The annual East Penn Conference wrestling championships will take place this Saturday at Easton Area Middle School and the matchups for the day’s event are close to being finalized heading into the weekend.
Official pairings won’t be released until Thursday, but the pairings for the marquee bouts this weekend have already been clinched, as wrestling will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Wrestling will be broken down with teams from each of the EPC’s two divisions battling against each other based on where they finish in the standings in their respective divisions.
Professional soccer will be back in Bethlehem and the Philadelphia Union made things official on Wednesday afternoon at Lehigh University's Goodman Stadium.
The Union held a press conference announcing it will continue its player development structure by launching its own team in the lower division United Soccer League.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz was joined by Lehigh University president John Simon and USL CEO Alec Papadakis for the announcement.
The team is expected to play in Goodman Stadium and implements an important element in the club's player development.
The saga of expanding the PIAA football classifications from four to six classes will continue into the fall.
The PIAA's two committees responsible for the matter the strategic planning committee and the football steering committee met in late July to discuss the eight proposals on the table for football classification expansion.
Ultimately, no decisions were made on the fate of moving to six classes, as the boards agreed to table the discussion for this fall when the strategic planning committee meets in September, followed by a PIAA board meeting in October.
It was one game that could have been the difference in last week's showdown between Liberty and Emmaus on the volleyball court, but that game also turned out to be the nail in the coffin for the Hurricanes.
Liberty was swept in three games last week 25-16, 34-32, 25-17, but a defining game two was the decisive bout throughout the match that determined the outcome for both sides.
Battling to a 34-32 defeat was a game that Liberty head coach Neiad Ammary knew would be the difference maker in the clash.
The waiting game is nearly over for all football fans when the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8pm on ESPN and the NFL Network, but the nerves for several local football prospects will last throughout the weekend when the draft ends Saturday evening.
One local player that won't have to wait long to hear his name called is former Emmaus wide receiver Kevin White, as the West Virginia Mountaineer could become the highest drafted NFL player to ever come from the Lehigh Valley, since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.
The local wrestling world was flipped upside down last week when news broke of new divisional alignment in the East Penn Conference.
The league replaced its three-division format, with two divisions consisting of nine teams each.
Whitehall athletic director and co-chair of wrestling in the EPC, Bob Hartman, spoke at length with the Press on Thursday about the changes for next season and how the process unfolded.
The 40th annual Via All-Star events will be held next week.
The annual Via All-Star banquet is set for Wednesday at the Sands Casino and Resort in Bethlehem. Doug Flutie will be the keynote speaker.
The Via All-Star banquet recognizes members of the Via All-Star teams, Players of the Year, Teams of the Year, awards scholarships for student athletes and inducts members into the Lehigh Valley High School Basketball Hall of Fame. The banquet will be held on March 25 at 6:30pm.
It wasn't what Lucas Schaf wanted, but it certainly is better than coming away with nothing. The Emmaus wrestler took eighth place at the PIAA Class AAA wrestling championships over the weekend following a 6-4 loss to Josh Ridgway of Norwin.
As with any wrestler in Hershey, the goal is to always come home with hardware, but once you get a taste of the action from the Giant Center, you want more.
In the case of Schaf, you can certainly say he his appetite has grown following his experience last weekend.
It was a moment of relief for Thomas Alcaro at the Northeast Regional Class AAA championships last weekend. After losing in the semifinals to Delaware Valley's Matt Wagner by an 8-2 decision, Alcaro needed one victory to qualify for the PIAA state tournament.
He got that in his first consolation round, picking up a 3-1 decision over Pleasant Valley's Trent Thomas and coupled it with a bronze medal following a fall over Bethlehem Catholic's Brandon Blobe in 2:41 in the 195-pound consolation final.
It wasn't the type of ending Jeff Arbushites wanted for his Emmaus team at the District 11 wrestling tournament, but it was one that his group could walk away from with their heads held high.
The Hornets held an early 21-5 lead over Nazareth in last Thursday's preliminary round after the first five bouts of the match, but saw Nazareth take eight of the last nine bouts to storm away with a 45-24 victory.