Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Pates get by Becahi

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team tied Freedom, 2-2, in the top of the fourth inning, the Patriots scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on for a 6-3 victory over the Hawks on Sunday at Freedom.

Gabby Glick had a single and stole second base, Corrin Gill walked, and Brenna Ortwein had a base hit that dropped inside the right field line.

“I knew she was pitching outside, and he was calling outside, so on the outside pitch, you have to go with it because we needed balls in play to score runs,” said Ortwein, whose RBI put the Patriots ahead, 3-2.

FHS girls eye EPC playoffs

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Freedom girls lacrosse team has kept their winning ways on track this season and appear on the road to solidifying an East Penn Conference tournament berth.

The Patriots (11-5) have two games left on the schedule following Monday’s 13-10 defeat to Saucon Valley, closing out this week against Liberty on Thursday night.

That should allow the Patriots to enter the EPC tourney apart of the four-team pack with Easton (11-2), Parkland (12-3) and Emmaus (9-6).

Hawks top Freedom

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team scored two big wins last week, defeating Easton, 4-2, and Freedom, 12-2, both at Becahi.

“Easton was a great high school game. Easton played very well. They gave us everything we could handle,” said Becahi coach Rich Mazza.

Days later, the Hawks mercy-ruled the Patriots in five innings.

“Very much [surprised]. Very much. I know we have hitters, but you know, some days we hit, some days we don’t, but I’m impressed with the way we hit the ball today,” Mazza said.

Gruber makes it to semis

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Five Bethlehem high school tennis players competed in the District XI Singles Tennis Tournament last week at Lehigh University and Saucon Valley High School.

Liberty sophomore Louis Gruber made it to the Class 3A semifinal after defeating Whitehall’s Nick Rohn, 6-2, 6-2, Stroudsburg’s Michael Irlbeck, 6-0, 6-0, and Hurricane teammate David Lynn, 6-4, 6-0.

Gruber fell in the semifinal to eventual district champ Sean Jaegaer of Emmaus, 0-6, 0-6.

Before losing to Gruber, Lynn defeated Parkland’s Sam Zahn, 6-3, 6-1, and Pleasant Valley’s Josh Schaffner, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

Phantoms, Checkers looking to be a very even playoff series

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The series win over Providence in the semifinals of the Atlantic Division playoffs was the first for the Phantoms franchise since their days of playing on the same ice that the Philadelphia Flyers played on at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

It came in the same year where their next-door neighbors, the Philadelphia Phillies, last won the World Series - 2008.

Hawks trying to gain momentum

Thursday, May 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic picked up a big win over the weekend and you can say the Golden Hawks really needed it.

The Hawks (6-7) were able to bust out for 16 hits in a 16-11 win over Freedom over the weekend to snap a two-game skid where they lost to sub .500 teams like Northampton (6-8) and Dieruff (2-11).

The win, to say the least, was big not only from the standpoint of playoff positioning, but also from a mental perspective.

Karam steps down as BC coach

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jeff Karam thought about his coaching future heading into the 2017-18 wrestling season.

And then he kept thinking about it more and more when his son, Luke, earned a starting spot on Lehigh’s wrestling team this season.

With Luke having three more years of eligibility, Jeff didn’t want to miss anymore of those moments.

After a decade of dominance, Jeff Karam stepped down as Bethlehem Catholic’s wrestling coach last Friday, leaving behind a historical run with the program and opening up the doors for a new sheriff to take over the state’s top program.

Pates hand Liberty its first loss

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

A win over your rival is always a confidence booster. Pulling out a late game victory is even better, which is exactly what Freedom did last Friday night when they knocked off Liberty 5-2 at Coca-Cola Park.

Trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth, the Pates scored five runs in the final two frames for the win and knock Liberty down from the throne of being the only previously undefeated team in the district.

The win also stopped a two-game losing streak by the Pates (7-3), who entered the game in a rough patch, losing three of their previous four contests.

Dylan Cozens aiming to get back to form

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by MIKE FEIFEL in Sports

Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.

After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.

It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.

Roman reaches 100 hits

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Ninety-eight, 99, 100. That’s what Freedom outfielder Julia Roman did last Friday, delivering her 100th career hit with a home run in the bottom of the seventh in the Pates’ 7-6 victory over Liberty at Freedom.

“I’m very excited. That was a milestone I’ve been wanting since freshman year,” Roman said.

Roman crossed the plate to an emptied Patriot dugout. That’s when she found out it was her 100th hit.