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Monday, July 6, 2020

A look back at the Kids 1997 baseball team

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Brett Fehnel figure his team was ready to take the next step.

They had lost to Liberty in the district semifinals the year before in 1996.

“We knew we had one more chance,” stated Fehnel, who is a director of an accounting firm outside Philadelphia and recalled his team’s 1997 season that saw them win conference and district titles. “We lost to Liberty in the district semifinals the year before.

“It was a lot of hard work and resilience. We all grew up together and had...

Local teams ready for tourney

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s Evan Zwolenik and Catasauqua’s Adam Reinhart will be anxious to wear their baseball jersey in early August.

Yes, August is correct.

Both Zwolenik and Reinhart will be members of their respective teams in a Lehigh Valley-based baseball tournament comprised of a 32-team field at DeSales University tentatively Aug 3-9. Teams from the Colonial League and Lehigh Valley Conference along with Pennridge, Upper Perkiomen, and Quakertown will be in the field.

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Outdoors: after warm winter, be aware of ticks

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

With families and outdoor lovers taking to Penn’s Woods to hike and camp, be aware it’s tick season. And since we had a mild winter, tick populations could be higher and eager to attach themselves to our bodies.

According to Pennsylvania Department of Health, they’re warning residents that symptoms of Lyme disease, that’s transmitted through tick bites, are often similar to those of coronavirus. Both share similar symptoms of fever, chills, headache, muscle pain and more. And a...

BC among first to hold workouts

Thursday, July 2, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

As Bethlehem Catholic’s football program wrapped up their post workout stretches last week, players were distanced eight feet apart and dismissed line by line.

The Golden Hawks were one of two programs in the area, alongside, Bangor, to have started voluntary, offseason workouts last week, and to say that practices look much different now would be an understatement.

“We’re doing everything outside and not even dealing with the kids going inside to the weight room,” said head...

Madison Fraley: ‘Eighth graders want to be like her’

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

For Madison Fraley, the stage was set.

Fraley was primed and ready for her senior season after a junior campaign in which she hit .429 last season and accepted a captain’s role that would extend to this season.

The catcher had been a member of the Konkrete Kids varsity program since her freshman year and anticipated a banner year for her team. The Kids had a 19-6 record last year and were surprised by Whitehall in districts.

Fraley entered the season with a career .398...

Gov. Wolf issues guidelines for sports

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by PETER CAR in Sports

Lehigh Valley sports programs are on the verge of getting back together following preliminary guidelines released last week by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The press release stated that members of the PIAA can resume activities for programs in the yellow and green phases of the COVID-19 plan.

“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” Wolf said in a news release. “This guidance balances keeping student...

Softball tourney planned for mid-July

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by KATIE MCDONALD in Sports

When word spread that a baseball tournament was being planned to give Lehigh Valley high school varsity players a second chance to compete after the cancellation of the spring sports season, the softball community thought why not us too?

Eyes turned to Michele Laubach, who is also a high school softball coach, to get something going, and she has.

An 18-team Lehigh Valley Softball Showcase is being planned for July 14-16 at Northwest Little League Fields in Bethlehem. Play will...

LV-Pocono HOF sets banquet date of Nov. 1

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Lehigh Valley-Pocono Sports Hall of Fame’s annual induction dinner, postponed May 9 because of the coronavirus, has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, at the Northampton Memorial Banquet and Event Center in Northampton.

The Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 is headed by retired North Carolina State football coach Chuck Amato (Easton, 1964) and 14-year Major League Baseball pitcher Gary Lavelle (Liberty, 1967).

The other inductees are Michael Brichta (Southern Lehigh...

Races to take place at Pocono this weekend

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by The Press in Sports

After NASCAR’s recent schedule announcement, Pocono Raceway’s 2020 Doubleheader Weekend will feature five races in three days from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28.

These events, as previously announced and in accordance with Pennsylvania state officials’ guidance, will take place without fans in attendance.

Pocono Raceway has also partnered with Pocono Organics, a regenerative organic farm located on track property, for Saturday’s Race for Family Farms program.

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Outdoors: Keep an eye out for turkey vultures

Thursday, June 25, 2020 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

You may have noticed several turkey vultures circling in the sky since early spring. They’re even being seen in the West end of Allentown when a woman posted on a blog that one landed in her backyard.

Vultures, sometimes called buzzards and when I was a kid my dad would refer to them as chicken hawks, are blackish birds with long wingspans that are commonly soaring in wide circles as they seek out carrion to eat. They’re often referred to as nature’s vacuum cleaners as they’ll feast...