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Bowling ... Whatever happened? A look at women’s leagues

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by CHIP WALAKOVITS in Sports

Bowling, BWBA ... Bethlehem Women’s Bowling Association was a vibrant group that increased the participation in the mid 1900s. They organized in 1944 with 260 players and grew to 1,728 during the 1980 season with a 30-week season, except during the Christmas holidays.

According to the 50th Anniversary yearbook (1994) the highest series rolled was by Karen Trimble at Olympian Lanes, formerly PMP, with a 668 series in 1985. The first member to roll into the 600 Club was Jean Toth in...

Pacchioli continues to find his way in life

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After he finished his baseball career at DeSales University last spring, Randel Pacchioli gave his helmet to Roughies’ head coach Steve Bradley.

Since his days at Catasauqua, Pacchioli always seemingly has taken a different approach to success and to express his gratitude.

“He (Bradley) always has been like a second father to me,” said Pacchioli, who was a catcher and graduated last May. “I couldn’t have played college sports without the help of Mr. Bradley.

“He (Bradley...

More summer hoops expected to be canceled

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the first time in 31 years, Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions (TOC) may be postponed.

The tournament, scheduled to begin Aug. 2 or Aug. 9, could be among the growing number of summer basketball leagues and tournaments that have been canceled to the COVID 19 outbreak.

“We have never had it postponed,” said TOC director Eric Snyder. “We have to wait and see. It probably will not be held and I’m not counting on it.

“We can’t do the summer leagues and TOC until the...

Bowling ... Whatever happened?

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by CHIP WALAKOVITS in Sports

Bowling... let us test your memory banks - remember Ritz Lanes, Washington Lanes (not the school). This should be easy: PMP, Main Street in Hellertown or The Plaza on the second floor of the hardware store.

Yes, all former sites that coexisted in competing for those once a week league performers that filled every lane, every night.

The Ritz on Third Street in the basement of Pep Boys where you were always greeted by dapper owner Mr. Bill Stoudt. Besides lanes and small...

Cedar Beach league canceled this year

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

If this was like a normal summer, the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League would be about half over by now. Fans would be flocking to the Allentown park Tuesday and Thursday nights to see the games. And the amateur prognosticators would be deep into arguments about which teams will go on to success in the winter season.

Unfortunately 2020 is not a normal summer. Sports at every level, indoors and outdoors, have been put on hold while the nation tries to figure out how to navigate its...

Outdoors: Good time to introduce kids to fishing

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With many Lehigh Valley residents out of work because of the Covid-19 virus, it may be a great time for parents with young children to introduce them to fishing.

I have a buddy who is attempting to introduce his 12-year old son to fishing, especially since his son’s Boy Scout troop gave him a spincast rod/reel combo.

I recall buying my young son at the time, a Zebco 33 spincast reel and rod set. Those are nice for first time anglers as they’re easy to cast with their push...

Schlofers left their mark at Catasauqua

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Even though they are four years apart, Olivia and Mason Schlofer both can draw several parallels to the athletic and academic careers.

They both were instrumental part of the Catasauqua sports scene and beyond.

“My brother and I did karate when we were young,” recalled Olivia, a 2016 Roughies’ grad. “I got black belt and my brother has a brown belt. But we really learned a lot of life lessons from it as well as playing sports. Outside of school sports, we both like to snowboard...

Why not get outside

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Editor’s Note - This is part two of Sen. Pat Toomey’s roundtable about bringing back Little League baseball and softball.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, convened a virtual roundtable about youth baseball and softball leagues safely resuming play.

The event took place on Thursday, May 21, and the public was invited to watch on YouTube. The roughly hourlong discussion can still be viewed on Sen. Toomey’s YouTube...

Outdoors: Still some good areas to fish

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you want really big fish, head to the Jersey shore as stripers up to 50 pounds are being caught says our fishing contacts at On the Water Magazine.

According to Capt. Phil Sciartino from the Tackle Box in Hazlet, stripers are hot in the bay. Bunker chunking around the Old Orchard site was producing stripers up to 50 pounds. The Keansburg Pier was also yielding some linesiders with a few bluefish mixed in.

Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright says stripers, weighing in the...

Bowling... Whatever happened to Liberty Lanes?

Sunday, June 7, 2020 by CHIP WALAKOVITS in Sports

Whatever happened to Liberty Lanes, the place where students had the option to bowl their way through gym class.

Located next to the Linden Street school was a golden opportunity to opt out of real gym class. Rolling a single game and maybe enjoying a soda from the fountain was a major thrill, but a reminder that next period you return to class and the hallways of LHS.

Liberty luncheonette was a popular spot prior to many football games along with a few games of pinball for a...