Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FHS cheers ready for season

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom varsity cheerleaders Jordan Collins and Madison Fey are set to lead the Patriots as captains for the upcoming sports and competition seasons.

Zeanah Bey, Mikayla Fey, Juliana Guzzo, Aracelis Marquez, Leslie Morales, Laycie Parker, Julia Ronca, Isabella Schaffer, Reese Schleppy, Amelia Stocker, Abigail Stocker, Sophia Szvetecz, and Carly Wrecsics make up the rest of the squad.

The Patriots attended an NCA Camp in Honesdale, Pa. recently along with the junior varsity cheerleaders.

Patriots start 1-1

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ tennis team opened its season last week with a win and a loss, defeating East Stroudsburg North and losing to Stroudsburg.

In the Patriots’ match against the Mountaineers last Thursday at Freedom, Freedom’s Isabella Szmadis and Stroudsburg’s Vasilia Briegel played for almost three hours when Briegel pulled out the win, 7-5, 7-5, at two singles.

Freedom’s Vaideh Chinovawar lost at one singles, 1-6, 1-6, but Dymea Schippers won at three singles, 6-0, 6-1.

LHS 3-0 after a week

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

With one week of high school tennis in the books, the Liberty Hurricanes got off to a 3-0 start that included an upset, a blowout, and a 4 1/2 hour match in sweltering heat.

The latter, against Whitehall, was Liberty’s first match of the new season, played at Whitehall last Monday when Veronica Lynn and Margeaux Donchez clinched the 4-3 victory at one doubles, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, against Natalia Pedraza and Noel Yacoub.

Earlier in the day, Lynn lost to Pedraza, 3-6, 3-6, and Angie Ronca lost to Yacoub, 0-6, 0-6, but Donchez defeated Nicole Asmar 7-6, 6-2, all in singles play.

Freedom hosts cross country scrimmage

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s cross country team hosted its second annual scrimmage last Thursday attended by Whitehall and Southern Lehigh.

Freedom coach Bob Thear saw the scrimmage as a good opportunity for everyone involved since the official start to the season isn’t until Sept. 10.

“I wanted to get something under our belts, especially for the new people - let them feel the distance out and get comfortable, as opposed to potentially throwing them right into the deep end,” Thear said. “I do have a lot of freshmen between the two teams.”

McGorry one of the good guys

Thursday, August 29, 2019 by The Press in Sports

Sometimes in life, you have to recognize the good guys.

They are the ones who often are taken for granted for all the good they do and bring to a situation.

Bethlehem Catholic’s Tim McGorry is one of those.

McGorry, who began his 17th year as Bethlehem Catholic’s golf coach last week, also recently retired after a 34-year career as a theology teacher.

He truly is a credit to his profession.

McGorry always has professed and exhibited what he taught. You quickly realize that McGorry doesn’t spin any of his thoughts. They are honest and heartfelt.

Teams ready for new football season

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The aspirations for a championship season started way back in winter lifting sessions for most area football teams, but all the offseason work now comes out on display this weekend with the official opening of the 2019 season kicking off this Friday night.

For the Bethlehem area teams, it’s the beginning of expected championship aspirations for Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic and hopeful resurgence for Liberty.

Pete’s Top-10: Pates kick off 2019 as favorites

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Welcome to another year of the high school football season and the season keeps getting earlier.

With teams across the state missing out on one extra scrimmage this year, opening weekend is generally an extension of the preseason for many teams in the EPC South, but we do have a marquee battle in the Colonial League with a showdown between two league favorites, Northwestern and Notre Dame, as well as a showdown between Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley.

Week 1 picks make most people look like geniuses, so let’s hope nobody makes me look dumb this week.

Catty Corner wins TOC title

Saturday, August 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

James Snyder always will have plenty of memories of the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). It has been a part of his life as well as his family’s since his early days as a youth.

His father and head Catty boys’ basketball coach, Eric, instituted the tournament 30 years ago.

“I have been involved with the TOC since I was a little kid,” recalled Snyder. “I remember giving Chris Michael, Gary Laubach, and Dick Tracy T-shirts at halftime.

“In high school, I was announcing in it. So, not just to play it, but also win it, makes the moment feel extra special for me.”