After week one of football, what did we learn? That a lot of our local teams lost.
Not that we have to hit the panic button just yet, but it wasn't your typical start to the season. Three of the top-five teams started with losses and will be looking for redemption.
Southern Lehigh, one of the favored teams to compete for the Colonial League title, is already out of the poll after a disappointing week one and Northampton makes a surprise splash after its upset win.
The Liberty Hurricanes scored its first girls' tennis victory over Whitehall last week, 5-2, followed by a 6-1 victory over Pleasant Valley the next day.
Liberty Coach Leo Schnalzer said, "It was nice to get our first win. The individual matches were closer, and I think the girls obviously felt good about it."
By the time the week was over, the Hurricanes had played four matches.
"I think it's too many. We don't get a lot of time to go over some things, but we got some...
PIAA District 11 is pleased to announce the adoption of a new power rating system to be used beginning immediately for fall sports in 2012, and progressing through the 2012-13 athletic seasons.
The power rating system and its policies and timelines were adopted on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 during the District 11 committee meeting.
Modeled after the system that PIAA District 3 uses to determine its playoff participants, the system places increased emphasis on strength of schedule...
Liberty fell in a tri-match to Emmaus and Nazareth in a contest from Monday, Aug. 20.
The Hornets shot a 382 while Nazareth carded a 410. Liberty finished with a 424.
Kevin Zakesky led the 'Canes with a team-low 79 at Bethlehem Muni Golf Club. Mitch Racosky had an 80, Jessy Lengyell had an 85 and Ryan McDonald scored an 88. Parker Henning shot a 95.
Emmaus' Kyle Wambold led all players with a round of 67. Bret Howey led the Eagles with a 78.
Bethlehem Catholic wrestler Darian Cruz is on the verge of picking his college destination very shortly before he enters his senior year at Becahi.
Cruz, a 106-pound state champion last March at the PIAA 2A tournament in Hershey, has reportedly narrowed his choices down to Lehigh and Oklahoma State according to Hawks head coach Jeff Karam.
"I think he's going to make a decision in the matter of the next few days," said Karam, who spoke about the situation on Monday. "He wants...
The Lehigh Valley Fever girls basketball ninth grade team qualified recently for the quarterfinals of the AAU Nationals Championship in Orlando, Fla., and ended up finishing fifth.
They went 3-0 winning their pool with wins against: New England Mass Ducks 41-18, Virginia SQBA 42-25 and Georgia Dream 64-54. They beat the Mass Huskies 56-28 in the first round of the championship bracket.
In the quarterfinals, the Fever lost 36-33 to Louisiana Diamond Elite because of over 20...
The opening day of fall sports isn't just a preparation period for coaches and athletes in Bethlehem.
Fred Harris, the athletic director for the Bethlehem Area School District, had more complicated issues to deal with this year as he welcomes his second term of running Freedom's and Liberty's sports programs.
The addition of girls' soccer to the fall has come with trepidation from many and Harris is just the latest AD that has to deal with the new found set of circumstances...
Matt Husek didn't have a timetable to pick his future college destination, but he's glad it's over with now.
The upcoming Bethlehem Catholic senior decided to continue his basketball exploits at Holy Cross when he verbally committed last week.
The 6-foot-11 center has grown three inches from last season, when he averaged 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
Husek figures to be a major factor this season for the Hawks, who are coming off a 5-17 season under head coach...
The Hanover Stingrays Swim Team took third place at the 2012 Suburban League Championships last month at Lower Macungie.
Soleco won the meet with 1381 points, followed by second-place finisher Quakertown with 1252.5 points. Hanover scored 1025 points in the nine-team meet.
In the 15 and over age group, Liberty High School swimmers, Courtney Desh and Eric Lawrence, placed first in two events apiece.
Desh won the 50 yard breaststroke in 32.59 and the 100 yard IM in 1:04.56...
The first day of the fall sports season generally means the start of the school year, so if Monday meant anything for schools across the state of Pennsylvania, it would probably translate into the summer being over.
For coaches throughout the Valley though, this is the exciting time of year where players get back together and test their fitness, skill and desire in preparation for season openers nearly three weeks away.
With the high school football season just around the...