It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.
It’s another milestone for Freedom’s boys lacrosse program, as the team recently solidified the East Penn Conference West title.
The Pates (11-6, 9-4) have won six straight contests following Monday’s 15-2 thumping over Liberty, giving them an undefeated season in the division, as well as setting a school record for regular season wins (11).
Head coach Tony Fabrizio sees the progress of winning the programs first division crown, as a steppingstone in the right direction for a program continually looking to improve their status in the EPC.
The top spot in the East Penn Conference appears to be in the waiting hands of Liberty’s baseball team, should the Hurricanes close out the week in expected form.
Liberty (16-2, 13-1) only needs to defeat East Stroudsburg South (4-11) on Tuesday, past Press deadlines, to clinch the Steel division crown ahead of Wednesday night’s rivalry tilt with Freedom.
A win against ESS would also clinch the top-seed for the EPC playoffs, which get underway on Saturday.
Qualifying for districts is the goal for every team, but for Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team, that accomplishment might mean a little more to the program.
The Golden Hawks are back in the postseason for the first time since 2013.
After winning one match last season, the Hawks (7-8) solidified a spot in the District 11 2A playoff picture, one that head coach Jeff Koch is excited about.
Liberty held its annual press conference for senior student-athletes heading to college this fall on April 21, as 32 Hurricanes were represented in this year’s class.
The signing ceremony has been a yearly event at Liberty, highlighting the core of Liberty’s top athletes heading to the next level.
Football standout Jaohne Duggan made his decision to commit to Rutgers last summer and he’s never looked back on his decision after enjoying a stellar senior campaign, which saw him land on first-team East Penn Conference honors at defensive end, as well as first-team All-State.
Five new members of the National Football Foundation Lehigh Valley Chapter Hall of Fame will be inducted at this year’s banquet, scheduled to take place during a dinner and ceremony on Friday, May 5 at the Northampton Community Center.
The list is led by former Central Catholic and Parkland head coach Jim Morgans, who won two state titles with the Vikings during his career, as well as leading Parkland to two state championship appearances.
The one thing that each Bethlehem school has cemented with a week left in the regular season is a spot in the District 11 playoffs.
Liberty, Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic have each punched a ticket to districts, as they round out their calendar, but Liberty still has their sights on grabbing the fourth and final spot for the East Penn Conference playoffs.
The Hurricanes (9-4, 8-4) hold the fourth spot in the EPC race with league matches against Whitehall (12-1) on Wednesday and Pocono Mountain East (1-13) on Thursday.
Liberty’s Hall of Fame Committee will introduce their 2016-17 inductions on May 6 at Memorial Gymnasium.
The event will begin at 4:30pm with dinner and inductions.
The race for the East Penn Conference Steel Division title appears that it’ll go down to the wire, just as it did a year ago.
Liberty (14-2, 11-1) heads into the home stretch with a two-game lead over Freedom (12-3, 9-3) with four games left for both teams.
The Hurricanes also hold the tiebreaker at the moment over Freedom on head-to-head play after their 10-0 victory on April 22.
Every game is a big game according to Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos, but whenever Liberty and Freedom come together for one of their two regular season rivalry contests, it’s fair to say the stakes get even bigger.
During Saturday’s affair at Liberty, the Hurricanes had everything going the right way en route to a five inning, 10-0 shutout over the Patriots to bolster their confidence heading into another packed week of games.