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Eyes still on young Phantom players

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

While the Phantoms have basically no hopes of playing in the postseason, the players have to be aware that they are always on the stage and seeking to open eyes. Times like these are when players can stand apart somewhat by putting out strong efforts even though they know the team won’t really benefit by gaining a spot in the postseason. The Phantoms have a couple guys who are looking to show off what they can do as the AHL season heads into the home stretch.

Reinhart, Hartranft advance to states

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Even though it didn’t begin well, Adam Reinhart’s plan eventually worked out.

“It was a great weekend,” said the Catasauqua 195-pound senior. “Everything fell right into place like we planned.

“Losing my second match was tough, but coming back the next day, and winning both my next two matches that qualified me to go to states was awesome.”

Reinhart and junior Jaryn Hartranft will begin wrestling Thursday night in the PIAA state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.

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Thursday, March 5, 2020 by The Press in Sports


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Star of Beth 40 23 .634

Light of Christ 35 28 .556

Bath Luth 35 28 .556

Salem UCC 32 31 .508

St. Stephen’s 31 32 .492

Emmanuel 27 33 .450

Christ UCC 28 .35 .444

Farmersville 26 37 .413

Ebenezer 24 36 .400

St. Paul’s 25 41 .379

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SS - Ed Wychock 6-14, Allan Beahm 6-14, Bryant Conner 4-12, Dave Blaukovitch 4-13, HRs - Jim Blaukovitch, Nathan Naprava.

SP - Rich Kern 4-11.

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Gerhard recalls wrestling at states

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

When he was in third grade, Chris Gerhard remembered when he wanted to join the Boy Scouts.

His father, Ernie, thought otherwise.

“I came home from school and was excited about joining the Boy Scouts,” recalled Gerhard. “He told me that I wasn’t joining the Boy Scouts, but I was wrestling instead.

“That night, he dragged me and my brother Matt down to see John Stofko, who was the Midget wrestling coach. After I got started, I was really on the fence about it. I didn’t like guys grabbing and throwing me around. Once I got to high school, it was different.”

Outdoors: Tips for getting a boat loan

Thursday, March 5, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you visited the recent Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, or traveled to Atlantic City for the gigantic Atlantic City Boat Show, and spied a boat rig you’d like to have, perhaps you may need to start shopping for a loan to finance it.

The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group, urges boaters to be smart when it comes to financing a new or used boat. They offer three tips to help you avoid common problems when applying for a loan.

Roughies advance three

Friday, February 28, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Brett injured, unlikely to wrestle

After a successful regular season, Catasauqua’s wrestling team anticipates continuing their progress in the postseason.

Sophomore Jaryn Hartranft (103), junior Austin Brett (126), and senior Adam Reinhart (190) all were among the top-four finishers in their weight brackets at districts last weekend, and they will be advancing to the Class 2A Southeastern Regionals.

Hartranft (33-4) advanced to the finals and lost a 9-4 decision to Notre Dame’s Evan Maag, who beat him in the district final last year.

Outdoors: Trout stockings scheduled for March 3

Friday, February 28, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Perhaps it’s because we’ve had a mild winter so far, but trout anglers are getting the itch to fish. And if the weather holds, preseason trout stockings will get underway March 3 in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

As for the latter, Minsi Lake in Northampton County, is also on the schedule to be stocked since it was closed and drained for dam repairs in 2017. The dam work is completed and the lake is scheduled to be stocked with trout on March 24 ahead of the Regional Mentored Youth Day, according to the PF&BC.

Trades could impact LV

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The NHL trade deadline arrives on Monday. So, what does that have to do with the Phantoms? Possibly a lot.

When you make an addition via trade in sports, there’s a subtraction that goes with it and the subtraction could conceivably come from among the Phantoms roster. Of course, trades in the real sports world aren’t like the trades pulled off in the world of fantasy sports where “owners” just talk to a friend and work out some zillion-player blockbuster trade. In the real world, there are things like salary caps, player contracts and locker room chemistry.