Whitehall-Coplay Press

Monday, March 30, 2020

Fishing: Trout openers pushed back to April 18

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Lehigh Valley trout anglers will have to wait a bit longer for the trout fishing opener.

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced that they’re consolidating opening days to one amid concern for the COVID-19 virus.

The separate early opening in 18 southeastern counties that was set for April 4 was canceled and has been reset for April 18 when the remainder of the counties had their usual and statewide opener.

This also affects Mentored Youth Trout Day that will now take place on Saturday, April 11.

Looking for a Bright side

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Izak Bright lost his wrestling year to injury, now he’s hoping for a spring season

If you’ve driven by Hokendauqua Park recently, chances are you’ve seen a spherical object soaring through the air.

Relax, it’s not a UFO. Rather, it’s a discus belonging to Izak Bright whose working to maintain his throwing schedule during the layoff.

In this period of isolation and social distancing, Bright is among a handful of Whitehall track and field athletes who have made Hokey Park their workout destination. Bright said that Lucas Souders and his brother, Nicholas, are also at the park working out as they all await a decision about the future.

Missing my extended family

Thursday, March 26, 2020 by The Press in Sports

I could make a case for my favorite sports season being fall, winter, spring, or summer, but I was in the middle of favoring winter when I watched what was left of that season crumble before my eyes on March 12.

What was left were Freedom’s girls’ basketball, Bethlehem Catholic girls’ basketball, Liberty swimming, Moravian Academy diving, and Bethlehem Catholic diving, all in the middle of PIAA state tournaments and meets.

Trying to make sense of it all

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Sports

After the dust settled last Friday I couldn’t help but notice what a beautiful day it was.

I sat outside with a beverage while my kids played soccer in the backyard and we waited for mommy to get home. It was the kind of day I’ve been looking forward to since the holidays ended - sunny with temperatures in the upper-60s. For the first time, I really noticed the buds on the trees and thought to myself the area will be in full bloom in just days.

At the same time, I couldn’t help but reflect back on my last few hours:

Amanda Crooks dominating at Moravian

Friday, March 20, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It didn’t take long for Amanda Crooks to leave her mark on the Moravian Track and Field program.

Crooks set the indoor mark during her sophomore season at Moravian College. It happened in December while competing at Lehigh University Fast Times Before Break. She finished in 7.83, setting the new school record that was previously held by Erin Recker who set it in 2005 with a 7.88 mark.

Crooks finished second in the race held Dec. 6-7 at Phillip Rauch Field House. The 60-yard dash winner was East Stroudsburg University’s Tiana Webster who crossed the line in 7.65 seconds.

PIAA releases statement on shutdown

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The following is a release from the PIAA:

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Gov. Wolf issued a directive to close all schools in the Commonwealth for 10 business days starting March 16, 2020.

This means all school activities including sports practices, plays, musicals, mock trial, field trips, etc. The intent of this is to limit people gathering together to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus.

Pigs, Phantoms Royals release statements

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Sports

Local minor league teams all put out notices recently concerning the affect of COVID-19.

IronPigs

We support Minor League and Major League Baseball’s decision to prudently and cautiously delay the start of the season. The first IronPigs home game is not scheduled until Friday, April 17, which is five weeks away. Since our team will begin the season with an eight-game road trip, we are hopeful and optimistic that our home game schedule will not be interrupted.

State swimming meet abruptly ends

Friday, March 20, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

Local swimmers competed at the PIAA State Swimming and Diving Championships, which began last Wednesday and were scheduled to go through Saturday, but their trip to Bucknell University was cut short when the meet was shut down on Thursday.

“It was actually kind of weird because the Class 2A divers were coming in, doing their warm-ups, and it was pretty congested in the diving area, so it was very hectic,” said Liberty swim coach Reik Foust, who had six swimmers with him at states. “Then, 10 minutes later, it was empty.”

Outdoors: Robins have returned to the area

Friday, March 20, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

They’re known as the harbingers of spring and I spotted four of them last week.

Yes, the American Robin has returned to the Lehigh Valley, although some do stay in the area year-round.

It’s been said robins return from their overwintering spots in Mexico and southern areas when daytime temperatures average around 37 degrees. And we’ve had that, and then some.

PIAA suspends winter postseason

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association has postponed winter sports playoffs for a minimum of two weeks, according to a statement it released today.

The PIAA basketball playoffs were heading into the quarterfinals this weekeend.

The PIAA Swimming Diving Championships, held at Bucknell University, started Wednesday with Class 3A events. Half of the 3A events were completed Wednesday, including boys diving, which was won by two-time state champ Brendan McCourt of Emmaus.