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Baseball tourney hopeful to be played in early August

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

While spring sports were canceled across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are plans for baseball action this summer for seniors who missed out on their final season of high school baseball.

Dan Villanti, an assistant director of alumni relations at DeSales University and the director of the Rising Stars travel baseball program, has organized the tournament with the help of Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos and Notre Dame head coach Mike Bedics.

Former Rough Bradley coaching, teaching football

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

As a player and a coach, Catasauqua’s Zach Bradley has seen his share of firsts out on the football field.

Recently in Scotland, he had another memorable one.

“That was the first time I saw a 52-year-old rookie on a football field,” mused Bradley. “Most of the players are anywhere from their 20s to early 30s.

“But you see some big guys. There was a 6-6, 290-pound lineman who could play over here in the NFL. It was funny to have a 30-year-old call me ‘coach.’”

Outdoors: Now is the time to retune your bow

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With two-and-a-half months before the start of the deer bowhunting season in Wildlife Management Units (WMU) 2B, 5C and 5D, and an additional two weeks thereafter before it starts in the remainder of the state, now may be a good time for bowhunters to have their bows, both compounds and crossbows, checked to see if they’re in need of service like restringing and re-serving.

Catty, NHS waiting for the green light

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Athletic programs at Catasauqua and Northampton breathed a recent sigh of relief.

Their teams will take the first step to return to a state of normalcy in the upcoming weeks from the COVID 19 pandemic.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced on June 10 that high school, collegiate, and professional sports can return to action under guidelines in each county for summer workouts as well as in the fall. As this week began, both Lehigh and Northampton counties were in the yellow phase of the state CDC guidelines.

More summer hoops expected to be canceled

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For the first time in 31 years, Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions (TOC) may be postponed.

The tournament, scheduled to begin Aug. 2 or Aug. 9, could be among the growing number of summer basketball leagues and tournaments that have been canceled to the COVID 19 outbreak.

“We have never had it postponed,” said TOC director Eric Snyder. “We have to wait and see. It probably will not be held and I’m not counting on it.

“We can’t do the summer leagues and TOC until the government and health officials give us the OK. We are at the mercy of COVID-19.”

Pacchioli continues to find his way in life

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

After he finished his baseball career at DeSales University last spring, Randel Pacchioli gave his helmet to Roughies’ head coach Steve Bradley.

Since his days at Catasauqua, Pacchioli always seemingly has taken a different approach to success and to express his gratitude.

“He (Bradley) always has been like a second father to me,” said Pacchioli, who was a catcher and graduated last May. “I couldn’t have played college sports without the help of Mr. Bradley.

Cedar Beach league canceled this year

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

If this was like a normal summer, the Cedar Beach Summer Basketball League would be about half over by now. Fans would be flocking to the Allentown park Tuesday and Thursday nights to see the games. And the amateur prognosticators would be deep into arguments about which teams will go on to success in the winter season.

Unfortunately 2020 is not a normal summer. Sports at every level, indoors and outdoors, have been put on hold while the nation tries to figure out how to navigate its way through the first pandemic of most of people’s lifetime.

Outdoors: Good time to introduce kids to fishing

Thursday, June 11, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With many Lehigh Valley residents out of work because of the Covid-19 virus, it may be a great time for parents with young children to introduce them to fishing.

I have a buddy who is attempting to introduce his 12-year old son to fishing, especially since his son’s Boy Scout troop gave him a spincast rod/reel combo.

I recall buying my young son at the time, a Zebco 33 spincast reel and rod set. Those are nice for first time anglers as they’re easy to cast with their push button line release on the rear of the reel.