Last year, softball teams in the East Penn Conference participated in a Play Purple Day for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Awareness, inspired by Nazareth player Toni Anne Hahn, and suggested by her coach Tony Cocca.
This year, the EPC softball teams will participate in Play Electric Blue Day for Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome Awareness, inspired by Owen Howkins, and suggested by Liberty coach Sam Carrodo.
Owen is the boy from England whom Carrodo first saw on an ESPN documentary, which told the story of Owen’s rare muscle disease and his bond with his dog Haatchi.
Mike Grasso will be celebrating a milestone of coaching his 900th baseball game this season, but he hopes his Bethlehem Catholic squad can celebrate a postseason berth in his 31st year at the helm of the program.
The Golden Hawks finished 6-15 last year, but should be in position to improve on that mark with a more experienced group.
They’ll need every win they can get in the EPC’S tough Steel Division, as the Hawks look to get back into the postseason.
Grasso is confident in this year’s group, as they look to bounce back from a down year.
John Yanek can’t get enough of coaching volleyball and this year’s Freedom team might be one everyone can get excited about.
Yanek enters his 28th season at the helm of the program and is coming off an 11-10 campaign from a year ago, but has high hopes for this year’s team coming into the spring.
“Almost all the boys played off season for Velocity,” said Yanek. “In our two scrimmages, we looked good. We have high hopes to finish in the top six in the district.”
Back for the Pates are Mike Marakovits (Jr), Brad Turocy (Jr), David Barnes (So) and Jared Franges (Jr).
With some sun and warmer temperatures, the snow we had last week should hopefully melt enough to allow access to area stream banks and lake shores for Saturday’s, March 31 regional trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.
The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission adds that their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program stocks 21 streams across the state with 14-20-inch trout. The trout, they say, will be stocked at a rate of 175-225 per mile. Anglers are invited to visit the agency’s website to see the list of these selected waters.
Experience matters in sports and Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team will have that heading into this spring.
The boost from getting varsity minutes back on the floor should lead to an improved product for the Hawks after last year’s 8-8 season, which saw them reach the District 11 2A final before falling in five games to Christopher Dock.
With a core of returners back this season, head coach Jeff Koch is hoping a breakout season is on the cusp.
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team opened its season on Thursday against Stroudsburg when the Mountaineers defeated the Hawks 5-2.
Winning their matches for Becahi were Kyle Smedley at number two singles, who defeated Jolen Nortey 6-1, 6-1, and Nick Cenek at number three singles, who defeated Caleb Secor 6-2, 6-0.
Matt Falteich is the Hawks’ number one singles player this year.
The Liberty hockey team may not have had the results in terms of wins this year, finishing at 4-10-1, but their season was still filled with highlights and quality play.
The Hurricanes were actually a mix of kids from all over the area, which included Saucon Valley, Phillipsburg, Warren Hills, Pocono Mountain, Palmerton, Moravian Academy and Quakertown.
Defending District XI tennis champions, the Liberty Hurricanes, are returning to the courts this week to open the 2018 boys’ tennis season.
Sophomore Louis Gruber will play at number one singles, sophomore David Lynn will play at two singles, and senior Gavin Snyder will play at three singles.
Gruber is the 2017 district doubles champ, along with Dan Lynn who has since graduated.
David Lynn moves up from two doubles last year, and Snyder is also moving up from doubles.
Bethlehem Catholic went through a roller-coaster ride in Monday’s PIAA 4A semifinal against Imhotep Charter, but when the final buzzer sounded it was time for the Hawks to get off the ride on their 2017-18 season.
Donta Scott scored a game-high 27 points to help lead Imhotep to a 65-60 victory at Reading’s Geigle Complex. The Panthers (30-2) carry a 21-game winning streak into Thursday’s state championship against District 7’s Sharon, but you can say that Monday’s matchup might have been the real state championship contest.