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Outdoors: Great Backyard Bird Count to begin

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For you avid bird watchers (also known as ‘Birders’), you may want to join in this years 21St. Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC).

This annual event takes place February 16-19 in backyards, parks, nature centers, on hiking trails, school grounds, balconies, and beaches. The global event provides an opportunity for bird enthusiasts to contribute important bird population data that help scientists see changes over the past 21 years.

To participate, bird watchers count the birds...

LHS girls beat PME

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s girls’ swim team was victorious over Pocono Mountain East last week 91-74.

The Hurricanes opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a combination of Anna Lehr, Grace Russo, Sabrina Krotzer, and Kendra Smith in 1:59.42.

Lehr went on to win the 200 free in 2:06.68.

Abby Mack took first place in the 200 IM in 2:21.57.

Samantha Taylor was a double event winner in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.85 and in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.71...

LHS boys top PME

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s boys’ swim team celebrated a senior night 98-60 victory over Pocono Mountain East last Friday at Liberty.

Robert Negron, Chris Chambers, Omar Mohammed, and Jase Smith led off with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:46.85.

Negron took first place in the 200 free in 2:02.11, and Evert won the 50 free in 21.71 and the 100 free in 49.15.

Kellen Rogers placed first in diving.

“The front double pike is probably the newest one that I’ve done. It ended up...

Phantoms continue success over Hershey

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As much fun as rivalries are, for them to be at their best, both teams have to be competitive. Unfortunately, the Hershey Bears haven’t upheld their end of that deal against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms this season. On Friday night, Lehigh Valley downed Hershey 5-1 to give themselves a perfect 5-0 mark against their Chocolatetown rivals. They also took their scoring advantage over Hershey to 26-10. The Bears have struggled against everybody this season, leaving them last in the Atlantic...

Who doesn’t love a parade?

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Last week when someone found out I went to the Eagles parade, they excitedly said, “I hope you write a story about it.”

My initial thought was: I really didn’t have a whole lot of good things to say ...

As a few days have since gone by, my tune has changed. I’m very glad I went despite the frustration of waiting hours in the cold for trains.

My barometer for this event was the Phillies parade from Halloween of 2008, which included a front-row seat along Broad Street and...

EPC announces basketball tournament schedule

Monday, February 12, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The East Penn Conference announced the schedule for its boys and girls basketball tournaments.

Both tournaments start today, Monday, Feb. 12.

In the boys bracket, Bethlehem Catholic is the top seed and will host Parkland, the eighth seed. Central earned the second seed and will host seven-seed Northampton.

Pocono Mountain West is the fourth seed and will host Allen, the fifth seed and Eastburg South took the third seed and hosts Easton, the sixth seed. All games start at...

Hawks handle Nazareth in District 11 3A final

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

To say that revenge wasn’t on the mind of Bethlehem Catholic wrestlers heading into last weekend’s District 11 3A finals would be an understatement.

The Hawks were out to take back the district crown that has reigned in their trophy case for much of the duration of their stay in the 3A bracket following last year’s defeat to Nazareth.

Last Saturday at Freedom, Becahi took back their crown in a dominating 43-12 victory.

The Hawks won 12 of 14 bouts and controlled the...

’Canes impress with third place finish

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

If you would have projected Liberty’s wrestling team to be a top three finisher this season, that would have been news to Jody Karam in the preseason.

The Hurricanes completed a 21-2 season on Saturday with a 30-18 victory over Northampton in the third place consolation of the District 11 3A tournament.

Yes, it fell short of one of the top two spots to qualify for Hershey and yes, everyone wants to come away from competition as champions, but Liberty’s wrestling team defeated...

Down to the final week

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

It’s down to the final week of the basketball regular season and Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic both have something to play for with one game left on the docket before the EPC playoffs get underway.

Liberty (10-11, 6-9) needs to defeat Dieruff on Wednesday night to secure a spot in the postseason, while Bethlehem Catholic (18-3, 14-1) would secure the top seed for the EPC playoffs this weekend with a win over Allen.

With plenty at stake on both sides of the coin, both coaches...