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Varvara Lepchenko Advances to Finals in Korea!

Our favorite Lehigh Valley Tennis Pro Varvara Lepchenko advanced to the final round of the KIA Motors Korea Women’s Open Tennis Championship!

From the Varvara Lepchenko Facebook Fan Page">

From the Varvara Lepchenko Facebook Fan Page”

Lepchenko faced off against Christina McHale in the semi-finals losing the first set 3-6 but coming back and taking the last two sets 6-1 and 7-6(5)!

She moves on to face Karolina Pliskova in the Finals!

Go Varvara!!

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Will Now Call PPL Center Home

Allentown, PA: Beginning the 2015 season, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks will have a new nest in the PPL Center! In a press conference today, the team announced that they will be making the move from Stabler Arena in Bethlehem to the brand new PPL Center in downtown Allentown.
“The move to the PPL Center enhances our product in so many ways,” stated Steelhawks General Manager Mike Clark. “From the sightlines for the patrons, to the state-of-the-art jumbotron, to the accessibility for all fans being in a downtown area, the PPL Center is going to bring a whole new level of entertainment to the entire Lehigh Valley. We truly appreciate the last four years inside Stabler Arena but we couldn’t be more thrilled to call this our new home.”

The Steelhawks will play all of their home games inside of the state-of-the-art facility that can hold a crowd of 8,500. The arena features an amazing jumbotron, three restaurants (including the famous Chickie’s and Pete’s, Tim Horton’s, and Crust), and great views of the game from anywhere in the building. The new venue will open many doors to allow the Steelhawks’ to bring more entertainment value to all their fans. As a football field, it will be a full 50 yards longs (plus eight yard endzones), and will feature the rounded off endzones that most of the teams in the league have.

“We’re thrilled that the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks have decided to make PPL Center their new home,” said Global Spectrum’s Gunnar Fox, General Manager of PPL Center. “We truly feel that having the Steelhawks as a tenant team will enhance the diverse line-up of events that PPL Center has to offer which now includes arena football.”

The PPL Center ( is a Global-Spectrum managed state-of-the-art multipurpose arena opening this September in downtown Allentown, Pa. The arena will seat more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Steelhawks contests, making it the region’s largest events venue. The amenities-packed PPL Center will host more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events. PPL Center will be the heart of the Lehigh Valley and is currently the main catalyst to the revitalization and growth of downtown Allentown.

Rob and Jim Brooks were also on hand for today’s announcements. “We are excited to welcome the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks to the PPL Center,” said Rob Brooks, owner of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League and BDH Development, the master leaseholder of PPL Center. “We look forward to a long-lasting and mutually beneficial partnership between PPL Center and the Steelhawks and are excited to have the team join us during our inaugural season.”

In other news today, in the team’s first 2015 player contract was signed by veteran DL Larry Ford (6’4, 265, West Virginia). He was named to the 2013 All-PIFL 2nd team in a season in which he claimed the team’s single sack record (7.5). He recorded eight tackles, one tackle for a loss, and two sacks in the Steelhawks 2014 campaign which saw him jump up and down from the Cleveland Gladiators franchise in the Arena Football League. Ford brings a defensive leadership and experience to the Steelhawks defensive front line.

Steelhawks Head Coach Chris Thompson shared in the days excitement. “This is a great day for the Steelhawks as we get to not only play in a brand new state of the art arena like the PPL Center, but also raise our 2014 National Conference Championship banner in it on opening night. I can’t wait for our awesome 9th man fan base, Steelhawks Junior Football League (SJFL), and Partners to share in this moment and new home for years to come. We have enjoyed so much success these last 3 years and this is another step forward in providing a great night of family entertainment in the Lehigh Valley. I can’t wait to see what the move to the PPL Center and 2015 season bring for the Steelhawks. All I know, is it is going to be rocking.”

Thank you to the entire Steelhawks Nation for supporting us throughout the years! Stay tuned to the Steelhawks facebook and website for more exciting announcements over the off-season! We are already looking forward to next season.

