East Penn Press

Saturday, March 25, 2017

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...

Twins led Hornets to three state tourneys

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Competition brings out the best in an athlete. It makes everyone work harder to be better.

It did not matter what the sport or activity was, Emmaus senior basketball players and brothers, David and Matthew Kachelries were competitive. But not only did they want to be the better of the two, they wanted to be the best at what they did. And it only made each of them better.

“It could be video games, sports, whatever, we always wanted to beat each other,” David Kachelries said. “...

Swimmers compete at state meet

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Looking over the results of the Emmaus swimmers at the PIAA Swimming Championships, which were held last weekend at Bucknell University, it’s easy to see the battle between the young girls swimmers and the upperclassmen boys swimmers. Much of the success on the boys side came from senior swimmers, while the sophomore class had big finishes on the girls side.

Senior Ethan Carr gave a strong showing with a fifth-place finish in the 200 individual medley at states and then put together...

Boys tennis team has new line up

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

No matter what sport it is, opening day is special. For tennis, Emmaus played its opening match – a 7-0 win over Bethlehem Catholic – on the eve of the season’s biggest snow storm and hasn’t been able to get back on the courts since.

The revamped lineup that saw Emmaus lose all of its starting singles players and some of its doubles players as well, had little trouble against the Golden Hawks.

No. 1 singles player Marco Maricic won 8-3, as did No. 2 Austin Long. Number-three...

EHS boys bow out in quarterfinals

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball program reached new heights last Thursday night. In defeating Harrisburg, District 3’s top seed, the Green Hornets advanced to the PIAA CLass 6A state quarterfinals for the first time in school history.

And although Emmaus has been led all year by senior guards David and Matt Kachelries, it was the supporting cast that contributed in a big way during the final few minutes of the 64-61 victory at the Geigle Complex in Reading.

The Kachelries brothers...

HOOPS - Only BC girls survive Saturday’s action

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.

The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.

The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.

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Saltwater Fishing Expo coming up this weekend

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you’re an avid saltwater fishing fan, you have to attend the only saltwater fishing show in the northeast. And until you can wet a line in the suds, the Saltwater Fishing Expo in New Jersey serves as a primer to the upcoming saltwater season.

This annual saltwater expo kicks off its three-day run on Friday, March 17. It features the latest in saltwater tackle, boats, watercraft gear and seminars that cover the gamut of saltwater angling. In fact, there are tackle items offered that...

Custer ends career in Hershey

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

It wasn’t the way Reed Custer wanted his senior year to end, but that is ultimately the truth for many wrestlers when they vacate the grounds of Hershey’s Giant Center.

Custer bowed out after day one of the PIAA Class 3A wrestling tournament last Thursday night, following two straight defeats to open his first appearance at the state championships.

Custer lost his preliminary round bout to Bethel Park’s Jason Montgomery 6-3 and then couldn’t find the answer in the consolation...

Hornets advance

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

A lot of teams would have panicked in the situation Emmaus faced late in Saturday’s PIAA Class 6A boys basketball game against Cheltenham.

After leading the entire game except for the final minute of the first half, Emmaus fell behind late in the third quarter and was looking at a 58-50 deficit with just under five minutes left in the game.

That’s when Hornet assistant coach Eric Farkas suggest to head coach Steve Yoder that they ‘unleash’ the Kachelries twins.

It’s...

Sylvia seeks strong finish

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Meredith Sylvia, now a senior at Central Catholic High School, remembers when she committed to continue her gymnastics career at Auburn University. She was just entering her freshman year of high school.

So, after much anticipation and years of excitement, the time of her competing at the collegiate level is only months away. But before she leaves the confines of the Lehigh Valley for the Southeast, there is some unfinished business for Sylvia.

“States, that is the last team...