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STEELHAWKS COACHES TO LEAD FCS NATIONAL BOWL GAME IN MIAMI

Lehigh Valley’s Staff Returns to Coach FCS White Nation

Bethlehem, PA: Members of the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks coaching staff will return to the sidelines for the third straight year coaching in the 5th Annual National Bowl All-Star Games presented by East Preps LLC. This year there will be two games, a FCS National Bowl game featuring smaller Division I schools and another game featuring Division II/III National Bowl game. Steelhawks Head Coach Chris Thompson has been named the White Nation’s Head Coach while Assistant Coaches Kenny Miller (OL Coach/Special Teams Coordinator) and Bill Sellars (DL/LB Coach) will also travel to Miami, FL for the December 7th game to be held at Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium on the Campus of Florida International University.

Joining the Steelhawks coaches on the FCS White Nation coaching staff will be Chris Hovan (AFL’s Tampa Bay Storm Defensive Coordinator), Lawrence Samuels (AFL Tampa Bay Storm Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator), and Bernie Nowotarski (PIFL Harrisburg Stampede Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator). Also assisting on the sidelines will be Preston McKnight and Dave Keeny, who are both experienced coaches at the Collegiate and High School levels.
The National Bowl Games feature only the best college All-American and All-Conference senior players from hundreds of USA colleges and universities. Professional coaches and scouts from several National Football League (NFL), Canadian Football League (CFL), Arena Football League (AFL), and other professional indoor teams can be found in the stadium watching the games and evaluating the talent. The weekend is a great experience for these players to get in front of various personnel from higher professional organizations. Every year there have been players that get signed by teams at the next level or that are brought in as free agents.

Steelhawks’ season tickets are available now. We hope to everyone inside the PPL Center this season for the Steelhawks 5th 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 http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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STEELHAWKS JR. FOOTBALL LEAGUE RETURNS @PPLCenter

Opportunity for Youth Teams to Play Inside the New PPL Center
Bethlehem, PA:

The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Jr. Football League (SJFL) returns for its second season with games being played inside the brand new PPL Center this year. Domino’s Pizza returns as a proud founding sponsor of the league. This season St. Luke’s Sports & Human Performance Center will also host some outside arena combines for the participants and Bishop Photography will be on hand at each game to give the kids and parents professional photos of the participants in play. The league aims to give local youth football teams the opportunity to learn more about the indoor arena football game by providing a league that follows that same style of play. All games will take place during the Steelhawks’ spring 2015 PIFL season that begins at the end of March.

The league is sanctioned by the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks professional indoor football team whose mission will be helping to bring the indoor arena football experience to the Valley’s youth by offering a full contact, tackle football league using an arena rules format. The league will feature one division, of 4th- 6th grades; of tackle football teams that can now enjoy the excitement of indoor arena football inside the Steelhawks new home, the PPL Center.

The 2014 inaugural season was a huge success and it saw four teams and more than 60 kids take part. This season, there could be more than 100 players participating and a few teams have already pre-registered for it. Games will take place morning and early afternoons of selected 2015 Steelhawks home games. Players must register as part of a team with a designated coach (individuals may contact the league directors to register as an individual). There is a $140 fee per player that includes a customized youth team jersey, Steelhawks End Zone Level season ticket pass for all Steelhawks home games inside PPL Center, a scheduled team session with St. Luke’s Strength and Conditioning Coaches, a spot at the SJFL Skills Camp with Steelhawks players and coaches, and each team will play a minimum of 4 games inside the new PPL Center arena on our brand new field.

For all registered team coaches, there will be a pre-season information seminar that will go through all the relevant league information and schedules. Teams only need to consist of 12 or more members and can only practice up to 4 hours a week when the season starts. Steelhawks coaches and staff will also be conducting a short SJFL 101 crash course on the rules and procedures of the league.

Each player will be receiving one (1) Steelhawk End Zone Level Season Ticket. There is a Special Offer for SJFL families to purchase additional season tickets at a discounted price (price to be announced at a later date).

Co-League Director and Founder, Head Coach Chris Thompson, has big plans for the 2015 SJFL, “We have achieved so much in the last four years as a Professional Indoor arena football team and the upcoming 2015 season and move into the new arena allows us to grow our style of football and brand, to an even wider array of families and kids in and around the Lehigh Valley. We can’t wait for the start of our 2015 season to get here, play in the new PPL Center, and watch all of the kids, parents, coaches, and youth programs associated with our SJFL enjoy it as much as we will. There is not an opportunity out there like this for our kids.”

Similarly, Co-League Director and Game Day Coordinator Lauren Petri is just as excited for the second season of the SJFL, “This is a great opportunity for kids around the Valley to experience the game of arena indoor football. Being able to play inside the new PPL Center on a professional field is a unique experience that you can’t find anywhere else.”

To learn more about the SJFL visit http://www.lvsteelhawks.com/sjfl. If you have any questions please contact league directors Lauren Petri, lpetri@lvsteelhawks.com, or Head Coach Chris Thompson, cthompson@lvsteelhawks.com.

Steelhawks’ season tickets are available now. We hope to everyone inside the PPL Center this season for the Steelhawks 5th 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 http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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I Remember My First Hockey Game Too…

… Probably because it was just last night.

The view from our seats.  Photo: Dan

The view from our seats. Photo: Dan

That’s right. My very first hockey game. There is a vague memory of being in Hershey in the early 80’s for a car show and accidentally stumbling upon a game, but this one I consider my first.

First off, thanks to Kram, DiPro (with family and friends) who invited me along. I could reveal to you DiPro’s parking lot secret.. but I won’t. See Kram’s post about parking for our official stance in that realm.

