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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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Lehigh Valley Will Travel to Nashville for a Shot at the Title

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (7-6) are headed to the PFIL championship for the first time in franchise history! They defeated the Trenton Freedom (8-5) 49-38 to claim the National Conference title on Saturday night. They will travel to Nashville who defeated the Columbus Lions 43-39 in the American Conference Final.

Tonight’s game was a defensive battle the entire time. The first half was back and forth; the score was tied three different times. Trenton was the first to put points on the board on the opening possession. The Steelhawks would waste no time in answering with a touchdown of their own when QB Shane McSweeny (16-24, 278 yards, 4tds, 30 yds rushing, 1 TD) found WR Troy Pascley (7 catches, 157 yards, 4 TDs) for a 40 yard touchdown completion; tying the game at seven. After having possession of the ball for almost four minutes, Trenton QB Warren Smith (24-41, 289 yds, 5tds) would find WR Maurice McDonald (4 catches, 68 yds, 2 td) for a touchdown to take the lead and an uno would extend that lead to eight. Lehigh Valley would be called on a holding penalty in their own endzone, resulting in a safety; and Trenton seemed to be building momentum. But it was short-lived. DB Leavander Jones (5 tackles, 2pbus) would catch Smith as he tried to escape the pocket forcing a turnover on downs and giving the Steelhawks the ball back as the first quarter came to a close.

The Steelhawks would begin their comeback in the second quarter. McSweeny would hit Pascley for another long touchdown catch early in the quarter to cut the Freedom’s lead to three. On Trenton’s next possession, LB Cory Darby (4.5 tackles, 1 int, 1 pbu) would level Smith when he tried a quarter back sneak into the endzone on fourth and one giving the Steelhawks the ball back. K Michael Barnard would hit a 23 yard field goal on the following possession to tie the game at 17. Lehigh Valley then took the lead when DB Dwayne Hollis (6.5 tackles, 1 int, 1 td) grabbed his 10th interception on the year (breaking the franchise’s all-time interception record) and returned it for a touchdown. Trenton would drive the length of the field and tie the game up at 24; and at halftime that’s where the game stood.

Both teams went scoreless in the third quarter as the defenses’ battled it out. Teams would trade long field goal attempts, but neither could connect. The action would pick back up in fourth however. The McSweeny and Pascley due struck again to give the Steelhawks the lead that they wouldn’t look back from. A Barnard uno put Lehigh Valley up by eight. The Steelhawks’ defense would make another big play when DL Michael Woodhouse (3 tackles, 1tfl) tipped the ball at the line and Darby came up with his first interception of the year. Lehigh Valley would capitalize on the turnover and put three points on the board off the leg of Barnard. With 9:26 left on the clock the Steelhawks led, 35-24. Trenton would keep fighting, Smith and McDonald would combine for another Freedom touchdown, but their two point conversion attempt was unsuccessful. As the clock ran down, McSweeny would use his athletic ability on the ground and scrap his way into the endzone from two yards out giving the Steelhawks a more comfortable lead, 42-30. With 1:23 left in the game, Trenton would find the endzone again when Smith lofted a pass to Landis Williams. Williams would be on the receiving end of the two point conversion, cutting the Steelhawks lead back to four. With 42 seconds left, McSweeny would find Pascley for his fourth touchdown of the game, this one a 45 yard bomb that would seal the deal for the Steelhawks. The game would end with the final score of: Steelhawks 49, Freedom 38.

The PIFL championship will be next weekend inside the Nashville Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, July 12th at 8pm EST. The Steelhawks will be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter for all fans back in the Valley. Live streaming of the game will be announced later this week.

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Lehigh Valley has Huge Fourth Quarter to Make Playoffs

Bethlehem, PA: It was a win or go home situation for both teams at Stabler Arena Saturday night. It was a playoff atmosphere from the start in the growing rivalry between Richmond and Lehigh Valley. The Steelhawks (6-6) trailed the Raiders (5-7) 34-21 with 6:36 to play in the final quarter before putting up 30 points to beat the Raiders and make the playoffs.

