The aspirations for a championship season started way back in winter lifting sessions for most area football teams, but all the offseason work now comes out on display this weekend with the official opening of the 2019 season kicking off this Friday night.
For the Bethlehem area teams, it’s the beginning of expected championship aspirations for Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic and hopeful resurgence for Liberty.
With temperatures forecast to be in or close to 100 degrees this week, these dog days of summer make for tough fishing in local streams, rivers and lakes. If you crave big, good eating fish, head to the Jersey shore for some saltwater action.
Welcome to another year of the high school football season and the season keeps getting earlier.
With teams across the state missing out on one extra scrimmage this year, opening weekend is generally an extension of the preseason for many teams in the EPC South, but we do have a marquee battle in the Colonial League with a showdown between two league favorites, Northwestern and Notre Dame, as well as a showdown between Southern Lehigh and Saucon Valley.
Week 1 picks make most people look like geniuses, so let’s hope nobody makes me look dumb this week.
James Snyder always will have plenty of memories of the annual Tournament of Champions (TOC). It has been a part of his life as well as his family’s since his early days as a youth.
His father and head Catty boys’ basketball coach, Eric, instituted the tournament 30 years ago.
“I have been involved with the TOC since I was a little kid,” recalled Snyder. “I remember giving Chris Michael, Gary Laubach, and Dick Tracy T-shirts at halftime.
“In high school, I was announcing in it. So, not just to play it, but also win it, makes the moment feel extra special for me.”
Limeport head coach Mike Cudwadie and plenty of other Bulls remember when Northampton swept them in the championship series in its first season of the Blue Mountain League (BML). That was back in 2014.
Jorge Montes doesn’t recall the deflating feeling five years ago. Montes is from Puerto Rico, and recently moved back to the Lehigh Valley area in 2017.
The Wanderers’ season came to a close in the Region 2 tournament, but it didn’t take away from the type of campaign the team experienced over the summer.
The NORCO champs fell to Berks champ Norchester 7-1 to end their run in the tournament, going 2-2 in the double elimination format. Norchester scored six runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull away for the win.
For Wanderers head coach Dwight Pulieri, the season was a success after a 22-5 finish that saw his team win the league title.
Every spring and summer we all spend a good deal of money buying and planting flowers to beautify our yards and gardens. But there is a way to circumvent this annual expenditure by planting native plants.
Native plants, as defined by the Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, are ones that occur naturally in a particular region, ecosystem or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. Some may think they’re mainly weeds. But they’re not.
Freedom has a knack at winning titles in the summer. Head coach Joe Stellato hopes that can translate to championship aspirations in the winter.
The Patriots won the first annual Lehigh Valley Summer Slam last weekend at Dieruff, knocking off the Huskies 62-55 in the final.
Malek and Caleb Mims combined for 36 points in the championship game to lift the Pates to the title.
The Hanover Stingrays took second place in the Suburban Swim League Championships Meet on July 20 at Whitehall where Quakertown placed first.
Macungie came in third, followed by Soleco, Lower Macungie, Whitehall, and Palmerton.
Top-placing swimmers for Hanover were Sarah Park, who won the 13-14 50 free with a time of 26.69, and Malcolm Collins, who won the same event for the boys in 26.08.
In the 15 & over 50 free, Addison Collins was fourth in 23.04, and Jonathan Drago was fifth in 23.22.
Northwest Swim Team competed in the ABE Championships on July 27 at Stones Crossing in its last meet of the summer swim season.
Northwest placed 10th out of 12 teams, and Kaybrook was the overall winner.
Northwest swimmers who had top finishes included Windsor Reiss, who took sixth place in 13 & over diving with 111.50 points.
Corbin Eisenhardt came in fifth in the 13-14 50 freestyle in 29.51, third in the 13-14 50 butterfly in 34.84, and fifth in the 50 breaststroke in 40.89.