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Outdoors: Great Backyard Bird Count to begin

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For you avid bird watchers (also known as ‘Birders’), you may want to join in this years 21St. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

This annual event takes place February 16-19 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches. The global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes over the past 21 years.

To participate, bird watchers count the birds...

Who doesn’t love a parade?

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Last week when someone found out I went to the Eagles parade, they excitedly said, “I hope you write a story about it.”

My initial thought was: I really didn’t have a whole lot of good things to say ...

As a few days have since gone by, my tune has changed. I’m very glad I went despite the frustration of waiting hours in the cold for trains.

My barometer for this event was the Phillies parade from Halloween of 2008, which included a front-row seat along Broad Street and...

Phantoms continue success over Hershey

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic...

Catty earns fourth seed, home game in CL playoffs

Friday, February 9, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Colonial League announced it’s schedule for the upcoming boys and girls basketball tournaments.

The boys side sees two games take places Saturday. At the bottom of the bracket, four-seed Catasauqua will host five-seed Wilson at 3 p.m. and at the top of the bracket, third-seed Notre Dame Green Pond will host sixth-seed Southern Lehigh at 7 p.m.

The winner of the Catty-Wilson game will play top-seed Bangor on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. while the NDGP-Solehi winner will...

Phantoms try to shake off rust

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

You know that Monday morning feeling when you head into work and it takes you a while to get going? Especially if you had a few extra days off. The Phantoms had that look to them Friday night when they returned from the All-Star Break to face the Charlotte Checkers at the PPL Center. To be honest, both teams had that look as the game started off with a myriad of missed passes and turnovers. The Checkers even got a penalty for too many men on the ice in the opening minutes of the game.

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Hernandez back on the court in full force

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Last season, Miguel Hernandez took a year off from basketball to nurse some injuries from football.

This year, Hernandez is back on the court after another productive year with football, one in which he saw some time at quarterback as well as his effective wide receiver position.

It has been a rather smooth transition for Hernandez this season, as he is evolving into a solid contributor for the Roughies. At just over six-foot, Hernandez has played the post, and he is making the...

Panthers top Catasauqua at D-11 duals

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PATRICK MATSINKO in Sports

The Panthers advanced to the quarterfinals – and guaranteed themselves a spot in the second day of the tournament – with a dominant 53-30 win over No. 11 Catasauqua to open District 11 duals.

Panther Valley won the first nine bouts, getting pins in eight of them, to build a 53-0 lead. The Panthers forfeited the final five matches.

“I thought we were favored up top in every weight class, but you still gotta go out and do it, and they did,” said PV coach Tim Robb.

“We...

Boys look to clear up playoff picture

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Catasauqua boys basketball team is heading to the Colonial League and District 11 playoffs, but their first destination remains a mystery as of press time.

If Wilson (11-5 in the Colonial League) defeats Notre Dame-Green Pond (12-4) on Wednesday, Feb. 7, which comes after Press deadlines as well as with the threat of a winter storm, the Rough Riders will travel to Wilson for the Colonial League playoff opener on Saturday, Feb. 10 as the No. 5 seed.

If Notre Dame defeats the...

Outdoors: new way to buy licenses

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Pennsylvania anglers will have a new way to buy fishing licenses next year.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission signed a licensing services contract that will give the agency the ability for anglers to easily purchase fishing licenses from their smartphones, and retain the license images on their devices to use as a proof of purchase.

PFBC Executive Director John Arway wrote in a press release that his agency has been seeking a more modern, mobile friendly customer...

The gift that keeps giving

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by The Press in Sports

On Monday morning, I stopped at my local Turkey Hill for a coffee. I didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before.

In the store, I noticed an older gentleman who was also getting a coffee and estimated him to be about 80-years-old. He was talking about the big game the night before to anyone who would listen.

As I was sitting in my car ready to leave, the man came out and stood on the sidewalk drinking his coffee - just looking around and smiling. He seemed to simply be taking it...