Bethlehem Press

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Becahi advances in states

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Three triples by Jersey Shore in the first inning could not scare Bethlehem Catholic away as the Hawks fought back from a 3-0 deficit to score an 8-3 victory in the first round of PIAA State Class 4A softball playoffs on Monday in Turbotville, Pa.

In the fifth inning, Becahi’s Morgan Christine led off, getting hit by a pitch, and Addison Roche, Tatum Kresley, and Jess Indelicato all singled. Alyssa Jiminez slapped, but a run scored, and Tasha Miner singled, putting the Hawks ahead 4-3.

Outdoors: Turkey vultures seem to be on the rise in area

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid bird watcher (birder), have you noticed an unusually large number of turkey vultures soaring local skies?

And not just in rural areas, but in the city of Allentown as well.

Often referred to as buzzards, or chicken hawks, there are seven species of vultures in North America, but Pennsylvania has but two; the black vulture and more common turkey vulture.

Freedom wins D-11 baseball title

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

It’s been a long time coming, and it wasn’t easy.

The Freedom baseball team scored two runs in the top of the second inning, and used a strong pitching performance from seldom used in 2018 Tim Healy, to take down top-seed Parkland 2-1 last Wednesday evening in the District 11 6A championship game at Lehigh University’s J. David Walker Field.

It is the first district title for the Patriots baseball team since 1999.

Son, Ehrig honored

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s Molly Ehrig and Parkland’s Alex Son were named District XI tennis scholar athlete winners last Wednesday at the 19th annual District XI tennis scholar athlete banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

Ehrig and Son were chosen from 20 female nominees and 17 male nominees throughout the district.

“When they first started saying it, you always think is this me, but when they finally said it I was really happy, really grateful,” Ehrig said.

Becahi takes D-11 softball crown

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team became District XI Class 4A champions with an 8-2 victory over Bangor last Tuesday at Parkland High School.

“Amazing. Amazing. I love this team,” said winning pitcher Tatum Kresley. “I can’t wait for states.”

The Hawks led 6-0 after four innings, but Bangor’s Morgan Karasek and Jenna Learn had back-to-back triples to start the fifth.

“I knew my team would come back and that I would come back as a pitcher, and just move on to the next batter,” Kresley said. “That was the top of their lineup. Those were the best hitters they had.”

LHS, doubles team lose in state tourney

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s Louis Gruber and David Lynn competed in the first round of the PIAA State Doubles Tennis Tournament but lost to Strath Haven’s Clay Gaieski and Phinneas L’Armand, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6 on May 25 at Hershey Racquet Club.

“The third set, we were up 1-0, and 2-1, and then we lost,” explained Liberty coach Leo Schnalzer. “That match went 2 1/2 hours. It was very competitive and we had opportunities. A lot of the points in the third set went to deuce or ad one way or the other, so we had that opportunity.”

Strath Haven is from District I.

TRACK - Area kids return from states

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty jumper Javonte Haynes was ready, not just to compete at the PIAA State Class 3A Track and Field Championships this past weekend at Shippensburg University, but to medal, winning fifth place in the long jump.

“It felt good. My first year, and to medal, I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Haynes said.

The Hurricane junior jumped a distance of 22-1.75 on his last jump in the preliminary round.

“I’m happy I placed. That was the goal, and hopefully next year, I can come back and win this,” said Haynes.

VOLLEYBALL - Becahi wins D-11 2A title

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team captured the District 11 2A title last week by knocking off Southern Lehigh.

It wasn’t easy for the Hawks against the Spartans, who made the playoffs despite just two victories this season. Solehi took the first two games of the match, 29-27 and 25-23, leaving the Hawks looking up at a 0-2 deficit.

But from there Becahi took over, winning the next three games convincingly: 25-11, 25-14 and 15-8.

Nick Hulbert had 18 kills and Nick Greenawalt added 11 kills. Jacob Sledz had 17 digs with Mike Spirk adding seven aces in the victory.

LACROSSE - Easton tops Freedom

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Easton’s girls lacrosse team has been one of the area’s top teams in recent years and the Rovers continued to prove their dominance over Freedom in last week’s District 11 3A semifinal round against the Patriots.

The Rovers coasted to a 21-8 victory to end Freedom’s season at 14-7.

“Easton is a very strong program with many talented athletes,” said head coach Charis Innarella. “They are well coached. They just won their first EPC championship, but we have earned the right to be playing in the district semi final as a result of a strong season.”

Hawks set to play for D-11 title

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic won its berth in the District XI Class 4A softball final by defeating Blue Mountain, 11-1, last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.

“We just had to make sure that we did all the fundamentals to get the job done, and that’s pretty much it,” said Becahi outfielder Alexa Panuccio. “We just kept the same mindset during the game, never let up, always pushed our hardest, and that’s why the score was how it was.”