The 42nd Annual Via All-Star Basketball Classic was played Saturday at Northampton Community College, pitting senior all-stars against one another in four separate games.
The West squad featured seniors from Central Catholic, Northampton, Northwestern, Parkland and Whitehall among other Lehigh Valley teams.
The West came up on the short end of the score in both games, with the girls falling 56-49 and the boys suffering a 121-97 loss.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs unveiled an impressive array of new video boards around the stadium on Thursday, with Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller flipping the switch to turn on the new displays.
Every video board in the ballpark has been upgraded to HD technology, with many of the boards also being upgraded in size.
The main display board in left-center field is now over 3,000 square feet and is the largest video board in all of Minor League Baseball.
The Via Basketball All-Star Classic announced their rosters recently, as they gear up for their 42nd annual year, which gets underway on March 29 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem for the Via All-Star Banquet.
Matt Millen will be the keynote speaker for the night, which will introduce a new class to the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame.
This year’s inductees include Mimi Griffin (Broadcaster), Brian Hunter (Emmaus, Class of 2007), Jackie (Yandrisevits) Markle (Nazareth, Class of 2005) and the 1951 Allentown High School boys’ basketball team.
This year’s Northwestern softball team will have a couple key players to replace, but with a core of senior leadership and new starters at a few positions, the team will look to build on last year’s winning season.
The Tigers had two super players graduate last spring. All-league pitcher Lydia Danner has departed. Danner was the team’s ace and was its leadoff hitter. Northwestern will also miss the presence and leadership of Claire O’Dea up the middle at shortstop. Both were integral parts in leading the Tigers to a 13-10 overall record and a District 11 semifinal appearance.
As the Lehigh Valley Phantoms prepared for a key home-and-home series against rival and division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, it was easy to spot the optimists from the pessimists.
The optimists looked back at last Wednesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to Syracuse and pointed to picking up a crucial point in the loss. The pessimists pointed to leaving a point on the table as the season starts to wind its way down toward what figures to be a pretty exciting conclusion.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.
The 2017 baseball season is set to begin next week for the Northwestern high school team.
The Tigers will take on Palisades Monday to open the season. Their first home game is slated for Tuesday, April 5 against Southern Lehigh.
The weather already has the team behind. A pair of nonleague games were postponed against Blue Mountain and Tamaqua.
Here’s a look at this year’s Northwestern varsity baseball team.
Once again, Mother Nature raised havoc with the start of spring sports in the Lehigh Valley area. And, just like every other track and field coach, Northwestern head coach Tim Cunningham said it has stirred his preseason plans around a little bit.
“Preseason has proved to be a challenge with the weather and inability to get onto an all-weather track,” he said.
Here’s a look at this ytyear’s Northwestern boys track and field team.
Like most spring sports this season, the Tiger girls track and field team has been doing its best to practice despite limited outdoor space that isn’t snow-covered.
“We have been down this road before,” said head coach Charles Groller, “and will do our best with the facilities we have to prepare our girls for competition and for them to compete at the highest level.”
JUST AS IMPORTANT ... While the team focuses on improving athletically after school each day, it also focuses on time in the classroom before heading to practice.
Caleb Clymer’s next best thing is pretty good.
Though the Northwestern junior didn’t get his ultimate goal of a state title, Clymer still left the PIAA Wrestling Championships with plenty to be proud of.
Clymer capped a stellar tournament with a third-place finish, his second straight medal in the Class 2A event.
After a loss in the quarterfinals, Clymer battled through the consolation bracket, winning three straight matches to reach the 152-pound third-place bout, where he defeated Central Martinsburg’s Brock Biddle, 3-2.