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Catty coaches react to the lost spring season

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Longtime Catasauqua resident and administrator Eric Snyder couldn’t recall any direct parallel on how coronavirus has halted athletics, but he did recount a similar one.

In 1992, a teacher’s strike didn’t allow Snyder to coach the boys’ team, and his father and then principal, Frank “Jive,” and brother, Mark coached the team until the matter was settled.

“I was getting phone calls before and after the games,” recalled Snyder. “It was a weird and difficult situation because I...

NFL Draft will be different, bizarre and could offer many surprises

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JASON BORIS in Sports

The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.

Every Draft has its fair share of surprises, but this year will be like none other due to league and government restrictions in the wake of the...

Student-athletes can still train at home

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

Across the country the COVID-19 virus has impacted many student-athletes, cutting their training and competition seasons short - and now their sprig seasons.

Without the gyms, field, pools and weight rooms they are accustomed to, these student-athletes can find it difficult to replicate their normal level of training in a home environment.

Athletes across the country are feeling the same stress and while home fitness equipment and workout videos can help, some professional...

Outdoors: PGC approves changes

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave final approval for the 2020-21 hunting/trapping seasons and bag limits with some significant changes. They are as follows:

Expanding Sunday hunting on three days - Sunday, Nov. 15, for archery deer hunting, Sunday, Nov. 22, for bear hunting during the bear firearms season, and Sunday, Nov. 29, for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.

Adopted a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season for antlered and antlerless deer in 10 WMUs and...

Pigs win 2 virtual games Money raised for LVHN, St. Luke’s

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Did you catch the IronPigs games over the weekend? Great couple of games as the ‘Pigs opened the home portion of their season with two wins over the Pawtucket Red Sox.

No, the games weren’t real, but they were as real as you can get. The IronPigs, working with Service Electric and WFMZ-TV 69, put together a pair of virtual Opening Day – technically called #HopeningDay – games against Pawtucket, who would have been their opponent for the first weekend series of the season.

The...

NFL Draft: a look at local players who made it

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?

Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?

With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.

The foursome was among a core of Bethlehem Catholic, Catasauqua, Emmaus,...

High school sports canceled

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-...

Local stadiums to light up the night

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by The Press in Sports

On Friday, April 17, 2020, PIAA District XI member schools will be honoring the Class of 2020 and supporting the nurses, doctors, and first responders on the front line of COVID-19 by lighting up their stadiums between the hours of 7-9 p.m.

Several schools in Texas have initiated this and the time frame is in conjunction with the National “Porch Light Campaign.”

Scoreboards will be displaying the score as 20-20 in honor of this year’s graduating class, while 4th down and 19...

IronPigs to play this weekend - virtually

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be playing baseball on Friday and Saturday evening – virtually.

The games, which will be played on “MLB The Show,” will be televised locally on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 and Service Electric TV2 Sports in celebration of the IronPigs “#HopeningDay.”

Originally, the IronPigs were scheduled to play their home opener on Friday, April 17, at Coca-Cola Park.

“#HopeningDay is our weeklong celebration of support of our community and the IronPigs,” said...

Outdoors: Clearing up abbreviated trout stocking rumors

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

There may have been some skepticism regarding the abbreviated trout stocking that I heard about and mentioned in my previous column.

In case you missed it, I was informed that certain streams in Lehigh County will only get one, in-season stocking that took place within the last two weeks. Some anglers couldn’t believe it, so I was able to contact Mike Parker, PF&BC Communications Director, who issued the following statement:

“We continue to stock trout every day across the...