At their recent meeting, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Board gave preliminary approval for the use of semi-automatic rifles and shotguns for big game hunting in the state.
Up until now, only semi-auto shotguns could be used for small game, turkey and waterfowl hunting. So this new approval opens the door for such firearms as modern sporting rifles (wrongly termed assault rifles) as well as military M1 Garand and M14, Remington 7400, Browning BAR and similar style semi-auto rifles. And this includes semi-auto .22Õs for small game like squirrels.
The basketball regular season will wrap up on Wednesday night, so here’s a look of how things stand for boys’ teams heading into the final date on the calendar.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class. In order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
However, the opportunity for below .500 teams to qualify for districts is there if the minimum number of playoff spots in a class is not reached.
* Indicates teams that have already clinched playoff berths.
It was senior night for Northwestern and Catasauqua head coach Eric Snyder expected to see all the Tigers’ graduating members.
What he wasn’t expecting - their production.
Northwestern started all five of its seniors and they exceeded expectations to upset Catasauqua as the Rough Riders fell to the Tigers, 77-72, on Tuesday night at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
For Ryan Greene, reaching a major milestone in his wrestling career isn’t anything new.
Since he began his wrestling career in the early grades, Greene has been goal driven. He recalled how reaching an earlier high point in the Valley Youth Elementary Wrestling League was a challenge.
“I really wanted to win a championship then,” noted Greene. “I got silver in my second year when I was in fourth grade. Then I finally won it when I was in sixth (grade). I just knew I had to keep working and I figured I would get it.”
Below are the power rankings for the upcoming girls basketball district tournaments. Standings are through Sunday, Feb. 5.
This is the final week of regular season games with league tournaments beginning this weekend and the District 11 tournament beginning Feb. 21.
Freedom is among eight teams that has wrapped up a berth in the 6A bracket. In the 4A bracket, the Bethlehem Catholic girls look like they have earned the top seed.
If the Catasauqua boys’ program is to get back to districts after a two-year layoff, they wanted to start the New Year and impending crammed Colonial league schedule on a high note.
For the most part, the Roughies did.
In a rescheduled game with Palmerton that was played Dec. 30, Catty held off the visiting blue Bombers in a 42-40 victory. They then picked up another win along the way in a 56-47 victory at Palisades Tuesday night.
The Trojans beat Whitehall 41-30.
Kassidy Stout and Emily Piston led a balanced Parkland offense with 10 points each. Rachel Medlar added 10 points for the Trojans (14-4 overall, 11-3 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference) and Devyn Anderson chipped in with seven points.
Whitehall (6-14, 4-10) was led by Kylee Cunningham’s 12 points.
The Konkrete Kids beat Nazareth 58-42, handing the Blue Eagles their second lost in Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play and third overall.
On paper, it appears Catasauqua’s two-year drought from District 11 play subsequently will end.
The Roughies began the final two weeks of the season with an overall 8-11 record and an 8-8 slate in the Colonial League. More importantly, they were seated third in the District 11 Class 3A playoff bracket. Four teams will make the bracket from the district.
With just over a week left before the end of the basketball regular season, posted below is an updated list for teams that have already qualified for the District 11 postseason and ones that lurk in the hunt with their final games left on the schedule.
Listed below is a breakdown of each class and as a quick reminder, in order to qualify for the postseason, teams must compile a .500 record in their overall record or a .500 record in their league record.
Although his wrestlers have been reaching new heights. Catasauqua head wrestling coach Kyle Rusnock is looking for some more dividends down the road.
“Our motto is that we are a team and a family,” said Rusnock. “We want to grow and come together. We want to be wrestling our best at the end of the season.”
The Roughies certainly appear to be heading in that direction. They recently placed five wrestlers in the top 10 positions of their respective brackets at the annual Coal Cracker Tournament at Panther Valley High School that featured 27 teams.