It was just as cool inside the arena as Kram had warned me about. I had a Steelhawk’s hooded sweatshirt (when exactly did hooded sweatshirts become hoodies anyway?) and I was plenty warm. I treated myself to a $4 bottle of Fanta (love orange soda… but that’s another story from a long time ago in a land far far away) and headed off to my seat. The seat itself reminded me of a movie theater. Heavily cushioned but awkwardly folding. I narrowly missed spilling my Fanta on Kram the 3rd trying to seat myself. I haven’t been keeping up with my Richard Simmon’s exercise videos lately so it was a bit of a squeeze for me but, hey.. that one’s on me. I stayed in seat for the first period and soon found myself wandering. Saw some old friends, ran into some familiar local sports employees and by strategic navigation ended up buying a new hat. Very happy to see the Phantoms carry the 47 brand caps which seem to be the only style that fit my 7 3/4 oddly shaped head.

I did check out the upper level bar and general hang out area. My love for the cheap seats with great views was renewed as I looked down on the ice from above. Some first come first serve seats/tables caught my interest. Soon after heading back downstairs I felt a tingle and headed to a concession stand. Bought a $4 hot dog. I hear ya. I thought it too. Hot dogs are $2 at the Pigs. I have to say though, this was twice the size of a normal dog and had a great flavor to it. Wondering what brand they use… perhaps Kram can research for me. I usually sway away from the bigger hot dogs as there is less crispy surface area to mask the nasty inside. Can’t say that about these as they were tasty. Complimented nicely by the “not-yellow” mustard available. Pleasantly surprised. Not sure if it was dejon or some kind of stone ground or maybe they labeled it incorrectly but it was good. One downer was no fresh chopped onions or relish in clear view. I had no plans for kissing anyone and love to load up a hot dog with some vibrant onions. Not a biggie.. but hey, I like my onions oniony.

Oh yeah, there was a hockey game. Pretty exciting there at the end. Toronto had a 6 to 3 advantage with a minute to go when 2 Phantoms hit the penalty box and they pulled the goalie. Thanks to probably the worst attempt at a slapshot ever attempted, the Phantoms held on and won! Woot!

After the game I spent a few minutes searching for DiPro (my ride home) and ended up in Chickie and Pete’s. Nice crowd in there. Not overwhelming. Fun place. Headed home soon after.

Altogether a fun time. Looks like I may visit again soon.

Oink! Screech! Roll On! Woooowooooowoo! (That’s the sound a Phantom makes)

DK

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Hockey, Basketball AND Football?!!

The Lehigh Valley pro sports scene is rapidly growing since the PPL Arena opened. Kram has been doing a great job keeping us in tune to all the details of hockey and basketball and now we get ready to welcome the Steelhawks arena football team to the new arena!

From the Steelhawks:

Allentown, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks would like to invite the local media and general public to their 2015 Schedule Release Press Conference on Wednesday, October 22nd. The press conference will include some exciting announcements; the 2015 season schedule, key player signings, Assistant Coaching staff, and tryout information. Announcements will begin at 2:30pm inside the PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St. Allentown. Please enter at the Tim Horton’s Gate of the arena. Following the press conference fans are invited to come mix and mingle with the Steelhawks at Chickie’s and Pete’s inside the arena. There will be food and drink specials available.

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 http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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@SteelhawksPIFL Welcome New PA Opponent! @ErieExplosion

From the Steelhawks:

PIFL WELCOMES ERIE EXPLOSION

Steelhawks to Open 2015 Season in Northwest, PA
ERIE, Penn- The Professional Indoor Football League has announced the addition of the Erie Explosion for the 2015 season. Located in Erie, Pennsylvania since 2008, the team under the direction of owner Bill Stafford and head coach Shawn Liotta, have won back to back league championships in 2012-2013 and posted an impressive overall record of 60-20. “Bill and Shawn have done an outstanding job with their football team and we are excited to bring them onboard in the PIFL. It is important for expansion teams to fit within our expansion plan and they must have the ingredients to compete immediately on and off the field. Erie has those ingredients,” stated Director of Expansion Jeff Knight.

The Explosion will play in the recently renovated Erie Insurance Arena that was part of a $42 million renovation project that was completed in September of 2013. The Arena seats 6,500 and has been home to indoor football teams since 2005.

The past three expansion teams in the PIFL have enjoyed immediate success dating back to 2012 when the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks made the playoffs in their first season. Last year the PIFL introduced the Trenton Freedom and the Nashville Venom. Trenton posted the second best regular season record and made the four team playoff format, while Nashville posted a league best record 10-2 and captured a PIFL Championship.

The Explosion will hope to continue that trend as they head into 2015 season kicking off Sunday March 29th against the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks. Explosion Head Coach Shawn Liotta stated, “The PIFL provides our fans with a top quality product each week, tremendous on-field competition, and a platform for our players to advance their professional careers. We look forward to competing for a championship in the top professional indoor football league in the country during the 2015 season.”

The Steelhawks open their 2015 season in Erie on Sunday, March 29th at 2pm. The rest of the team’s schedule will be released at a soon to be announced press conference. The league’s 51 game schedule features eight teams playing 12 games each begins on March 27th and ends with the PIFL Championship game being played the first week in July.

For the latest information the Professional Indoor Football League stay tuned to http://www.proifl.com.
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 http://www.LVSteelhawks.com for the latest Steelhawks news! 2015 Season Ticket packages are now on sale! Reserve your seat now by calling the Steelhawks office at 610-282-3100.

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Noise Nation Superfans Talk @phantomshockey with @KeithGroller

The Noise Nation Superfans got together today at Rileys in Egypt to talk Phantoms Hockey!

With special guest Keith Groller!

Enjoy!

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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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