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Legion season latest to fall victim

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

After the spring high school sports season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, baseball players surely looked to the American Legion season as their only chance to get on a field this summer.

That chance ended last Monday when the Pennsylvania American Legion canceled the season in the state. That came days just after the American Legion announced the cancellation of regional and national tournament.

“These times are unparalleled,” said Richard Anderson of the...

Outdoors: spring gobbler season starts May 2

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

There will be yelps, clucks, purrs and gobbles emanating from Penn’s Woods when the statewide spring gobbler season gets underway this Saturday (May 22). And according to th Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the monthlongseason that ends May 30 should be a good one.

According to the PGC, the statewide flock, expected to mirror 2019’s estimated spring population of 212,170 turkeys, has been aided by good reproduction last year, declining participation in fall seasons, and a mild...

Vannata’s triathlon challenge to raise money for Pittsburgh Food Bank

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the next 31 days starting on April 20, Liberty graduate and University of Pittsburgh senior Nolan Vannata will be doing a triathlon challenge to raise money for the Pittsburgh Food Bank, which has been providing emergency food to the community during the world’s current pandemic.

“There’s a documentary called “Iron Cowboy” about someone who did 50 Ironmans in 50 days,” said Vannata as he recalled how he got the idea. “The Pittsburgh Food Bank has really long lines, and cars are...

Zephs will miss the courts

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Boys tennis was the only spring sports to officially begin its season, and Whitehall was looking to continue its recent success.

Last season they finished 7-8, the first time they finished below .500 in the last four seasons. With increasing numbers, they’ve seen a steady rise in the standings over that span.

Unfortunately, with the cancellation of school and the spring sports season the Zephyrs won’t take to the court again this year.

The Zephs were expected to have a...

Softball team reacts to lost 2020 spring season

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall softball team was one of two squads to make the state playoffs last spring, and this season could have provided another trip to that “third season” as head coach Blake Morgan has often referred to the PIAA playoffs.

Last spring saw the Zephyrs compete in three district finals, with boys volleyball claiming a title, while baseball and softball finished second in their respective championship games.

Their postseason performance in the district playoffs earned the...

NFL Draft will be different, bizarre and could offer many surprises

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JASON BORIS in Sports

The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.

Every Draft has its fair share of surprises, but this year will be like none other due to league and government restrictions in the wake of the...

NFL Draft: a look at local players who made it

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?

Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?

With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.

The foursome was among a core of Bethlehem Catholic, Catasauqua, Emmaus,...

Student-athletes can still train at home

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

Across the country the COVID-19 virus has impacted many student-athletes, cutting their training and competition seasons short - and now their sprig seasons.

Without the gyms, field, pools and weight rooms they are accustomed to, these student-athletes can find it difficult to replicate their normal level of training in a home environment.

Athletes across the country are feeling the same stress and while home fitness equipment and workout videos can help, some professional...

Outdoors: PGC approves changes

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave final approval for the 2020-21 hunting/trapping seasons and bag limits with some significant changes. They are as follows:

Expanding Sunday hunting on three days - Sunday, Nov. 15, for archery deer hunting, Sunday, Nov. 22, for bear hunting during the bear firearms season, and Sunday, Nov. 29, for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.

Adopted a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season for antlered and antlerless deer in 10 WMUs and...

Pigs win 2 virtual games Money raised for LVHN, St. Luke’s

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Did you catch the IronPigs games over the weekend? Great couple of games as the ‘Pigs opened the home portion of their season with two wins over the Pawtucket Red Sox.

No, the games weren’t real, but they were as real as you can get. The IronPigs, working with Service Electric and WFMZ-TV 69, put together a pair of virtual Opening Day – technically called #HopeningDay – games against Pawtucket, who would have been their opponent for the first weekend series of the season.