The first half was all about defense and Steelhawks kicker Michael Barnard (4 FG, 4 UNO) . Barnard was responsible for all 11 of Lehigh Valley’s first half points nailing three field goals and two Unos. Both teams were very strong on the defensive side with the only touchdown of the half coming from Raiders QB Phil Konopko (18-34, 205 YDS, 4 TD 1 INT), on a pass to WR Daron Clark.

The game started off slow as Lehigh Valley and Richmond both came out with strong defensive stands throughout the majority of the first quarter. Steelhawks DB Dwayne Hollis (5 Tackles, 1 INT) intercepted Raiders QB Phil Konopka to break Lehigh Valley’s single season interception record, which ultimately lead to a successful Michael Barnard field goal to put the Hawks on top. Barnard followed with an Uno to make the score 4-0 after one quarter of play.

The Raiders started off the second quarter strong as Konopko quickly found Clark for a touchdown, followed by a defensive stop and a K T.C. Stevens field goal to put them ahead 10-4. Barnard came up big again for the Steelhawks connecting on his second field goal followed by his second Uno to bring the score to 10-8 late in the quarter. Richmond drove down deep into Steelhawks territory, but a missed field goal gave the Steelhawks possession with :08 left on the clock. This was plenty of time for Barnard to add on another long field goal, putting Lehigh Valley up 11-10 entering halftime.

The Steelhawks started the second half with possession, however the Raiders were the first to score as Konopko found WR Gerron Bryant (7 REC, 99 YDS, 2 TD) wide open for a touchdown to regain the lead 17-10. Barnard continued to keep Lehigh Valley in the game nailing another long field goal shortening the deficit to 17-14. The Steelhawks quickly regained possession, but Raider DB Tyrell Austin picked off QB Shane McSweeney’s (16-29, 161 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT) pass giving the Raider’s possession on the Hawks 1-yard line. The Steelhawks defense gave its best efforts, holding Richmond to only a field goal, bringing the score to 20-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

On the first play of the fourth, McSweeney found WR Chris Schubert on a long touchdown pass to put the Steelhawks back on top 21-20. The Raiders quickly answered back, as Konopko found Bryant for the second time to take the lead back 27-21 with 11:36 remaining to play. Raiders DB Torez Jones intercepted McSweeney’s pass on the Hawks next possession, and Richmond capitalized with another touchdown giving them the largest lead of the game at 34-21 with 6:36 to play. Lehigh Valley wasn’t ready to give up hope on their season. McSweeney came out with two long passes setting up WR Troy Pascley to run it in for the score followed by another Barnard Uno, cutting the deficit to 34-29 with 3:31 remaining. On the Raiders first play, Lehigh Valley’s entire defensive line swarmed QB Konopko causing a fumble recovered by Steelhawks DL Tim Hume for a touchdown, quickly giving the Hawks a 36-34 lead with 2:00 on the clock. Richmond fumbled the snap on the first and third plays of their possession, and Lehigh Valley LB Cory Darby snatched the loose ball giving the Steelhawks possession with :51 seconds remaining. McSweeney threw a third down screen pass to Pascley who would break a few tackles and soar into the endzone solidifying the victory and playoff spot for the Hawks. Barnard put the icing on the cake adding his fourth Uno making the score 44-34 with :33 to play. A late touchdown pass from QB Jonathan Bane brought the game within three, but it was not enough for a comeback. The Steelhawks recovered the onside kick attempt and McSweeney added on a powerful touchdown run to the bring the lead back up to 10. The Raiders season came to end as the Steelhawks prevailed into the playoffs with the victory.

The Steelhawks will next play in the National Conference Championship against the Trenton Freedom, next Saturday, July 5th at 7pm inside the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. The Steelhawks led the season series against their Conference rival, by taking two of the three games against them.

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Noise Nation Fundraiser! 6/21/2014


I’ve got to admit.  I still don’t totally get this.  They don’t think we’re friendly?  They don’t think we’re friend-WORTHY?  If they really wanted to mock us, they should have put a picture of the IronRail Trophy on it (like I will, NEXT year!)

