Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 19, 2019

Pates look for encore

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom’s girls lacrosse program will look to build off what they accomplished last season when they made a run to the District 11 quarterfinals.

The Pates finished 14-7 a year ago and hope to build on that with head coach Charis Innarella back at the helm.

“We have an awesome group of players who are very coachable,” said Innarella. “This team has been putting in the work and continues to push and support each other everyday.”

LHS girls eye postseason

Thursday, April 4, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After finishing last season with a 5-12 record, Liberty’s girls lacrosse team is hoping they can take a leap into postseason contention.

Laurie Muller enters her third season at the helm of the program and expects to take steps forward from last year’s campaign.

“My goal for our team is to make the playoffs for the first time,” said Muller. “I feel that we have the ability to make a presence this year in the league and force competitive games.”

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Thursday, April 4, 2019 by The Press in Sports


Suburban Dart League


Star of Beth 49 26 .653

St. Paul’s 44 25 .638

Bath Luth 44 28 .611

Dryland 42 33 .560

Ebenezer 36 39 .480

Christ UCC 34 38 .472

Emmanuel 35 40 .467

Light of Christ 30 42 .417

Salem UCC 30 42 .417

Farmersville 29 43 .403

St. Stephen’s 29 46 .387

St. Stephen’s (9-5, 4-2) at

St. Paul’s (9-2)

SS - Art Obenrader 6-13, Jon Hoysan 5-13 HR, Ed Wychock 5-14, Allan Beahm HR.

Via games set to take place Saturday

Friday, March 29, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The 44th Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic is slated for Saturday, March 30, at Northampton Community College.

The event features four games involving all-star senior players from all parts of the Lehigh Valley.

The Via All-Star Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities, showcases the basketball talents of area student athletes, and educates attendees about Via and the need for community support through financial, partnership and advocacy support.

Pates hockey team falls in playoffs

Friday, March 29, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Freedom’s hockey team had a momentous season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL), going undefeated during the regular season with a 15-0-1 mark while scoring 133 goals and allowing just 17.

Unfortunately, it didn’t end well for the Patriots, as they lost to Northampton, 7-4, in a one-game playoff in the opening round of the LVSHL postseason.

Freedom had a 4-4 tie with Phillipsburg in their second-to-last regular season game.

Young Hawks team looking to battle

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Youth will be a theme for Bethlehem Catholic’s baseball team this season, but head coach Mike Grasso won’t let that stop the Hawks from pursuing their goals this season.

Grasso, who enters his 32nd season, is always optimistic about his team’s chances.

“You know we have a young team and a young group of pitchers,” he said, “but these kids are working hard and I’m sure that they’re going to fight to be very competitive.”

Pates back to defend

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

After winning the District 11 6A title last season, Freedom now has the bull’s-eye on their backs heading into this spring.

The Pates, who won their first district title since 1999 last spring in a 2-1 win over Parkland, enter with expectations, but also with a lack of experience from last year’s Cinderella run through the district tournament as a seventh seed.

LHS looks to be back in contention

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

If Andy Pitsilos is the coach of Liberty’s baseball program the goals will never change. The Hurricanes are coming off a 17-6 campaign last season, which saw them make a run to the District 11 6A semifinals. Pitsilos expects the team to be in similar position this spring, as the Hurricanes hope to continue to reload.

“Our outlook for the team and our goals never change,” Pitsilos said. “We want to win our division, then the league, and then the district title and compete in states. With the team we have all of our goals can be achieved.”

Heidecker is new FHS track coach

Friday, March 29, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s track and field team has a new head coach, former North Hunterdon High School (Annandale, N.J.) coach Charlie Heidecker.

“I was so lucky that the head coach position was open at Freedom. I interviewed with Nate Stannard, and he offered me the job,” said Heidecker. “Everyone at Freedom has just been the best to me. I was so happy I could leave NHHS in a positive situation and land at such a welcoming place as Freedom where I could still coach.”