The Steel’s opening match of 2019 against Birmingham Legion FC was the 100th match in charge for Bethlehem Steel FC head coach Brendan Burke. Burke has amassed a 33-40-27 record across all competitions in his four seasons with Steel FC. Burke has helped managed the Steel to two USL Cup Playoffs births, including leading the club to the Eastern Conference Semifinals for the first time in the club’s modern-era founding.
Bethlehem Catholic won the District 11 2A title last season and the Hawks show no signs that they want to relinquish that crown.
Despite bringing in a team with no seniors this year, head coach Jeff Koch doesn’t think it’ll be a rebuilding season for the Hawks, who finished last year 9-8.
Suburban Dart League
St. Paul’s 42 21 .667
Star of Beth 43 26 .623
Bath Luth 39 27 .591
Dryland 39 30 .565
Emmanuel 34 35 .493
Christ UCC 33 36 .478
Ebenezer 32 37 .464
Light of Christ 30 3 .435
Salem UCC 27 39 .409
St. Stephen’s 27 42 .394
Farmersville 26 40 .391
Christ UCC (8-7) at
Salem UCC (5-0, 9-2)
S - Bill Rinker 7-13, Bob Krause 6-14, Kim Bush 5-13 2HR, HRs - Sherry Bush, Kierstin Saeger.
C - Ron Wagner 7-14, George Gasper 5-11, Garry Smith HR.
Liberty’s girls’ basketball team ended its season on a high note with a 34-25 victory over Dieruff last month at Liberty.
“In this game, we showed we are in this league now, and we made an impact,” said freshman forward Erin Eisenhart. “This is a good thing to go into next season to prove to people we’re here next year, and we’re going to be back in this.”
The Hurricanes improved on last season’s record with seven wins.
Liberty swimmer Jake Evert is a PIAA State Class 3A silver medalist since competing in the 50 freestyle this past Friday at Bucknell University. “I’m pretty content with it. Obviously, I was trying to win and wanted to do well going into it,” Evert said.
Evert’s time was 20.23. State College’s Matt Brownstead won the 50 free with a time of 19:55, a new state record.
“It was nice because I saw some splits from other guys I was going to race,” said Evert. “I felt faster and more energized. How you prepare for it- you’ll do well.”
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball team defeated Gwynedd Mercy in the second round of PIAA State Class 4A playoffs, 44-33, last Wednesday at Governor Mifflin High School.
The Hawks were troubled by bad passes and were forced to press early in the game, but Gwynedd Mercy worked its way around that in the first quarter.
“Then, our feet came alive, and we talked about taking the next pass away and taking the onus of playing that man to man defense in the center of the court, and the girls did a good job of forcing a couple five second calls,” said Becahi coach Jose Medina.
Bethlehem Catholic’s run through the PIAA basketball tournament came to a sudden end last week following the Hawks 69-57 loss to Lower Moreland at Souderton High School in the second round of the state tournament.
It marked the end of a tremendous season for the Hawks, who finished 26-4 and came away as champions of the East Penn Conference and the District 11 4A title.
Still, for head coach Scott McClary, his first season under the helm was filled with highlights, but ending the campaign prematurely leaves a sting.
District 11 girls Volleyball All-Stars
MVP Caroline Bond 5-10 senior Setter Emmaus
Lina Perugini 5-8 Jr. OH Liberty, Macy Van Den Elzen 6-3 Jr OH Emmaus, Maria Harding 5-10 Jr. OH Nazareth, Adriana Goetz-Morales 5-10 Sr. MH Parkland, Grace Steurer 5-9 Jr. OH Parkland, Alyson Peters 6-0 Sr MH Whitehall.
Caroline Walsh Sr. MH Nazareth, Julia Burcin Sr. MH Liberty, Emily Quinn Sr. S Nazareth, Brooke Kratzer Sr. S Parkland, Desi Powell Sr. OH Pleasant Valley, Jamie Byrne Jr. S Liberty.
Bethlehem Catholic made a run to the PIAA semifinals a year ago and the Hawks might be poised to equal that journey again this season. After easily dispatching Prep Charter 89-61 last Friday night, Becahi (26-3) traveled to Souderton on Tuesday night to take on District One champion Lower Moreland in the second round of the tournament.
The results of that contest are past Press deadlines, but Lower Moreland came into the game with a 23-3 mark after topping John Bartram 75-61 in their PIAA opener.
It might be safe to say Bethlehem Catholic again will be a force in the Class 4A bracket of the PIAA boys’ basketball tournament.
The Golden Hawks, who advanced to the state semifinals last season, quickly dismantled Philadelphia-based Prep Charter, 89-61, in the opening round of the state tournament at Liberty High School March 8.