Bethlehem Press

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During this run, BC had the answers

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

What Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team had in the state final were answers, but the questions started being answered at the start of the season when they knew their best player, Taliyah Medina, would be out all year with an injury.

“Our philosophy has been the same all year,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina. “We’re going to work hard. There are things we’ve got to do and make the game ugly. They might not be the tallest, and they might not be the strongest, but they work the hardest together.”

Girls avenge loss to Bonner Prendergast

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team, last year’s state playoff against Bonner Prendergast was the game that got away, and the Hawks never forgot that.

“We just knew, coming out, we do not want to repeat last year,” said Becahi center Abby Brown. “We practiced our fast breaks, we practiced pushing and pushing and pushing because we wanted to get off to that quick start and jump to the big lead. That way, at the end, it didn’t come down to the refs like last year.”

Becahi girls hoping to advance to state finals

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Editor’s note: The Becahi girls semifinal game took place after Press deadlines.

Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team cruised again this past Saturday when they defeated Danville, 60-37, in the PIAA State Class 4A quarterfinal at Hazleton High School.

Becahi guard Jaleesa Lanier came out in the second quarter firing two consecutive threes, and the Hawks were off and running.

Pates comeback falls short

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Despite a strong second half by Freedom’s girls’ basketball team, the Patriots were unable to overcome an 18-point deficit in the first half and were knocked out of the PIAA State Class 6A tournament by Garnet Valley, 62-40, last Tuesday at Souderton High School

“I think we blew a great opportunity. They took the game to us. There’s no doubt about it,” said Freedom coach Dean Reiman. “We didn’t shoot a free throw in the first half. We didn’t play the way we know how to play. We were intimidated by their size.”

BC excited for season

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ tennis team got in some extra days of practice due to its season opener scheduled for last Thursday against Nazareth at Illick’s Mill.

“It feels good,” said senior Stephen Botek. “We still have some improvements to make, but I think for the most part, we have a solid group of kids, good team chemistry and we can only get better from here.”

Freshman Curt Gruber is the Hawks’ number one singles player this year, Botek is at two singles, and Gabe Velez is at three singles.

Botek and Velez were doubles players last year, although not together.

Article By: Peter Car

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

EPC girls volleyball all-stars

The East Penn Conference volleyball all-stars for the fall saw Emmaus’ Caroline Bond coming away with MVP honors.

Liberty seniors Linda Perugini and Julia Burcin were both named to the first team list as well.

The complete all-star list is below.

First Team

Caroline Bond (MVP), senior, Emmaus; Rachel Hess, senior, Central; Lina Perugini, senior, Liberty; Maria Harding, senior, Nazareth; Macy Van Den Elzen, junior, Emmaus; Julia Burcin, senior, Liberty; Grace Steurer, senior, Parkland

Second Team

Liberty tennis looks to get season going

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The East Penn Conference boys’ tennis season was slated to have begun on March 11, weather permitting.

Liberty’s courts were clear of snow as of March 10, and Hurricane coach Chris Conrad expects that other schools’ courts are also clear since Liberty is one of the last courts to dry.

In the meantime, the Hurricanes had an opportunity to get some matches under their belts along with players from Parkland and Muhlenberg High Schools on March 9 at a junior team tennis event sponsored by the USTA.