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Wild Sports Weekend! Are You Ready? @LVRollergirls @SteelhawksPIFL @IronPigs

Boring winter weekends are done for a while… Are you ready for this Wild Weekend of Lehigh Valley Sports?!

Who is going to be Wild enough to get to all three? I’ll make you a deal. The first 5 super fans to email me photos of themselves (with me) at ALL 3 EVENTS this weekend… will win a secret prize!

Saturday April 5th – Lehigh Valley RollerGirls Blast Furnace Betties Home Bout!

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Sunday April 6th – Steelhawks’ Arena Football Home Opener!

Lehigh Valley Opens the Season at Home for the First Time

Steelhawk's QB Adam Bednarik

Steelhawk’s QB Adam Bednarik

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (0-0) open their 2014 season PIFL season at home for the first time in franchise history. Visiting the Valley for the first time are the newly formed Trenton Freedom (1-0), who are fresh off a big win over the Richmond Raiders in their first game in team history. The 4:00pm game on Sunday, April 6th will be the first of three meeting between the two National Conference teams.

The Steelhawks will be starting an inexperienced offense behind All-PIFL and Bethlehem native QB Adam Bednarik, one of the best quarterbacks in the entire league. Last season he shattered franchise records by throwing for 2,837 yards, 53 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions on a 70.4% completion record.

Defensively the Steelhawks front five includes four All-PIFL players. DL Larry Ford (17 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, 3 forced fumbles) returns to the Valley for a second season after being named to the All-PIFL 2nd team in 2013. DL Brandon Sutton joins the team this year after playing in Richmond last season. He had 33 tackles, and 9 sacks in 2013, earning him a spot on the All-PIFL 2nd team. DL Justin Wells (2nd Team All-PIFL in 2013) completes Lehigh Valley’s defensive line. Last season Wells played in Knoxville, tallying 29 tackles and 5 sacks. Michael Woodhouse comes off a brief hiatus from football. He brings a dual threat as he can lineup as a linebacker or as a defensive end. Woodhouse played in Richmond during the 2012 season and earned 1st team All-PIFL honors.

The Steelhawks backfield is young but brings back multiple players that played in the Valley briefly last season before injuries ended their season prematurely; DBs Terrence Osborne, Stefaun Whitehead, and Devin Duggan.

The Freedom will be bringing some familiar faces with them as they journey to the Lehigh Valley. Head Coach Kevin O’Hanlon is former Steelhawks defensive coordinator. Trenton’s Defensive Coordinator Bob Kohler was also a former member of Lehigh Valley’s coaching staff. Starting DB John Kennedy returns to play in the Valley too, this time as a member of the opposing team.

Trenton is led by former Richmond Raider, QB Warren Smith. Last week he threw for 171 yards, an impressive 85% completion rating, threw for 4 touchdowns, rushed for 2 touchdowns including one 40 yarder.

This year’s home opener is presented by KALCO Resources/Powerhouse Sports, who will giving the first 1,000 fans through the door a FREE Steelhawks 2014 schedule t-shirt. There will be multiple fan giveaways and contests throughout the game. $1 dollar hot dogs are also available! Once again this season, Boscov’s Travel will be giving away a Free Vacation to one lucky season ticket holder. For every Steelhawks touchdown scored at home games, one season ticket holder will be entered into a drawing at the last home contest.

Following this weekends game the Steelhawks next contest is on the road, taking on the Harrisburg Stampede (April 11th, 7:30pm). The team returns to Stabler Arena for their next home game on April 26th, 7:00pm kickoff; that game is deemed “Friends and Family Night” presented by ESSA Bank & Trust. A special drawstring backpack will be given away to the first 1,000 fans through the door.

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!

Flex season ticket packages will be on sale after the home opener. It’s not too late to get discounted tickets to every 2014 Lehigh Valley Steelhawks game. You can reserve your seats by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100. Individual game tickets for each home game are now available as well!

Monday April 7th – IronPigs’ Baseball Home Opener!

Opener Tabbed for 5:05 p.m. on Monday, April 7; Tickets are Still Available

Photo:(c) Cheryl Pursell


Photo: (c) Cheryl Pursell

(Allentown, Pa.) – After a seven month hiatus, the “Boys of Summer” return to Coca-Cola Park for their home opener on Monday, April 7 with a special twilight 5:05 p.m. start time against the Buffalo Bisons. The first 3,000 fans 18 and older receive a commemorative Opening Night T-Shirt presented by Service Electric Cable TV & Communications.

