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Outdoors: Lots of hunting and fishing chances

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Weather permitting, this weekend brings a smorgasbord of hunting and angling opportunities.

Spring gobbler hunting season opens April 28 in Pennsylvania and at the same time, shad have started their spawning run up the Delaware River. And right behind them, striped bass are entering the lower Delaware River and all along the New Jersey shore during their spring spawn run.

But that’s not all. Recently stocked trout streams have become fishable now that water levels have receded...

LV Phantoms add some playoff help

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Flyers had a one-goal lead as they looked to fight their way back into their best-of-seven series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

With the Flyers up 4-2, Pittsburgh scored five straight goals, including four by Jake Guentzel, and went on to eliminate the Flyers in six games with an 8-5 win.

As difficult as the Flyers elimination was for fans, Phantoms fans can find a bit of a silver lining in the loss. With no more games to play for Philadelphia,...

Parkland knocks off WHS at Coca-Cola

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

One of the aspects to Whitehall’s early success on the diamond was the ability of their pitchers to keep batters from reaching the base via the walk.

That wasn’t the case when they met Parkland as walks, along with hit batsmen, helped the Trojans extend innings, paving the way for the 6-3 win at Coca-Cola Park last Sunday.

While he may not have had his best stuff, starting pitcher Matt Ziminsky battled all afternoon, keeping the Zephs within striking distance in his 6 1/3...

Nemeth honored

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by AL RECKER in Sports

Cementon Athletic Association coach Steve Nemeth knows there is no column in the score book for emotions and surprises, only numbers and names of players and teams, wins and losses.

However, Nemeth realizes emotions of his players and surprises have a role in sports, a factor to a coach that’s as important as the Xs and Os.

So when Nemeth walked into the Cementon A.A. on Saturday afternoon, he was more than surprised he was the guest of honor, not for a birthday party for his...

He’s back! After a major injury, Logan Kreglow will compete on American Ninja Warrior

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Logan Kreglow isn’t satisfied sitting on the sidelines.

He wants to be in the athletic arena, something that was in jeopardy a few years ago, and that experience has led him to seize the opportunity to test his skills against other athletes from across the country.

Kreglow’s entrée into that arena comes as a contestant on American Ninja Warrior. Kreglow, a 2012 Whitehall graduate, wasn’t satisfied with a strictly 9-5 life and longed to get back into competition. Having that...

Trojans hand tennis its first loss of year

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall boys tennis team tried to flip the script against Parkland on Saturday, but the Trojans retained the upper hand, knocking the Zephyrs from the ranks of the unbeaten.

Parkland won the match 5-1, sweeping all singles matches as they extended their winning streak over the Zephyrs. With the loss, Whitehall is now 11-1.

While Parkland’s depth at every spot is the primary source of their power, the Zephyrs have chipped away at their dominance. Last year the Zephyrs won...

Dylan Cozens aiming to get back to form

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by MIKE FEIFEL in Sports

Dylan Cozens is feeling it again.

After an abysmal 2017 campaign, the right-fielder is looking confident at the plate and making contact. Monday night’s three-run blast in the sixth inning proved to be the clinching runs to seal another IronPig victory.

It may be early, but the confidence is a refreshing presence at the plate and reminiscent of his 2016 season in Reading.

Last season, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs were loaded with talent and there were eyes on the tandem...

Phantoms set to start the playoffs on Friday night

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The Phantoms wrapped up a season that saw them not only qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season, but also win their first Atlantic Division title since moving to the Lehigh Valley. They’ve got home ice advantage throughout the divisional playoffs and would only lose that advantage in the Eastern Conference playoffs if they were to face the Toronto Marlies, the AHL’s top team.

For the team, there’s a bit of a break now as they await the opening of the Calder Cup...

Outdoors: Youth spring turkey season starts April 21

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

For properly licensed junior hunters, Saturday, April 21 marks the annual youth spring turkey hunt in Pennsylvania. It’s a special opportunity for youth to get a shot at a gobbler before the regular statewide season opens April 28.

And when junior and adult hunters go afield for the spring gobbler season that ends May 31, the prospects of connecting with a long-beard are good according to Mary Jo Casalena, PGC wild turkey biologist.

Said Casalena, “Turkey’s are coming through...

Baseball tops NHS

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

For a brief moment, the sun broke through the clouds at Northampton’s baseball field, showcasing the home run trot of Ben Antonchak as he crossed home plate.

Before that inning, the snow had been falling, the wind was whipping, and conditions didn’t seem favorable for a ball to leave the yard. But Antonchak took an outside pitch and drove it to right, sending the Whitehall bench into a frenzy once it sailed over the fence. His grand slam in the top of the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie...