Local minor league teams all put out notices recently concerning the affect of COVID-19.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
With the new track and field season fast approaching, a number of Whitehall athletes decided to get a head start by competing in indoor track this winter.
The Zephyrs competed in three meets as a team. A couple of their members also competed in a few specialty meets that focus solely on vaulting.
Their indoor season began with the Robert J. Burdette Indoor Classic on Dec. 28. It was held at Lehigh University’s Philip Rauch Fieldhouse and featured 61 teams.
Sunday’s loss to Bridgeport was one that the Phantoms won’t soon forget. As the team limps toward the end of the regular season, they were up 5-2 over the Sound Tigers with just under 15:00 left in regulation. Surely, this one was going in the win column, especially considering how well Lehigh Valley has played on their home ice this season, right?
Suburban Dart League
Dryland 45 21 .682
Star of Beth 42 24 .636
Light of Christ 36 30 .545
Bath Luth 36 30 .545
Salem UCC 34 32 .515
St. Stephen’s 32 34 .485
Emmanuel 29 34 .460
Christ UCC 30 36 .455
Ebenezer 25 38 .397
Farmersville 26 40 .394
St. Paul’s 25 41 .379
Star of Beth at
Bath Luth 4-3, 2-6, 3-2 (10)
SB - Austin Hoffert GWHR, Bill Hoke Jr. 7-13, Bryan Frankenfield 6-14, Scott Hoffert 6-15, Tyler Frankenfield HR.
If you’re an avid paddler and itching for some whitewater boating action, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) is promoting a whitewater release for your enjoyment.
The DCNR will release water from Lake Nockamixon into Tohickon Creek in Bucks County on Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22.
Being successful both on and off the field was a theme Sunday evening at the 60th annual National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Scholar-Athlete banquet at the Northampton Banquet and Event Center.
While there were 32 representatives from District 11 and Lehigh Valley high schools, along with six collegiate student-athletes present, two local products came away with the prestigious, sought-after hardware when it was all said and done.
It was a packed house inside Parkland’s Natatorium for the District 11 Swimming and Diving Championships, and the Zephyrs arrived with high hopes as they looked to make it to the state tournament competing against the best swimmers in the state.
The Zephyrs were well represented in the two-day event. They had 19 competitors swimming a variety of events.