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Track captains Merkel, Simmons will miss senior year of track

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Joe Merkel initially wasn’t fazed by the shutdown of athletics across the state. In fact, he thought of it as the usual summer break.

“It really didn’t hit me at first,” said the senior about the shutdown. “With everything going on around us, I didn’t think about. But then, it felt like a vacation being off from school.

“When I did realize it, it was very discouraging. Some moments are better than others. When it did hit me, I was really sad.”

Tory Simmons thought there...

Football coaches keeping contact with players

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

It is a different time for area high school football coaches as they take the initial steps in preparation for a 2020 football season.

“Football can be different from any other sport in terms of preparation,” said Northampton head skipper Kyle Haas in lieu of the coronavirus outbreak. “We have an amount of information that we plan to distribute to our offense and defense.

“We plan to implement what we want to do for the fall in a program.”

Haas and new Catasauqua head...

Sports could fall back to old-school approach

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With the country’s current pandemic, the landscape of a possible fall sports season certainly will change, and summer leagues could be in doubt.

In some ways, it may initiate a throwback, old-school approach.

Depending on the duration of the outbreak, football teams may be forced to have limited practice time may have their heat acclimatization period in jeopardy if they want to keep the Aug. 28 kickoff intact.

However, the late spring and summer workouts and passing...

Via All-Star Basketball Classic latest event to be canceled

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Sports

Alexis Zydyk, Events & Digital Media Manager, Via of the Lehigh Valley, release sent out a release:

We’ve been working as hard as ever to prepare for our 45th Via All-Star Basketball Classic, featuring the finest basketball talent in the greater Lehigh Valley. In an effort to keep our community healthy, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person 2020 Via All-Star Basketball Classic. Although the in-person event is canceled, we will honor the Via All-Stars through...

Outdoors: Good time to maintain trophy mounts

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Since we’re in the midst of a lockdown of sorts because of COVID-199, many sportsmen may not be working, so this could be a good time to do some house cleaning of your trophy mounts, be it antlered, bear, birds or fish.

If you have deer mounts in particular, there are a few methods to clean their hair. To do it properly and without ruining a shoulder mount, Bob Danenhower of Bob’s Taxidermy in Orefield, recommends the following:

*Danenhower says the first step is to remove dust...

Recent Lehigh Valley IronPig events raise over $20,000

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are proud to announce that $21,704 has been raised from their “In This Together” T-shirt and #HopeningDay celebration to help the local battle against COVID-19. Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network will receive 100-percent of the proceeds.

“We are grateful to the entire Lehigh Valley for their outstanding support and coming together to help raise funds to fight this dreadful disease,” said IronPigs President and General...

Muller among those to lose spring season

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Ever since she was a young child, Montana Muller always has been active.

She found an outlet for her energies and flexibility with sports.

“My parents needed something to get me out of their hair,” mused Muller. “Since I was 5-years-old, I tried every sport around. I also started gymnastics when I was very young as well.”

For the past four years, Muller has been a district qualifier on the Rough Riders’ cross country team, and has been a pole vaulter on the track team...

Legion season latest to fall victim

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

After the spring high school sports season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, baseball players surely looked to the American Legion season as their only chance to get on a field this summer.

That chance ended last Monday when the Pennsylvania American Legion canceled the season in the state. That came days just after the American Legion announced the cancellation of regional and national tournament.

“These times are unparalleled,” said Richard Anderson of the...

Outdoors: spring gobbler season starts May 2

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

There will be yelps, clucks, purrs and gobbles emanating from Penn’s Woods when the statewide spring gobbler season gets underway this Saturday (May 22). And according to th Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the monthlongseason that ends May 30 should be a good one.

According to the PGC, the statewide flock, expected to mirror 2019’s estimated spring population of 212,170 turkeys, has been aided by good reproduction last year, declining participation in fall seasons, and a mild...

Vannata’s triathlon challenge to raise money for Pittsburgh Food Bank

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the next 31 days starting on April 20, Liberty graduate and University of Pittsburgh senior Nolan Vannata will be doing a triathlon challenge to raise money for the Pittsburgh Food Bank, which has been providing emergency food to the community during the world’s current pandemic.

“There’s a documentary called “Iron Cowboy” about someone who did 50 Ironmans in 50 days,” said Vannata as he recalled how he got the idea. “The Pittsburgh Food Bank has really long lines, and cars are...