Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

LLL 12U wins District 20 title

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Connor Martinez’s three run home run combined with Rocco Sciarra’s shutout pitching led Lehigh Little League’s 12U team to the District 20 championship in its 8-0 victory over Pennridge on Monday night at Lehigh.

“I had a good feeling when we got our first run, and you could feel the kids’ excitement at that point,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.

Lehigh scored half of its runs in the third inning, the first on a line drive RBI by catcher Kam Kensicki that scored Elliot Berk...

LLL tops Pennridge

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Sunday afternoon was do or die for Lehigh Little League’s 12U team in the District 20 tournament, and Lehigh did, in a big way, defeat Pennridge, 7-1, to play for a championship on Monday night.

“Jacob Strong threw 5 1/3 innings of no hit, shut out ball, and basically brought us here,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath.

Strong threw six strikeouts and hit a solo home run to center field in the second inning to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead, but that was only the beginning.

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John Yanek among those honored in North Catasauqua

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Robert “Wabs” Chromiak literally watched the North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park be constructed out of the ground.

“I grew up across the street,” recalled Chromiak. “It was an all-wooded area and it was a dump with all dirt.

“After World War II, I would raise and take down the flag there.”

A few years later, Chromiak began a 25-plus career as playground director, a time period that began a long tradition of joy and competition that still lingers today.

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Lehigh Little League defeats So. Lehigh

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League outfielder and pitcher Jacob Strong made the most of his first at bat with a solo home run against Southern Lehigh in 12U District 20 tournament play last Friday at Lehigh.

“I thought I was going to do really well on my first at bat because I haven’t been doing well on my at bats lately, so I was like, I’m going to bring it back, and I did it,” Strong said.

Ironically, Strong saved what looked like a possible grand slam with a catch in right field in the...

NORCO playoffs start

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO playoffs kicked off this week and Bethlehem’s Wanderers earned the right to an opening round bye thank to their 16-2 regular season record.

The Wanderers sit at the top of the bracket and will await the winner of the four-five matchup between Freemansburg (9-9) and Wind Gap (9-9).

Northampton (15-3) is on the opposite side of the bracket and have a bye as well, as they will either take on third-seeded Nazareth (14-4) or Bankos (9-9).

The first round best of...

Outdoors: What to do if you come across a rattlesnake

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

At this time of year, a good many outdoors oriented folks head to the hiking trails, be in the in Pocono Mountains or the vast Appalachian Trail that runs locally through the Blue Mountains and beyond through 14 states. As such, keep in mind there are hazards along the way. Namely, rattlesnakes.

Rattlers strike fear in the hearts of many people, especially those who believe the only good snake is a dead snake. Hikers in particular, need to know that people bitten by rattlesnakes are...

Lehigh 10U team falls to Pennridge

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 10U run in the District 20 tournament ended in a 4-3 loss to Pennridge last Friday prior to its 2-0 loss to Southern Lehigh last Wednesday.

Both games were stopped and then continued due to inclement weather.

Lehigh played one inning against Southern Lehigh on Tuesday when rain postponed the game with Southern Lehigh at bat, a runner on first, and no outs.

Returning for a late start on Wednesday, Southern Lehigh scored its first run in the third...

Wanderers near top of pack

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Wanderers may have gotten off to a slow start to the season with the amount of games they were able to play early on, but the club hasn’t let that slow them down as the month of June progresses.

Dwight Pulieri’s crew is in first place heading into this week with a 7-1 record, as they’ve mostly dominated the competition this summer so far.

Stocked with a loaded part of Liberty’s roster from the spring, full of talented arms on the mound, the Wanderers have given up only...

Hawks part of Philly Live 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have struck out wins at the Cedar Beach Bash, but experience is what head coach Scott McClary is looking for this summer.

With the Hawks going into next year with a revamped roster, summer is the time to build experience for the program’s newest faces on the varsity scene. That was part of the allure of the program heading to Philadelphia over the weekend to take part in the Philly Live 2 tournament.

Featuring 81 teams with nationally ranked programs in...

Pates fall just short vs. WWL

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The way that the Freedom boys basketball team has been playing this summer, with being on the wrong side of results due to regularly missing starters and regular contributors, and then having to face a Wilson West Lawn team fresh off a Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament championship last weekend, not many would have given them the chance.

But the Patriots battled and competed until the very end before falling to the Bulldogs 49-44 last Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley summer...