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Barbosa resigns from BC boys hoops

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic boys’ basketball coach Ray Barbosa resigned Monday morning and will take over as the new coach at Executive Education Academy Charter School in Allentown.

It ends a short, but highly-successful, three-year run for Barbosa at Becahi, as the Hawks won back-to-back District 11 4A titles the past two seasons and reached the PIAA semifinals last season before falling to mighty Imhotep Charter.

Hawks’ athletic director Chris Domyan just came back from vacation to...

Lehigh Valley Keystone baseball team announced

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Keystone State games are slated to start next week from July 25-30.

It will be another summer installment for the Lehigh Valley baseball entry, as they look to continue their success at the tournament over recent memory after taking the silver medal in the Scholastic Division a year ago.

The complete schedule for the tournament will be released later this week, but listed below is the complete roster for this year’s team.

Note: there are no Junior Division teams in...

Article By: nick hromiak Special to the Press

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Last Thursday, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission transported 15,800 brown and brook trout fingerlings from their Bellefonte Hatchery to the Lil’ Le-Hi Trout Nursery, located on Fish Hatchery Road in Allentown.

The latter is often referred to by many as the Lil’ Le-Hi fish hatchery, but it’s really not. A hatchery, by definition, hatches baby trout from eggs while a nursery receives the baby fish, feeds them and takes care of them while they grow to legal size to be stocked...

A-town event sees 16 teams

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Northampton High School’s girls’ basketball team won the A-town Throwdown Divaz Varsity Tournament this past weekend after defeating Bethlehem Catholic in the final, 38-29.

The tournament included 16 girls’ varsity teams, some from the Lehigh Valley, others from the Poconos, New Jersey, and even Harrisburg.

“We’ve got some diversity, and it’s been competitive so far,” said girls’ games coordinator Terrence Bomar. “Everything is on schedule. That first year of changing an event...

Wanderers take second NORCO seed

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The NORCO playoffs began this week and all three of Bethlehem’s teams qualified for the postseason, but the Wanderers will lead the charge with the best shot of any local team to make a run to next week’s championship. They enter the tournament as the second seed.

That postseason summer journey began on Monday evening when the Wanderers (14-3-1) took on seventh-seeded Bankos (9-9) in the opener of their best-of-three series.

After going 2-0 over Bankos during the regular season...

Stingrays knock off Macungie

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Hanover Stingrays summer swim team stayed undefeated in the Suburban Swim League after defeating Macungie, 320-261 last Thursday at Hanover. The Stingrays are now 6-0.

In individual events, first place finishers for the Stingrays were Julian Najarro in the 13-14 50 free with a time of 27.32, Natalie Richardson in the 15 & over 50 free with a time of 29.83, and Robert Negron in the 15 & over 50 free with a time of 24.43.

Daisy Stewart placed first in the 8 &...

Hanover unbeaten

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Hanover Stingrays summer swim team is undefeated, and how they got there was by a combination of last year’s success and this year’s newcomers.

The Stingrays opened the summer swim season with a 446-96 victory over Palmerton on June 14, followed by a 248-233 victory over Lower Macungie on June 21, and a 408-165 victory over Whitehall on June 25.

One of Hanover’s biggest competitors, Quakertown, fell to the Stingrays, 316-270, on June 28.

“I think after we won...

Hanover relays perform well

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

“In the six or seven years I’ve been head coach, this is probably the most balanced we’ve been as far as numbers per age group,” said Hanover Stingrays coach Evan Kocon after the Stingrays scored their sixth win of the season last Thursday night.

“Every summer when you have registration you don’t really know what you’re going to get because being a high school coach and a Y coach, your focus changes completely, and you still have a lot of the same kids, and you get used to them being...

Four Liberty swimmers receive honors

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty High School swimmers, Chris Chambers, Robert Negron, Jase Smith, and Jake Evert achieved a total of four AA honors among them from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association/Speedo for the 2017-2018 All America Swimmers and Divers Top 100 performances.

“This year we placed super well in the relays, and then there was my 50 free,” said Negron.

Chambers, Negron, Smith, and Evert had the 14th best time nationally in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:23.46...

Outdoors: Fireflies lighting up the Valley

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Three weeks ago there was one, two and three. The next week there were five to ten. This week, yards are aglow with their yellow flashes from whence they got their nickname.

As robins signal the beginning of spring, fireflies (or lightning bugs) signal summer is upon us. These inch-long bugs are actually beetles, or nocturnal members of the family Lampyridae. Most fireflies are winged, which distinguishes them from other luminescent insects of the same family, commonly known as...