Lehighton Area High School senior football player Nolan Ryan Wentz made history for his school and football program Sunday night, March 4.
Wentz became the second Indians student-athlete since 2006 to be awarded the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame football scholar athlete award at the 58th annual banquet at Northampton’s Banquet and Event Center.
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Foundation holds the annual banquet to honor a high school football student-athlete from one of 33 schools that best represents achievements both on and off the football field.
If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of three-straight, three-game weekends on their schedule. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left to play in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.
Despite the snow we had, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s fleet of trout stocking trucks are on a roll. They’ve been planting trout in area streams and lakes for the regional season opener March 31. There’s also the Mentored Youth Trout Opener March 24 where kids get a chance to catch a trout or two before the crowds of opening day take over.
Even though it became apparent very early that Berwick would not be able to compete with Bethlehem Catholic in the first round of PIAA State Class 4A girls’ basketball playoffs on Saturday at Freedom High School, the Bulldogs’ tears were as apparent as if they had lost in the final seconds.
The Bulldogs did lose, 56-25, and as they walked in line, red-eyed, past Becahi coach Jose Medina, they congratulated him and wished him luck, one-by-one, and left the gym.
“That’s the toughest part there, and a lot of graduating seniors,” Medina said, after thanking each Berwick player.
Freedom’s girls’ basketball team won its first round of PIAA State Class 6A playoffs with a 59-42 victory over Perkiomen Valley on Friday night at Easton Area Middle School.
“Our team had a lot of momentum going into this game, and everyone lifts each other up and helps with confidence,” said Patriot guard Corrin Gill. “We were prepared for the game, and we knew going into it that we were the more confident team.”
Gill’s shooting confidence also emerged from the start, hitting a three pointer in the first quarter and another in the second.
Bethlehem Catholic didn’t waste any time erasing any notion that Friday’s state playoff game against Greater Nanticoke Area High School would be a repeat of last year’s meeting.
The Golden Hawks took command early, using a stifling interior defense, along with some torrid outside shooting, to go up 19-3 after the first period.
It is a cliché that has been around for decades, but it was certainly on display at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink on Feb. 28: When these two rivals meet, you can throw the record books out.
The Freedom Patriots ice hockey team was dominant over their Christmas City opponents this season. Freedom beat Liberty 11-0 in the season opener and the Patriots out-scored the combined Becahi-Central Catholic squad 32-4 in three games this year.
Ryan Anderson was sitting in the Giant Center floor seats designated for competitors at last week’s PIAA wrestling championships and calmly undressed from his singlet and put on a dry warmup and gathered his wrestling bag. He joked with fellow wrestlers and went about his routine just like he has for every other match this season.
The only difference this time was that Anderson had just become a state champion.
“I just realized I’m a state champ,” Anderson said to a small crew on the floor. “I’m a state champ.”
For avid saltwater anglers who are anxious to hit the surf and waves for really big fish, the annual mid-Atlantic saltwater fishing show returns to New Jersey, albeit at a different location.
The Saltwater Fishing Expo, now in its 12th year, is moving to a brand-new location, delivering an even bigger and better event for consumers, said Tod Alberto, show director.
The Bethlehem Catholic boys basketball team sent a message to the remaining teams in the PIAA’s Class 4A bracket: If you want to compete with the Golden Hawks, you better have size and depth.
Ten players scored in Becahi’s 79-59 win over Lower Moreland in the District 1-11 subregional final at Easton Area Middle School on Saturday, March 3.