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EPC champ to be crowned

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

The inaugural East Penn Conference wrestling championships will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School and the matchups for the day’s event are close to being finalized heading into the weekend.

Official pairings won’t be released until Thursday, but the matches for the marquee bouts this weekend have already been clinched, as wrestling will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Wrestling will be broken down with teams from each of the EPC’s two divisions battling against each other based on where they finish in the standings in their respective divisions.

Zephs see some relief in PIAA enrollment

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The PIAA unveiled their enrollment numbers for the next two-year cycle, beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

The anticipation for the numbers comes on the heels of the PIAA approving a new six class system in football, as well as in basketball, baseball and softball.

Boys and girls soccer, as well as girls volleyball will move to four classes. Field hockey moves to three classes and boys and girls lacrosse expands to two classifications.

Teams in all sports have until December 15 to decide whether they want to move up a classification.

Kids set for football season opener

Thursday, September 3, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Northampton broke their 19-game losing streak a year ago when they topped Allen 40-6 in last year’s season opener.

Heading into this Friday’s 2015 opening contest, the K-Kids are looking for more of the same as they travel to J. Birney Crum Stadium Friday night.

As head coach Mark Scisly enters his second-year at the helm of the program after last year’s 3-9 finish, Northampton looks to win their third-straight game dating back to the end of last season.

Union make major announcement Philly team will have USL owned club playing at Lehigh

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.

The union held a press conference announcing they will continue their player development structure by launching their own team in the lower division United Soccer League.

Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.

The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.

Some clarity on PIAA classifications

Thursday, August 6, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The saga of expanding the PIAA football classifications from four to six classes will continue into the fall.

The PIAA's two committees responsible for the matter the strategic planning committee and the football steering committee met in late July to discuss the eight proposals on the table for football classification expansion.

Ultimately, no decisions were made on the fate of moving to six classes, as the boards agreed to table the discussion for this fall when the strategic planning committee meets in September, followed by a PIAA board meeting in October.

SoccerFest, USA strike gold

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

More than 8,500 people showed up at Bethlehem's SteelStacks on Sunday to soak up the USA Women's soccer team's epic World Cup title by defeating Japan 5-2.

It was the monthlong culmination to the tournament on Bethlehem's South Side, which started with thunderstorms and indoor attendance for the USA's group stage opener against Australia, but finished with blue skies and plenty of fanfare for Sunday's final.

Keystone tryouts set

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Tryouts for the Keystone State Games baseball team will run through the middle of July for this summer's tournament in York, PA, which will run from July 30- Aug 2.

The Keystone Games feature competition in two different divisions: Junior (grades 9-10) and Scholastic (grades 11-12).

Last year's Lehigh Valley teams took home medals in both divisions, as the Junior side won bronze medals, while the Scholastic group took silver medals.

Tryouts got under way on June 20 at Limeport Stadium and will continue in Stroudsburg on July 11, from 9 a.m.-noon.

Pistons select Hilliard in 2nd

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

arrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of last Thursday's NBA Draft. The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home.

Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem's sons, and one that he will always remember.

Liberty's Hilliard set to land with NBA team

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The 2015 NBA Draft gets underway this Thursday night at 7pm at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and former Liberty-star Darrun Hilliard has a chance to hear his name being called.

The Villanova guard also has a shot of watching the telecast on ESPN throughout its duration and not hearing his name called.

By all accounts, it's really a 50/50 proposition for Hilliard to be drafted Thursday night.