Bethlehem Press

Saturday, November 17, 2018

BC cheerleaders get bid to nationals

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In their first official competition of the season, Bethlehem Catholic's cheerleaders won a bid to nationals on Nov. 18 at a competition in Toms River, NJ.

"It felt amazing," said Becahi captain, Rachel Rosa.

After an unusually long wait to perform, the Hawks competed in the small/medium varsity division and took fifth place.

"It was hard to wait. We were second-to-last in our division. We were really nervous. It was one of the biggest competitions we've ever been to, and the national champion was there," Rosa said.

Hawks have 'natural spirit'

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In preparation for competition season, Bethlehem Catholic's competition cheerleading squad participated in a cheerleading showcase on Nov. 11 at Shawnee Middle School in Easton.

Evaluated by UCA judges, the Hawks were credited with "natural spirit."

Becahi's competition routine begins with standing tucks and ends with a pyramid.

"We've been working on it for awhile, and we had the full routine last week. The dance is really cool. All the music is made up of songs no one knows. That's why it's different. The dance is fierce," said Becahi co-captain, Haley Varju.

All-stars named

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by The Press in Sports

District 11 named its volleyball all-stars recently.

In Class AA, Becahi's Lauren Hess, Maddie Titus and Kelsey Mowrey made the first team.

In Class AAA, Liberty's Brooke Priestas was named to the first team. The second team featured Freedom's Rylie Haas as the only local player.

@Body.bd.cntr:DISTRICT 11 VOLLEYBALL

ALL-STARS

Class A

Most Valuable Player

Mary Kate Sherkness (Marian Catholic, 12th, Outside Hitter)

@Body.bd.cntr:FIRST TEAM

Freedom cheerleaders prep for competition

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom's competition cheerleading squad is preparing for its first competition on Dec. 8 at the Cheersport Philly Grand Competition at Villanova University.

The Patriots' routine begins with tumbling and a jump sequence and ends with a dance.

"We're using a lot of Celine Dion songs; a lot of old stuff; a lot of throwbacks this year," said Freedom captain, Emilee Strange.

The Patriots went to a cheerleading camp in July, when they first started working on their routine.

BC looks to do it again

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling program has accomplished a lot over the past two years, but that doesn't mean they're satisfied.

With back-to-back District 11 2A and PIAA 2A titles in hand, along with their first Lehigh Valley Conference championship last season, the Hawks return looking to do it all over again.

Head coach Jeff Karam begins his fifth year (18th overall) at the helm of the program with the expectations unchanged.

LHS courts need repair

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

'Canes tennis coach Leo Schnalzer pushes issue

There is no love lost between Liberty High School's tennis teams and the filthy, crumbling tennis courts on which they are forced to play.

In 2007, Liberty tennis coach, Leo Schnalzer, decided to do something about it. Little did he know, his hands would be tied, and five years later, he continues to wait and hope and fight for any repairs to be made.

The good news is that it appears as though the tennis courts will be resurfaced this summer, according to Mark Stein, Director of Facilities and Operations for the Bethlehem Area School District.

Donnelly to Lehigh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

It hasn't happened during Andy Pitsilos's 11-year tenure as baseball coach at Liberty, but there's always a first time for everything.

Senior shortstop Pat Donnelly became the first Liberty player under Pitsilos to commit to a college early, when he announced this month that he would attend Lehigh University to play baseball.

Donnelly, who was a first-team all state selection last year, took advantage of making the decision now.

Donnelly to Lehigh

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by PETER CAR in Sports

It hasn't happened during Andy Pitsilos's 11-year tenure as baseball coach at Liberty, but there's always a first time for everything.

Senior shortstop Pat Donnelly became the first Liberty player under Pitsilos to commit to a college early, when he announced this month that he would attend Lehigh University to play baseball.

Donnelly, who was a first-team all state selection last year, took advantage of making the decision now.

Voices of anglers and boaters are needed

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by NICK HROMIAK Special to the Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will lose federal funding of nearly a million dollars that you helped contribute if Congress fails to pass a budget before the end of the year. Our federal government could breach trust with America's anglers and boaters by sequestering their contributions from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Safety Trust Fund that goes to pay for aquatic resource conservation, public access to waterways and boating safety education, says the PF&BC.

Freedom ice hockey off to a nice start

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by JEFF MOELLER Special to the Press in Sports

Freedom head hockey coach Mike Mould has been waiting for this season.

His squad began the season with 15 seniors, many of whom have been with the program for several years and those same upperclassmen endured their share of bumps and bruises their first two years in struggling years of the program.

Last season, Freedom hockey team caught fire late in the season, piecing together an impressive run that lead them into the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL) final against Parkland.