Bethlehem Catholic High School

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Bethlehem Catholic High School
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Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
2133 Madison Avenue
Lehigh Valley
Bethlehem, PA, Northampton, 18017
United States
Coordinates 40°38′31.5″N 75°22′18″W / 40.642083°N 75.37167°W / 40.642083; -75.37167Coordinates: 40°38′31.5″N 75°22′18″W / 40.642083°N 75.37167°W / 40.642083; -75.37167
School type Tuition, High School
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1925
Status Open
School district Diocese of Allentown
Principal John P. Petruzzelli
Vice principal Diane Young
Staff 43
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 760 (2010)
Student to teacher ratio 17:1
Campus type suburb
Color(s) Brown and Gold         
Athletics conference Lehigh Valley Conference
Mascot Hawk
Nickname Beca, Becahi
Team name Golden Hawks
Rival Liberty High School, Allentown Central Catholic High School
Average SAT scores 560 Critical Reading
605 Math
555 Writing
Newspaper "The Hawk"
Yearbook "Sceptre"
School fees $1,200
Tuition $7,200
Director of Business Administration Christopher Domyan
Admissions Director Richard Mazza
Dean of Student Life Michael Grasso
International Student Admissions Jennifer Morrissey
Director of Spiritual Activities Rev. Bernard Ezaki

Bethlehem Catholic High School, more commonly referred to as Becahi or just Beca, is a parochial high school, located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The school is located at 2133 Madison Avenue, in Bethlehem, in the Lehigh Valley region of the state.

Bethlehem Catholic currently has several dozen International Students enrolled from China, France, Germany, Korea and Venezuela.[1]

Chess Club[edit]

BECA participates in the Lehigh Valley Conference Chess League. The Chess team was awarded the Lehigh Valley Conference chess trophy for the second consecutive year at the 2011 end-of-season Invitational Tournament at Parkland High School.[2] Becahi’s Daniel O’Brien won the tournament and was awarded the Chess Champion medal after winning all five of his matches against top area high school chess players and went on to win the first-place prize in the under-1800 rated category of the open Quick Chess tournament at the 2011 Pennsylvania Scholastic Chess Championship.

  • 2010 LVC Champions
  • 2011 LVC Champions

Performance Arts[edit]

2011 "Freddy Award" for Outstanding Performance by a Featured Dancer[3]

  • Nicholas Acampora as Arthur Kipps in the production of "Half A Sixpence"

Key Club[edit]

Key Club is an international program sponsored by the Kiwanis Clubs that has over 250,000 members and 5,000 clubs in 30 different countries. It is a student-led organization whose goal is to provide members with service opportunities, character building, and leadership roles. Each year, the Beca club participates in dozens of projects, which benefit both the school and community. The Key Club at BECA has been recognized as one of the top in the State over the years.


Bethlehem Catholic is one of 12 Lehigh Valley high schools that compete in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. Home athletic events are held on the campus of Bethlehem Catholic High School while football games are played at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.[4] In 2011-12 school year, Bethlehem Catholic won PIAA State Championships in Boys Volleyball and Wrestling (both State Duels & Team titles) and their Girls Basketball and Softball teams advanced to the State playoffs. They also sent their first female swimmer into State competition.

State Championships[edit]

Bethlehem Catholic has distinguished itself nationally and within Pennsylvania with the following State Championships:

Football: Pennsylvania state champions, first two time champion in PIAA football championship history.

  • 1988 Class AA champions (inaugural year of State playoffs)
  • 1990 Class AAA champions

They have also been ranked nationally in USA Today at numerous times since 1993 and lost in two AAAA State semifinals.

  • 1974 Bethlehem Catholic Football was 11-0 and top ranked in the State. (no PA state playoffs existed) - All-State QB Pat Haney along with future NFL players John Spagnola & Mike Guman led Beca to an undefeated East Penn Conference season including a wins over regionally ranked opponents in Bethlehem Liberty, Easton and Bayonne,NJ.


  • 2011 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels)[5] - Ranked #15 nationally by WIN Magazine.[6]
  • 2012 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels)[7][8] - Ranked #12 nationally by Inter-Mat.
  • 2013 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels)[9]
  • 2014 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels)


  • 1979 Class AAA State Team Champions (2 State Champions)
  • 2012 Class AA State Team Champions (3 State Champions & 1 runner-up)
  • 2013 Class AA State Team Champions (1 State Champion & 1 runner-up)
  • 2014 Class AA State Team Champions (3 State Champions & 1 runner-up)
    • Individual PIAA State Champions[10](since 1973): Pat Sculley (1973), Mike Brown (1976), Rich Santoro (1978, 1979), Tom Bold (1979), Bernie Brown (1980, 1981), John Likens (1986), Dave Foley (1987), Tony Iasiello Jr (1989), Blayne Diacount (1989), Ziad Haddad (2008), Darian Cruz (2012, 2013), Randy Cruz (2012), Elliot Riddick (2012), Luke Karam (2014), Zeke Moisey (2014), Jake Riegel (2014).
    • Prior to 1973, Bethlehem Catholic crowned numerous individual PCIAA State Champions including 3X PCIAA Champ Tom Sculley who went on to win an 1974 NCAA Championship for Lehigh.[11]

Track and Field

  • 2002 Class AA State Boys Team runner-up
  • 2003 Class AA State Boys Team Champions
  • Individual Event State Championships:
    • 2002 Class AA Boys 400 meter relay team 42.81[12]
    • 2007 Class AA State Boys Discus 179'11" - Joe Kovacs[13]
    • 2007 Class AA State Boys Shot Put 64'10.75" (PA state record) - Joe Kovacs
    • 2009 Class AA Boys 400 meter relay team 42.67[14]


