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Via banquet shines again in Bethlehem

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

The message at the recently held Via All-Star Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet stretched from the obstacles that former Nazareth football and basketball player Chuck Dibilio had to endure following a stroke his freshman year at Princeton, to the passionate words that came from Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver, Michael Irvin, on becoming a champion.

The two messages intertwined each other at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, because nobody becomes a champion without obstacles, and obstacles are always in the way of champions.

Bethlehem Steel FC soccer team set for Lehigh debut

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Steel FC makes their Lehigh Valley debut on Sunday, April 3 when they play their first game at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium against FC Cincinnati at 3 p.m.

Steel FC are coming off a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal last Friday, as Fabian Herbers slotted in the winning goal in the 43rd minute of action to give the expansion side a victory in their inaugural contest.

Via games set for this Saturday

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

The rosters for the 41st annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic have been announced along with four inductees to this year’s Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame.

The week long festivities kicked off on March 20 with the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame Clinic at 3 p.m. at Northampton Community College.

On March 23, the Via All-Star Banquet will take place at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at 6:30 p.m. where former Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl champion wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Irvin, was the keynote speaker.

Mark Cuban invests in local daily fantasy sports player’s company

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

If you’ve ever experienced losing $9,000 in one night, raise your hand slowly as you read that first sentence.

For the majority of average citizens, dropping 9K in a couple of hours is about as foreign of a concept as is learning the Russian language.

For Jonathan Bales, however, it’s nothing new.

Movement for Roughies in new PIAA numbers

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The PIAA unveiled their enrollment numbers for the next two-year cycle, beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

The anticipation for the numbers comes on the heels of the PIAA approving a new six class system in football, as well as in basketball, baseball and softball.

Boys and girls soccer, as well as girls volleyball will move to four classes. Field hockey moves to three classes and boys and girls lacrosse expands to two classifications.

Teams in all sports have until December 15 to decide whether they want to move up a classification.

Kids set for football season opener

Thursday, September 3, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton broke their 19-game losing streak a year ago when they topped Allen 40-6 in last year’s season opener.

Heading into this Friday’s 2015 opening contest, the K-Kids are looking for more of the same as they travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium Friday night.

As head coach Mark Scisly enters his second-year at the helm of the program after last year’s 3-9 finish, Northampton looks to win their third-straight game dating back to the end of last season.

Union make major announcement Philly team will have USL owned club playing at Lehigh

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.

The union held a press conference announcing they will continue their player development structure by launching their own team in the lower division United Soccer League.

Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.

The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.

Some clarity reached on PIAA classifications

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The saga of expanding the PIAA football classifications from four to six classes will continue into the fall.

The PIAA's two committees responsible for the matter the strategic planning committee and the football steering committee met in late July to discuss the eight proposals on the table for football classification expansion.

Ultimately, no decisions were made on the fate of moving to six classes, as the boards agreed to table the discussion for this fall when the strategic planning committee meets in September, followed by a PIAA board meeting in October.

Coccia works to make Eagles

Thursday, August 13, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Mike Coccia had off on Monday from the grind of NFL training camp and came home to spend the day with his family in the Lehigh Valley.

It's been a surreal summer for the Freedom graduate, as he competes for a roster spot with the Philadelphia Eagles, battling amongst offensive lineman for a coveted role on the team.

So, a day after Coccia and the Eagles took part in an open practice to over 43,000 fans at Lincoln Financial Field, he was back at his stomping grounds.

Lehigh Valley wrestling world loses a legend in Tony Iasiello

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley lost a wrestling legend with the recent passing of former Bethlehem Catholic coach Tony Iasiello.

The heavyweights of the sport all came to pay respects to a man that has given so much, not only to Bethlehem Catholic, but to the sport of wrestling and the Lehigh Valley.

Iasiello coached at Becahi for 38 years and won 408 matches, as well as crowning nine PIAA state champions, but the true testament of Iasiello's work lays in how he helped promote the sport not only locally, but across the state and around the country.