It’s the largest consumer outdoor show in the country. And it gets underway Saturday, Feb. 2 and runs until Feb. 10 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. To many sportsmen in the Lehigh Valley, this show is commonly known as the Harrisburg Show, despite it’s new name of The Great American Outdoor Show.
Hosted by the NRA and Ram trucks, this year’s super show will feature over 200 seminars, 1,100 exhibits, over 400 hunting/fishing outfitters from around the world, equipment dealers including the top firearms manufacturers, ATVs, SUVs, trucks and boats.
It wasn’t quick and it sure wasn’t easy.
But after over two years of discussions, debates, arguments and compromises, the Colonial League and Schuylkill League came up with a cooperative football scheduling agreement that allows 28 teams to play their 10 regular season games against more opponents from schools of a similar size.
Officials from both leagues announced the agreement Thursday at a press conference at Blue Mountain Resort. The agreement will take affect in 2020 and schedules for the first two seasons were handed out at the event.
Officials from the Colonial and Schuylkill leagues held a press conference Thursday announcing their new cooperative football scheduling model, which will take affect in the 2020 season.
The 12 Colonial League football teams and 16 from the Schuylkill League will form four divisions based on enrollments and PIAA Classifications. While Colonial League president Bryan Geist insisted the move was not a merger, the cooperative in effect creates a new 28-team league.
“It’s not a perfect system, but we’re getting closer,” said Northwestern Lehigh athletic director Jason Zimmerman.
DARTS and TRAP
Suburban Dart League
Star of Bethlehem 33 15 .688
St. Paul’s 28 14 .667
Bath Lutheran 27 18 .600
Dryland 25 23 .521
Christ UCC 23 22 .511
Emmanuel 21 24 .467
Ebenezer 22 26 .458
Farmersville 20 25 .444
St. Stephen’s 20 28 .417
Light of Christ 17 28 .378
Salem UCC 16 29 .356
The Northampton varsity swim team found themselves in unchartered territory on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as both the boys and girls teams fell to Southern Lehigh in Northampton’s first overall loss of the season.
While the losses broke the boys undefeated season and a winning streak for the girls, Northampton head coach Cullen Mentzell looked beyond the loss to some great individual swims by the Kids.
On Tuesday night in Easton, the Northampton girls basketball team weathered a poor-shooting first half to knock off the Red Rovers 55-41. The win is the Kids’ eighth in row, bringing their season record to 13-2.
While the team shot a respectable 9-of-20 from inside the arc in the first half, they were 0-of-10 from three-point range, leading to a 24-21 halftime deficit.
At halftime, head coach Jeff Jacksits made some adjustments.
After getting an overtime scare from the two-win Dieruff Huskies the night before, the Konkrete Kids boys basketball team couldn’t afford to take anything for granted when Catasauqua came to town Saturday afternoon.
Northampton took care of business early, surging to a 38-19 halftime lead on the way to a stress-free, 71-53 win.
The MVPs from the Thanksgiving Day football game, Tyrese Brandon of Northampton and Andrew Martinez of Catasauqua, were representing their schools in competition again, albeit under less-hyped circumstances.
Throughout her athletic career, Jenna Rogers always has appreciated the moment. In her senior season, she is cherishing it even more.
Rogers has plenty of reasons to enjoy it. She and her teammates literally have soared off to a fast 9-2 start and are sitting atop the East Penn Conference (EPC).
Relying on their explosive fast-break offense, the K-Kids convincingly beat East Stroudsburg South, 66-31, Jan. 3 and followed with a lopsided, 92-67 triumph over previously unbeaten Pleasant Valley Jan. 5.
With the major portion of the deer hunting seasons about over, our annual deer-take survey from local deer processors and a taxidermy shop shows a healthy population of 8-point bucks, a favorable accomplishment since antler restrictions went into effect in Pennsylvania.
If the Phantoms New Year’s resolution was to come out of the gate hot in 2019, consider their resolution to have been shorter than most of us who resolved to lose weight this year. Since putting new calendars on the wall, Lehigh Valley is 1-5-0-0 and have lost six of seven games. In those games, the Phantoms have been outscored 27-15 and have dropped to a fourth-place tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Most players have rolled out the usual excuses – call-ups, injuries, etc. - but can we talk about the elephant in the room?