Keep checking for the latest news and events from the Steelhawks! For further information please call Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Clark at (610) 282-3100, or visit our website at for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages will be on sale soon! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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@SteelhawksPIFL to Play @PPLCenter !

Our beloved Lehigh Valley Steelhawks announced this morning that they will be playing their 2015 PIFL Arena Football season in the new Allentown Arena!

More details as they come in…


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Lehigh Valley Roller Derby! – 8/16/2014 – Video!

If you missed this weekend’s bout between the Long Island Roller Rebels Rock-A-Betty Bruisers and our Lehigh Valley RollerGirls Blast Furnace Betties or just want to see it again… here is the Noise Nation’s production of Just Jams!


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Derby Saturday! Yeah!

Our Lehigh Valley RollerGirl Blast Furnace Betties will be facing off against the Long Island Roller Rebels Rock-a-Betty-Bruisers!

When – Saturday, August 16th, 2014 Doors at 5:00pm, Event at 6:00pm

Where – Independence Family Fun Center, Schnecksville, PA

Come out and enjoy some Roller Derby!

This event is BYOB! (alcohol included) No Glass containers or Large coolers.


The Rollergirls will also be supporting a charity:

We will also be having an awesome half time show by Summer Scouts and collecting specific items for Meals on Wheels of Lehigh County’s “Blizzard Bags”. We are offering $2 off of door priced tickets to fans who bring in items off of the list!

You can purchase tickets for only $10 ahead of time at the link below:

This is going to be a great bout, can’t wait to see you all there!


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EWSL Charity Event to Benefit Angels for Mark! 7/25/14

The Easton Women’s Softball League will be hosting its annual overnight Diamond Dreams tournament on Friday, July 25th at the Bob Rute Fields in Hackett’s Park, Easton, PA (off 13th Street exit). This year’s event will benefit Angels for Mark and his quest to save his sight through the efforts of the Choroideremia Research Foundation.

Since 2009, the EWSL has run this event with donations exceeding $60,000 benefiting both the Miracle League of Lehigh County and Northampton County!

8pm All Star Game EWSL vs Warren County Women’s League

10PM Double Elimination Tournament, with the championship game scheduled for 6:45AM.

Teams participating include: Shruty’s Pub, Huntington Fire Co, The Banshees, Village Square Wine (from the Warren County League), Cleats & Cleavage (also players from the Warren County league) and a team from the High Bridge NJ league.

There will be silent auctions and raffles galore including Phillies & Iron Pigs tickets and bobbleheads! The refreshment stand will be open. DJ Prime Time will be on hand to entertain.

Come on out and support a great cause and enjoy some softball!

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Mid-Year Yawns

It’s that time of the year. Baseball just hit the All Star break and both the Pigs and Phillies are riding the basement of their respective divisions. Our beloved Steelhawks fought hard but lost their Championship game last night ending the this year’s arena football season. It’s hot outside. The memories of winter have officially faded away. Most are thinking of a vacation. Some are thinking of hockey in the near future.

I’m thinking about a new furnace and create excuses to avoid mowing the lawn…


Really, it’s a welcome break for us sports fans. This is pretty much the one week of the year where we willingly accept invites to picnics, parties and nights out without the pressure of missing a game. We’re not checking our phones to see away game scores. We’re not contemplating tailgating or rain delay strategies. We are burning through Netflix sports movies like a crazed junkie.

Maybe it’s time for a nap.

Sure, I could throw in some motivational words about Roller Derby at this point. I usually do. I’ve been trying to get you to come out to derby for years. Here’s a photo if you’re still not convinced.

Photo by our good friend Jim Rhoades

Photo by our good friend Jim Rhoades

Although that photo provides us with an entertaining illusion… it’s still a real fun time.

Next Lehigh Valley Rollergirl’s home bout is this Saturday, July 19th at 5:00pm in Schnecksville. I’m sure I’ll post more details later this week.

Until then… enjoy the day.

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