The opening rounds of the District 11 team championships took place on Thursday without a lot of surprises.
In the 3A competition, the biggest “upset” was 5-seed Nazareth making it through to the semifinals. Along the way they beat 12-seed Whitehall 65-6 and then knocked off 4-seed Stroudsburg 57-12.
That sets up the Eagles third meeting with Liberty in just two weeks. The Hurricanes are the top seed after beating Nazareth in the EPC finals last week. Liberty handled Emmaus 64-7 to advance after the Hornets beat 8-seed Freedom 31-25 in the pigtail round.
When hard-crusted snow covers the ground, wildlife have a tough time finding food. Deer in particular have trouble finding suitable forage. As such, many well-meaning folks put out bagged corn or grain. While commendable as it appears, their graciousness is only harming the species.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, artificially feeding deer in the winter is the best way to kill a large number of deer in a small area in a short time. The problem, says the PGC, is that a deer’s diet cannot be rapidly changed in winter without damage to its digestive system.
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
Over his past four years donning the Brown and White, Andrew Martinez as experienced his share of highlights and lowlights on the fields and courts.
However, the past six months may have been the true acid test. His strong character traits helped lighten a heavy situation.
Martinez has endured a 1-10 season on the gridiron as the team’s quarterback and has been mired in a 1-16 basketball season to begin the week, one that could eventually result in possibly one other win in the mix.
There was plenty at stake last Wednesday night in the Colonial League wrestling landscape. The West Division and a spot in the four-team Colonial League tournament were up for grabs.
But you’d only be able to tell judging by one team’s performance.
Catasauqua (5-3 in Colonial League) picked up a 42-31 win over Northwestern that handed the Rough Riders the West Division crown and a spot in the league tournament that begins with the semifinals next Monday night. Catasauqua will face top-seeded and unbeaten Saucon Valley.
District 11 announced its pairings for the team championships.
Action gets underway at three different sites beginning Thursday and wrapping up on Saturday.
For Thursday, wrestling will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Subsequent matches will not begin before 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
For Saturdary, morning session tickets are $6 adults, $3 students, $3 senior citizens.
Saturday evening session tickets are $6. Only District XI passes are to be accepted. No league passes for any session.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 35 16 .686
St. Paul’s 29 16 .644
Bath Luth 29 19 .604
Christ UCC 25 23 .521
Dryland 26 25 .510
Emmanuel 24 24 .500
Ebenezer 23 28 .451
Farmersville 20 28 .417
St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417
Light of Christ 19 29 .396
Salem UCC 17 31 .354
Christ UCC (4-3 10in, 4-0) at Dryland (5-2)
C - Eric Yocum 6-14, Joe Hunsicker 5-13 HR, Dave Shaver 4-12, Ed Yost 4-13.
If sports teams made trades based on the popularity of their players with the fans, Taylor Leier would still be a member of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Instead, as the old saying goes, sports are a business and Taylor Leier is now a member of the Rochester Americans. The 24-year old left winger was dealt to Buffalo for right winger Justin Bailey.
It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway Saturday, Feb. 2 and runs until Feb. 10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To many sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, this show is commonly known as the Harrisburg Show, despite it’s new name of The Great American Outdoor Show.
Hosted by the NRA and Ram trucks, this year’s super show will feature over 200 seminars, 1,100 exhibits, over 400 hunting/fishing outfitters from around the world, equipment dealers including the top firearms manufacturers, ATVs, SUVs, trucks and boats.
Over the past five seasons, Catasauqua’s football program has struggled.
The Roughs have won five games during the span due to often playing against larger schools with bigger rosters and their own development.
Now, the Roughies will face the majority of their future opponents on a more level field.
The Colonial and Schuylkill leagues recently announced a 28-team football merger that will take effect in the 2020 season.