The much-awaited 2015-16 deer harvest numbers are in and they show some interesting findings.
The entire harvest of 315,813 increased about four percent over the 2014-15 harvest of 303,973. Of that number, 137,580 were antlered deer. That reflected an increase of about 15 percent over the previous season’s harvest of 119,260. And that resulted in a whopping 59 percent of bucks that were 2 1/2 years old or older, which makes it the highest percentage of adult bucks in the harvest in decades, says the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Bethlehem Steel FC makes their Lehigh Valley debut on Sunday, April 3 when they play their first home game at Lehigh University’s Goodman Stadium against FC Cincinnati at 3pm.
Steel FC are coming off a 1-0 victory over FC Montreal last Friday, as Fabian Herbers slotted in the winning goal in the 43rd minute of action to give the expansion side a victory in their inaugural contest.
High School softball games feature seven innings.
One of the keys to success for the Northwestern Lady Tigers softball team this spring is to keep up their style of play for all seven.
“Last year in the games we lost they almost all had one thing in common, one bad inning,” second-year head coach Josh Zimmerman said. “If we are truly going to contend for any type of championship, we have to eliminate those bad innings and stay consistent throughout the year.”
Every Northwestern varsity sport has seen talented athletes come through and graduate as of late. The Tiger boys track and field team is no different.
The squad has plenty of holes to fill on the roster and it will be freshmen filling them, according to head coach Tim Cunningham.
“We will have to rely on younger athletes, freshmen, to step up and fill in the empty places,” he said.
Cunningham said that he “lost many athletes to graduation,” most notably, Cam Richardson (sprints), Brayden Heller (distance) and Jake Steidinger (pole vault).
Northwestern girls track and field has dominated the Colonial League for the last three years, going 33-0 and claiming the last three league girls’ track team titles.
Last June, many who made this recent stretch of success possible graduated, but head coach Chuck Groller hopes that constant success didn’t go with them.
Zachary Thatcher brought the Hellertown community to life last fall, helping to lead Saucon Valley further than any other program in school history.
The Panthers won the Colonial League and the District 11 Class AAA championships, and advanced all the way to the PIAA state semifinals.
And Sunday night at the 2016 Scholar-Athlete awards banquet for the Lehigh Valley chapter of the National Football Foundation at the Northampton Community Center, Thatcher was named the overall winner.
It has been a year the senior won’t ever forget.
HERSHEY – Caleb Clymer has shown his mettle all season.
Dealing with an extremely painful hip injury that has limited his time on the mat for much of the year, the Northwestern sophomore has made the most of the situation by picking his spots.
Clymer navigated the Class AA District 11 tournament, advancing to the 145-pound final, and made it out of the Southeast Regional with a sixth-place finish to qualify for his second straight state tournament.
The Indiana University men’s swimming team is winding down one of its best seasons in program history. The Hoosiers recently placed second in the Big Ten Championships, their sixth consecutive top-three finish in a conference tournament.
The Hoosiers entered the NCAA Championships, which began on March 23, as the No. 8 ranked team in the nation.
Although the centerfire ammunition supply has loosened for many calibers, .22LR rimfire ammo still seems to be on the short side. It was the caliber avid target shooters and plinkers would use when it was cheap to shoot. But since that’s not the case anymore, the big move is to airguns, be it one-pump pneumatic air guns or CO2 powered pistols and rifles.
Anthony Stolarz continues to impress in goal for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. With his team fighting for their postseason lives, Stolarz made a franchise record 51 saves and then turned in a perfect performance in a shootout as Lehigh Valley downed Syracuse 3-2.
Stolarz’ night bested a performance by Carsen Chubak, who recorded 50 saves on April 6, 2014 against Albany when the team played in Adirondack, New York.
Danick Martel and Cole Bardreau each scored for the Phantoms in regulation. For Martel, it was his 20th goal of the season.