Whatever.  We’re going up there and we’re gonna show them who’s friendly.  It’s gonna be “Invade Moosic Night” and, we’ll have our OWN T-shirt!

Our Shirt.  Design subject to change.

Our Shirt. Design subject to change.

But, that’s not all!  Because we’re friendly and we’re not going to be fooled into merely filling up their stadium, we’re going to do it all for charity.  In the tradition of the NoiseNation Cookbook Fundraiser of yesteryear, we’ll be having fun and doing some good at the same time!  What could be FRIENDLIER than that?

How can you get in on this?  How can you get involved?  Read on:

The tickets have already been purchased by a sponsor.  The T-Shirts have been sponsored as well.  100% of the money collected will be donated to the Choroideremia Research Foundation ( on behalf of Angels for Mark.

More Event Details:

The Game:  Lehigh Valley IronPigs AT Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders

When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  7:05PM

Where: PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic PA

Seats: Right Field Bleachers, the perfect place to make some noise.  Think Section 102 at Coca Cola Park.

How Much:  $20 donation to CRF.

What’s Next?  Email Kram with your T-Shirt size and preferred method of payment and pickup. , or contact Dan or DiPro or Cheryl to get in touch with me.


July 1st Event FAQ:

After you pay for the tickets and the shirts, how much money are you really going to be able to donate?

A:  All of it.  The tickets and shirts have been paid for by sponsors.  Every cent we collect will be donated.

Is there a bus going up?

A:  Unfortunately, no.  The overhead of the bus was too high without a guaranteed number of people going. Perhaps we can coordinate rides if necessary, but you’re on your own to get up there.  Perhaps in the future we’ll try something like that.

How Long Does It Take To Get There?

A:  It depends on where you leave from, but I usually figure on about an hour.  Google Maps tells me 1:20 from Coca Cola Park, so perhaps I drive too fast.  It’s Turnpike North, and not a bad drive.

What Are My Options For Getting The Tickets?

A:  Just shoot me an email and we’ll figure something out.  I’ll need to know your T-Shirt size.  We can meet at the park as I’m there for almost every game.  I can also arrange for you to pick them up at my office or at the Deli (Black Forest Deli is the preferred lunch spot of the NoiseNation and Horn and Bell Blog).  Finally, you can meet me up there on July 1, and I’ll have tickets and T-Shirts with me.  This is the least desirable because there are a limited number of seats and shirts available, as well as T-Shirt size concerns.

Wait a Minute, Will You be Tailgating?

A:  Ahh, you know me too well.  Indeed.  Plans aren’t firm just yet, but we will be there early, flying the NoiseNation flag.  Stay tuned.

Do They Have Accessible Seating?

A:  Yes.  There is an accessible area at the top of the bleacher section as well as at the bottom!

What If I Don’t Want To Sit With You?  No, I Mean, What If I Prefer Better Seats?  You Know, Not That Those Are BAD Seats, I’m Just, You Know, Funny That Way.  But Can I Still Get A Shirt?

A:  Of course.  If you’ve already purchased tickets to that game or would like to purchase your own seat, please feel free to do so.  We’ll get you a shirt, too! (based on availability)  Keep in mind I’m still going to ask you for $20 because I want to make the best possible donation to the CRF.  But we can negotiate.

Tell Me More About The Charity.

A:  Of course.  Choroideremia is a progressive, blinding disease of the nerve tissue in the back of the eye.  There is no cure, but research continues–with funding.  Read more about it by following the links above, and more about Angels for Mark and Markie DeVoe here .

When Do I Need To Let You Know?

A:  The sooner the better.  T-Shirts are being ordered as you read this.  The sooner I know the size requirements the better to guarantee the correct size will be available, and the sooner I can get it to you.

Can We Bring Horns?  Bells? Drum Sets?

A:  Yeah!  Do it!  They sell horns and bells in their store up there, so I assume they’ll have no problem with horns and bells… Probably should leave the drum set at home.

