Bethlehem Press

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Patriots aiming for EPC bid

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Qualifying for the East Penn Conference volleyball tournament would be icing on the cake for the Pates season, but it might be too early to know if John Yanek and his crew will be getting an invite.

As the Pates swept Pocono Mountain East on Monday, they still weren’t sure if they would grab the fourth and final spot for next week’s tourney.

With Emmaus (15-0), Whitehall (14-2) and Parkland (11-4) seemingly as locks for the tourney, that leaves the final spot up for grabs between the Pates (13-5), Nazareth (12-5) Northampton (10-6) and Liberty (9-7).

Hawks Young first team all-state

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s dynamic duo of center Ryan Young and guard Justin Paz were honored for their stellar seasons last week when both were named as All-State selections.

Young, who is headed to Northwestern, was named to the 4A first-team after averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds per game. Young was also voted as the East Penn Conference MVP this season, helping the Hawks to a 28-4 season.

Becahi won the East Penn Conference and District 11 4A titles before falling to eventual state champion Imhotep in the PIAA semifinals.

LHS boys track ends up 11-0

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys track and field team completed an undefeated season after defeating Freedom 104-46 last week at Liberty.

Taking first place in individual events were Freedom’s Kyree Marshburn in the 100 in 11.3 and the 400 in 52.1, and Liberty’s Devon West in the 200 in 22.5 and Darlyn Fermin in the 800 in 2:03.00.

Cole Frank won the 1600 in 4:49.10 for the Hurricanes, and Kevin Pollock won the 3200 in 10:59.00 for the Patriots.

EPC standings

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by The Press in Sports


Skyline Division

Team Conf Over

Parkland 9-1 10-1

Emmaus 8-2 11-2

Central 6-4 8-5

Nazareth 5-4 5-8

Whitehall 3-5 5-6

Northampton 3-7 6-8


Easton 10-1 10-1

Freedom 7-3 9-5

Liberty 6-3 9-3

Becahi 4-6 6-6

Dieruff 2-8 2-11

Allen 1-9 2-10


Stroudsburg 7-2 8-5

Pleasant Vy. 5-4 7-5

PM East 4-3 6-4

ES South 2-7 3-10

PM West 1-7 2-9

ES North 0-7 0-8



Parkland 10-1 12-3

Central 9-1 11-3

Valley represents at the NFL Draft

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.

Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.

Liberty looks to clinch district berth

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty learned some lessons last week, but they also put themselves in positions to make a run down the stretch.

The Hurricanes (8-5) went 2-1 last week with a win over Parkland in five games and a sweep over Dieruff, but suffered a midweek defeat to Bethlehem Catholic in four games.

With so much parity in the East Penn Conference this season, it’s no surprise to see teams taking each other down on a nightly basis and that’s what head coach Neiad Ammary is seeing from his group as they head down the final 10 days of the regular season.

Outdoors: antlerless deer licenses to increase

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave final approval to the 2018-19 hunting/trapping seasons, and a lot more.

The first bit of news is that the agency increased the antlerless deer allocation from 804,000 licenses last season, to 838,000 for the upcoming seasons.

Locally, Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 5C remained the same at 70,000. Other local WMUs include: 5B, 58,000 (57,000); 5D, 28,000 (30,000).