The East Penn Conference South teams rolled over their North Division counterparts on the opening night of the 2018 football season.
Emmaus, Parkland, Freedom, Bethlehem Catholic, Liberty and Northampton were all part of the big night for South Division teams.
In the Colonial League, Northwestern won a shootout, while Catty dropped its opener.
The Hornets got two touchdowns from each of their senior running backs and couple passing touchdowns from quarterback Ethan Parvel in a 62-6 rout of Allen.
Led by second-half goals from Santi Moar, Omar Holness and Michee Ngalina, Bethlehem Steel FC completed a three-game sweep of the Richmond Kickers with a 3-0 shutout on the road.
After a scoreless but eventful first half, Steel FC picked up its scoring form established last weekend with three goals in 31 minutes to claim the club’s third road victory and third clean sheet of the season.
In more ways than one, Jason Schneck knew he had to take his game to the next level.
He was looking forward to his summer playing days, shifting his time between the Catasauqua Connie Mack team and the boys’ basketball team.
Both of them produced some favorable results.
In baseball, Schneck hit a team-high .429 and also led the team with 20 runs scored. He also posted an overall 2-2 record with a 3.44 ERA and 20 strikeouts and 14 walks in 20.1 innings.
It was just a matter of realizing his potential and stance with the team.
Players have been coming and going between Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and Reading the past week. The Phillies acquired catcher Wilson Ramos and lefty reliever Aaron Loup in trades at last week’s trade deadline, necessitating one move that led to others.
Ramos is battling back from a hamstring injury and was placed on the disabled list, but there was time to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for him.
Not only did the recent heavy rains and flooding affect Musikfest events and Das Awk Fescht car show, but it created a deadly trout kill at the Lil’ Le-Hi Trout Nursery.
According to Herb Gottschall, president of Lehigh County Fish & Game Association, a few hundred sizable, chunky trout in the 12-14-inch range were killed when heavy rains flooded portions of the popular Lil’ Le-Hi Trout Nursery off Fish Hatchery Road in Allentown.
In the 29th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), the ending was ironic and also fitting.
Curmaci Dental and Blue Monkey – both who had the same players on both teams – met in the recent TOC final at the Catasauqua Middle School instead of the Catty Playground due to weather issues.
In the end, it was Derek Hall who led Curmaci to a 74-64 victory over Blue Monkey. It also was a test of attrition as Curmaci had five players and Blue Monkey had six.
It was a true Catty-Northampton flavor night, as all but one player was either a former Roughie or Konkrete Kid.
Daron Whitmore spent his first postseason in the Blue Mountain League sidelined with a shoulder injury as the Northampton Giants won their first league championship in 2014.
On Sunday, he pitched a gem to lead the Giants back to the Blue Mountain League championship series.
Whitmore pitched six stellar innings, allowing just two runs on four hits as Northampton completed the sweep of the Northern Yankees with a 3-2 victory at Northampton High School. The Giants will face the winner of the Limeport Bulls and Orioles in the championship series beginning this week.
Trailing 2-0 in a best-of-three series, the No. 2 seed Iron Financial Orioles faced a must-win situation last Sunday in game three of the Blue Mountain League semifinals against the third-seeded Limeport Bulls at Simmons Field in Egypt.
The Bulls were in the same round last year, and won the championship just two years ago. They were experienced in the postseason and seemed destined to finish off the sweep.
But that’s why they play the game.
The Coplay Legion baseball team had a good postseason run, advancing all the way to the quarterfinals before being ousted by Salisbury recently.
Coplay had to play a single elimination game against Southern Lehigh to start the Leigh Valley Legion Baseball League playoffs. The 7-3 victory opened the gate to their second round game versus Lower Macungie where they were now facing double elimination. That was advantageous since they lost to Lower Macungie 10-4.
The Keystone State games are slated to start next week from July 25-30.
It will be another summer installment for the Lehigh Valley baseball entry, as they look to continue their success at the tournament over recent memory after taking the silver medal in the Scholastic Division a year ago.
The complete schedule for the tournament will be released later this week, but listed below is the complete roster for this year’s team.
Note: there are no Junior Division teams in the tournament this year.