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Buck numbers are up

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released the 2017-18 deer harvest report and it shows the buck harvest has increased 10 percent. And that’s not all. Their report also shows the overall deer harvest was up 10 percent.

During the past deer hunting seasons, hunters took an estimated 367,159 deer, which surpassed the overall deer harvest of 333,254 during the 2016-17 seasons. The PGC points out that over the 23 Wildlife Management Units, the deer harvest decreased in only three units...

Liberty track opens with wins over EHS

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes opened the 2018 track and field season with an 83-67 victory for the girls’ team over Easton and an 87-62 victory for the boys’ team also over Easton last Wednesday at Easton.

First place finishers for the Hurricane girls were Payton Shaffer in the 100 in 12.8 and in the 200 in 26.6.

Greta Stuckey won the 800 in 2:26.5.

Liberty’s girls won all three relay events, the 4x1 in 51.9, the 4x4 in 4:10.1, and the 4x8 in 10:16.8.

The Hurricane girls...

Via All-Star Game held this past weekend

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

In the waning minutes of the final game of Via’s Super Saturday basketball showcase, Aidan Ellwood spotted up behind the three-point line and called “banks.” He let the shot go, and it caromed off the backboard and through the basket. A few feet away his teammates went wild.

The Northampton senior scored 28 points in leading the West all-stars to a 119-112 win over the East in the finale of this year’s Via All-Star Classic, the 43rd annual edition of the event that showcases local...

Phantoms looking for long playoff run

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Last season, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms reached the AHL Playoffs, but had a much quicker exit than most expected.

That hasn’t been forgotten by the players who are around on this year’s playoff team and they’re determined to make this postseason a much longer experience. For veteran players and the organization as a whole, returning to the playoffs for a second straight season has a bigger meaning than just playing for a Calder Cup Championship.

“It gets back to trying to...

Hazleton tops LHS

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s softball team played its second game of the season against Hazleton on Saturday when the Hurricanes lost 3-2 at Liberty.

The Hurricanes had an opportunity for a first-inning lead after Paige Zigmund hit a line drive up the middle, Kyla Benner hit a single, and Julie Curti reached first base on an error, but the Hurricanes had miscommunication on the bases, which ended the inning.

In the bottom of the third, Mikayla Ruppert had a double, was awarded third base because...

Baseball - Pates look to win some titles

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Freedom always finds a way to compete with the best in the EPC, so how will the Patriots fare in 2018?

Head coach Nick D’Amico knows he needs to replace some offensive production in the lineup, but is also confident the group coming back this spring will be one that should be able to compete for a District 11 playoff berth following last year’s 16-6 campaign.

“I feel we will be able to compete with the rest of the league and will have to do so with great pitching and defense,”...

Volleyball - Hurricanes could be a surprise

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Potential might be the key word when describing Liberty’s volleyball team this season.

The Hurricanes return six starters from last season, but lost their most important offensive piece in all-star Samwel Omwega to graduation following last year’s 12-6 campaign.

But the Hurricanes have always been consistent under head coach Neiad Ammary and should be considered in the top tier of teams heading into this season, as Ammary is confident this year’s group can put results together...

Softball - Hawks look to contend

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Bethlehem Catholic’s softball team has been fortunate in that the Hawks were able to get outside practice time before last week’s snowstorm in preparation for the 2018 season.

“We were able to practice on the turf in the back of the school; of course, we have to share that with track, and baseball, and lacrosse, but we were able to get 45 to 50 minutes a day,” said Becahi softball coach Rich Mazza.

The Hawks hope their season opener will take place against Parkland on Wednesday...

Hawks looking for a big season

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

Experience matters in sports and Bethlehem Catholic’s volleyball team will have that heading into this spring.

The boost from getting varsity minutes back on the floor should lead to an improved product for the Hawks after last year’s 8-8 season, which saw them reach the District 11 2A final before falling in five games to Christopher Dock.

With a core of returners back this season, head coach Jeff Koch is hoping a breakout season is on the cusp.

“This is the most...

Outdoors

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With some sun and warmer temperatures, the snow we had last week should hopefully melt enough to allow access to area stream banks and lake shores for Saturday’s, March 31 regional trout opener in 18 southeastern counties.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission adds that their Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters program stocks 21 streams across the state with 14-20-inch trout. The trout, they say, will be stocked at a rate of 175-225 per mile. Anglers are invited to visit the...