The Keystone State games are slated to start next week from July 25-30.
It will be another summer installment for the Lehigh Valley baseball entry, as they look to continue their success at the tournament over recent memory after taking the silver medal in the Scholastic Division a year ago.
The complete schedule for the tournament will be released later this week, but listed below is the complete roster for this year’s team.
Note: there are no Junior Division teams in the tournament this year.
Northampton recently announced 30 student-athletes that are heading to the next level to further their academic and athletic careers.
All-star basketball player Aidan Ellwood is heading to Kutztown, while all-state honorable mention field hockey star Morgan Mullen continued a PSAC theme by going to East Stroudsburg.
Quarterback Josh Smith will attend Wagner College and wrestler Logan Ninos is heading to Ithaca.
Zach Liggitt will also suit up for West Chester this fall on the grid iron.
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:
The Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup run ended Monday afternoon in Philadelphia at the hands of a Delaware North in the quarterfinal round.
Delaware North was in control from the beginning taking a three-run lead in the first inning and then never looked back en route to a 26-9 victory.
After taking care of SOL National/Bicentennial 10-7 in the opening round of the tournament, LV was no match for their Delaware counterparts at FDR Park.
The 48th edition of the McDonald’s Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic takes place Thursday night at Nazareth-s Andrew S. Leh Stadium.
The Gold team, featuring players from Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg will take on the Red squad, full of a contingent from Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe Counties, at 7:30 p.m.
Representing Catty is Miguel Hernandez and from Whitehall is Julio Diaz, who will both play on the Red team. From Northampton and playing on the Gold team is Zach Liggitt.
The Gold squad won last year’s affair 37-34.
The Lehigh Valley’s 2018 Carpenter Cup baseball team was announced last week as the squad looks to prepare for this year’s edition in Philadelphia.
This will be the 26th year of the franchise, as they look to buck a recent trend of being ousted from the first round in two of the last three years.
Two Northampton players made the list in Brittain Shander and Zech Lambert, as the team is led by 10 players from Parkland and Emmaus.
Northampton’s Legion squad is looking to replicate the success they enjoyed a year ago following a 19-6 campaign.
Mike Bodnar is back in charge for the Kids, who were 4-1 in action this week and look to stay on top of a division they’ve won the past three years.
Northampton reached the finals of last year’s NORCO tournament before losing to Hellertown in three games.
With experience and youth in the mix this summer, Northampton looks primed to make another run to the finals.
Whitehall’s Saquon Barkley stole the show with the NFL Draft taking place last week, but he wasn’t the only local football player to hear his name called by NFL teams during the draft’s three-day event.
Barkley, the former Whitehall and Penn State running back, who was taken second overall by the New York Giants last Thursday, became the highest selection from the Lehigh Valley since Chuck Bednarik was taken first overall in the 1949 NFL Draft.
You can say that Devon Britton made the weekend for Northampton’s wrestling team at the PIAA championships in Hershey.
Britton wrestled his best of the season and came home with a bronze medal finish to be the K-Kids lone medal winner from their four participants.
But it was the path that Britton took to a third-place finish that left him and his coaches ecstatic when he wrapped up his three days in Hershey with a 5-2 decision over Andrew Wert of Central Dauphin in the 132-pound medal round.
Devon Britton thought he had a handle on East Stroudsburg South’s Patrick Gould in Saturday’s Northeast Regional finals, but Gould had another idea.
After trading takedowns in the first period with the Cavaliers talented grappler, Gould earned his nod as the tournament’s outstanding wrestler with a fall over Britton in 3:21 at Liberty’s Memorial Gymnasium in the 132-pound championship.