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Carpenter Cup tryouts are set

Thursday, May 14, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball will be back in action this weekend when the club kick starts their tryout process for the all-star team's hopeful run in the summer baseball tournament.

Franchise founder and general manager, J.F. Pirro had the initial tryouts get under way on Sunday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at DeSales. The second tryout will occur on May 17.

Tryouts will run through the month of May, as teams will be selected by June 1.

The franchise opens Carpenter Cup play on June 17 against Tri-Cape (NJ) at 12:30 p.m. at Ashburn Field at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

White goes 7th; Coccia signs with Eagles

Thursday, May 7, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Kevin White made history during the NFL Draft last Thursday night and Mike Coccia had his football dreams come true over the weekend too.

White became the highest drafted player ever from the Lehigh Valley in the modern day NFL, when the Chicago Bears took the former Emmaus and West Virginia wide receiver with the seventh selection of the 2015 draft.

Freedom graduate, Mike Coccia, joined a long list of players from the area to then sign as an Undrafted Free Agent, following the conclusion of the draft Saturday evening, as the Philadelphia Eagles picked up his rights.

Kevin White leads list of local NFL draft prospects

Thursday, April 30, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The waiting game is nearly over for all football fans when the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the NFL Network, but the nerves for several local football prospects will last throughout the weekend when the draft ends Saturday evening.

One local player that won't have to wait long to hear his name called is former Emmaus wide receiver Kevin White, as the West Virginia Mountaineer could become the highest drafted NFL player to ever come from the Lehigh Valley, since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.

Wrestling alignment conjures mixed emotions

Thursday, April 23, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The local wrestling scene had their version of controversy last week when news broke of new divisional alignment in the East Penn Conference.

The league replaced its three-division format, with two divisions consisting of nine teams each.

Whitehall athletic director and co-chair of wrestling in the EPC, Bob Hartman, spoke at length with the Press on Thursday about the changes for next season and how the process unfolded.

Doug Flutie headlines the night at Via banquet

Thursday, April 2, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Everyone has their own idea of Doug Flutie playing quarterback throughout his college and professional career.

Whether it's the famous 'Hail Mary' pass he threw for Boston College to defeat Miami in the Orange Bowl, or winning the 1984 Heisman Trophy or playing 21 years of professional football in the NFL and CFL, the pint sized quarterback with a lot to prove has overcome the many obstacles needed to perform at one of the highest levels of athleticism.

PIAA proposes move to six football classes

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

It appears a proposal that would move the PIAA football playoffs from four to six classes in 2016 has some legs to it.

District 9 representative Bill Tonkin first presented the proposal to the PIAA in December and was met with an overwhelming approval by the directors of the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association, who voted in favor by a 30-3 margin.

Whitehall's Barkley in running for Mr. PA Football

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

Whitehall running back Saquon Barkley is in the running for the title of Mr. PA Football 2014.

The statewide contest, which pits the best players from around the state against each other, has fans voting for their favorite athlete in order to determine who will hold the distinction of being Mr. PA Football.

Ranked by 247sports.com as the 14th running back in the country and 117th in the nation for football players overall, the Penn State commit has been one of the top players in the area over the past two years for the Zephyrs.

District 11 wrestling pairings are set

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

The District 11 team wrestling tournament begins Thursday night and the official pairings for the tournament were released Monday afternoon, as wrestling opens at four different venues Panther Valley, Blue Mountain, Nazareth and Whitehall.

With snow canceling many matches slated for Monday, the power ranking locked all the teams in place heading into Thursday's opening rounds.

Here's how the 3A and 2A brackets break down.

Wrestling heads to home stretch

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by PETER CAR in Sports

With the District 11 wrestling tournament getting set for a January 29 start, teams are entering their final week of competition that will count towards their power points for the 12 team tournament in both classifications.

That means this week is a race to the finish line, as six teams have already qualified in 3A and 2A, leaving six teams in both classifications vying for seeding and qualification. This year's entrants will solely be compiled by the power point system, rather than having committee involvement.