It was a blustery and cold afternoon at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium, but Sunday’s home debut for Bethlehem Steel FC left fans warm inside despite the weather conditions.
A spirited and rowdy crowd of 3,655 fans welcomed back high-caliber professional soccer to the area with open arms, restoring the tradition of the original Bethlehem Steel days, which ended in 1930.
While Sunday’s 2-1 victory by visiting side FC Cincinnati wasn’t what the club was looking for on the field, it certainly proved to be a proper first step for the team’s foothold in the Lehigh Valley.
When it comes to dominating their league in softball, nobody knows how to do that better than the Lady Trojans. Coming into Tuesday, they had won 33 straight regular season games against conference opponents, whether in the Lehigh Valley Conference or Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. They also hadn’t lost to a team from the Lehigh Valley since a loss to Northampton in districts three years ago.
Now, it’s time for the Trojans to start a new streak, after Freedom came away with a 5-4 win over Parkland Tuesday at Parkland High School.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference recently released its first list of track and field top performers for the 2016 season.
Several Parkland athletes are at the top of the league in their events and several others are among the top five through the first week of the season.
Sam Morgan leads the league in two events, the 800- and 1600-meter runs, while teammate Dan Kyvelos has the league’s best 3200-meter time.
The following is a list of the top five performers in the EPC in each event, along with the top Parkland athlete in each event.
Following a 10-5 loss last Saturday morning to Wilson-West Lawn, Parkland boys lacrosse head coach Brad Schifko wanted his team to respond.
The team bounced back in a big way with a 17-1 Eastern Pennsylvania Conference victory against Freedom last Monday afternoon at Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.
“We came out flat and played like that all game,” Schifko said of the Saturday loss. “I couldn’t understand it because I know what this team is capable of, and they showed that here today [against Freedom]. This is what I expect of them every game.”
To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. That is a saying that Parkland girls lacrosse head coach Dawn Cipolla is living by early on in 2016. She made sure that quality competition from outside of the area was on the schedule for the early part of the year to prepare her team for the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 portion of the season.
Two local companies are teaming up in a partnership that will have implications for Major League Baseball.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs announced an agreement with uniform maker Majestic that will give players the same materials and styles worn by players in the majors.
Majestic, the official supplier of uniforms for MLB, is known for its innovation in materials and research and development into uniform styles to make today’s players more comfortable on the field, while providing durable materials that can take the beating of a major league season.
The Eastern Pennsylvania released its winter sports all-star teams last month and two Parkland players were named to the first team, with another earning second-team recognition.
Kyle Stout earned a spot on the first team along with this year’s Most Valuable Player Award. Sam Iorio was also named to the first team while last year’s league MVP, Devante Cross, earned a spot on the second team.
The following are this year’s EPC boys basketball all-star teams.
When the Parkland boys lacrosse team lost to Easton 8-6 in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference final a year ago, nobody around the program dropped their head. They expected to be there and to win that game, but also knew better things were coming.
But with an upset in their next game against Central Catholic in the District 11 first round, the Trojans season surprisingly ended earlier than most had hoped.
The Eastern Pennylvania Conference recently released its all-star wrestling team for the 2015-16 school year. The following are this year’s EPC wrestling all-star teams.
State champion Bethlehem Catholic placed four wrestlers on the first team.
The message at last week’s Via All-Star Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet stretched from the obstacles that former Nazareth football and basketball player Chuck Dibilio had to endure following a stroke his freshman year at Princeton, to the passionate words that came from Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame wide receiver, Michael Irvin, on becoming a champion.
The two messages intertwined each other at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center, because nobody becomes a champion without obstacles, and obstacles are always in the way of champions.