Bethlehem Press

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Lehigh Little League to get field upgrades

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Little League received more than it ever expected when the organization applied for a grant for field improvements to Game On! Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs this past March, and by May, not only was Lehigh awarded a $5,000 grant, but 50 to 75 volunteers who will aid in making those improvements this August.

“We are honored to be chosen, and for IronPigs and PPL going the extra mile, it’s mind-blowing. We’re so appreciative,” said Dave Cresci, Lehigh Little League Board Member, Secretary, and Information Officer.

Patriots fall to the Rovers

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When it came to playing Easton this season, Freedom’s softball team found itself in a continual series of falling to the Red Rovers no matter how hard they tried to win.

“It’s kind of, it’s really repetitive, you know. It’s just kind of repetitive,” said Freedom coach Nora Lorady. “You’ve got to beat who you’re going to play, and that’s it. They had our number four times.”

The fourth time was last Thursday when Easton won, 2-0, in a District XI Class 6A playoff game at Easton.

Outdoors: Ethanol-related fuels causing problems

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

As Memorial Day weekend traditionally kicks off the pleasure boating season, power boat owners in particular should be aware of a new survey done by Boating Industry magazine.

It says that those in the boating industry that manufacture, sell, repair and store recreational vessels are seeing a growing number of problems caused by ethanol-related fuels. Said one boat dealer in the survey, “Ethanol fuels are great for our service department but bad for our customers!”

Eagles down Hurricanes

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Liberty’s softball season came to an end with a payback of sorts from Nazareth when the Blue Eagles defeated the Hurricanes, 10-0, in the District XI Class 6A playoffs last Wednesday at Nazareth.

It was just a week earlier when Liberty defeated Nazareth, 7-0, in the East Penn Conference playoffs.

“They came out and they hit the ball. They didn’t hit the ball in the first game,” said Hurricane coach Sam Carrodo. “Nazareth came out with a different attitude this game.”

Blue Eagles coach Tony Cocca changed that attitude by changing a few things for districts.

Phantoms swept out of playoffs by Marlies

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

For the first time since moving to the Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms reached the Eastern Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their stay in the finals didn’t last long as the Toronto Marlies, complete with a number of players who saw considerable time in the NHL this season, swept the Phantoms in four games to end Lehigh Valley’s quest for a Calder Cup championship, winning 3-1 in the series finale.

“You look up and down their roster, obviously, they’re very, very talented,” said goalie Alex Lyon. “They play an NHL style game, very tenacious.”

Barkley quickly fits in at Giants camp

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Along with being the second overall pick in the recent NFL draft, Saquon Barkley couldn’t be happier with his new surroundings in the Jersey Meadowlands.

In fact on the first day of the team’s recent three-day OTA workouts, Barkley was the first player to arrive and the last player to leave the New York Giants’ training complex.

He already has developed into a staple in the greater New York area.

“This is where I wanted to be,” said the former Whitehall standout. “I am a hard worker, I am willing to learn, and I am coachable.

Pates advance to finals

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Liberty and Freedom played on Memorial Day in the District 11 6A baseball semifinals at Lehigh University.

The Patriots knocked off Pocono Mountain West and will move on to face Parkland, which defeated the Hurricanes.

Freedom got off to a fast start and set the tone early, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning before adding two more in the top of the seventh for a 5-0 win.

Alec Huertas, who walked off the Pates in the team’s last game with a home run, this time struck out 10 to pick up the win. David Smith came on in relief and fanned three.

Steel to host soccer clinic at SoccerFest viewing party

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Children and youth soccer players ages 6-12 are invited to learn a variety of soccer skills and techniques at a free soccer clinic presented by the Bethlehem Steel FC June 16, 11:45 a.m., at the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest and Viewing Party at SteelStacks. The hands-on event, led by Bethlehem Steel FC and Philadelphia Union Academy staff and players, is open to the first 200 children who register at

Liberty knocks off Becahi in semifinals

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

In a Bethlehem rematch that stood at 1-1 from the regular season, Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic competed in the East Penn Conference softball semifinal last Thursday when the Hurricanes defeated the Hawks, 5-2, at Pates Park in Allentown.

“I was a little nervous going in, but I had a little break since Nazareth, so my arm felt good,” said winning pitcher Paige Zigmund.

LHS boys track has 11-0 regular season

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

The Liberty Hurricanes boys track and field team were honored at the East Penn Conference Track and Field Championships last week at Whitehall High School for their regular season conference championship which included an 11-0, undefeated season.

“It was a goal,” said Liberty coach Andy Messa. “Two years ago when Chris [D’Emilio] and I took over, the boys were 4-7. Last year, we turned it around to 7-4, and coming into this year we knew we had a pretty good team.