There will be lots of clucks and gobbles emanating from Penn’s Woods on Saturday, April 27, when the spring turkey season opens statewide.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), there is a turkey population of about 215,000-225,000 turkeys in the state. Last year, an estimated 174,500 hunters pursued them and took 40,303 of them. This was up from 38,101 in 2017. The PGC claims it set the highest hunter success rate in years. And this year’s forecast looks promising, despite a low fall turkey harvest and a rainy spring season in 2018.
With summer around the corner, Legion and Carpenter Cup tryouts are on the horizon.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team will hold its first tryout from 8:30 a.m.-noon on May 12 at Limeport Stadium. The second and third tryouts will take place on May 19 and May 26 at the same times and location.
The LV squad is set to play their opening game of the tournament on June 12 against Suburban One American/Continental.
In a perfect world, a player like Phil Gosselin would have likely spent the entire season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, a perfect world doesn’t exist and Gosselin had to be added to the 40-man roster before the first month of the season was even complete.
Injuries to starting Phillies shortstop Jean Segura and his backup, Scott Kingery, made the Phillies consider who was next up to make the trip down the turnpike to join the Phillies.
The Catty track and field teams fell to Palmerton in a meet from last week. The girls fell 109-40 while the boys lost 93-52.
For the girls, Lexi Rushatz took first in the 400 with a time of 1:04.34 and also won the 1600 in 5:36.63. Montana Muller won the pole vault after clearing 7-6.
Palisades 109, Palmerton 40
Palmerton 93, Catasauqua 52
100 - 1. Lydia Bottelier (Pali) 12.32, 2. Sydney Odle (Pali), 3. Ava Balliet (Pali);
200 - 1. Sydney Odle (Pali) 27.10, 2. Ava Balliet (Pali), 3. Delaney Frank (Palm);
The Colonial League released its fourth edition of the top track and field performances for the 2019 season last week.
Catty is represented on the list in the girls 3200 relay, where the team of Lucy Brubaker, Katherine Verenna, Sabrina Kemmerer and Breonna Brinkley have the fifth-best time this year, which is a 10:45.1.
4x100 relay: 1. Southern Lehigh (Imani Hollie, Amelia Cassady, Madison Trout, Sierra Williams) 50.30, 2. Palisades 52.0, 3. Bangor 52.8, 4. Wilson 53.10, 5. Northwestern 53.7;
For Mason Schlofer, it was all about keeping it straight.
His shoulder, that is.
The Catasauqua junior needed to make some tweaks to his hitting this spring, and his stance was a big part of it. Even though Schlofer is hitting .233 through 11 games, he has been pleased with his progress.
“I have been hitting the ball better,” said Schlofer. “I knew that I had to improve my stance. It was about keeping my shoulder straight. I was dropping it (shoulder).
“Now, I am seeing the ball better and I have more confidence overall.”
As well as her players, Catasauqua head softball coach Paige Kogelman has been dealing with fundamentals.
“The biggest thing for us is knowledge of the game,” said Kogelman, a former Roughie standout. “I never had to deal with teaching the game as a player or coach.
“They are now starting to figure it out. We are making more plays and adjusting to situations.”
Kogelman figured it would be a rough ride, and it has been.
Entering this week, the Roughies have an 0-7 record and have been shutout six times. They have scored a total of six runs.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster is a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar faces.
Popular players like Dylan Cozens, Mitch Walding and Cole Irvin are back with the Pigs. Young prospects JoJo Romero, Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez are at the Triple-A level for the first time in their careers. Local hero Matt McBride returns for a second season after playing high school ball for Liberty High School and college ball as a Lehigh Mountain Hawk.
Led by Philadelphia Union players Kacper Przybylko and Fabinho, Bethlehem Steel FC handed Charleston Battery their first loss of 2019 with a 3-1 victory at Talen Energy Stadium Saturday evening.
The home side made their presence known at the beginning of the first half when midfielder Michee Ngalina played in Zach Zandi who had his shot blocked by a Battery defender.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have announced more exciting promotional packages for the upcoming 2019 season. Princess Tea Party, Fortnite, Star Wars Jedi Training and Harry Potter Quidditch Training packages will each be available for $35. Fans can purchase packages by going online to ironpigsbaseball.com/themenights.
On Saturday, May 11 at 6:35 p.m., the IronPigs will host Star Wars Night that features Star Wars Fireworks! The Jedi package will include a field level ticket, light saber and on-the-field Jedi training from 5:35-6:15 p.m.
Princess Tea Party