his squad deals with graduation.
Tony Jaso (Bethlehem); Tara Wartman McClimon (Douglassville); Heidi Wolfsberger Peoples (Scranton) and Fred Reinhard (Palmerton) made up the class of 2012 that was inducted into the Moravian College Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 9, in Johnston Hall.
Also being honored was Bill Marsh (Carolina Shores, NC, who was presented with the Robert Martin Herbstman Award), and the 1989 men's track team.
All good things must come to an end, but for Bethlehem Catholic's volleyball team, it was just a bit too early.
The Golden Hawks lost in their PIAA 2A opener last Thursday to Pope John Paul II in four games at William Tennent High School.
The Panthers (19-0) won 27-25, 25-22, 11-25 and 25-16 and kept their undefeated season going by winning their quarterfinal over the weekend against Berks Catholic to advance to yesterday's semifinals.
The 80-pound Bethlehem Raiders squad completed a 10-0, undefeated season with a 25-18 victory over the Bethlehem Township Bulldogs in the championship game on Sunday, Oct. 27.
The Raiders jumped out to a 19-0 lead midway through the second quarter on touchdown runs by quarterback Jaylin Freeman and running backs Kyndred Wright and Landon Foster. The Bulldogs rallied with three consecutive touchdown runs by Connor Bevan to close the gap to 19-18 midway through the fourth quarter.
Not a very shocking week in terms of wins and losses, but Parkland's 41-10 victory over Easton pretty much showed everyone what they needed to know about the Trojans. Clearly, the best team around, but it would be interesting to see what the Rough Riders of Catasaqua could do against the Trojans.
Since district sports are run by computers now, maybe we can assemble a computer generated mock Lehigh Valley championship game?
Now that would be fun. Wouldn't it?
1. Parkland (9-2)
Last week's rank: #1
Might as well just put Parkland in the championship.
When KJ Williams walks away from Liberty High School, being the best wide receiver in school history isn't the only part of the equation. Being a good student, good person and a good teammate were all things Williams mentioned .
Not surprisingly though, Williams, is more than just good on the football field.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try to beat Parkland.
That was the advice Freedom cross country coach, Bob Thear, gave to his boys team, in a manner of speaking, prior to the PIAA State Cross Country championships last weekend at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey, Pa.
So, for the fourth time this season, the Patriots defeated the Trojans on Saturday, placing 16th overall to Parkland's 17th.
"For such a young team and having never been to states before, I tried to tell them what it would be like, but you really can't," said Thear.
Bethlehem Catholic cross country runner, John Donchez, relied on his recent past experiences at leagues and districts to get through the unusually hilly Parkview Cross Country Course at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships last weekend in Hershey, Pa.
The Class AA state qualifier completed the race in 18:10, taking 145th.
"For the course, [my time] was pretty good, better than last year at states. I thought I ran a good race," Donchez said.
Liberty may have walked away with an inferior record to Freedom last Saturday, but you couldn't tell by all the smiles plastered across the faces of the Hurricane faithful.
The Hurricanes turned around a 7-6 halftime deficit with a 29-point third quarter to barrel there way through Freedom 41-14 to force a three-way split for the city championship.
It was Liberty's third win of the season, but the 'Canes (3-7) felt like they came away with more over the last month, when they finished the year 3-1 in their final four games.
It was the conclusion to a long football season last Friday night for Bethlehem Catholic. The Hawks finished out their 2012 campaign with a 42-7 defeat at the hands of Central Catholic.
Vikings running back Colin McDermot stole the show by rushing for a Lehigh Valley Conference record 422 yards, while adding five touchdowns to lead Central (5-5) into the district playoffs.
On the other side of the coin, Becahi struggled through a 1-9 campaign and head coach Joe Henrich fully understands the frustration that everyone related to the program feels.