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Steelhawk’s Hollis Named Player of the Week!

From the Pro Indoor Football League:

NASHVILLE, TN (April 15, 2014) – The Professional Indoor Football League (PIFL) announces that Columbus Lions WR Earl Alexander, Columbus Lions DB Damian Daniels, Lehigh Valley Steelhawks KR/DB Dwayne Hollis, and Richmond Raiders KR/DB Torez Jones as the PIFL Week 3 Players of the Week.

Dwayne Hollis - Photo from Lehigh Valley Steelhawks

Dwayne Hollis – Photo from Lehigh Valley Steelhawks

WR Earl Alexander rookie campaign was more of learning experience; he saw limited action in two games. For the nearby Central High grad the 2014 season has been a different story, he is currently on a three-game roar that has him leading the league in yards per catch (29.1) and tied atop the PIFL in receiving touchdowns with six. Last week in the Lions 71-34 victory over the Fire, Alexander hauled in four catches for 120 yards and three touchdowns averaging over 30 yards a catch. His big-play ability has propelled Columbus to a two-game winning streak as well as earning him the nod as the PIFL Week 3 Offensive Player of the Week.

History was made this past Friday night when Columbus Lions DB Damian “The Nighthawk” Daniels picked off two Chris Mitchell passes with the ladder interception thrusting into the record books as the all-time interceptions leader with 99 overall for his career. The 2014 campaign has been a homecoming of sorts as Daniels spent the last two seasons in Albany. Damian’s return became epic when he sealed the record in the last minute of the 2nd Quarter. Already a four-time defensive MVP, “The Nighthawk” currently leads the PIFL with three interceptions and is well on his way to earning a fifth MVP trophy.

Week 3 of the PIFL had another feat that had never been accomplished in league history; two teams returned missed field goals for touchdowns in the same week. Both the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Richmond Raiders ran missed field goals back for touchdowns with each propelling their clubs to come from behind victories. Both Dwayne Hollis of Lehigh Valley and Torez Jones of Richmond returned key missed field goals that led to their clubs victory. For Hollis, his return came midway through the 3rd quarter after the Hawks were facing a 20-8 halftime deficit. Meanwhile at the start of the 4th quarter, Jones and company were down by 17 to the Hammers before capping off a 20 point fourth quarter leading to their 38-35 home victory. Since the feat of returning kicks is so rare, both Hollis and Jones share the honor of taking home the Week 3 Vidswap.com Special Teams Player of the Week.

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STEELHAWKS GET ANOTHER COME FROM BEHIND VICTORY!

Official Lehigh Valley Steelhawk news:

STEELHAWKS GET ANOTHER COME FROM BEHIND VICTORY

Lehigh Valley’s Defense Shines

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (2-0) pulled out another come from behind victory behind the efforts of their defense. The Steelhawks beat the Harrisburg Stampede (1-2) 35-27, after getting the strong second half they needed.

The Steelhawks struggled in the first half, both offensively and defensively. Both sides had numerous penalties negating points on the board. The first quarter started with the Steelhawks on defense after the kickoff. Harrisburg QB E.J. Nemeth started the scoring with a short quarterback keeper on the Stampede’s first possession. But the Steelhawks blocked the extra point attempt and DB Dwayne Hollis returned the ball for two points, making the score 6-2, Harrisburg leading. A crazy set of downs for both teams ensued and the quarter ended with the Stampede still leading 6-2.

The second quarter again saw both teams turning the ball over on downs. The first real excitement for the Steelhawks came when FB Jeff Link scored on a very athletic 20 yard run, hurdling a Harrisburg defender in the process. Harrisburg would answer with their own touchdown, a long pass from Nemeth to WR Chris Schubert. They would add another score before the half ended. Entering halftime, the Steelhawks trailed 20-8.

The second half proved to be Lehigh Valley’s strongest. Link ( 10 rushes, 53 yards, Two TD) kicked the third quarter off with a six yard touchdown run to cut the lead to six. The Steelhawks would take the lead, 21-20 when Hollis had another huge return, this time returning a missed field goal 50 yards for the touchdown. The Steelhawks defense became game changers, getting two interceptions on Harrisburg’s next two possessions – DB Stanley Dunbar and DB Stefaun Whitehead came up with the big plays – but the offense was unable to put more points on the board. Lehigh Valley held a slim one point lead entering the fourth quarter.

For the second game in a row, the Steelhawks have played remarkable fourth quarters. The defense continued to make big plays and the offense came alive. QB Adam Bednarik connected with WR Matt Coston (6 catches, 113 yards, two td) on deep touchdown passes on consecutive possessions. The defense held the Stampede to only one touchdown in the entire second half and then clinched the game late, coming up with two more interceptions on Harrisburg’s last two possessions, Hollis and Whitehead each getting another.

After a bye week for the holiday, 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!

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@SteelhawksPIFL Game Preview!

