The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.
In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement earlier today that Pennsylvania schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) has canceled all remaining winter and spring sports and championships.
The local sports scene has taken the lead from Governor Tom Wolf during the coronavirus pandemic, but today’s news that all Pennsylvania schools would remain shut down for the rest of the school year might be the final nail in the coffin.
The Governor announced on Thursday the news that shouldn’t surprise anyone about schools being shutdown the rest of the year.
Liberty senior softball pitcher Paige Zigmund knew that her teammates and her opponents throughout the East Penn Conference were all feeling upset about the possibility that their seasons might never be played, so she put together a video to help ease the pain and uncertainty.
At the end of last season, Catasauqua head baseball coach Steve Bradley was anxious about the 2020 season.
He believed a budding team with an overall 4-16 record that experienced its share of growing pains would mature into prime-time players.
With the start of the season in-doubt, Bradley’s anticipation is still climbing in hopes something can be salvaged from the spring 2020 season.
“We just didn’t have enough depth last season. We had four wins and we need to grow from that,” said Bradley before the shutdown.
How did the seemingly incongruous use of masks during this past nary-a-cloud-in-the-sky, mild-as-May Monday affect you? When I first saw a solitary gardener wearing one, it was as unsettling as seeing an ambulance double-parked outside a neighbor’s house.
While a feeling like that is always undesirable, it’s also rational when it’s a creation of the coronavirus.
We’re facing a situation that just two months ago seemed as preposterous as a zombie apocalypse. Even something like a stay-at-home order, for instance, seemed ludicrous merely a month ago.
When I was a kid and wanted to go fishing, I’d get out a pitchfork and start digging in our vegetable garden for worms because, at the time, there were no bait shops around the Whitehall Township area where we lived.
As savvy anglers know, garden worms can catch a lot of different freshwater fish - be it trout, suckers, catfish, bass, sunnies even an occasional hungry crappie.
Recently, the Colonial League Girls Basketball Coaches Association announced their all-league honorees. Among those selected was Catasauqua’s Lexi Rushatz as honorable mention.
Player of the Year
Cassie Murphy, Notre Dame HS
Cassie Murphy, Sr, Notre Dame GP; Maya Ettle, Sr, Moravian Academy; Antonia Bates, So, Notre Dame GP; Casey Walsh, Sr, Bangor; Sydney Sevrain, Sr, Northwestern Lehigh; Trinity Williams, Jr, Palisades
by Nick Hromiak
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission pulled a fast one on trout anglers. Instead of the consolidated Apr. 18 trout opener that was scheduled, a last-minute decision from the PFBC said trout season opened Tuesday, April 7.
“We realize this change is a disruption to tradition,” Tim Schaeffer, PFBC Executive Director, said in a news statement. He went on to say anglers still need to follow social distancing (six-feet apart and wear masks) and that trout that have been stocked have had time to spread out, so should anglers do the same and spread out.
Recently, the Colonial League Boys Basketball Coaches Association (CLBBCA), selected and announced its 2019-2020 all-league and MVP award winners.
This week, we’ll take a look at the boys team. The honored players selected were:
Abe Atiyeh (Moravian Academy).
*Abe Atiyeh (Moravian Academy), *Brendan Boyle (Notre Dame-Green Pond), *Daryl Coleman (Southern Lehigh), *Kody Kratzer (Palmerton), Nate Owens (Bangor) and Jihad Range (Wilson).