September 21, 2015 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Penn's season opener against Lehigh at Goodman Stadium on Saturday was a game to remember for Quakers fans. Just not for the result on the scoreboard. The 42-21 loss was the first game of the Ray Priore era. Priore succeeded Al Bagnoli, who left after 23 years as coach and later took over the program at Columbia. The Quakers defense could not stop Lehigh quarterback Nick Shafnisky Jr. He threw for 250 yards and ran for 95 yards and two second-half touchdowns. Priore said his team will have to revamp its strategy when it comes to defending dual-threat quarterbacks such as Shafnisky.
June 20, 2015 |
ALLENTOWN - A clubhouse attendant asked Chase d'Arnaud if he had good handwriting on Thursday night as two disco balls shined a rainbow of colors through the Lehigh Valley clubhouse. He wanted d'Arnaud to take a Sharpie and inscribe the game ball from Aaron Nola's first start with the IronPigs, a good-as-advertised, five-inning scoreless outing in a 3-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons. Nola struck out seven batters and walked just one. He scattered four hits and threw 98 pitches, 66 of which were for strikes.
June 8, 2015 |
Over the last few months, a pilgrimage to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., has been a must-make trip for scouts. The Phillies, New York Yankees, and Chicago White Sox. The Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Colorado Rockies. Scouts representing all of those major-league teams have found their way to the school with almost 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students. "It's been pretty unusual this year," said Sean Leary, the Mountain Hawks coach for 20 seasons. "They were here pretty regularly.
May 5, 2015 |
Paranormal Activity is far more than a low-budget, spine-tingling horror film to Dawn Keetley, associate professor of English at Lehigh University. For her, it's a window into "the problems of selfhood. " Why, for instance, does the 2007 flick feature a photograph of the protagonist, Katie, and her boyfriend when the person in the photo is not Katie, the professor asks on her blog. Keetley explains: "The fact that this photograph of Katie is not of Katie heightens the fact that the film in general erodes the very idea that we have a distinct, stable, persistent 'self.' " There's good reason Keetley has become known to some on campus in Bethlehem as the Professor of Horror.
April 3, 2015 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - At this point, after another spring in which he failed to stick with the major-league club, Phillippe Aumont probably would benefit from a change of scenery. "Obviously, I think anybody would think that," he said. "But the bottom line is I'm still here, and I'm still getting an opportunity somewhere. That's all that really matters. " None of baseball's other 29 teams deemed Aumont worthy of a waiver claim, so the hard-throwing but erratic 6-foot-7 reliever was outrighted Wednesday off the Phillies' 40-man roster.
March 22, 2015 |
BRADENTON, Fla. - Over the winter, when hedging bets on his roster for the upcoming year, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that "in a perfect world" corner-infield prospect Maikel Franco would begin the season in the minor leagues. Barring an injury, Amaro will get his wish. Yesterday morning, the Phillies made the decision to start Franco at Triple A Lehigh Valley when the season gets underway in 3 weeks. Franco was optioned to minor league camp, along with pitchers Nefi Ogando and Joely Rodriguez.
March 7, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer died after being shot in the head Thursday afternoon during an attempted robbery of a video-game store in North Philadelphia, officials said. Two suspects, one of whom was shot, were in custody. The officer, Robert Wilson III, 30, was an eight-year veteran and the father of two young children. Mayor Nutter called his death "one more example of the danger police officers and law enforcement personnel face on a regular basis. " Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said two men intended to rob a GameStop store at 21st Street and Lehigh Avenue in the Swampoodle neighborhood.
February 13, 2015
LEHIGH VALLEY Beer Week starts Sunday, and among the assortment of festivals, tastings and tap takeovers that will draw beer lovers to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton is a seven-course dinner with Garrett Oliver, the author, engaging lecturer and debonair brewer at Brooklyn Brewery. The lavish menu pairs the likes of truffled prosciutto, foie gras and aged strip steak with Brooklyn's most exotic beers, including K is for Kriek and Wild Streak . Oliver's one-night appearance on Tuesday, though, won't be taking place at a swank restaurant or prominent craft beer bar. This $70-a-plate affair is at a supermarket.
November 17, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Four years ago, Darrun Hilliard came to Villanova from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, where he says football is really bigger than hoops. He was part of a class that included three four-star recruits: lead guard Tyrone Johnson, big man Markus Kennedy and shooting guard Achraf Yacoubou. Hilliard, a 6-6 wing, was rated as a three-star prospect. But 'Nova was the only place he wanted to be. Turns out, he's the only one from that group who stuck around. All the others are long gone, having moved on to other programs for whatever reasons.
November 16, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - The excitement for Darrun Hilliard, a native of nearby Bethlehem, began when he boarded the bus from Villanova to the Lehigh Valley and PPL Center, where he wanted to put on a show for his hometown fans. However, his shot couldn't find the basket Friday night when the 12th-ranked Wildcats found themselves in a season-opening battle with Lehigh. He missed his first five shots and his first seven attempts from three-point range. But the Wildcats found others to pick up the slack, namely Dylan Ennis and Ryan Arcidiacono, and picked up a hard-earned 77-66 victory over the pesky Mountain Hawks before a crowd of 8,751 in the first college basketball game at the two-month-old arena.