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Wanderers near top of pack

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Wanderers may have gotten off to a slow start to the season with the amount of games they were able to play early on, but the club hasn’t let that slow them down as the month of June progresses.

Dwight Pulieri’s crew is in first place heading into this week with a 7-1 record, as they’ve mostly dominated the competition this summer so far.

Stocked with a loaded part of Liberty’s roster from the spring, full of talented arms on the mound, the Wanderers have given up only...

Hawks part of Philly Live 2

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic may have struck out wins at the Cedar Beach Bash, but experience is what head coach Scott McClary is looking for this summer.

With the Hawks going into next year with a revamped roster, summer is the time to build experience for the program’s newest faces on the varsity scene. That was part of the allure of the program heading to Philadelphia over the weekend to take part in the Philly Live 2 tournament.

Featuring 81 teams with nationally ranked programs in...

Pates fall just short vs. WWL

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The way that the Freedom boys basketball team has been playing this summer, with being on the wrong side of results due to regularly missing starters and regular contributors, and then having to face a Wilson West Lawn team fresh off a Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach Tournament championship last weekend, not many would have given them the chance.

But the Patriots battled and competed until the very end before falling to the Bulldogs 49-44 last Thursday night in the Lehigh Valley summer...

LLL 12U beats Solehi

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U tournament team pitcher Andrew Bowser got out of a bases-loaded third inning against Southern Lehigh, setting the stage for Jacob Matthews sacrifice fly that scored Elliot Berk and put Lehigh ahead, 1-0, in Lehigh’s 5-0 victory in the District 20 tournament on Thursday at Lehigh.

Lehigh added three runs in the fifth inning after Kam Kensicki was hit by a pitch, Jacob Strong singled, and Jaxon Horvath doubled to left center.

“I was kind of nervous...

Northwest swim looks to improve mark

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Already halfway through summer swimming season, Northwest’s record is 1-3 with a victory over Alburtis and losses to Orchard View, Kaybrook, and most recently, Saucon last Thursday night.

Saucon won 8-6, winning relays, 8 & unders, 9-10’s, and 13-14’s, while Northwest won 11-12’s, 15-18’s, and diving.

“Our team is small this year,” said Northwest coach Reik Foust. “Swim lessons are huge, but no one is coming up to the team.”

Northwest has 50 swim team members this...

Lehigh 12U team rolls past City Line

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 12U team opened the PA District 20 Tournament with a 16-0 victory over City Line last Monday at Lehigh.

Players representing Lehigh in the tournament are Elliot Berk, Andrew Bowser, Nicholas Bowser, Fikire Conway, Aidan Dancho, Carl Fair, Justin Frey, Jaxon Horvath, Kim Kensicki, Connor Martinez, Jacob Matthews, Rocco Sciarra, and Jacob Strong.

Pitchers Andrew Bowser and Sciarra combined for a four-inning no-hitter against City Line.

Horvath was 3...

Former Liberty coach Kalman Sarkozy passes

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Lehigh Valley sports community lost a legend last week when legendary Liberty soccer coach, Kalman Sarkozy Sr., passed away at the age of 74 following a battle with cancer.

Sarkozy was a hall of fame coach, guiding Liberty’s boys’ program for 23 years (1980-2003), amassing 342 wins and three District 11 titles. He stepped down from the head coaching role at Liberty in 2003, but stayed on as an assistant until 2016.

The Hungarian born Sarkozy, who immigrated to the United...

FHS, LHS battling

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by PETER CAR in Sports

Liberty and Freedom are both competing in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League at Lehigh University and are battling to stay alive in the playoff picture in Group A.

Freedom, the defending District 11 4A champions, are off to a 2-2 mark, good enough to have them enter the week in fifth place in the 10-team group. Liberty is 1-3 and sitting in seventh place.

The top-five teams in each of the three groups, plus a wild card team with the best record, advance to the 16-team...

Third time was the charm for Lehigh

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

After three trips to Hellertown that included two weather-related postponements this past weekend, Lehigh Little League’s 10U team played its second game in the District 20 tournament to a 12-0 victory over Hellertown-Lower Saucon on Sunday at Hellertown.

“It was frustrating,” said Lehigh pitcher/catcher Brayden Kashner. “We got all ready and then...”

Friday’s 5:30 p.m. game was washed out, as was Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. game. By 3 p.m. Sunday, there was no rain in sight.


LLL tops Pennridge

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League’s 10U team opened the PA District 20 Tournament with a 6-3 victory over Pennridge last Tuesday at Pennridge.

“Pennridge is typically a tough team. It’s a far trip and a small field, so that was a pressure-packed six innings of baseball,” said Lehigh 10U manager Mike Kashner. “It threw us right into the fire. A lot of the young kids, it was their first time in a situation like that.”

Two of the older Lehigh players, second baseman JT Solano and pitcher...