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Outdoors: Still some good areas to fish

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

If you want really big fish, head to the Jersey shore as stripers up to 50 pounds are being caught says our fishing contacts at On the Water Magazine.

According to Capt. Phil Sciartino from the Tackle Box in Hazlet, stripers are hot in the bay. Bunker chunking around the Old Orchard site was producing stripers up to 50 pounds. The Keansburg Pier was also yielding some linesiders with a few bluefish mixed in.

Giglio’s Bait and Tackle in Sea Bright says stripers, weighing in the teens, were coming from the Shrewsbury River mostly at night using chunks and plugs.

Why not get outside

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Editor’s Note - This is part two of Sen. Pat Toomey’s roundtable about bringing back Little League baseball and softball.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, convened a virtual roundtable about youth baseball and softball leagues safely resuming play.

The event took place on Thursday, May 21, and the public was invited to watch on YouTube. The roughly hourlong discussion can still be viewed on Sen. Toomey’s YouTube page.

Why not get outside

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

Editor’s Note - This is part two of Sen. Pat Toomey’s roundtable about bringing back Little League baseball and softball.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Subcommittee on Health Care, convened a virtual roundtable about youth baseball and softball leagues safely resuming play.

The event took place on Thursday, May 21, and the public was invited to watch on YouTube. The roughly hourlong discussion can still be viewed on Sen. Toomey’s YouTube page.

Q & A... With Whitehall’s Kate Bonshak

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Whitehall’s spring sports season featured a host of talented seniors whose final opportunity to represent their school on the athletic field ended when the school year was officially canceled. Following are a list of eight questions posed to seniors who would have been competing this season.

This questionnaire features Kate Bonshak, a two-time Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls soccer MVP.

1: What are your plans for next year? What will you be studying?

Lloyd takes over at Northwestern

Thursday, June 4, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Jerry Lloyd had a standout high school basketball career at Whitehall High School in the 1990s. He scored over 1,500 points and was an EPC Most Valuable Player on teams that won two conference championships and a District 11 championship. In that district championship game, Lloyd hit a game-winning three-pointer with time running out to beat Parkland in five overtimes. After high school, Lloyd attended Mount St. Mary’s and is fifth all-time in three-pointers at the school.

Outdoors: 2019 one of safest years on record

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With the spring gobbler hunting season underway, it’s interesting to note that for the first time in history, and during the 2019 spring turkey season, not a single hunting-related shooting incident was recorded, a time that historically garnered the most of these incidents. And the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) hopes that continues for 2020.

Phantoms, AHL seasons are officially canceled

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

American Hockey League (AHL) president and chief executive officer David Andrews last Monday delivered news to teams and fans that wasn’t unexpected but also wasn’t wanted.

The league has officially decided to cancel the remainder of their regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs for the league because of the coronavirus. The season was suspended March 13 and standings and statistics through March 12 will be considered official for the 2019-2020 season.

Bowling - whatever happened?

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by CHIP WALAKOVITS in Sports

It was estimated that nearly 20-percent of the population bowled each and every year at least once during a calendar year.

The Bethlehem Area Bowling Association, at one time, had nearly 100 lanes available at a variety of sites to compete. Of course, Town & Country Lanes on Stefko Boulevard was the largest and still has a number of leagues competing on a weekly basis.

Compared to years gone by, well, it’s just no comparison.

Yes, many of the alleys were located in private clubs, but finding an open lane was a difficult task.

McGinley was poised to help keep WHS on top

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

Senior Dylan McGinley is among those student-athletes at Whitehall who won’t get to experience competing one last time for the maroon and gold this spring.

What makes that especially difficult is that he and fellow senior Alex Haydar were going to be front and center in their quest to defend their league and district titles on the volleyball court.

As the lone seniors on a team that had title aspirations once again, the news about the cancellation of spring sports was a tough blow.

“It was very disappointing,” said McGinley.