The season’s first homestand, which runs daily through April 13 at Coca-Cola Park, includes some of the best giveaways of the season, including a Cody Asche Bobblehead giveaway (Wednesday, April 9), a Jonathan Pettibone Bobblehead giveaway (Thursday, April 10), Friday Night Fireworks (Friday, April 11), an Andy Tracy Commemorative Cup giveaway (Saturday, April 12) and a Fleece Blanket keepsake (Sunday, April 13). A full list of 2014 promotions is available at ironpigsbaseball.com.

Great seats are still available for the opener and all upcoming games and can be purchased in-person at Coca-Cola Park (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), by calling (610) 841-PIGS (7447) or online at ironpigsbaseball.com. Don’t forget to inquire about some of our newest seating areas, including the “Hot Corner” and the “Bacon Strip”, which offer IronPigs fans the most unique and distinctive seating and hospitality areas in all of Minor League Baseball.

In addition to the T-shirt giveaway, numerous other festivities are planned for Opening Night, including:

Complimentary bacon bits on any concessions item purchased at Coca-Cola Park (certain restrictions may apply from purchases made at outside vendors such as Aw Shucks, Gyro Company, Nuts for You and Philly Pretzel).
An extra-early opening of all gates at 3:30 p.m. to allow fans to partake in the pre-game festivities and experiences.
A pre-game performance by “The Burning Hearts, Fire & Light Theater”. Beginning when gates open at 3:30 p.m., fans won’t want to miss this performance troupe’s theatrics centered on the theme of fire. The show features object manipulation and dance set to astound and immerse the audience in visual delight.

An appearance by the IronPigs drumline, the Designated Hitters, performing in the parking lot and also during pre-game festivities.
Heroes Night will allow fans the opportunity to honor the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation, in a pre-game on-field ceremony. As part of the Heroes Night activities, the Color Guard ceremony will be performed.

Formal introductions of both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and the Buffalo Bisons in a pre-game ceremony.

Fans are reminded that there are three entry points for parking and are encouraged to use the Dauphin Street entrance when traveling from downtown Allentown. In addition to the Dauphin Street entrance, entry to Coca-Cola Park can be gained off American Parkway and Union Boulevard. Preferred/Handicapped Parking access is available via American Parkway only.

The cost of parking in Coca-Cola Park’s “Pig Tail Porking Spaces” is $3 per vehicle for all IronPigs home games.

Single-game tickets, mini-plan packages and group tickets for all IronPigs home games presented by Capital BlueCross, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Coca-Cola Park Ticket Office, online at http://www.ironpigsbaseball.com or by calling (610) 841-PIGS.

Don’t forget to ask about the four-person “islands” in the Red Robin Oasis located directly above the left field bullpens. Each island is covered underneath a thatched roof and includes a circular half-table, cocktail-style seating for the four fans in the party and wait service.

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Vast Valley of Sports Season 2 Episode 1: IronPig’s Media Day!

The IronPig’s held their annual preseason media day yesterday and the Noise Nation was there!

Leading the way were NN veterans Kram, Dipro and Cheryl and a couple of newcomers in Jim and Julie!

Jim, Cheryl and Julie even made it on the front page of the Morning Call!

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…and now our feature presentation! The first episode of Vast Valley of Sports for 2014! Enjoy!

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This Week In Noise Nation – 2/24/2014

It’s a little late but here’s last week’s week in review:

Wow, we were busy. Here’s to another great week in Lehigh Valley sports!

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@IronPigs Reveal #SmellTheChange Tomorrow! NN Will have Live Coverage!

The kinda-long awaited release of what the IronPigs have planned for their #SmellTheChange promotion will be revealed at 1:00pm Eastern tomorrow 2/24/2014 and the Noise Nation Staff will be there!

We’ll begin coverage around 12:45pm and carry through the entire announcement followed up by a reaction piece from Noise Nation Podcast Radio and later in the day a thorough account of the day’s activities.

Kram will be there in his Piggy Patrol jacket, we’ll see tomorrow if DiPro can find his jacket and the great Cheryl Pursell will be there cameras in hand recording this event for posterity!

The live coverage will mainly be via our Twitter account, @NoiseNation but also make sure to follow and track @Kram209, @CherylPursell and @JasonDipro for timely updates and maybe even a surprise!

Remember – Coverage begins at 12:45pm tomorrow! Stay tuned!

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Ghosts of IronPig’s Past – Part 2009

Larry Holmes throws out the first pitch of the season!