But What If It Rains?

A:  It’s always a concern.  You’ll get the T-Shirt regardless.  You’ll have the ticket which you can exchange per their rain-out policy for another time to go up.

But I Don’t Wanna Go Without You Guys…

A:  Awww.  We can let you know the next time we’re going up.  Perhaps the last two games of the season.  Or there’s the possibility that I can make it up to you with IronPigs tickets.

But I Hafta Work.  How Am I Gonna Get Up There In Time?

A:  Well, if you have your ticket and T-Shirt ahead of time, that will save trying to get there in time to meet me pre-game.  If you need to leave work early I can write you a note…

But I Have More Questions…

A:  OK, please feel free to ask general questions in the comment section.  We’ll have more news forthcoming.  If you have specific questions which include personal information, please feel free to ask them via email:

OK, I’m Ready To Go.  How Soon Can I Pick Up My T-Shirt and Ticket?

A:  The tickets have been purchased and are on the way from Moosic right this minute.  The T-Shirts are in the last portion of the design and order phase and should be ready shortly.  Please get me a T-Shirt size before they go to print so that I can fine-tune the order.  Stay tuned for more information about pick-up.

What Kind of T-Shirts Are They?

A:  Gildan heavy-weight cotton.  I have a couple of them; they’re nice.  It’s not that they run small, exactly, but since I’m old and I like mine roomier, I do advise going a size up because of the heavier weight.  The idea was to create a T-Shirt that you’d be willing to wear more than once.

But I Don’t Wanna Go To A Park Other Than Coca Cola Park.  I Heard That Park is Old and Run Down.

A:  It was.  But, they spent tons of money remodeling and re-opened last season.  It’s really nice.  The outfield area and the video boards are nicer than ours.  There’s a 360-degree concourse to walk around.  There are some interesting concessions.  The people are friendly…(*ahem*)  It’s worth a visit to compare and experience.

How Much is Parking?

A:  FREE!  Parking is free.  How about that?  Most likely, we’ll be in the lot to the left, down in the far, near corner near some rocks and trees.  Look for the NoiseNation Flag until about 15 minutes before first-pitch.

But What If You Run Out of Tickets and T-Shirts?

A:  See, that’s why I’ve got to know now.  Just let me know how many and what size and we’ll figure everything else out later.  There may be some flexibility right up until game time, but at some point we’ll run out of time to print T-Shirts and add tickets.

What About Kids?

A:  What about them?  BRING THEM ALONG!  There’s no difference in the ticket price for the seats; however, I wasn’t planning on ordering a ton of kiddo-size T-Shirts, so let me know sizes right away so that I can get them printed.  They’ve got a play area in the outfield and tons of kid-related stuff, just like all Minor League teams/stadiums these days!


Who Are The Sponsors?

Philly Pretzel (Allentown and Coca Cola Park), Digital Cloud Company ( and Westgate Optical (

Is There Food Included In This Package?

A:  No, although we did consider it.  Rather than spending extra for food vouchers, we decided to let folks experience the park’s concessions individually.  I recommend the BBQ stand near the outfield bar, near our section as well as the pizza place on the third-base side.  The Pizza is “Old Forge-Style.”  Kram Jr recommends the ice cream stand.

Wait, What’s Old Forge Style Pizza?

A:  See, that’s why you need to come along.

Stay tuned for more info, post general questions below, and email me to place your order!  You can also reach me on Twitter: @Kram209  — DM if I follow you.






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Roll Into This Weekend!

Our beloved Steelhawks are still on the road. Our thoughts will be with them as they look to end this 5 game skid.

The IronPigs are on the road as well.. what to do… what to do?

I’ve said it many times so I’ll spare you the theatrics… It’s Roller Derby Weekend here in the Lehigh Valley!

Tomorrow the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls are having a double header and then on Sunday the Two Rivers Roller Derby is having a home bout over in Bethlehem!

Details on both events are below but first, some motivation:



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Hot, Heavy & Hard Hits of the Bout from 5/31/14


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