After Bethlehem Catholic’s first tennis match against Emmaus last Monday, the Hawks’ season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday as snow and ice blanketed the courts on Illick’s Mill as well as the rest of the region, and it is unknown when the season’s matches will resume.
“It was sunny and not windy, but obviously cold on Monday. It was certainly doable,” said Becahi coach George Harmanos.
Notre Dame of Bethlehem recently won the CYO high school state championship title, but the story that led to the moment is perhaps what sports is all about.
Head coach Michael Horvath, of Hanover Township, guided the kids as far back as their elementary school days.
“I’ve been coaching this group of boys since they were in the third and fourth grades from Notre Dame of Bethlehem,” Horvath said, “which eventually led to a district championship in their eighth grade year and a third-place finish in the Diocesan playoffs in 2013.”
Bethlehem Catholic junior Joseph Bozzi clinched two silver medals at the District XI Class AA Swimming Championships on Mar. 3 at Parkland High School.
Bozzi’s first medal was awarded after he took second place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.21.
“I was happy. It was expected, and I was satisfied with it,” Bozzi said. “The fly felt good, my backstroke was slower, my breast stroke was slow, but I came back really strong in the free.”
Marian’s Danny Berlitz placed first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:54.02.
Moravian College and Notre Dame Green Pond graduate Mike Antonis has been named head coach for Freedom High School’s boys’ tennis team.
“I heard there was an opening, and I kind of missed the team dynamic,” said Antonis, who was a 2013 District XI doubles champion with Fran Mowrey in 2013.
Currently, Antonis is searching for possible indoor court time for the Patriots while waiting for outdoor conditions to improve after last week’s storm.
Freedom senior Jon Fiorentino will be the Patriots’ number one singles player after playing doubles last year.
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ 51-24 victory over Lower Moreland on Saturday meant a PIAA State Class 4A basketball semifinal game for the Hawks this Tuesday night, past Press deadlines.
In their second round playoff game last Thursday, it took almost two and a half minutes to see whether Becahi or Berks Catholic would score first, but Tessa Zamolyi’s three pointer at 5:43 started the Hawks on a nine point run in their 72-35 victory over the Saints at Souderton Area High School.
Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.
The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.
The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.
Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.
The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.
Mikey Labriola said he hasn’t seen Bethlehem Catholic coach Jeff Karam tear up, but he broke him down Saturday night.
Labriola won his second straight state championship in Hershey following a 17-9 major decision over Clearfield’s Luke McGonigal in the 170-pound 3A finals, ending his Becahi career how everyone expected him to.
But one can never anticipate the emotion of the moment, no matter how far you see it coming.
Luke Werner’s 2017 trip to Hershey for the PIAA wrestling tournament can be simply defined as a fun experience.
It was the greatest run he’s ever had at the Giant Center and it culminated with a silver medal performance, following a 13-3 defeat to Northampton’s Julian Chlebove during Saturday night’s 120-pound 3A championship.
It marked the third time in as many weeks that Werner lost to Chlebove in a finals situation, dropping both the district and regional titles to the Northampton sophomore.
Scranton Prep was not about to allow Bethlehem Catholic to hand them a second loss this season, but neither were the Hawks going to hand the Classics a state playoff victory last Friday at Easton Area Middle School.
“I told our team, we’ve got to break through. We’ve got to get away, so being able to start it, once our momentum goes, I know our team is going to come through,” said Becahi guard Taliyah Medina.