Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Roelker named girls tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior Leandra Roelker was named District XI Female Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Oh my gosh, this is crazy,” Roelker said. “It’s such an honor to even be considered. I could have been happy to go home a scholar-athlete [nominee].”

Roelker’s record was 21-3 at number one singles this year.

End of the line for LHS Great year concludes in state semis

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It started out as a bright and sunny afternoon for baseball, but quickly turned into storm of runs for Pennsbury during Monday’s PIAA 6A semifinal showdown with Liberty.

The Falcons erupted in the top of the third inning for nine runs to douse any hope for the Hurricanes, as Liberty’s memorable season came to a close at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, falling in a five-inning 10-run rule by a final 12-0 score line.

District 11 will form a hall of fame

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District XI will be bringing their own Hall of Fame to town when the inaugural class will be inducted on October 14, 2018.

News of the announcement came last week as The District XI Hall of Fame will include athletes, coaches, officials, and contributors and will be reflective of those individual’s contributions on the District XI high school level.

Postgraduate, collegiate, or professional performance will not be assessed in selecting Hall of Fame recipients.

Outdoors: Black bass season set to open

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Second only to trout, black bass is the most popular sport fish that Pennsylvania anglers fish for. And beginning June 17, the season for them opens with a creel limit of six and a size limit of at least 12 inches.

Despite this, most bass anglers wisely practice catch-and-release. It’s not because largemouth and smallmouth bass aren’t good eating, because they are. It’s because they’re more fun to catch-and-release as they can be caught again another day.

LHS baseball’s first since 2007

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Gabe Albino knew he had to make up for an eighth inning error in last Wednesday’s District 11 6A championship against Parkland.

His ninth inning lead off triple put the pressure on Parkland in a deadlocked 1-1 ballgame and a shallow sac fly by Caleb Tereska gave Albino the shot to push ahead the winning run.

As he tagged back to third base, the play at the plate was a microcosm of a championship bout, as the throw home was on time, but Albino slid just to the side, under the arm of the catcher’s mitt, to give Liberty a 2-1 lead that would stick.

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf coming to area

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Since 2003, YWCA Bethlehem has introduced hundreds of Lehigh Valley girls to the game of golf through the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Program.

Working with over 375 affiliate sites across the United States, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf empowers girls and young women ages 7-17 to be strong and confident so that they can excel in their daily lives. The LPGA-USGA program promotes self-esteem and fitness through the “Five E’s” of Girls Golf: Empower, Enrich, Engage, Energize, Exercise. The national program has grown steadily since its beginning in 1989 and now serves over 50,000 girls each year.

Liberty wins opener at states

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Miranda Kinney’s lead-off double to left center field in the bottom of the fifth inning was the start of runs on the board for the Liberty Hurricanes in their 2-0 victory over Penn Manor in the first round of PIAA State Class 6A softball playoffs on Monday at Pates Park.

“I heard their pitcher [Brittany Hook] was pretty good with her rise ball and change up, but I knew we needed this for the team, and I wanted to start something,” Kinney said.

Jess Watts followed with a double to right field, and the Hurricanes took a 1-0 lead.

LHS girls top unbeaten PHS

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes knew if they hit well, they could win a district final, but it was their defense that also shined as they became District XI Class 6A softball champions with a 3-1 victory over Parkland last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.

“It’s really hard to explain,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I had four state championships when I coached at Northampton Community College, but winning this one here, with the odds against us, and the Parkland mystique, and that tension, it’s just unbelievable.”

Becahi Connie Mack returns strong team

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic Connie Mack team is returning eight starters from a successful campaign a year ago, and that could mean good things for the 2017 season.

So far it has as the team is off to a 4-0 start as of late last week, already beating South Parkland and Lower Mac.

“Last season was our inaugural Connie Mack season at Becahi but we had great year finishing fifth out of 24 teams in the regular season,” said head coach Jack Daddona. “With that said, and returning eight experienced starters, you can imagine the boys are excited for the year.”

’Canes Kaylin West spends year at IMG

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

There can’t be many things better than spending your first post-graduate year from high school by living in Florida. Double that idea with having sports as your full-time job for the school year and it becomes even more intriguing for any student-athlete.

For Liberty graduate (2016) Kaylin West, you can say, she was living the dream this past year.

West officially received a scholarship to Coastal Carolina recently to become apart of their women’s basketball program after spending the past season eating and breathing basketball at IMG Academy, located in Brandenton, Fl.