Bethlehem Press

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Hawks and Pates continue their hot streaks

Thursday, January 17, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and Freedom both entered this week’s play as the hottest teams in the East Penn Conference.

The Hawks (10-2) were riding a six game win streak coming into the week, while Freedom (10-2) was winners of nine straight games.

With both teams playing in the Steel Division, it’ll make for an interesting stretch for both teams, as they take on this week’s calendar.

For the Hawks, coming together under first-year head coach Scott McClary has been all about buying in.

FHS girls top Trojans

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Six quick points by Parkland and more missed shots by Freedom prompted Patriot coach Dean Reiman to call a timeout before Friday night’s girls’ basketball game got out of hand.

“He brought us back to the Central game where we let it get too far out of hand, and we realized that this was our game, and we need to turn it on because we need to start winning big games to put us in a good position,” said Freedom guard Brenna Ortwein.

Karam eager to see how Hawks finish

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jeff Karam told his wife he isn’t reading the newspapers anymore. He isn’t even sure what his future at Bethlehem Catholic will be next season. All that matters to Karam is the present situation of taking over the coaching duties of the Golden Hawk wrestling program for the recently fired Rick Thompson.

Karam, who spent the last 10 years as head coach before stepping back this season to watch his sons wrestle in college, is back in the saddle of head coaching duties as of last Thursday when athletic director Chris Domyan asked if he would step back in charge.

Wrestling: Thompson fired, Karam back in charge

Monday, January 14, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Rick Thompson era at Bethlehem Catholic came to an expedited end last week, as he was fired roughly five weeks into the regular season.

Becahi athletic director Chris Domyan sent out a press release shortly after 3 p.m. last Thursday, notifying of the change and reappointing former head coach Jeff Karam back in charge of the program.

Article By: chuck hixson Special to the Press

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Consider that you lose your job and have to tell your wife. That’s not fun. Now, consider that you’re going to have to tell your wife that because you lost your job, you have to move from Idaho to Quad City, Illinois for another job. Then after one day at work, you’re again let go and now have to move 978 miles to Manchester, New Hampshire. Then, just a few weeks later, good news; sort of. You weren’t fired, but you’ve been “transferred” to Reading, Pennsylvania. So, with three pretty substantial moves in three months, how happy is your wife?

Cheerleaders win titles

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s cheerleaders won the Small Division and Liberty’s cheerleaders won the Medium Division at the District XI Competitive Spirit Championships on Jan. 5 at Easton Area Middle School.

The Hawks had the highest overall score with 85.400. They were also the only squad that received no deductions.

Stroudsburg placed second in the Small Division with a score of 79.600. Pocono Mountain East was third with 75.083, Wilson was fourth with 70.933, Southern Lehigh was fifth with 68.183, and Pen Argyl was sixth with 67.800.

Indoor track competing

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic and Liberty’s track and field teams competed at the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic on Dec. 26 at Lehigh University.

In boys’ events, Devon West (L) placed 13th in the 200 meter dash in 24.51, and Josiah Kelly (BC) was 25th in 24.94. Allen McDuffie (L) placed 25th in the 400 meter dash in 59.79.

In the 800 meter run, Ryan Wycherley (L) placed 11th in 2:10.06, and Francis Abi-Daher (BC) placed 30th in 2:45.74.

Phillip Bezas (L) came in 22nd in the one mile run in 5:19.27, and Jacob Orrico was 11th in the 3,000 meter run.