Bethlehem Press

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Outdoors: check out reborn Firing Line shooting range

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you were a former member or used the Firing Line indoor shooting range on Roosevelt Street on the border of Whitehall and North Whitehall townships that closed a few years ago upon the passing of its owner, you owe it to yourself to check out the new Firing Line.

The Firing Line has been reborn and has transformed into a first class indoor shooting facility that sports a vastly improved and state-of-the-art air filtration system, exceptional sound proofing, classrooms, lounge area and retail shop in the enlarged former building.

Patriots knock off Central

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

It may have been the first game of the season, but the Freedom defense looks like it’s in midseason form.

The Patriots (1-0)forced three turnovers and held Central Catholic (0-1) to seven three-and-out possessions in Saturday night’s 27-3 victory at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown.

Freedom entered halftime with a 7-3 lead and Central Catholic was never able to make up ground in the second half — literally. The Vikings produced negative net yardage for the first 19 minutes of the second half until generating some first downs in the game’s last possession.

Pates beat Parkland

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ tennis team turned an “if” into a “done” when they defeated Parkland for the second straight year on Aug. 22 at Freedom by a score of 6-1.

Natalie Sinai won at one singles against Murong Yao 6-4, 6-4, and Rebecca Placko won at two singles against Joanna Wu 6-1, 7-6 (7-5).

In a three set match at two doubles, Anjali Chhugani and Olivia Chhugani came out on top 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4.

Twinkle Gupta and Meghan Smith won at three doubles 6-4, 6-1, and Megan Cavanaugh and Hannah Nicholls won at four doubles 6-0, 6-1.

’Canes blast ESS

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty’s football team got off to a hot start in last week’s season opener, posting a 39-6 romp on the road at East Stroudsburg South.

The Hurricanes started off slow, but once they got rolling, the offense didn’t stop, as they jumped out to a 32-0 halftime lead.

Quarterback Todd Erney opened the scoring with a 32-yard TD throw to Jay McGill in the first quarter.

Hawks pummel PMW

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

You could say that Bethlehem Catholic’s season opening win over Pocono Mountain West was an opportunity for them to iron out some wrinkles.

It also provided evidence as to why the Hawks are primed to be one of the most dangerous teams in the area this season.

Running back Tavion Banks displayed his flashy play in the backfield, as he ran for 148 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries to spearhead the running game, while quarterback Javon Clements was an efficient 7-of-11 for 142 yards and a score in the 58-14 victory.

Pete’s Top-10 No. 1 spot under threat

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Week 1 of the high school football season told us what we expected: the EPC North football teams can’t compete with their neighbors in the south — but we already knew that.

Now, the real season begins with divisional play, highlighted by a slate of intriguing games this weekend.

The Colonial League saw Palisades make a play for a possible run at the league crown with their win over Notre Dame last week, but how will Week 2 shake out?

Check out the picks below in this week’s edition of the top 10.

1. Emmaus (1-0)

Last week’s rank: #1

Hawk golfers win 2

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by The Press in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s golf team beat Whitehall and Easton but fell to Emmaus in a match from last week at Brookside Country Club’s Par-71.

The Hawks shot a 434, behind only the Hornets’ 407. The Hawks Sean Costello had a match-best round of 78 to lead all golfers on the day. Emmaus’ Dylan Keopraseut shot a 79.

Patrick Skinner paced Whitehall with a 90 while Andrew Oliveira and Ryan Branstetter shot a 94 to lead Easton.

Ian Masenheimer shot an 87 followed by Kyle Smedley and Trey Kelly who carded 88s. Chad Sodl shot a 93.

Emmaus 407

LV wins Keystone Scholastic silver

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley’s edition in the Keystone State Games Scholastic Division came home with a silver medal from this year’s baseball tournament following an 8-1 loss to West in the tournament finale.

A six-run, sixth inning by West opened the contest up for the eventual gold medal winners, as the Lehigh Valley squad went 3-2 in the tournament.

“Outstanding pitching, great defense, and timely hitting throughout the tournament were the ingredients to our success this year in York,” said head coach Joe Candelmo.

Outdoors: good time to catch up on what’s new

Thursday, August 17, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As we’re in the last of the summer doldrums with fishing being poor because of rain and dove hunting is only upcoming, now’s a good time to catch up on what’s new in the outdoor related marketplace.

If you’re firearms buff, collector or historian, Jerry Lee’s 2018 Gun Digest is a necessary read. In fact, you can spend the remainder of the summer reading this vast collection of firearms information Lee has assembled in his latest work.