If you’ve ever experienced losing $9,000 in one night, raise your hand slowly as you read that first sentence.
For the majority of average citizens, dropping 9K in a couple of hours is about as foreign of a concept as is learning the Russian language.
For Jonathan Bales, however, it’s nothing new.
The District 11 team wrestling championships will take place this week, starting with Thursday’s opening round at four sites. Matches in 3A and 2A will begin Thursday at Bethlehem Catholic, Catasauqua, Nazareth and Pottsville before all wrestling heads to Freedom on Saturday.
Preliminary bouts are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday with quarterfinals to follow at 7:30 p.m.
The race to the postseason is on for Whitehall as we head into the final full week of East Penn Conference action on the hardwood.
The remnants of more than 30 inches of snow from Saturday postponed a heavy slate of contests over the weekend and Tuesday, but at least a clearer picture for the Zephyrs was painted after their last two league contests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lehigh Valley lost a wrestling legend last week with the passing of former Bethlehem Catholic coach Tony Iasiello.
Iasiello, 72, was buried on Monday and the heavyweights of the sport all came to pay respects to a man that has given so much, not only to Bethlehem Catholic, but to the sport of wrestling and the Lehigh Valley.