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Hurricanes 8-2

Friday, July 19, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Cedar Beach summer league keeps pushing its way through July and Liberty is keeping on pace as one of the best teams this summer.

The Hurricanes came into this week with an 8-2 record, good for second place in the standings behind Reading (8-1).

Liberty, thus far, has been the only Bethlehem team finding success in summer action, as Bethlehem Catholic (3-7) and Freedom (1-8) have struggled.

Liberty hopes it can get back on track this week, following a 52-41 loss to...

Lehigh tops CR

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team opened Section 6 playoffs on Saturday with an 8-6 victory over Council Rock Holland in Southampton, Pa.

Knowing the Section 6 tournament is less than a week long and that Lehigh could be playing multiple games within a short amount of time, Lehigh manager Buck Horvath and his coaches decided to use four pitchers on Saturday. That way, no one pitcher would be spent for future games.

“It ended up working to our advantage because the...

Checking out some former IronPigs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?

The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.

With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis...

Lehigh beats VW

Friday, July 19, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team handed Valley West its first loss in the Section 6 tournament, and with that, took its two-game win streak home on Sunday night with a 3-1 victory won in Southampton, Pa.

“We’re in a pretty good spot,” said Lehigh manager Buck Horvath. “If we win on Tuesday, it’s over.”

Lehigh will take on the winner of Valley West and Council Rock Holland, past Press deadlines. Stroudsburg is the other team in the Section 6 tourney.

On Sunday,...

Outdoors: Best fishing could be lakes, ponds

Friday, July 19, 2019 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With all the heavy rain we’ve been having, stream and river fishing has been curtailed. During these times, anglers are best advised to fish lakes and ponds that aren’t affected as severely. As such, selected local waters are fishing fairly productively.

Willie Marx of Willie’s Bait & Tackle in Cementon, says the Lehigh River has surprisingly receded quickly. “I have a Hollywood block placed vertically on the shoreline below my shop, it’s my water level measurement device. There...

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.


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.


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...