  • 2009 Class AAA runner-up (9 innings 1-0)[15]
  • 2014 Class AAA runner-up

Girls Basketball

  • 1993 Class AAA runner-up (North Catholic 62-42)[16]
  • 2013 Class AAA runner-up (South Park 53-38) [17]

Boys Basketball

  • 1960 PCIAA Class B State Champions[18]
  • 1962 PCIAA Class B State Champions

Boys Volleyball

League & District Championships[edit]

Bethlehem Catholic has won many Lehigh Valley Conference[21] or District XI championships, including the following sports and years (prior to 2001, Becahi was a member of the East Penn Conference-EPC):

  • Baseball: District XI 1976, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007 (2007 PIAA AAA State Semi-finalists).
  • Football: 1967*, 1974*, 1982, 1985, 1988*, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2013 (*undefeated seasons)
  • Football: Eastern Conference Champs 1995, 2004, 2009.
  • Wrestling: EPC Team Champions 1979 LVC Team Champs 2012, 2013*, 2014 - District XI AA Duel Champs 2011, 2012, 2013*, 2014
  • Boys Basketball: District XI AAA Champs 1978, 1998, 2002, 2003. -- 2003 LVC Champions
  • Boys Volleyball: District XI AA Champs 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 // 2007, 2011 LVC Champions (2012 PIAA Champs)
  • Boys Soccer: 2007 District XI AA Champions
  • Boys Golf: 1981, 1982 EPC Champions
  • Softball: District XI AAA Champions 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009(PIAA runner-ups), 2011, 2012, 2014 (PIAA runner-up) // 2011, 2012 LVC Champs
  • Girls Basketball: District XI AAA Champions 1992, 1993(PIAA runner-up), 1994, 1995, 2013 (PIAA runner-up).
  • Girls Tennis: 2003, 2004, 2006.
  • Girls Volleyball: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013.
  • Girls Swimming: 2012 individual Dist.Champion 100 Freestyle (dist record) & 100 Backstroke = Sydnee Karam.[22]

2013 individual District Champion 100 Freestyle & 200 Freestyle = Sydnee Karam 2014 individual District Champion 100 Freestyle & 200 Freestle (dist record) = Sydnee Karam

  • Flag Football: IHPW 2011
  • Dodgeball: IHPW 2011

Honored Coaches[edit]

Bethlehem Catholic has been blessed with many outstanding Coaches over the years who have received local, state and national recognition. Prominent among them include:

  • Tony Iasiello (wrestling) - Coach Iasiello was the founding coach of the BECA Wrestling program. He had a 408-222-2 record (1966–2004) competing in the rugged District XI and coached 11 PIAA individual State Champions and a 1979 AAA State Team Championship. A member of the PIAA Wrestling Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Service Award recipient from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as well as a Lifetime Honorary Member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association.[23] He started the District XI Wrestling Hall of Fame and Scholar Athlete Programs, and has served on the board for the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association as well as the Vice President for Scholastic Affairs with the NWCA for three years.
  • Bob Stem (football) - Coach Stem was at the helm of Bethlehem Catholic football for 19 years (1983–2001) as a Head Coach posting a 173-55-2 record for the Golden Hawks. He fashioned an overall record of 285-98-6 covering his time at both BECA and two separate stints as Head Coach at his alma mater Phillipsburg High School(NJ) before retirement in 2010. Stem's teams won two PIAA State Championships at BECA ('88 AA /'90 AAA) and four NJIAA Sectional Titles while at Phillipsburg. - He won 4 East Penn League and 4 District XI Championships while at BECA and also reached two AAAA State semifinals falling one game short of Hershey. Stem was also elected to the Lehigh Valley Football Hall of Fame. In 1989, Stem was the focus of a segment on the NBC TODAY SHOW.[24] He was named both Pennsylvania AA Coach of the Year and Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1988 as well as the 1990 PA Football Coaches Assn Coach of the Year. Stem had been a College All-American and member of 1959 Syracuse National Championship team.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^
  2. ^ Bethlehem Catholic Chess team wins Lehigh Valley title |
  3. ^ The Freddy Awards
  4. ^ LVIAC Bethlehem Catholic
  5. ^ Bethlehem Catholic Wins 2A State Wrestling Championship | News - Home
  6. ^ WIN’s March 1, 2011 High School Rankings | WIN Magazine: Amateur Wrestling News
  7. ^ : Your online resource for Pennsylvania Wrestling
  8. ^ Lehigh Valley
  9. ^
  10. ^ State Champions
  11. ^ Lehigh - Tom Sculley
  12. ^ PIAA Class AA Boys Track
  13. ^ Bethlehem Catholic's Kovacs claims second gold |
  14. ^ No track? No problem for team of year Becahi - Morning Call
  15. ^ Bethlehem Catholic defeated by Greencastle-Antrim in PIAA Class AAA softball championship game |
  16. ^ PIAA Girls State Basketball Champions |
  17. ^
  18. ^ P.C.I.A.A. State Championship Records
  19. ^ Bethlehem Catholic High School wins PIAA Class AA boys volleyball championship |
  20. ^ Emotional state championship for Bethlehem Catholic boys volleyball team |
  21. ^ LVIAC Historical Stats
  22. ^ Sydnee Karam finishes strong to become Bethlehem Catholic's first swimming district champion |
  23. ^ NWCA announces four coaches as Lifetime Honorary Members
  24. ^ Becahi's Stem Will Be On Today Show Scholastic Football - Morning Call
  25. ^ "Zack Makovsky Bio". Retrieved 2014. 
  26. ^ Catching Up With: Former Bethlehem Catholic and Philadelphia Eagles tight end John Spagnola |

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