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CHS softball team young

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Simply put, the Roughies softball team is young.

Emma Bellesfield, Alexia Reichl, and Maddy Zangl are the lone seniors on the roster. It will be a true test of patience.

In their first two games of this season, the Roughies suffered a 27-1 loss to Notre Dame and a 16-1 defeat to Northwestern. Catty has 16 players on its roster.

“Right now, we are giving away too many outs,” said head coach Bobby Thomas. “We really don’t have a lot of experience. Against Notre Dame, we...

Via All-Star Game held last weekend

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.

The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local...

Buck numbers are up

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.

During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units...

Phantoms looking for long playoff run

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.

That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.

“It gets back to trying to...

Track team is ready to start the season

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

With the setbacks of the recent winter storms, Catasauqua’s track team is anxious to begin the regular season.

New head coach Kyle Rusnock is a big part.

The always energetic Rusnock has brought a high level of energy into the program.

The Roughies will have to wait until April 3 with a home meet against Palisades to get underway as their scheduled season opener Tuesday at Wilson was postponed.

“I am really looking forward to the season,” said Rusnock, who had 54...

Teams looking for normalcy after storms

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s and Catasauqua’s baseball seasons got underway Monday afternoon, but it certainly was a long journey to get there.

The series of nor’easter snow storms that rocked the Lehigh Valley and beyond during the month of March placed practice schedules in a state of frenzy and pushed back scheduled starting dates nearly a week.

It will yet to be seen how the sudden and untimely winter weather will affect timing of hitters and pitchers as well as cause havoc on the...

Roughs fall

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley may have been surprised by the deficit in his team’s opener against Notre Dame Monday.

But he wasn’t surprised by the outcome.

The Roughies made two first-inning errors that led to four runs and they eventually fell, 13-0, to the Crusaders at Green Pond. Overall, Catty had three hits.

“We were not ready and we’re young,” said head coach Steve Bradley. “We are inexperienced at key spots, especially on the right side of the...

Barkley’s number to be retired at WHS

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

During the Saquon Barkley Day celebration in Coplay, Whitehall Athletic Director Bob Hartman announced that no one will wear the maroon-and-gold No. 21 jersey at Zephyr Stadium after Barkley.

Ali Barkley, that is.

Saquon’s younger brother, a sophomore who also plays running back, currently wears No. 21 for the Whitehall football team. Hartman said that the school will retire the number after Ali is finished playing, with a ceremony whenever Saquon’s schedule permits.

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Phantoms in playoffs; goalie situation muddy

Thursday, March 29, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms believe that the road to the 2018 Calder Cup goes through the Lehigh Valley.

The team clinched a playoff berth with a 5-4, overtime loss at Providence which combined nicely with Bridgeport’s 4-1 loss at Syracuse to lock up their playoff ticket. This will be the 12th playoff appearance for the Phantoms, dating back to their days in Philadelphia, and second in a row as they look for their third Calder Cup championship.

Since Jan. 20, the Phantoms have just four...