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Gula sees big picture with situation

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Zach Gula can see the big picture and put his postponed track season in its proper perspective from his primary basketball season.

“Canceling the season isn’t that big of a big deal,” said the senior. “For me, track wasn’t my main sport. I do feel badly for some of my teammates who season was a lot bigger to them than mine was to me. It would have been a real issue for me if basketball season would have been canceled.

“The real issue is people who are losing their jobs, and people who are struggling to make ends meet. When you think of it in that way, it’s not that big.”

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.

Volleyball team staying strong despite shutdown

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

These days, Northampton’s boys’ volleyball program is about who will be the recipient of the Mortar Mixer Belt.

The belt measures the weekly timeliness and effectiveness of a series of agility and weight-training workouts for each member of the team, and it has been awarded since their program was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite the stalled state of athletics, the Konkrete Kids kept their regular season workout pace over the past weeks, guided by the program’s five seniors, Ryan Caffrey, Matt Fenstermaker, Dylan Holland, Chris Miller and John Sankari.

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.

Annual Big 33 football game shelved for 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

The Big 33 football game has been a part of Pennsylvania’s football history for the past 60 years. Unfortunately, that run has come to an end this spring, as the game has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee that organizes the event put out a release recently about the cancellation of this year’s contest, which was slated to take place on May 25.

Article By: The Press

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by The Press in Sports

Two locals head to ship

Shippensburg University women’s soccer head coach Rob Fulton announced the recruitment of nine student-athletes who have each agreed to attend the university and will suit up for the Raider program when preseason camp is scheduled to get underway in August 2020.

These players have signed either national letters of intent (NLIs) or institutional letters expressing their desire to play soccer at Shippensburg. This year’s recruiting class features seven players from Pennsylvania, one from Maryland and one from Ohio.

Outdoors: warmer fishing days ahead

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

After a cold and unseasonable weekend, this week’s forecast of temperatures in the 60s should allow better fishing conditions.

Before the cold front hit, anglers were picking up trout from area streams and the Lehigh River. In particular, the Little Lehigh from Bogart’s Bridge downstream that was stocked last Thursday with fish from the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Hatchery. And from stream reports, anglers there were picking up some sizable trout. One angler caught and released 21 on the day after the stocking so there should be a lot of leftovers.