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North Whitehall Township, PA, United States

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Past articles by Gary:

Former Phantom Greg Carey still has goals in mind, but now they’re on a spreadsheet

Former Phantom Greg Carey still has goals in mind, but now they’re on a spreadsheet → Read More

Phantoms season preview: Lehigh Valley looks to return strong with energy, depth, and new Flyers leadership

It may begin on the road, but the 2022-23 season for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms offers promise and a glimpse of players who may make their mark with the NHL Flyers this season. → Read More

Lehigh sending 7 to NCAA wrestling championships; Nazareth’s Sasso, Becahi’s Labriola also qualify

Lehigh has seven wrestlers in the NCAA Wrestling Championships, which start Thursday in Detroit. → Read More

District 11 Class 2A team wrestling championships: Notre Dame-Green Pond rolls over Saucon Valley for title

Notre-Dame Green Pond wins District 11 2A team title by beating Saucon Valley. → Read More

District 11 wrestling team duals: 3A top-seed Becahi wins in rout; Catty, No. 4 seed in 2A, sets up rematch with Saucon Valley

Powerful Bethlehem Catholic rolls in early round match in District 11 team duals → Read More

Lehigh University wrestling: Mountain Hawks and healthy Josh Humphreys battle No. 4 Oklahoma State Sunday

Two-time EIWA champ is looking for a breakthrough junior season. → Read More

Lehigh wrestling: Heavyweight Jordan Wood is working to make eastern championship history

The first-ever heavyweight to win four Eastern Collegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) titles, Wood will be shooting for an unprecedented fifth EIWA championship in March. → Read More

There’s good news and bad news for Lehigh Valley Phantoms scoring. Thankfully it’s early in the season.

Team hopes it can change its fortunes during first three-in-three of the season → Read More

Chris Creveling, Palisades High product, says doping suspension 'came out of the blue'

Kintnersville native, Palisades High product Chris Creveling, who won Olympic medal in speedskating in Sochi but was banned from these Olympics, discusses what he's been up to. → Read More

East Stroudsburg-born U.S. men's luge competitor Jayson Terdiman ready for Olympics stage

Jayson Terdiman, who lived in Tannersville before his family moved to Berwick, is looking to improve on the 11th he took in doubles in luge at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. → Read More

AHL lineman Jud Ritter of Bethlehem set to work Pyeongchang Olympics

By day, he’s a lab technician, in February, Bethlehem's Jud Ritter will be an Olympic official. → Read More

No plans for 'Silent September' for Lehigh Valley soccer leagues

No plans for a 'Silent September' for Lehigh Valley soccer leagues → Read More

Monster buck harvested in Lehigh County

Any youngster — or adult for that matter — who has earned their Hunter-Trapper Safety Education certificate at Bethany Wesleyan Church in Cherryville the past decade knows Ron Jerdon, if not by name, then by deed. → Read More

Philadelphia Union soccer affiliate christened Bethlehem Steel F.C.

Amid the backdrop of the old Bethlehem steel stacks from the third floor of the ArtsQuest building in Bethlehem, the Philadelphia Union announced Tuesday that the new United Soccer League team will be called Bethlehem Steel F.C. → Read More

Race time: A guide to the Runner's World Half Marathon and Festival in Bethlehem

Call me crazy, but I will join many others as we tackle the Runner's World Half Marathon and other races this weekend in Bethlehem. → Read More

New Phantoms coach Scott Gordon looking forward to helping players reach NHL

After getting fired as assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs following the 2013-14 season, mostly because of shufflings in both management and head coach, Scott Gordon took the year off and helped coach the ice hockey teams for his sons Eric, 16, and Ryan, 13, in the Atlanta area for TPH Thunder teams, mostly Eric's AAA team. → Read More

Lehigh Valley Phantoms introduce new coach

Scott Gordon , who was head coach of the New York Islanders for almost three full seasons from 2008-09 through 2010-11, was introduced as the new head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms during a media conference at The Morning Call Club inside the PPL Center. → Read More

Phantoms name Scott Gordon new head coach

Scott Gordon , a former assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League , has been named head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League . → Read More

Lehigh Valley rail trails for walking, running and bicycling

Mike Homishak gets a chuckle when his friends from near Wilkes-Barre visit and see what they don't have: former railroad beds converted to walking, running and cycling trails. → Read More

Akeson scores, Stolarz denies in Phantoms' win over Hershey

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms went bear hunting on Friday night, and the Hershey Bears felt the double barrel burst of Anthony Stolarz and Jason Akeson. → Read More