After winning the East Penn Conference crown and the District 11 4A championship last season, what does Bethlehem Catholic have in store for an encore?
With only four players with varsity experience back from last year’s 26-4 season, head coach Scott McClary’s second season on the Becahi bench will be drastically different from his inaugural campaign.
“This team could struggle in the beginning, as our schedule is brutal and we are very inexperienced,” said McClary. “I do think we have some good pieces and can get stronger by the end of the season and make some noise.”
Suburban Dart League
Standings Week 12
Star of Beth 21 9 .700
Dryland 23 10 .697
Salem UCC 15 12 .556
Light of Christ 18 15 .545
Bath Lutheran 17 16 .515
St. Paul’s 16 17 .485
Christ UCC 15 18 .455
Emmanuel 15 18 .455
St. Stephen’s 12 15 .444
Farmersville 12 21 .364
Ebenezer 10 23 .303
Bethlehem Catholic’s girls’ basketball roster is complete, returning most starters from its 2018-2019 state championship season.
It includes seniors Isabelle Rosario (G), Jaleesa Lanier (G), Kamryn Williamson (G/F), O’neviah Scott (F), Abigail Brown (C/F), and Taliyah Medina (G/F) who is returning from an ACL injury in June 2018.
Also on the Hawks’ roster are juniors Kelby McNally (G), Lauren Alia (F), and Emily Sekerak (F), and sophomores Keyara Walters (G), Kourtney Wilson (G), Cydney Stanton (G), and Stephanie Donato (G).
Chad Landis has seen plenty of tough battles in the league during his 12 years as coach of Liberty’s basketball program, but this year’s loaded EPC Steel Division might present one of Landis’ toughest tasks during his coaching career.
Coming off a 12-11 campaign, Liberty will need every ounce of basketball spirit this winter to gut out their 2019-20 schedule.
After graduating from high school in 2018, Grace Mittl, Bethlehem Press’s female athlete of the year from Liberty, began her freshman year at the University of Richmond where she continues to compete in track & field.
Highlights from Mittl’s inaugural season include her competition in the long jump at the 2019 Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. for a mark of 4.77 meters.
Mittl took 14th place in the 200 meter dash with a time of 27.29, and 15th place in the long jump with a distance of 4.70 meters at the Fred Hardy Invitational at the University of Richmond.
Hope Brown and Ryan Young, Bethlehem Press’s 2018 athletes of the year from Bethlehem Catholic High School, have continued their basketball careers at Army West Point and Northwestern University, respectively.
Young finished Northwestern’s season opener with five points and five rebounds against Merrimack on Nov. 8.
Young led the Wildcats with 16 points in their victory over Providence on Nov. 13. He also had seven rebounds and three assists. It was Young’s second career start.
The Northwestern sophomore sat out his first season to redshirt.
Wearing his familiar #3, Justin Paz, Bethlehem Press’s 2018-2019 male athlete of the year from Bethlehem Catholic High School, scored 21 points in East Stroudsburg University’s men’s basketball home opener against Cheyney University on Nov. 16.
The Warrior freshman made four of eight three pointers and had six rebounds and three steals in the 110-51 victory.
Also playing basketball at East Stroudsburg University is Kaitlyn Swint, Bethlehem Press’s 2017-2018 female athlete of the year from Freedom High School.
Freedom’s wrestling program should see a bump in year two of Dante Terenzio’s tenure, as they return 12 starters from last year’s 15-6 team.
Terenzio’s penchant for the details and a strong work ethic, could make this year’s Patriot squad a formidable opponent when it comes to the district duals race.
“No reason we shouldn’t be wrestling late in the final day of district duals,” said Terenzio. “I feel like our coaching staff has gotten its point across this past year, and it’s time to start taking big steps forward.”
Bethlehem Inter-Church Dart Baseball league
Standings Week 1-10
East Hills 18 9 .667
Holy Trinity 18 9 .667
Holy Cross 18 9 .667
First UCC 16 11 .593
Christ Luth 17 13 .567
Bethany UCC 17 13 .567
Schoenersville 14 13 .519
WS/Edgeboro 14 13 .519
St. Peters 11 16 .407
College Hill 12 18 .400
Fritz Wesleyan 10 17 .370
Trinity UCC 8 19 .296
Christ UCC 8 19 .296
Christ UCC at
St. Peters 4-1, 9-2, 3-4
Bethlehem Catholic’s boys’ basketball program has partnered with the Lehigh County Special Olympics to host a tournament at Bethlehem Catholic on Dec. 20 and 21.
The tournament will feature three other Catholic schools from Baltimore and Washington, D.C., as the likes of John Carroll, Bishop Ireton and St. John’s Catholic Prep make the trek to the Lehigh Valley.
For Hawks head coach Scott McClary, the event is one that he’s always wanted to organize, since his time working with the Lehigh County Special Olympics.