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Family hockey rivalry takes center stage

Friday, November 15, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms Tyler Wotherspoon is just one member of the family playing in the AHL, with the other being his brother Parker Wotherspoon, who plays for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Growing up the two were generally at different levels because of a four-year age difference. Their paths diverged even further as they got older and even through junior hockey, the two never got to play against each other.

Tyler, 26, was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the second round of the 2011...

Defenseman Morin gets assigned to LV

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Sam Morin is trying to catch a break.

After missing most of last season recovering from knee surgery, the 24-year old defenseman hoped to break camp with the Flyers and get things going in his career.

He did break camp with the team, but was a healthy scratch through their first eight games of the season.

When he finally did get a chance to play against the Islanders he was basically outmatched and out-skated. With the long layoff, it’s hard to blame Morin for the...

Cold weather sends anglers to Jersey shore

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With cold temperatures settling in, most of the best fishing action appears to be at the New Jersey shore where big stripers up to 51 pounds are being caught.

Fishing reporters from On the Water Magazine say linesiders are the ticket. Their report is as follows:

Bob Matthews, from the Fishermen’s Den in Belmar, said boat anglers are finding big fish from a half mile to three miles out. Trolling bunker spoons and Mojos seem to be catching the majority of fish, with spoons taking...

Rushatz, Brubaker in top-20

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s Lexi Rushatz has been pleased with her accomplishments, but she still has miles to log on her cross country circuit.

She is optimistic to make a return to states this season.

“Things have been good and I am happy with the everything,” said the junior. “I have been able to run a lot of my best times this season.

“Also, I have been able to break the 20-minute mark, which was a big goal of mine.”

Rushatz registered a time of 21.43 for a 17th-place finish...

Girls soccer wins D-11 opening round

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Over the past few weeks, Catasauqua head girls’ soccer coach Chris Hain spent more time trying to comprise a healthy lineup rather than evaluating his district playoff chances.

Fortunately for him and his players, both problems were solved in their favor.

The fifth-seeded Rough Riders (7-11-1) won an opening-round district playoff game for the second-consecutive year when they blanked fourth-seeded and host Schuylkill Haven (9-9-1), 2-0, Tuesday afternoon.

They will meet...

Catty preps to take on Northwestern

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Even though Catasauqua has struggled on both sides of the ball this season and come in winless, they have something to play for on two different fronts when they travel to New Tripoli to play the Northwestern Lehigh Tigers. The Roughies finished last season with a 1-10 record and set a goal in camp to finish this season with more wins that they had in 2018. The only way they can do that would be to beat Northwestern and then follow that up with a Thanksgiving Day win over Northampton. They...

Phantoms already seeing changes

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With the Lehigh Valley Phantoms well stocked with young, exciting talent and the Philadelphia Flyers off to a 1-4 start, changes came quickly to ignite the parent team with some youthful exuberance.

Joel Farabee and Mikhail Vorobyev were recalled by Philadelphia on Sunday, while Carsen Twarynski was loaned to the Phantoms.

Farabee, who is just 19 and has a grand total of four professional games under his belt, was off to a quick start with Lehigh Valley, scoring three goals and...

Outdoors: Long-tail hunting season begins

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Since the grouse, rabbit and squirrel season opened last Saturday, the third part of small game opens this Saturday (Oct. 26) for pheasants, often referred to as long-tails. A reference to the long tail feathers of a male cockbird.

If a cockbird can be flushed, the cackle and burst of feathers is exciting and when not anticipated, a bit startling for the hunter. But it’s a nice rush to experience.

When I was a preteen, I’d tag along with my uncle and grandfather when they...

Pete’s Top-10: Rivalry week is finally here

Thursday, October 24, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Well, Week 10 is finally here. The last week of the regular season is upon us without much fanfare in the District 11 postseason. Most teams are already qualified, but Week 10 is more about the rivalries with Bethlehem taking center stage this weekend.

Bethlehem Catholic hosts Central Catholic in the Holy War on Friday night and then the greatest spectacle of the high school season kicks off at 1 p.m. on Saturday at BASD with Freedom taking on Liberty.

Sprinkle in the Parkland-...

Roughies find ground game in a loss NDGP

Friday, October 18, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the Catasauqua football team, it wasn’t gaining the yardage, but it was ending with it.

The Roughies ran for 199 yards on the ground in their recent game against Notre Dame, but they couldn’t find the end zone in an eventual 42-0 loss to the Crusaders at Alumni Field.

Their defeat kept them winless (0-8) on the season.

“They finished their drives and we had ours ended with penalties and fumbles,” said Roughies ‘ head coach Mike McClarin. “We shot ourselves in the...