During the Great California Gold Rush, the saying “Gold or bust” became the battle cry of many pioneers. Who knew that almost 170 years later two cousins from Salisbury would pick up the same cry for their trip to the PIAA Tennis Tournament.
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.
It’s 34 miles from the Sovereign Center in Reading to the PPL Center in Allentown, but congestion and constant traffic lights along route 222 makes the trip take about an hour. It’s a trip that goalie Martin Ouellette has made a lot over the past two seasons being shuttled back and forth between the Reading Royals and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Finishing the regular season at 5-12, Salisbury was given two final chances to reach the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs. The team was included in a three-team playoff to fill the seventh and eighth seeds, thanks to a situation that complicated the season for a number of teams.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.
So many times, there are potentially great story lines that just never come together. A number of impressive factors all fell into place Monday when Salisbury's Mason Groff and John Yurconic downed Adam Kramer and Abbhi Sekar from Moravian Academy 6-4, 6-3 to win the District 11 Class AA Doubles Championship at Lehigh University.
For John Yurconic to reach the quarterfinals of the District 11 Class AA singles tournament last season as a freshman was quite an accomplishment. For him to make a big jump to the finals as a sophomore was an even bigger feat, but that doesn't mean that he wasn't disappointed when he lost in the finals to Moravian Academy's Zach Shaff 6-1, 6-0 Monday afternoon at Lehigh University.