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Outdoors: Trout season kicks off on Saturday, April 1

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The banks of local streams and creeks will be lined with anglers come Saturday, April 1, when the regional trout fishing opener kicks off in 18 southeastern counties. The crowds will resemble a celebration of sorts as anglers, many with families young and old, try their luck to catch a few recently stocked trout.

If you have a boat, canoe, kayak or float tube, you may want to join the bank fishermen at Leaser Lake as it too has been stocked and is the only fish species in the lake...

Phantoms inching closer to a playoff berth

Thursday, March 30, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

While a win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night would have been a giant leap toward the playoffs, the Phantoms at least took another step toward the playoffs with yet another come-from-behind win over Binghamton Sunday night at the PPL Center in Allentown.

Andy Miele was a one-man force as he scored both the game tying and game-winning goals to give Lehigh Valley a 4-3 win in overtime against Bridgeport. The win moved the Phantoms’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot down...

STATE CHAMPS! Becahi girls win state 4A title

Friday, March 24, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.

Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.

A ten-point run in the first quarter paved the way and the girls, who again held an opponent to single digits in...

Numbers are up for track

Friday, March 24, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With some welcomed depth and a strong returning unit, Catasauqua’s track program will look to further climb the ladder this spring.

The Roughies have nearly 60 athletes in their camp, a number that is relatively higher than normal. Yet, they will not have experience on their side in many events.

“We have been looking good so far,” said head coach Glen Reightler. “We do have quite a few underclassmen that will look to get better later in the season. But our numbers haven’t been...

Deer harvest went up over last season

Friday, March 24, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The official total estimated deer harvest numbers for the 2016-17 season are in and they reflect a buck harvest increase of nine percent. This makes it the largest antlered deer harvest since 2002.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reports hunters took an estimated 333,254 deer during the 2016-17 seasons, which represents an overall harvest increase of 6-percent.

Of that total, 149,460 were antlered deer - an increase of about nine percent compared to last season...

Berger key member of CHS pitching staff

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After a year of honing his overall game, Rod Berger is ready to take the step to the next level.

For the Catasauqua baseball team, it could be a large one with huge ramifications.

Berger will enter his senior season with the Roughies as arguably the top pitcher in their rotation. At the moment, he shares that honor with fellow senior Colin Hawk, as the duo gradually developed into an effective one-two punch last spring.

The right-hander diligently has been working out...

HOOPS - Only BC girls survive Saturday’s action

Sunday, March 19, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Katie McDonald will have more on the team’s state run in the March 22 issue of the Bethlehem Press.

The NHS girls lost to Boyertown 56-55 on Saturday as Abby Kapp hit a clutch three-pointer with just 17 second left in the game.

The Kids would start out well in this game taking a 14-9 lead after one and extending it to 30-24 heading into the half. But a strong second half by Boyertown saw them chip away at the lead, cutting it to just 44-42 heading into the third quarter.

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HOOPS - Three LVP teams advance in states

Friday, March 17, 2017 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Three Lehigh Valley Press teams moved on in state play Thursday night and will continue their quest for a state title.

The Emmaus boys knocked off Harrisburg 64-61 in a game that was supposed to be played Wednesday night. The Hornets got off to a nice start leading 19-13 after one and 32-22 heading into halftime. But Harrisburg would cut the lead to just 44-43 after three quarters before a close fourth quarter of action left Emmaus out in front in the end.

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Nosal enjoys ‘unique experience’

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Making his first trip, Ben Nosal wasn’t in awe of the overall spectacle and heightened atmosphere of the PIAA state wrestling championships at Hershey’s Giant Center.

Instead, the senior began to realize the significance of the end of his high school career, regardless of the final outcome. He was the first Catty wrestler in three years to make the trip.

“It is definitely a unique experience,” said Nosal, who was eliminated from competition on the second day. “I was a little...

Girls look to get back on track for 2017-18 season

Thursday, March 16, 2017 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Through their first seven games, the Catasauqua girls’ basketball team appeared to be on track to the destination of the district playoffs. The Roughies were coming off a 9-13 season, one in which they matured and developed toward the next step.

They had a 3-4 record before they played a struggling Palisades team and looked to even their season mark at .500. However, the Roughies came out flat and suffered a 28-18 defeat. From there, they also lost starter Ghia Moore, who left the...