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PIAA moves toward changing wrestling weight classes

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Next wrestling season could see a difference in weight classes, as last week’s PIAA Board of Directors meeting approved a reduction from 14 to 13 weight classes on its first official reading.

The vote was passed by a 30-0 margin and would essentially eliminate the 195-pound weight class.

Liberty head coach Brandon Hall thinks the change will be beneficial to the sport moving forward.

Jody Karam named Easton wrestling coach

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Jody Karam had a regret.

After resigning from the Liberty wrestling job following the 2018-19 season, Karam suddenly felt the void in his life this past January when he told Liberty athletic director Fred Harris that he made a mistake.

That point was only exacerbated in February as he watched the District 11 dual tournament in Memorial Gymnasium.

Karam, Liberty’s all-time leader with 362 career wins, wanted to be out there on the floor giving guidance, but instead was bound to being a spectator.

Gov. Wolf issues guidelines for sports

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley sports programs are on the verge of getting back together following preliminary guidelines released last week by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The press release stated that members of the PIAA can resume activities for programs in the yellow and green phases of the COVID-19 plan.

“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” Wolf said in a news release. “This guidance balances keeping student athletes safe from COVID-19 while allowing them to participate in an important part of their lives.”

Baseball tourney hopeful to be played in early August

Thursday, June 18, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

While spring sports were canceled across the state due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are plans for baseball action this summer for seniors who missed out on their final season of high school baseball.

Dan Villanti, an assistant director of alumni relations at DeSales University and the director of the Rising Stars travel baseball program, has organized the tournament with the help of Liberty head coach Andy Pitsilos and Notre Dame head coach Mike Bedics.

Annual Big 33 football game shelved for 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Big 33 football game has been a part of Pennsylvania’s football history for the past 60 years. Unfortunately, that run has come to an end this spring, as the game has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee that organizes the event put out a release recently about the cancellation of this year’s contest, which was slated to take place on May 25.

High school sports canceled

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

PIAA hands down news after Gov. Wolf announces closing of schools

The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.

High school sports canceled

Friday, April 10, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

PIAA hands down news following Gov. Wolf’s closure of schools

The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.

BREAKING: Gov. Wolf closes schools

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Could mean end of PIAA sports, too

The local sports scene has taken the lead from Governor Tom Wolf during the coronavirus pandemic, but today’s news that all Pennsylvania schools would remain shut down for the rest of the school year might be the final nail in the coffin.

The Governor announced on Thursday the news that shouldn’t surprise anyone about schools being shutdown the rest of the year.

EPC tourney set for PPL Center

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference boys and girls basketball semifinals and championship games will take place at the PPL Center in Allentown this year.

The boys semifinals are slated for Monday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the championship game on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.

The girls semifinals are set to for Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with the final taking place at 6 p.m. on the 13th as well.

All quarterfinal rounds will take place at the site of the higher seed when the tournament gets underway this Friday.