The PIAA looks like they’re moving toward making competitive balance changes across the state, as momentum to curb balance of power in athletics is gaining momentum for change.
As the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee met last Monday in Harrisburg, a few items came to the forefront as the PIAA’s competition committee proposed changes in areas of competitive balance, recruiting and transfers.
Some of the key highlights from the meeting revolved around several topics including:
In Lehigh Valley’s third game on its second day in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic last Wednesday at FDR Park in Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley had its biggest victory with an 11-0 win over Inter-AC/Bal.
Perhaps it was the momentum Lehigh Valley was gaining after winning the first two games of the day, or the bonding that was solidifying by the time the third game rolled around that led to the shutout.
“It happened fast, probably between the first two games [on Monday],” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “They started to talk more and bond.”
As the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League regular season winds down, the area teams will take a break this week for the annual all-star game that features five Coplay ballplayers.
As this is the July Fourth holiday week, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced that their waterways conservation officers (WCO) will be focusing on keeping boaters safe by cracking down on boating under the influence (BUI).
The PFBC, in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, is working to increase boater awareness of the hazards associated with boating under the influence, and to decrease the number of accidents and deaths attributed to impaired boating and other unsafe boating practices.
Trailing by two goals in the waning moments of the match, Bethlehem Steel FC showed its ‘Never Say Die’ attitude once again as the club scored twice for a 2-2 draw against rival New York Red Bulls II.
New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals from their captain, Stefano Bonomo. After converting from the penalty spot in the first half, it seemed he had lifted Red Bulls II to its first road win of 2018 with a counterattack strike in the 84th minute.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team completed the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic with a 1-0 victory over Tri Cape and a 4-2 loss to Berks-Lancaster Lebanon on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
In the first game, Lehigh Valley and Tri Cape were scoreless until the sixth inning.
“It was nerve-wracking because we were all getting big hits but we weren’t scoring,” said Lehigh Valley first baseman Kylie Hlay (Parkland), who hit the game-winning double that scored Mya Zettlemoyer (Allentown Central Catholic) who had also hit a double.
Conner Nejad made sure the Coplay Legion baseball team would climb back to .500, turning in a stellar performance on the mound and at the plate on Tuesday.
The Central Catholic product made his third appearance on the hill this season for Coplay, and the Lower Macungie hitters probably wished he’d taken a wrong turn on Chestnut Street since he didn’t allow a hit over his five innings of work.
He also did damage at the dish, going 2-3, including a deep drive to right for a double that drove in a run as part of their six-run fourth that put them up 10-0.
It was a successful weekend for the Whitehall girls basketball team as they made a big splash at the annual Cedar Beach Basketball Showcase in Allentown.
They went 4-2 and finished among the top-five in the Bash at the Beach which brought together 17 teams from the northeast to the asphalt courts in the Queen City.
As a result of finishing the tourney with a winning record, newly hired head coach Josh Madas said that they accomplished one of their goals heading into the Bash at the Beach.
“We had a goal to make it to Sunday and be competitive,” said Madas.
In Thursday’s opener against Lincoln Leadership Academy, the Whitehall boys showed that they can get up and down the court, cruising to a double-digit victory to get the Bash at the Beach off on the right foot.
Whitehall boys went 3-2 for the tournament, beginning with that 71-41 victory over Lincoln Leadership Academy in one of the tip-off games during the Bash at the Beach, the annual scholastic basketball tournament held at Cedar Beach in Allentown that attracts teams from across the northeast.