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Vannata’s triathlon challenge to raise money for Pittsburgh Food Bank

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

For the next 31 days starting on April 20, Liberty graduate and University of Pittsburgh senior Nolan Vannata will be doing a triathlon challenge to raise money for the Pittsburgh Food Bank, which has been providing emergency food to the community during the world’s current pandemic.

“There’s a documentary called “Iron Cowboy” about someone who did 50 Ironmans in 50 days,” said Vannata as he recalled how he got the idea. “The Pittsburgh Food Bank has really long lines, and cars are backed up a mile. They could really use the money.”

Outdoors: spring gobbler season starts May 2

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

There will be yelps, clucks, purrs and gobbles emanating from Penn’s Woods when the statewide spring gobbler season gets underway this Saturday (May 22). And according to th Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC), the monthlongseason that ends May 30 should be a good one.

According to the PGC, the statewide flock, expected to mirror 2019’s estimated spring population of 212,170 turkeys, has been aided by good reproduction last year, declining participation in fall seasons, and a mild winter with abundant natural foods.

Zephyrs will have to wait to defend title

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

When the Whitehall boys volleyball team returns to the court in 2021, they’ll still be the reigning league and district champs, but it’s not the scenario they, or anyone else for that matter, envisioned.

It was announced recently that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year, and now the Zephyrs will have to wait a whole year for the chance to defend their titles. And when they finally take to the court next spring, their roster will be different. Gone will be seniors Dylan McGinley and Alex Haydar who won’t be able to share in that experience.

Legion season latest to fall victim

Thursday, April 30, 2020 by MIKE HAINES in Sports

After the spring high school sports season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, baseball players surely looked to the American Legion season as their only chance to get on a field this summer.

That chance ended last Monday when the Pennsylvania American Legion canceled the season in the state. That came days just after the American Legion announced the cancellation of regional and national tournament.

NFL Draft will be different, bizarre and could offer many surprises

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JASON BORIS in Sports

The NFL Draft is an inexact science, which is a nice way of calling it an educated guessing game. Between mock drafts, smokescreens, TV analyst debates and social media reports, there is now so much Draft information (and misinformation) out there that it can be excruciatingly difficult to decipher just how the event might actually play out.

NFL Draft: a look at local players who made it

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Do you remember the pro careers of Northampton quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, Emmaus guard Keith Dorney or wide receiver Kevin White and Liberty’s end Steve Meilinger?

Perhaps in what round of the draft was NFL Hall of Famer and Liberty grad linebacker Chuck Bednarik selected?

With the NFL’s annual draft being held Thursday night, Lehigh Valley football fans might recall some of their careers.

Softball team reacts to lost 2020 spring season

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by STEVE ANDRES in Sports

The Whitehall softball team was one of two squads to make the state playoffs last spring, and this season could have provided another trip to that “third season” as head coach Blake Morgan has often referred to the PIAA playoffs.

Last spring saw the Zephyrs compete in three district finals, with boys volleyball claiming a title, while baseball and softball finished second in their respective championship games.

Pigs win 2 virtual games Money raised for LVHN, St. Luke’s

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Did you catch the IronPigs games over the weekend? Great couple of games as the ‘Pigs opened the home portion of their season with two wins over the Pawtucket Red Sox.

No, the games weren’t real, but they were as real as you can get. The IronPigs, working with Service Electric and WFMZ-TV 69, put together a pair of virtual Opening Day – technically called #HopeningDay – games against Pawtucket, who would have been their opponent for the first weekend series of the season.

Outdoors: PGC approves changes

Thursday, April 23, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners gave final approval for the 2020-21 hunting/trapping seasons and bag limits with some significant changes. They are as follows:

Expanding Sunday hunting on three days - Sunday, Nov. 15, for archery deer hunting, Sunday, Nov. 22, for bear hunting during the bear firearms season, and Sunday, Nov. 29, for deer hunting during the firearms deer season.

Adopted a 14-day concurrent firearms deer season for antlered and antlerless deer in 10 WMUs and retaining a split-season in the remaining 13 WMUs.