Larry Holmes throws out the first pitch of the season!

What Lehigh Valley event isn’t complete without Larry Holmes?

The 2009 IronPigs

The 2009 IronPigs

They were better than the 2008 squad but still ended one game short of .500.

Mike Cervenak

Mike Cervenak

A fan favorite here.

JJ Furmaniak

JJ Furmaniak

Remember when Michael Taylor hit a home run for the cycle to tie the game? JJ Furmaniak drove in the winning run later in that game.

Lou Marson

Lou Marson

Heard rumblings that Marson might be back in the Valley this season.

Carlos Carrasco

Carlos Carrasco

Who else remembers him tossing balls into the stands for fans? He stood by the bullpen and consistently hit the roof on the right field trough pavilion.

Rich Thompson

Rich Thompson

Mr. IronPig himself

Jason Donald

Jason Donald

Donald’s moment in baseball history was when he inadvertently was called safe at first to ruin Armando Galarraga’s perfect game.

Carlos Ruiz rehab

Carlos Ruiz rehab

Kyle Kendrick

Kyle Kendrick

The original Ferrous and FeFe

The original Ferrous and FeFe

Sigh…

Bastardo

Bastardo

Raul!

Raul!

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NoiseCast – Episode 5 – Lehigh Valley Pro Sports with kraM & Dan!

Episode 5 of the NoiseCast is so hot the tape recorder melted! Luckily we had digital backup!

Join host Kram209 along with our very own Editor Dan live at The Black Forest Deli as they discuss some Nation Award News, LV Steelhawks, LV Roller Girls, Valley Cycling, LV Phantoms, of course some IronPigs, and much more!

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Let’s Go Blanco!!  Suomi the Money!

DiPro
(was on the A/V team)

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Lehigh Valley Loves Varvara!

It’s that time of the year where us Lehigh Valley sports fans sigh, think about the past summer, think about the upcoming spring, then sigh again. That seemingly endless period of downtown for Lehigh Valley professional sports. The IronPigs season is long over. The Rollergirls wrapped up their season recently. The Steelhawk’s 2013 season is still months away. Some turn to the NFL, but if you’re an Eagles fan you may as well feel the same about this year’s Eagle squad. Those long winter days where even hockey draws interest… but no hockey either.

But then, something catches your eye and you realize there’s a gem of an athlete touring the world who resides in our very own Lehigh Valley!

Currently ranked #21 in the world, the Lehigh Valley’s own Varvara Lepchenko has competed in the 2012 Olympics, the Austrailian Open, French Open and Wimbleton to name a few.

Photo from the Varava Lepchenko Fan Page on Facebook.

The Horn & Bell was recently able to get in touch with Varvara for the Noise Nation’s Inaugural edition of 10 Questions to Get to Know You.


1.When did you first start playing tennis and how did you decide this was your life’s path?

I started when i was 7. My dad got into it, I had a lot of energy and he was worried I would hurt myself ,so he decided to bring in to this sport cause it was passion of his and he also played so he started me there.

2.You recently broke into the Top 20 rankings, how does that feel?

It feels great and it just proves again and again that hard work is always paying off.

3.Describe to us your favorite moment of the Olympics.

Walking at the opening ceremony was one of the greatest moments and hanging out with all the athletes at the village.

4.How many tournaments have you played in this year?

I played in 26 tournaments this year

5.Tell us about your best moment in Tennis all time.

My best moment is yet to come.

6.Tell us about your funniest moment in Tennis.

It was in 2010 at the French Open one of the players took my bag instead of theirs and it was an evening before my match. I panicked and was looking for it all over the place. But then he found me and gave it back.

7.How did you choose the Lehigh Valley as a place to move to?

Just like the weather and the outdoors there.

8.What are your favorite places, things to do for fun in the Lehigh Valley?

I like going to Beltzville lake and just chill out and swim. Lehigh mall is nice place to shop.

9.Do you have or would like any pets?

I adopted kitten from Pets mart near Lehigh mall.

10.Do you enjoy any other sports?

I like different sports,but with my schedule it’s tough to follow them. I like soccer, American football and basketball.

Her best moment is yet to come! I love that! I was able to see Varvara in action during the US Open this season and she is a true example of how hard work and effort pay off!

I also found some great video footage on youtube:

The Noise Nation will be keeping up with her career and cheering her on as loudly as we can. (I’m not sure of Noise and cheering rules for Tennis yet) :-)

Good Luck Varvara! The Lehigh Valley loves you!!

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