Becahi's Husek is headed to Holy Cross

The 6-foot-11 rising senior decided to end the recruiting process early because he found right fit in Worcester.

Not since former Emmaus standout Aaron Gray has the Lehigh Valley had a 6-foot-11 player who had Division I college scouts drooling.

But Bethlehem Catholic's Matt Husek, who lists himself at 6-11, attracted plenty of interest from a variety of Division I schools ranging from New Hampshire to Davidson.

Husek could have kept the recruiting process going into the fall, but Friday, the Golden Hawks' rising senior verbally committed to accept a scholarship from Patriot League member Holy Cross.

Holy Cross is coming off a 15-14 season, 9-5 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders lost to Lafayette in the tournament quarterfinals.

"I've visited there a couple of times and I was impressed with the team concept and family atmosphere," Husek said. "I just thought it made the best fit for me academically, socially and basketball-wise. I had about six total offers from Patriot and Ivy League schools, and some others were going to make offers, but I found the best fit. So, I figured why continue the process? I didn't need to hear any more offers."

Husek, who lives in Stewartsville, N.J., has grown three inches since the start of last season.

He has spent most of this summer with the New Jersey Cyclones AAU team.

"I've definitely gotten a lot better and developed a high-low post game," he said.

Husek averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game last season for the Golden Hawks, who were 5-17 under first-year coach Mike Frew.

"I think we're going to be a lot better this season," Husek said. "I haven't played a lot of games with the guys this summer, but you can see a lot of improvement."

Frew called Husek "an outstanding young man and an outstanding student; very respectful. He served as captain for us last year and did a nice job."

Husek has been a member of the Becahi varsity the past three seasons and has started since his sophomore year.

"This was his goal and he worked hard at it," Frew said. "I'm proud of him. I'm hoping he's going to be doing a lot of positive things for our program. He hasn't been with us a lot this summer, but he did make a play against Whitehall in our summer league playoff game the other night that had me smiling. He's got big-play potential for us."

Frew said that Becahi has had a good summer, finishing 8-4 in the Stellar Summer League at Cedar Beach.

"Our goal was to play a lot more games this year and we got into an adult league and went all over the place doing shootouts," Frew said. "We really got after it and tried to toughen up. The boys responded."

Corpora to Arena Bowl

Veteran Lehigh Valley football official Jim Corpora will be a member of the officiating crew Friday night when the Philadelphia Soul meets the Arizona Rattlers in the 25th anniversary of the Arena Bowl in New Orleans.

Corpora, who spends the college season as an official in the ACC, has officiated five bowl games including last year's Alamo Bowl between Baylor and Washington.

Corpora. also well-known in softball circles, is a 1973 Easton High graduate and a 1977 graduate of Kutztown University. He is a social studies teacher at Lehighton.

Emmaus in Chapel Hill





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