Experiencing one of their greatest seasons in nearly 10 years, Liberty’s golf team is looking forward to a post season spot. In fact, all Bethlehem-based teams are optimistic of a strong finish.
Liberty began play this week with a 12-1 mark, their lone blemish being a loss to Emmaus in East Penn Conference play.
Head coach Steve Bradley knew his players might be challenged, and he is anticipating a rematch.
The 28th version of Catasauqua’s Tournament of Champions proved to be an old-fashioned basketball barnburner.
Top-Cat, the champion of the nearby Stiles League, defended its title with a tight-knit, 62-59 win over Ohlson’s Landscaping to capture the crown.
Derek Hall hit John Amoroso for a layup with roughly 15 seconds remaining in the game to help Top-Cat to the title. It was a close contest throughout the night, as the tournament featured its share of interesting games.
Robert “Wabs” Chromiak remembers the nights at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 when it once seemed like the social events never ended.
“We had bowling leagues just about every night, and there were so many other things going on,” he said. Chromiak 84, is a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the local post for 50 years.
“We had a lot of members, and it really was a great place to be. I played on basketball and baseball teams and also golfed in their tournaments.”
Time have changed.
A few times before his current one, Devin Street has been in the same situation. In fact, the former Liberty High and University of Pittsburgh standout recalled how it began back in his youth.
“Even when I was eight years old, people always doubted me,” recounted the wide receiver. “I always heard that I was too thin. I had a few offers out of high school, but people still never thought that I could make it.”
Joey Altimose has held a golf club in his hand since he was able to do it. Literally.
The Liberty freshman, who surprised the Lehigh Valley golf world with his play this season, recalled how he began the sport with a club in his hand at 14 months old and his trek hasn’t slowed. He credits the influence and guidance of his father Gene, a lifetime golfer and a former member of the Southern Lehigh High School team.
Before the season, Bethlehem Catholic head golf coach Tim McGorry believed his club would experience their share of growing pains. The Hawks began the season without two-time district champion Nick Maff, who took his game to Monmouth University this fall.
For the most part, the Hawks did grow. In fact, they likely progressed more than expected. Over the next few weeks, a trio of golfers will advance to the District 11 tournament. They also finished the regular season with an impressive 11-7 mark.
Even though a handful of races began the 2016 racing season, a traditional Lehigh Valley favorite kicked the running season into gear.
474 runners from throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond participated in the 15th annual Super Bowl 10K on the morning of the annual game at the Lehigh Valley Parkway Feb. 7. The race was sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Road Runners (LVRR).
Despite a pocket of cold weather that recently crept into the area, the race’s pace was a relatively fast one.
With the unusual batch of unseasonal warm weather that has engulfed the early parts of winters, there should have been plenty of incentive to embark on a run or walk.
It provided most of us with a comfortable start to the often cumbersome task of training through the cold for our spring and summer events ahead. If you’re not a runner but thinking about it, this period should have provided you the extra boost.
Catasauqua head boys' basketball coach and tournament director Eric Snyder thought the recent version of the 26th annual Tournament of Champions final was one of the better ones in recent years.
He just isn't sure how many more may be on the horizon.
"We have three adult leagues left in the area (North Catasauqua, Catasauqua, and Stiles)," said Snyder. "It is not like it used to be for a number of reasons. We all would like to see more teams and players in the area."
Like they have in recent years across the country, running races have found a home in the Lehigh Valley.
"It is definitely one of the hot things going on right now," said Rochelle Romeo, managing director of Run Lehigh Valley. "There have been more and more events popping up lately.
"More running events have been coming to the Lehigh Valley. It really seems to be growing quickly."