In minor league sports, coaches and managers have different ways of telling a player that they’re getting that first call to the highest level of their sport. Former Lehigh Valley IronPigs manager Dave Brundage used to enjoy having a bit of fun at the player’s expense, sometimes letting them think they were being passed over or that the coaches were concerned about their play lately before he would let the cat out of the bag and give out the good news. For Phantoms coach Scott Gordon, the approach is a little more straight forward and businesslike.
For sportsmen clamoring for more weekend hunting time afield, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Senate Bill 147, which permits additional hunting on three Sundays per calendar year - one within the archery deer season, one within the firearms deer season and one selected by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The law will take effect Feb. 25, 2020, and the first new Sunday hunting opportunities will be identified by the Game Commission thereafter.
Suburban Dart League
Standings Week 12
Star of Beth 21 9 .700
Dryland 23 10 .697
Salem UCC 15 12 .556
Light of Christ 18 15 .545
Bath Lutheran 17 16 .515
St. Paul’s 16 17 .485
Christ UCC 15 18 .455
Emmanuel 15 18 .455
St. Stephen’s 12 15 .444
Farmersville 12 21 .364
Ebenezer 10 23 .303
Catasauqua head football coach Mike McClarin knew his squad would have a stiff challenge Thanksgiving morning against Northampton.
The situation became even more precarious when McClarin underwent an appendectomy a few days earlier and watched the game from the press box at Northampton.
Unfortunately, life didn’t get any easier for the Rough Riders as they suffered a 63-0 defeat to the Konkrete Kids in the 97th meeting between the two teams.
Northampton (10-2) scored on it first seven possessions and held a 49-0 advantage at halftime.
Mason Hess figured this year would be different for him and his teammates.
The Catasauqua junior knew his team would have a different outlook with plenty of freshmen and sophomores sprinkled into the lineup.
It would also have a different twist for him as he made the move to linebacker form his defensive and offensive line post.
With the season now over, his year has followed the script. An elder statesman on the team, Hess has watched his younger teammates mature as he strive to keep a positive approach despite the team’s overall record.
It’s here. It’s deer - the firearms deer hunting season that is.
The much awaited rifle deer season gets underway statewide Saturday, Nov. 30, when the majority of sportsmen go afield in hopes of bagging a buck. And this year, the season opens on a Saturday after Thanksgiving instead of the Monday after the holiday as it has traditionally been.
Bethlehem Inter-Church Dart Baseball league
Standings Week 1-10
East Hills 18 9 .667
Holy Trinity 18 9 .667
Holy Cross 18 9 .667
First UCC 16 11 .593
Christ Luth 17 13 .567
Bethany UCC 17 13 .567
Schoenersville 14 13 .519
WS/Edgeboro 14 13 .519
St. Peters 11 16 .407
College Hill 12 18 .400
Fritz Wesleyan 10 17 .370
Trinity UCC 8 19 .296
Christ UCC 8 19 .296
Christ UCC at
St. Peters 4-1, 9-2, 3-4
The Phantoms clicked their skates together three times and said “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”
With that, the team that had lost four straight returned to winning form with back-to-back wins taking two of the three games on their recent homestand.
The good news for the team is that three of its next five games are also on home ice, giving the team some momentum.
Northampton will enter its 97th annual Thanksgiving Day tilt with Catasauqua apparently with a sizable advantage on a few fronts with a 10 a.m. kickoff at Al Erdosy Stadium.
The Konkrete Kids (9-2) have a strong chance to gain their first 10-win season since 2008 (10-3), and they will have a size and player number advantage over the Rough Riders.
Northampton hasn’t played since it suffered a hard-fought, 42-37 loss to Easton in an opening–round district Class 6A playoff game Nov. 1.
It’s finally the end of the football season and for our viewing area, this is an earlier exit for Lehigh Valley teams than we’ve been accustomed to in recent memory. Bethlehem Catholic’s run to the state semifinals over the past couple of years helped prolong the season after Thanksgiving, but with Nazareth falling to St. Joe’s Prep and Southern Lehigh getting bounced by Archbishop Wood, that leaves us with only Turkey day games this week.
So, enjoy the start of the holiday season and thanks for following throughout the year.
Here’s a look at our final poll.