Bethlehem Press

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WRESTLING - Becahi gets a little revenge on Eagles

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mikey Labriola became a four-time District 11 champion Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium, but it wasn’t the joyous moment you would expect.

When you’ve won a district title in every season you’ve competed, perhaps the feat becomes expected, if not, monotonous.

Labriola is the overwhelming favorite to win the 170-pound 3A state championship this year and on paper, defeated Northampton’s Cade Moisey by a 15-8 decision during Saturday’s finals, but a seven-point victory isn’t what Labriola is all about.

District diving event takes place

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty and Freedom divers competed at the District XI Diving Championships last Saturday at Emmaus High School.

In Class AAA girls, Freedom’s Fallon Tatlow placed seventh with a score of 318.15, and Liberty’s Cara Kuykens placed eighth with a score of 307.25.

Also from Freedom, Leigha Evans placed 11th with a score of 273.35, and from Liberty, Alicia Valladares placed 14th with a score of 205.25.

Freedom girls fall to Parkland

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the first time in seven seasons, Freedom’s girls’ basketball team qualified for district playoffs, and despite its 65-54 loss to Parkland last Thursday night, the Patriots’ season had success written all over it.

“It’s a process,” said Coach Dean Reiman. “You don’t go from doormat to league champ in a year, but we have kids coming back, and we’ll work harder to hopefully win the district.”

Walking out of the locker room after halftime, the Patriots were full of hope, trailing 30-28, and fans were on their feet in full support.

Young leads BC to opening-round victory

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Six-foot, nine inch forward Ryan Young knew he needed to take over. He knew it was the type of game where he had a big advantage with a sizable edge over the opponent.

The junior came through for his team and had one of his best performances of his career, scoring 19 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in leading Bethlehem Catholic to a 71-48 victory against Lower Moreland (8-14) last Friday night at Allen High School in the quarterfinals of the new District 11 Class 4A Subregional, which added teams from outside the district this year to fill out the additional classifications.

Freedom boys lose to Emmaus

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Momentum has played a pivotal role during the season for the Freedom boys basketball team. Whether it was good or bad, the Patriots experienced both ends of the spectrum.

With seven straight losses during the meat of their schedule, it looked like it was going to be a quick end to the season back in late January. But Freedom kept pushing each and every day, and wound up winning five consecutive games to qualify for the district playoffs.

Bonilla, Callahan grab district golds

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

There was nothing but pure joy exuding from Thomas Bonilla Saturday night at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.

The Freedom senior made a lot of people happy and the ones closest to him proud after winning his first district championship following an 8-1 decision over Bethlehem Catholic’s Ryan Zeiner in the 152-pound title bout.

It was the beginning of a wonderful night for Freedom wrestling, as fellow senior teammate Evan Callahan won his second straight district title at 220, knocking off Parkland’s Nate Feyrer 3-2.

D-11 Wrestling Roundup: Eight from LVP area earn gold

Sunday, February 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic had 11 place-winners and earned the team title at Saturday’s District 11 Class 3 Wrestling Championships at Liberty High School.

The following is a team-by-team recap of the top finishers from Lehigh Valley Press-area teams. For more about your local teams pick up a copy of this week’s Press.


Bethlehem Catholic

The Golden Hawks had two champions, 10 regional qualifiers and 11 place winners to edge Nazareth 240-223 in the team points race.

District Basketball roundup: Iorio carries Parkland past Mounties

Sunday, February 26, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

District 11 basketball quarterfinals wrapped up on Saturday with Lehigh Valley Press area teams competing in boys Class 6A and 3A games.

Here’s a look at the results and next round match ups in both brackets.

For more about you local teams see this week’s editions of the Lehigh Valley Press.


Class 6A

Sam Iorio scored 39 points to lead No. 4 seed Parkland to a 63-54 win over No. 5 Stroudsburg.