It’s finally the end of the football season and for our viewing area, this is an earlier exit for Lehigh Valley teams than we’ve been accustomed to in recent memory. Bethlehem Catholic’s run to the state semifinals over the past couple of years helped prolong the season after Thanksgiving, but with Nazareth falling to St. Joe’s Prep and Southern Lehigh getting bounced by Archbishop Wood, that leaves us with only Turkey day games this week.
So, enjoy the start of the holiday season and thanks for following throughout the year.
Here’s a look at our final poll.
On Thanksgiving morning at Northampton’s Al Erdosy Stadium, it will be 34 days since Catasauqua last played a football game, losing its season finale, 47-0, to Northwestern.
Rough Riders’ head coach Mike McClarin has taken a different approach with the layoff.
“We look at a second season this year,” said the second-year head coach, whose team has a 0-10- record this season. “We told the kids to put everything behind them from the first 10 weeks, and look at this as five weeks to prepare for a game.
The local District 11 postseason is over.
The Catasauqua-Northampton Thanksgiving Day clash will formally pull down the curtain on the overall season.
Except for Tamaqua, both Nazareth and Southern Lehigh had its seasons end at the hands of District 1 suburban Philadelphia powerhouses last weekend.
Last December, the Phantoms lost top goalie prospect Carter Hart to the Flyers when goalie Anthony Stolarz went on injured reserve. This season, they were blessed with another top prospect on the roster, but he didn’t even last as long as Hart.
The Flyers recalled Morgan Frost Monday and it’s likely that he will see his first NHL action with the team immediately.
Suburban Dart League
Star of Beth 20 7 .741
Dryland 21 9 .700
Salem UCC 13 11 .542
Light of Christ 16 14 .533
Bath Luth 16 14 .533
Emmanuel 14 16 .467
St. Paul’s 14 16 .467
St. Stephen’s 12 15 .444
Christ UCC 13 17 .433
Farmersville 11 19 .367
Ebenezer 9 21 .300
St. Stephen’s 2-4, 1-7, 5-1
SS - Ed Wychock 6-13, John Hoysan 5-12 2HR, Allan Beahm HR.
Eb - Steve Gountis 5-12, Vick Pacchioni 5-13, Robert McDonald HR.
As is the case every year, the Northampton cross country banquet is a bittersweet night for head coach Dan Benner. Obviously, it is a fun night in which the team recognizes many of the successes throughout the season, but it is always sad to graduate seniors and their families.
The team honored seven seniors: Vince Gallagher, Isaiah Tyler, Thomas Martinez, Marcus Newhart, Lena Kugelman, Marissa Mele, and Olivia Rigo.
For the first time ever, I didn’t get one pick right in last week’s edition. Truly a Haley’s Comet moment, but also a great week for all three winners last week, as Nazareth’s victory over Parkland will always be remembered by the Blue Eagle faithful for their Nazareth special.
Pottsville proved that they are no joke, as they head into the state tournament and Southern Lehigh dismantled Oil City 41-0 in their state playoff game.
What can all three teams do this week?
Hopefully, I have better luck this time around.
1. Nazareth (12-1)
Last week’s rank: #1
Saturday, Nov. 23 kicks off the rifle bear season for its three-day run that ends Nov. 27. After that, there’s the extended season from Nov. 30-Dec. 14 in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5B, 5C and 5D. The extended opener also opens again in WMUs 1B, 2C, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4E and 5A, but that period ends Dec. 7.
Pennsylvania is known nationwide for having large bears. Bruin’s in the 500-600-pound range are taken every year and in fact two were shot last year that topped 700 pounds, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
With the cold temperatures and occasional snow flurries we’re experiencing, it may be the incentive to think about the upcoming skiing/snowboarding/tubing season.
In a prepared press release, Tricia Matsko, Director of Sales and Marketing at Blue Mountain Resort in Palmerton, said they put their snow guns in service last Friday night thanks to below freezing temperatures and low humidity. It’s their first attempt this year to make snow and to build a base on the major trails of Lower Main Street, Vista, Come Around, Valley School and Snow Tubing Lanes.