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Outdoors: Local ice fishing days are getting closer

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Although we’re finally getting some below freezing temperatures, safe ice fishing is still some cold days away. And what seems like far too many rainy days, also prevents anglers to walk on water.

But as happens every year at this time, ice fishermen have to travel to the Poconos to find hard water. Places like Shohola, Promised Land, Gouldsboro, Tobyhanna and Fairview lakes usually freeze first.

According to local tackle shops, Promised Land (had seven inches of ice) and...

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Thursday, January 9, 2020 by The Press in Sports



Suburban Dart League

Last week we had a pair of makeup matches. The first finds Star of Bethlehem beating Salem UCC 6-3, 8-6, losing the nightcap 2-1. Hitters for Star of Bethlehem: Scott Hoffert 6-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Austin Hoffert 5-14, Joey Hoffert with a HR. Sherry Bush was 6-12, Bill Rinker 5-10 (HR), Kim Bush with a HR, Kierstin Saeger with 2 HRs for Salem UCC.

The other makeup saw St. Paul’s sweeping St. Stephen’s by...

Roughs take third at WHS

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s wrestling team continues its slow assault toward a potential successful postseason.

The Rough Riders took third place overall from a field of eight team at the recent Zephyr Duals at Whitehall High School.

It marked the third impressive tournament showing for the Roughies, who finished third at their own tournament and fourth at the Jim Thorpe tournament. They also have a 2-1 record in dual meets this season.

Head coach Joe Russo has watched his club grow...

Birgas’ goal pokes bear at PPL Center

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Chris Bigras isn’t exactly a household name with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but his second goal of the season was a big one.

It wasn’t a game-winner or a milestone, but it did launch an eruption of over 10,000 teddy bears onto the ice at the PPL Center as part of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms annual Teddy Bear Toss. The event collects stuffed animals of every size and variety for children in need.

The animals are then collected and distributed throughout the Lehigh Valley.


Bottom of lineup coming up big for Catasauqua wrestlers

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua’s wrestling team has managed some quick starts this season due to the top of its lineup this season with Jacob Nye and Jaryn Hartranft setting the pace as one of the top ranked wrestlers in their respective weight class.

Yet, the Rough Riders bottom of the lineup also has caused it share of damage.

Seniors Adam Reinhart (182, 195), Zachary Scheirer (220) and Lavonte Bouie (285) have been the team’s perfect trifecta to round out the lineup for the Roughies.


CHS boys ready to get back to work

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Catasauqua head boys’ basketball coach Eric Snyder didn’t have a good feeling walking into Nazareth’s gym Dec. 23, the date of the Roughies’ last game.

His feeling was justified when the host Blue Eagles hit a buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter.

From there, it escalated into a long night for the Rough Riders, who trailed 41-20 at the half before they suffered a 73-33 loss.

“We knew they (Nazareth) were struggling lately, but we told our kids that they would...

Winter Classic set for January 25

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The annual Lehigh Valley Winter Classic will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Bethlehem Municipal rink located at 345 Illick’s Mill Rd, Bethlehem.

The Winter Classic is an all day ice hockey celebration with all the proceeds going to the SPHL (Special Hockey of the Lehigh Valley) Polar Bears team. The event started back in 2014 and continues to grow, raising $3,000 its first year to a record $44,000-plus in 2019.

The event includes full regulation hockey games...

Outdoors: Snow Geese return to area

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The snows are back.

No, not a snowstorm, but a large flock of Snow Geese have made their way to Lehigh County from their summer breeding grounds in the Arctic tundra.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, a flock of about 500 snows descended like snow flakes on a cut cornfield belonging to GEO Chemicals (formerly Trojan Powder Company) on the west side of Mauch Chunk Road and across from the intersection of Mechanicsville Road. The snows’ nasal honking can easily be heard if lowering a window...

Big second half rallies boys to win vs. Bangor

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the first half against Bangor Monday night, Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder thought his team might be faced with the prospects of a long night as the Roughies fell behind 28-12, mainly due to the Slaters hitting seven of their first eight three pointers.

But Snyder wasn’t totally convinced. He has a good feeling about his junior-heavy, seasoned team and their season.

A little while later, his convictions became a little stronger.

The Rough Riders erupted for 49...

Girls playing well despite slow start this season

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

These days, Catasauqua head girls’ basketball coach Mark Seremula understands his team is traveling in some unchartered waters.

Yet, he is confident that they soon will find a steady dock.

Despite dropping a 41-37 decision to East Stroudsburg South and suffering a 33-26 loss to Dieruff in the recent Tamaqua tournament, Seremula sees promise in the near future.

“That was the best game this team has played in the last five years,” said Seremula about the East Stroudsburg...