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Mark Cuban invests in local daily fantasy sports player’s company

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

District duals are set to begin this week

Thursday, February 4, 2016 by PETER CAR in Sports

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.

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.