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Phantoms have the playoffs on their mind

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Playoffs? We’re talking about playoffs?

Yeah, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms are talking about playoffs. After a shootout loss in Hartford Friday night, Lehigh Valley welcomed Providence to town Saturday night. The Bruins stand third in the Atlantic Division and would seem to have a pretty good grip on a playoff spot, but certainly don’t want to make any assumptions.

For the Phantoms Phil Varone, Saturday night, which ended with the Phantoms picking up a 3-0 win behind 33 saves by...

Outdoors: Kids can enjoy Youth Trout Days

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Saturday, March 24, kicks off the Mentored Youth Trout Days whereby youngsters under age 16 can join a mentor (adult) with a valid fishing license and trout stamp to fish stocked waters within 18 southeastern regional counties before the opening of trout season. This opportunity gives the kids a chance to catch a trout before the crush of anglers on opening day, March 31 in 18 southeastern counties of Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster,...

Jones takes over Pigs

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

New IronPigs manager Gary Jones made his first visit to the Lehigh Valley recently, but it somehow felt somewhat familiar to him. Jones last served in baseball as the third base coach of the Chicago Cubs, managed by Joe Maddon. The Cubs manager may be the most famous resident of Hazleton and Jones said that his old boss talked often about his hometown and the Lehigh Valley.

“He often talked about being home and how much he loved this area,” said Jones. “He talked about the people, how...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Steel, Royals win

Led by a strong offensive showing, Bethlehem Steel FC picked up its first victory of the season, defeating the Richmond Kickers, 4-1, in the club’s home opener at Goodman Stadium.

Playing on the campus of Lehigh University, Steel FC saw Philadelphia Union midfielders Derrick Jones and Eric Ayuk score first-half goals while forward Brandon Allen tallied a second-half brace in his Steel FC debut.

“Happy that we were so balanced in that performance, I can’...

K-Kids ‘great ride’ ends

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton’s boys basketball season was a myriad of highlights, some that may not be achieved for some time.

There was a 13-game winning streak that clinched an early district berth, the lone East Penn Conference team to beat Bethlehem Catholic during the regular season with a buzzer beater, and an appearance in a district championship game for the first time in 45 years among other events that dotted the season.

It ended in an unceremonious 62-57 loss to St. Joseph’s Prep in...

2018 Kids similar to ‘72 squad

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Mike Schneider vividly remembers his senior year at Northampton.

It was 1972 and the former athletic director was a member of the boys basketball team under then head coach Bob Nemeth - that was the last Northampton team to win a District 11 title.

In that year, the Konkrete Kids downed Easton, 60-57, behind Greg Vogel’s 16 points and Carl “Yogi” Christman added 13 in the win.

Ironically, the Kids met Easton again and lost to them in the Eastern semifinals during a time...

Britton brings home bronze

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by PETER CAR in Sports

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-...

Outdoors: Despite snow, stocking goes on

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Despite the snow we had, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s fleet of trout stocking trucks are on a roll. They’ve been planting trout in area streams and lakes for the regional season opener March 31. There’s also the Mentored Youth Trout Opener March 24 where kids get a chance to catch a trout or two before the crowds of opening day take over.

By the time you read this, Muhlenberg Lake, the lower Jordan Creek, Laurel Run in Coopersburg, Little Lehigh, Monocacy Creek (...

Phantoms remain busy down the stretch

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

If you think your weekends are busy, consider the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

This past weekend, they wrapped up the middle portion of three-straight, three-game weekends on their schedule. While it’s almost a foregone conclusion that the Phantoms will be playing playoff hockey this spring, nothing is official just yet. With 13 games left to play in the regular season, the Phantoms have dropped their magic number down to 12 after a productive weekend.

With a win over Bridgeport on...

Slow second half ends year for Kids

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

Nothing really changed.

The shot selection remained consistent. The defensive intensity never faltered. The orange-and-black faithful in the stands remained loud.

The only difference between the first and second halves of Northampton’s PIAA state playoff opener is simple: Shots that went in during the first half refused to find the net in the second half.

The K-Kids’ spirited 2017-18 season came to a close against St. Joe’s Prep from the Philadelphia Catholic League on...