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Yurconic named boys tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior John Yurconic II was named District XI Male Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Honestly, it’s a great feeling,” Yurconic said. “I thought I already had the icing on the cake, so I think this is something on top of that. It’s been an amazing four years.”

Yurconic played four years of varsity singles tennis for the Falcons, compiling a record of 77-21. He is the 2017 District XI Class 2A singles tennis...

Outdoors: Black bass season set to open

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Second only to trout, black bass is the most popular sport fish that Pennsylvania anglers fish for. And beginning June 17, the season for them opens with a creel limit of six and a size limit of at least 12 inches.

Despite this, most bass anglers wisely practice catch-and-release. It’s not because largemouth and smallmouth bass aren’t good eating, because they are. It’s because they’re more fun to catch-and-release as they can be caught again another day.

While smallmouth bass...

District 11 will form a hall of fame

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

District XI will be bringing their own Hall of Fame to town when the inaugural class will be inducted on October 14, 2018.

News of the announcement came last week as The District XI Hall of Fame will include athletes, coaches, officials, and contributors and will be reflective of those individual’s contributions on the District XI high school level.

Postgraduate, collegiate, or professional performance will not be assessed in selecting Hall of Fame recipients.

“The...

Kyle Haas back for McDonald’s game

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.

For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the...

Roelker named girls tennis scholar athlete

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Salisbury High School senior Leandra Roelker was named District XI Female Tennis Scholar-Athlete on May 31 at a banquet at the Best Western in Bethlehem.

“Oh my gosh, this is crazy,” Roelker said. “It’s such an honor to even be considered. I could have been happy to go home a scholar-athlete [nominee].”

Roelker’s record was 21-3 at number one singles this year.

“I thought it was me when [master of ceremonies Neil Curtis] said my record, and then I heard class rank and...

Spring-Ford eliminates Liberty softball

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes were loose before the start of their PIAA Class 6A softball quarterfinal game against Spring-Ford last Thursday, singing and laughing to music playing over the PA system at Parkland High School.

That’s what Coach Sam Carrodo wanted them to be, loose and happy, as he motioned “louder” to his team as the music ended. So all things considered, it was a surprise to many that this Hurricane team fell so hard to the Spring-Ford Rams by a score of 9-2.

“We never...

LHS girls top unbeaten PHS

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes knew if they hit well, they could win a district final, but it was their defense that also shined as they became District XI Class 6A softball champions with a 3-1 victory over Parkland last Thursday at Pates Park in Allentown.

“It’s really hard to explain,” said Liberty coach Sam Carrodo. “I had four state championships when I coached at Northampton Community College, but winning this one here, with the odds against us, and the Parkland mystique, and that...

LHS baseball’s first since 2007

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by PETER CAR in Sports

Gabe Albino knew he had to make up for an eighth inning error in last Wednesday’s District 11 6A championship against Parkland.

His ninth inning lead off triple put the pressure on Parkland in a deadlocked 1-1 ballgame and a shallow sac fly by Caleb Tereska gave Albino the shot to push ahead the winning run.

As he tagged back to third base, the play at the plate was a microcosm of a championship bout, as the throw home was on time, but Albino slid just to the side, under the...

Liberty wins opener at states

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Miranda Kinney’s lead-off double to left center field in the bottom of the fifth inning was the start of runs on the board for the Liberty Hurricanes in their 2-0 victory over Penn Manor in the first round of PIAA State Class 6A softball playoffs on Monday at Pates Park.

“I heard their pitcher [Brittany Hook] was pretty good with her rise ball and change up, but I knew we needed this for the team, and I wanted to start something,” Kinney said.

Jess Watts followed with a double...