Catasauqua Press

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Hain named CHS girls soccer coach

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Somehow, Chris Hain appeared destined to coach at Catasauqua.

Over the years, Hain has been involved with youth soccer groups in Catasauqua, and he was approached about applying for the head girls’ coaching position when it opened in 2015.

This spring, Hain was again suggested to apply after there was an opening this spring. He did, and recently was named the head coach replacing Randy Gillespie.

It will be his first high school head coach position.

“I have worked...

Northampton Legion team is moving on

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

All season long, Northampton was looking for the right combination of pitching and hitting.

For the most part, they have had it.

Their pitching, however, has been the most consistent component of the two. Yet in the first two games of the Northampton County (NORCO) Legion Playoffs, third-seeded Northampton had the perfect combination.

They had their way with East Stroudsburg in sweeping the best-of-three series. Northampton won the first, 13-4 Monday night, and followed...

Steel loses unbeaten streak

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Bethlehem Steel FC saw its season-long five-match unbeaten streak come to an end on the road, falling on the road at rival Penn FC, 3-2.

Bethlehem jumped out to the early lead with a strike from Philadelphia Union midfielder Fabian Herbers in the 17th minute of play. The German international collected a pass from Santi Moar, spinning to his left and taking four touches before firing a right-footed shot pass Penn FC’s Romu Peiser. The assist was Moar’s 11th of his career, becoming the...

Outdoors: Fireflies lighting up the Valley

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Three weeks ago there was one, two and three. The next week there were five to ten. This week, yards are aglow with their yellow flashes from whence they got their nickname.

As robins signal the beginning of spring, fireflies (or lightning bugs) signal summer is upon us. These inch-long bugs are actually beetles, or nocturnal members of the family Lampyridae. Most fireflies are winged, which distinguishes them from other luminescent insects of the same family, commonly known as...

Catty Connie Mack heads down stretch

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After an early season of optimism and a relatively strong start, Catasauqua’s Connie Mack team is struggling to hold on to a playoff spot in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League (LVCM).

Catasauqua will need a win in its final game of the season against Palmerton Tuesday night – a game that was suspended after in the top of the second with Catasauqua leading 3-0 – to have a chance to grab the 12th and final spot for the postseason.

After a forfeit over Wilson Monday, Catty...

Bilder among Coplay all-stars

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League regular season winds down, the area teams will take a break this week for the annual all-star game that features five Coplay ballplayers.

The LVLBL will once again travel to Reading where they’ll play all-stars from the Berks/Schuylkill Legion Baseball League. The 2018 squad features Coplay players Zach Bilder (catcher), Alex Bruneio (1st base), Jake Lisicky (3rd base), Zachary Hamscher (DH), and Jake Paashaus (pitcher). Coplay led the LVLBL...

Lehigh Valley Cup team sees run end

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic came to a surprising end last week when Lehigh Valley lost a three-run lead in the seventh inning and was eliminated by Tri Cape, 8-7, on Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

“They were a good team. We only beat them 1-0 the game before,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They keep coming, and you have to stop them.”

Tri Cape scored first, but Lehigh Valley took a 3-1 lead. The two teams traded runs and were tied...

With 3 game left, Legion looks to get on track

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar expected to see the current state of his team at the beginning of the season.

Instead, he still remains optimistic they can turn the tide in their final three games.

They took the first step with an 8-3 victory over Birches Monday night. Tyler Illif pitched a solid five innings for the win. Patrick Bodnar had three RBIs, and Andrew Kovalchik, Zech Lambert, and Kyle Morin had two hits apiece.

Northampton entered Monday night’s...

PIAA likely to change transfer rules

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The PIAA looks like they’re moving toward making competitive balance changes across the state, as momentum to curb balance of power in athletics is gaining momentum for change.

As the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee met last Monday in Harrisburg, a few items came to the forefront as the PIAA’s competition committee proposed changes in areas of competitive balance, recruiting and transfers.

Some of the key highlights from the meeting revolved around several topics...