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Great American Outdoors Show approaching

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Mark your calendar for Feb. 3-11, the dates for the largest consumer outdoors show in the world.

The Great American Outdoor Show rolls into the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg and it’s the most comprehensive outdoor show you’ll ever attend. For us folks here in the Southeast, we refer to this extravaganza as “the Harrisburg show” because it’s been well known over the years and there’s none like it or even comes close to it.

The show covers 650,000 square feet of...

Phantoms beat Hershey Bears outdoors

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Years ago, the great John Facenda, the voice of NFL Films, used his legendary voice to refer to “the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field,” as he talked about the Green Bay Packers and their historic field. It wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears took to the ‘frozen tundra of Hersheypark Stadium’ recently, with Lehigh Valley skating to a 5-2 win over Hershey.

The temperature at game time was 40-degrees, making life at least tolerable for the 13,091...

EPC wrestling day set for Saturday

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

The East Penn Conference Wrestling Championship Day will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School headlined by the 7 p.m. showdown between Bethlehem Catholic and Nazareth for the EPC crown.

The Golden Hawks (7-1, 7-0) knocked off the Blue Eagles (10-0, 5-0) last year 40-20 to win the league title and will be favorites to do so again.

Wrestling begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the bottom three teams from Division A and B squaring off.

The next round takes...

Boys hoops facing key games

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Pocono Mountain West Basketball team’s nickname is the Panthers, but last Friday against Whitehall, they could have been known at the Second Chancers.

They were demons on the glass, collecting almost every offensive board and turning them into put backs. While they had a host of players who filled that role, the main force behind all those second chance points was Lee Mosley who set up shop under the basket, collecting rebounds and buckets, finishing with 22 for the game.


Swimmers fall short against Kids

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a raucous atmosphere inside Northampton’s Natatorium as the Zephyrs and Kids swim teams were locked in a tight league battle last Saturday.

The loud cheering was in full voice during the 100 yard backstroke as Stephanie Setar and Brynne Rockovits were virtually in a dead heat heading into the final lap. As both teams exhorted on their respective swimmers, Setar pulled ahead and won by a 13/100 of a second.

That was followed by the boys who similarly rallied their swimmer...

Whitehall wins Indian Duals

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

It was a good week for the Whitehall wrestling team as they won a dual meet and an area tournament as they get ready to face one of the top teams in the state.

The Zephyrs posted a 48-25 victory over Pleasant Valley last Wednesday, winning nine matches. That was followed by a Saturday trip to Lehighton High School where they came in first place at the Indian Duals.

In the win against the Bears, the Zephyrs got bonus points in five matches as Ali Barkley (195), Izak Bright (220...

Phantoms win after ‘embarrassing’ loss

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms reached the halfway point of their season with what Phil Varone called an “embarrassing” performance in a 6-2 loss to Springfield Saturday night. Lehigh Valley came out with a good first period, but that was about all it was able to put together as the Thunderbirds scored four unanswered goals to waltz out of the PPL Center with a win.

Varone scored his 100th career AHL goal in the game, but was more focused on the weak effort that the team put on the ice.

“A lot...

Girls look to keep up winning streak

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall girls basketball team has found their footing recently, winning back-to-back games as they look to keep that streak rolling this week.

Unfortunately, they weren’t able to hit the hardwood on Tuesday to see if they could have made it three straight wins. Their game against Nazareth was postponed until a later date. That makes for a full slate of games in the coming weeks as they must make up the Pleasant Valley game as well.

With the game canceled, head coach...

Ice fishing at early season high

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

According to Chris Mohry, owner of Chris’s Outdoor Sports Shop in Mertztown, this is the best early ice fishing season he’s seen in many years.

Said Mohry, “I cannot remember any year that has been better than this, thanks to the early frigid temps we’ve had.” And his ice fishing report is enthusiastic.

Mohry says the ice at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County located off Route 222 in Evansville, was loaded with ice anglers, despite the freezing temperatures we had. The...

Swimmers split meet

Friday, January 12, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

After their meet against Saucon Valley on Saturday, head coach Pete Rile believes that his team is rounding into shape as they’re approaching the halfway point of the season.

Whitehall split the meet with the girls winning 101-69, while the boys lost 93-77 to the visiting Panthers.

Rile said he believed that the girls had more strength and depth than their Colonial League counterparts and that proved true as they earned their fourth win of the season.

“We went in kind of...