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High school sports canceled

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-...

Local stadiums to light up the night

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by The Press in Sports

On Friday, April 17, 2020, PIAA District XI member schools will be honoring the Class of 2020 and supporting the nurses, doctors, and first responders on the front line of COVID-19 by lighting up their stadiums between the hours of 7-9 p.m.

Several schools in Texas have initiated this and the time frame is in conjunction with the National “Porch Light Campaign.”

Scoreboards will be displaying the score as 20-20 in honor of this year’s graduating class, while 4th down and 19...

IronPigs to play this weekend - virtually

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will be playing baseball on Friday and Saturday evening – virtually.

The games, which will be played on “MLB The Show,” will be televised locally on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 and Service Electric TV2 Sports in celebration of the IronPigs “#HopeningDay.”

Originally, the IronPigs were scheduled to play their home opener on Friday, April 17, at Coca-Cola Park.

“#HopeningDay is our weeklong celebration of support of our community and the IronPigs,” said...

Outdoors: Clearing up abbreviated trout stocking rumors

Thursday, April 16, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

There may have been some skepticism regarding the abbreviated trout stocking that I heard about and mentioned in my previous column.

In case you missed it, I was informed that certain streams in Lehigh County will only get one, in-season stocking that took place within the last two weeks. Some anglers couldn’t believe it, so I was able to contact Mike Parker, PF&BC Communications Director, who issued the following statement:

“We continue to stock trout every day across the...

High school sports canceled

Friday, April 10, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The inevitable news that the spring sports season would eventually never happen due to the coronavirus pandemic became official Thursday, April 9. Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement that schools would be closed for the rest of the year, the PIAA followed suit by ending hope of resuming the interrupted winter championships and ceasing any spring sports.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-...

Lisicky ready to go out and show his stuff

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

This Wednesday, April 8, is an important day for senior Joe Lisicky. It marks 12 weeks since he tore his meniscus playing basketball, and it would have signified a huge milestone in his recovery.

See, that’s the day he would have been cleared to start playing baseball, and the Zephyr’s ace pitcher was eager to get on the mound to begin their pursuit of a district title.

However, schools across the state will be closed indefinitely as announced last week, and Lisicky’s plans to...

BREAKING: Gov. Wolf closes schools

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The local sports scene has taken the lead from Governor Tom Wolf during the coronavirus pandemic, but today’s news that all Pennsylvania schools would remain shut down for the rest of the school year might be the final nail in the coffin.

The Governor announced on Thursday the news that shouldn’t surprise anyone about schools being shutdown the rest of the year.

“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Wolf said in a news...

BREAKING: PIAA cancels winter championships, spring season

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by The Press in Sports

In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement earlier today that Pennsylvania schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) has canceled all remaining winter and spring sports and championships.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, officials and family members affected...

A look at my top WHS football plays

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

As I shelter in place during this time, I thought I would assemble some of my favorite moments while covering Whitehall football the last 11 years.

These aren’t necessarily the best plays, or plays that may have helped secure a championship; rather, these are plays that have stood out in my memory over the course of covering Whitehall football since 2008.

I’ve covered three coaches during that time starting with Tony Trisciani. Brian Gilbert succeeded Trisciani’s tenure in 2012...

Eating right to fight virus

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by KEVIN KOLODZIEJSKI in Sports

How did the seemingly incongruous use of masks during this past nary-a-cloud-in-the-sky, mild-as-May Monday affect you? When I first saw a solitary gardener wearing one, it was as unsettling as seeing an ambulance double-parked outside a neighbor’s house.

While a feeling like that is always undesirable, it’s also rational when it’s a creation of the coronavirus.

We’re facing a situation that just two months ago seemed as preposterous as a zombie apocalypse. Even something like...