The Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase kicks off its inaugural tournament this week in Allentown, with the tournament taking over the reigns of the former Stellar Basketball Tournament.
Action runs Thursday to Sunday and the double elimination format that everyone was used to at Stellar is back.
Liberty, who is 4-2 in the Allentown Summer League heading into this week, opens the tournament with Boyertown on Thursday night with the winner facing Allen on Friday night.
Lehigh Valley’s run in the Carpenter Cup Classic ended on day one of the tournament following a 4-2 loss to Jersey Shore in last Thursday’s opener.
T.J Scuderi broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer to put Jersey Shore ahead for good and to eliminate the LV squad at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Jersey Shore built a 2-0 lead after the first two innings of play, but Lehigh Valley battled back in the third and fourth innings respectively to nod the game.
For this year’s McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic participants, Thursday’s outing is undoubtedly the last time all of them will suit up for one last high school football game.
For Gold head coach Kyle Haas, it’s also one last game to lead after serving as head coach of Bethlehem Catholic last season on an interim basis.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at Nazareth’s Andrew Leh, as the Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg) takes on the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties).
The 2017 Carpenter Cup baseball rosters were announced last week, as the team opens up their 25th season in the event taking place at Philadelphia’s FDR and Citizen’s Bank Park.
The team’s opening round contest takes place on June 15 at 12:30 p.m. against Jersey Shore (NJ) at FDR Park.
The complete roster for the team is below.
Among the Kids who made the squad are Brittain Shander and Mike Ettl.
Brittain Shander (11) INF R-R Northampton
Michael Jenkins (12) P R-R Parkland
Matt Morrow (12) P R-R Becahi
Nate Kitchell (12) P/1B L-L Stroudsburg
It’s the opportunity that only a small percentage of the population gets, but former Lehigh quarterback and Whitehall product Nick Shafnisky will get his shot at building his NFL resume when he arrives at the NovaCare Complex for a rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles this week.
Shafnisky will report on Thursday for a night meeting, before hitting the field on Friday through Sunday for a chance to impress and gain a contract to become apart of the Eagles 90-man offseason roster.
The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
Bethlehem Catholic’s Mikey Labriola and Northampton’s Julian Chlebove both continued their treks to a second straight state championship Thursday night during the opening round of the PIAA 3A wrestling tournament.
Labriola won his opening bout by fall over Britain Shields of Big Spring with a fall in :34 seconds.
Labriola is one of four Hawks heading to Friday’s quarterfinals, as Ryan Anderson (126), Jarred Papcsy (132) and Niko Camacho (HWT) look to move through the bracket.
The East Penn Conference recently announced their wrestling all-stars for this season.
Bethlehem Catholic had 11 representatives throughout all three teams, as well as the league MVP in senior Mikey Labriola.
Becahi and Northampton each had four wrestlers on the first team ballot to lead the way.
106: So. Matt Maloney, Liberty
113: So. Cameron Enriquez, Stroudsburg
120: Jr. Zach Glenn, Bethlehem Catholic
126: So. Julian Chlebove, Northampton
132: Sr. KJ Fenstermacher, Northampton
138: Sr. Dan Moran, Northampton
Were you entertained?
Saturday’s PIAA 3A wrestling state championship between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth came down to the final bout, where the winner took all and Zac Kiefer instantly became a Nazareth legend, following his 2-1 victory over Tavion Banks in the 170-pound finale to give the Blue Eagles a 30-29 state championship victory over Bethlehem Catholic.
It was a stunning match from start to finish and that we’ll likely never see again.
It’ll also be one that Hawks’ head coach Jeff Karam will never forget either, of course, for all the wrong reasons.
The Christmas City becomes wrestling city the week in between the holidays and that continues this year as the Bethlehem Holiday Wrestling Classic will take place December 28 and 29 at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium.
This year’s tournament will have 32 teams and should get a boost in attendance and fanfare with Easton participating in the tournament this year.
The Rovers join the ranks of Pennsylvania powers Nazareth, Phillipsburg, Northampton, Central Dauphin, Council Rock South and Pennridge to go along with the host Hurricanes.