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Two teams split TOC title

Friday, August 10, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

In the 29th annual Tournament of Champions (TOC), the ending was ironic and also fitting.

Curmaci Dental and Blue Monkey – both who had the same players on both teams – met in the recent TOC final at the Catasauqua Middle School instead of the Catty Playground due to weather issues.

In the end, it was Derek Hall who led Curmaci to a 74-64 victory over Blue Monkey. It also was a test of attrition as Curmaci had five players and Blue Monkey had six.

It was a true Catty-...

Orioles battle back to tie semifinals vs. Bulls

Friday, August 10, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

Trailing 2-0 in a best-of-three series, the No. 2 seed Iron Financial Orioles faced a must-win situation last Sunday in game three of the Blue Mountain League semifinals against the third-seeded Limeport Bulls at Simmons Field in Egypt.

The Bulls were in the same round last year, and won the championship just two years ago. They were experienced in the postseason and seemed destined to finish off the sweep.

But that’s why they play the game.

The Orioles erased two...

Aungst, Whitmore lead Giants over Yanks

Friday, August 10, 2018 by TODD KRESS in Sports

Daron Whitmore spent his first postseason in the Blue Mountain League sidelined with a shoulder injury as the Northampton Giants won their first league championship in 2014.

On Sunday, he pitched a gem to lead the Giants back to the Blue Mountain League championship series.

Whitmore pitched six stellar innings, allowing just two runs on four hits as Northampton completed the sweep of the Northern Yankees with a 3-2 victory at Northampton High School. The Giants will face the...

Outdoors: Heavy rain kills over 100 trout

Friday, August 10, 2018 by NICK HROMIAK in Sports

Not only did the recent heavy rains and flooding affect Musikfest events and Das Awk Fescht car show, but it created a deadly trout kill at the Lil’ Le-Hi Trout Nursery.

According to Herb Gottschall, president of Lehigh County Fish & Game Association, a few hundred sizable, chunky trout in the 12-14-inch range were killed when heavy rains flooded portions of the popular Lil’ Le-Hi Trout Nursery off Fish Hatchery Road in Allentown.

Many of the affected trout came from the...

Neris has excelled since rejoining the IronPigs

Friday, August 10, 2018 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Players have been coming and going between Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and Reading the past week. The Phillies acquired catcher Wilson Ramos and lefty reliever Aaron Loup in trades at last week’s trade deadline, necessitating one move that led to others.

Ramos is battling back from a hamstring injury and was placed on the disabled list, but there was time to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for him.

Loup had to be added to both the 40- and 25-man rosters. Those moves...

Steel knock off Richmond

Friday, August 10, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Led by second-half goals from Santi Moar, Omar Holness and Michee Ngalina, Bethlehem Steel FC completed a three-game sweep of the Richmond Kickers with a 3-0 shutout on the road.

After a scoreless but eventful first half, Steel FC picked up its scoring form established last weekend with three goals in 31 minutes to claim the club’s third road victory and third clean sheet of the season.

Santi Moar provided the match-winning goal in the 54th minute, collecting a pass from the...

Girls win Throwdown

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by SCOTT PAGEL in Sports

The Northampton girls basketball team had a very productive summer season, and the hope is that translates into even more success this winter.

The girls went 8-3 in the Central Catholic League, were 7-0 in at a University of North Carolina camp, and, most recently, won the A-town Throwdown last week at Alton Park when they knocked of Bethlehem Catholic in the finals, 38-29.

“It was a good summer record-wise,” said head coach Jeff Jacksits.

While wins and losses don’t...

Moore knocks off Northampton

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by JAMES BUNTING in Sports

The Moore Township Connie Mack baseball has plenty of momentum heading into this weekend’s state playoffs.

Since losing to Emmaus on June 13, the Red Hawks have won eight of their last nine games and out-scored opponents 72-25. The lone 2-1 loss came in the Lehigh Valley semifinals to Northeast Bethlehem.

Moore Township defeated Northern Valley and Northampton in the Lehigh Valley playoffs to qualify for states.

Starting pitcher Ryan Kovach struck out five and threw a...

Article By: The Press

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by The Press in Sports

Steel fights back for tie

Trailing by a goal, Bethlehem Steel FC fought back with a second-half strike to extend its unbeaten streak at home to eight, drawing North Carolina FC, 1-1.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Adam Najem provided the equalizing strike, offsetting a first half goal from North Carolina FC’s Marcel Kandziora. The goal was Najem’s second as a member of Steel FC and the fourth of his USL career. On the tying goal, Steel FC rookie Drew Skundrich collected his...

Northampton Legion moves on to regionals

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by JEFF MOELLER in Sports

Northampton Legion head coach Mike Bodnar didn’t want to see history repeat itself.

Unfortunately, it did.

Nazareth shutout Northampton in consecutive games to capture the Northampton County Legion (NORCO) title in a best-of-three series. Northampton suffered the same fate to Hellertown last year in the championship round.

“The same thing happened again,” said Bodnar. “Maybe the pressure gets to them. They stop doing what they have been doing the whole year.”

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