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.
200 MEDLEY RELAY
Siena Salvaggio, Megan Sicinski, Kira Karopoulos, Alison Lin
Sabrina Krotzer, Julia McCarthy, Kayla Drago, Maggie Walters
Kaitlyn Hur, Lydia Garton, Miranda O’Donald, Lexi Ruth
Chelsea Gravereaux EMM, Victoria Connolly PARK, Casey Young EMM
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Alison Lin PARK, Katie Champagne EMM, Julia McCarthy LIB
Siena Salvaggio PARK, Mairead Doyle WHI, Nathalie Paczes EAS
100 BUTTERFLY Alexa KutchEAS
Each year the high school basketball season wraps up with a special event, not only for senior players, but also for a group of youngsters who may never get the chance to suit up in a varsity basketball game.
The 41st annual All-Star game was held last Saturday at Northampton Community College and featured representatives from 35 high schools around the Lehigh Valley. The Classic raises funds to support Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities and promotes community involvement.
Jim Morgans is a Lehigh Valley guy. He did not spend his whole life here, but he made his mark.
After graduating from Allentown Central Catholic in 1964, Morgans headed down south for the next five years of his life. He attended junior college in Texas before finishing up his business degree and enjoying a football playing career in Louisiana.
But it was always about the Lehigh Valley, and Allentown in particular, that Morgans wanted to be a part of. And he loved football.
Parkland’s Nadine Ewald earned a place on this year’s Eastern Pennsylvania Conference girls basketball second team.
Ewald is one of two Trojans to earn all-star recognition as Emily Piston was selected to the third team.
Nazareth’s Tessa Brugler was named this year’s MVP for girls basketball.
The following are this year’s All-EPC girls basketball teams.
Tessa Brugler (Jr., Nazareth), Aja Bount (Jr., Northampton), Gabby Blochuk (Jr., Easton), Madison Cauano (Sr., Liberty), Kaylin West (Sr., Liberty)
MVP - Tessa Brugler (Jr., Nazareth)
As expected, the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships were a success for Parkland swimmers. Siena Salvaggio won her third and fourth state gold medals of her high school career at the meet, while Tori Connolly also made it two straight seasons with a medal at the state meet.
On the final night of the competition, the two swimmers set personal best times, with Salvaggio posting a :49.34 in the 100 freestyle and Connolly 4:57.75 in the 500 freestyle event.
For the last couple of seasons the Parkland softball team has been led by an experienced battery. Their pitcher and catcher seemingly had a ton of varsity experience under their belts each and every year. But in 2015, the Trojans relied on the arm of a sophomore.
Aubree Fritzinger did not disappoint, going 27-1 and posting a 1.41 ERA with 54 strikeouts and 27 walks in 154 innings in her first year as a varsity starter leading. She helped Parkland to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, District 11 and PIAA state titles, their first one since 2009.
The last time Parkland and Freedom met on a tennis court, it was for the District 11 Championship and the Patriots came out on top. This time, their meeting came early in the season, with both teams trying to gain a psychological edge by picking up a win before another potential showdown in the postseason.
The Parkland baseball team will have a whole new look when it opens the season on March 30 at home against Easton.
Not only did the Trojans graduate a ton of major contributors, including Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP Chris Rabasco, and All-EPC pitcher Connor Higgins, former head coach Tony Galucy resigned to spend more time with his family.
The Parkland boys volleyball team went as far as any team could last year, and won more games than any other team in program history has.
When the Trojans knocked off District 7 champ Fox Chapel 3-1 in the state title match, Parkland capped a perfect season at 24-0.
And with a majority of that team returning, the Trojans have their eyes set on repeating.