Bethlehem Catholic High School
|Bethlehem Catholic High School
|2133 Madison Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
|Type||Private, Coeducational High school|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Oversight||Diocese of Allentown|
|Principal||John P. Petruzzelli|
|Student to teacher ratio||17:1|
|Color(s)||Brown and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Eastern Pennsylvania Conference|
|Rival||Liberty High School, Allentown Central Catholic High School|
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 within the Diocese of Allentown. 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.
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. In 2011-12 school year, Bethlehem Catholic won PIAA State Championships in Boys Volleyball and Wrestling (both State Duels & Team titles).
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
- 2011 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels) - Ranked #15 nationally by WIN Magazine.
- 2012 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels) - Ranked #12 nationally by Inter-Mat.
- 2013 Class AA State Duels Champions (team duels)
- 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(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 a 1974 NCAA Championship for Lehigh.
Track and Field
- 2002 Class AA State Boys Team runner-up
- 2003 Class AA State Boys Team Champions
- Individual Event State Championships:
- 2009 Class AAA State runner-up (9 innings 1-0)
- 2014 Class AAA State runner-up
- 2015 Class AAA State Champions
- 1993 Class AAA runner-up (North Catholic 62-42)
- 2013 Class AAA runner-up (South Park 53-38) 
- 2017 Class AAAA State Champions (Villa Maria 46-27)
- 1960 PCIAA Class B State Champions
- 1962 PCIAA Class B State Champions
- 2014 Class AA State Champions
League & District championships
Bethlehem Catholic has won many Lehigh Valley Conference 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 runners-up), 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.
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
- Richard Carl Fuisz, physician and inventor
- Mike Guman, former professional football player, Los Angeles Rams
- Dan Kendra, former Florida State quarterback and fullback
- Zach Makovsky, wrestler; professional mixed martial arts fighter, currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Jim Molinaro, former professional football player, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins
- Daniel Roebuck, actor, ABC's Lost, CBS's Matlock, The Fugitive feature film and various Disney Channel productions.
- Pat Santoro, college wrestling head coach, Lehigh University and former two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Pitt.
- John Spagnola, former professional football player, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks
Notes and references
- http://www.bethlehemcatholichs.org/175310721194611197/site/default.asp[permanent dead link]
- LVIAC Bethlehem Catholic Archived May 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
- Bethlehem Catholic Wins 2A State Wrestling Championship | News - Home
- WIN’s March 1, 2011 High School Rankings | WIN Magazine: Amateur Wrestling News
- PA-Wrestling.com : Your online resource for Pennsylvania Wrestling
- Lehigh Valley[permanent dead link]
- State Champions Archived December 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Lehigh - Tom Sculley
- PIAA Class AA Boys Track
- Bethlehem Catholic's Kovacs claims second gold | PennLive.com
- No track? No problem for team of year Becahi - Morning Call
- Bethlehem Catholic defeated by Greencastle-Antrim in PIAA Class AAA softball championship game | lehighvalleylive.com
- PIAA Girls State Basketball Champions | PennLive.com
- P.C.I.A.A. State Championship Records
- Bethlehem Catholic High School wins PIAA Class AA boys volleyball championship | lehighvalleylive.com
- Emotional state championship for Bethlehem Catholic boys volleyball team | lehighvalleylive.com
- LVIAC Historical Stats Archived September 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Sydnee Karam finishes strong to become Bethlehem Catholic's first swimming district champion | lehighvalleylive.com
- "Zack Makovsky Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- Catching Up With: Former Bethlehem Catholic and Philadelphia Eagles tight end John Spagnola | lehighvalleylive.com