Official Lehigh Valley Steelhawk’s News:

GAME PREVIEW: STEELHAWKS STAMPEDE INTO HERSHEY

Keystone Classic Kicks Off this Weekend

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (1-0) travel west to Hershey;s Giant Center to take on the Harrisburg Stampede (1-1) in the first of a three part series of the newly created Keystone Classic. Both teams are members of the National Conference and will play each other multiple times each season. Kickoff for this week’s game is slated for 7:05pm on Friday, April 11th.

The Steelhawks are fresh off an exciting home opener that came down to a fantastic last stand defensively with under a minute left in regulation. Prior to that Reigning PIFL Offensive Player of the Week Adam Bednarik led the game winning drive and kick with a 14 yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Renford for a 48-47 victory. They are facing a Harrisburg team that had a tough game in Nashville last weekend but has been putting up strong numbers in the first few weeks of the season.

Lehigh Valley’s rookie wide receivers stepped up when it counted – Brandon Renford had the game winning touchdown catch (6 catches for 83 yds, 3 tds), and Scott Pillar had the game’s first touchdown on a nine yard rush (4 catches for 67 yds, 2 tds). Quarterback Adam Bednarik threw for a total of 182 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The Steelhawks defense gave a strong performance in their debut, making stops and creating two crucial turnovers late in the game. DB Dwayne Hollis had two interceptions, including one on the final play to seal the game. He also led the defense with 10 tackles.

Harrisburg may be new to the PIFL, but they are an established franchise that has had success in other leagues. They won in convincing fashion over the Columbus Lions in the teams first PIFL game two weeks ago, but dropped a game to the Nashville Venom 40-31 this past weekend. The Stampede are led by veteran Quarterback E.J. Nemeth who in Week One set a PIFL record with eight rushing touchdowns. Defensively, LB Jermaine Thaxton is a proven veteran who last week intercepted his first pass of the season.

Check for score updates on the Steelhawks Facebook and Twitter accounts. The PIFL website and Facebook page will also have updates. The Steelhawks return 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!

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Adam Bednarik Named Offensive Player of the Week!

Official Lehigh Valley Steelhawk’s News!

BEDNARIK EARNS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

Quarterback Starts Where He Left Off In 2013

bednarik2Bethlehem, PA: In release made today, the league office of the Professional Indoor Football League announced that Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Quarterback Adam Bednarik was selected as the Week Two Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the team’s 48-47 victory over the Trenton Freedom.

Bednarik (6’2”, West Virginia University) led the team to a season opening victory in come from behind fashion. Down 12 points with under four minutes left in play, Bednarik tossed two fourth down touchdown passes, none bigger than his 14 yard strike to WR Brandon Renford with 33 seconds left in regulation to give the Steelhawks a one point victory over the expansion Freedom. On the night, the Steelhawks signal caller tossed for 182 yards and six touchdown passes.

Additionally the league announced that Nashville Venom DB Corry Stewart and Georgia Fire Kicker Ryan Gates were named PIFL Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week respectively for their efforts in Week Two.

Bednarik and the Steelhawks don’t have much room for rest, as they head up to Hershey’s Giant stadium this Friday at 7:30 p.m. to take on another new rival in the Harrisburg Stampede who are 1-1 on the young season. This Conference battle is the first of three matchups this season between the two teams.

Steelahwks Season ticket Flex Plans are now available starting as low as $40 for the remainder of the 2014 season. 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! Ticket packages start as low as $48!

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All it Takes is One — #IronPigs and @LVSteelhawks Each Win by One

They say, “It’s a game of inches.”  They say that about every game, right?

The View from the 'Nation: Photo: Kram

The View from the ‘Nation: Photo: Kram

A coach or player will often tell you after a close loss, “We had many different chances to win that game.” And, he or she would be correct.  But it’s that one play.  Sometimes one key play at a key time can be the difference between winning and losing.

The day began with the IronPigs on the radio.  We listened to Matt Provence, the Voice of the IronPigs, as we made our way to the pre-game tailgate festivities at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem for the SteelHawks home opener.  The ‘Pigs took an early 3-0 lead on Jon Pettibone as he worked with mostly cutters it seemed.  The ‘Pigs were able to tie it up 3-3 behind a Castro reached-on-error, a Henson single, a Thomas double, and a Cedeno ground-out RBI.

Just before Pettibone was to give way to Hector Neris in the top of the sixth, Brignac followed a Murphy K with a triple off the top of the wall.  With one out, Cameron Rupp was up.  Matt Provence began what sounded like a doctorate thesis on why it would be foolish to pitch to the red-hot Rupp in that situation–one out, guy on third, lefty on the mound, two lefties due up.  Before he could give us his conclusion and bibliography, Rupp proved him correct.  All it took was one pitch.  Rupp went deep for the third time in as many games (he had yesterday off) to give the IronPigs a 5-3 lead.

Neris then worked around beaning Lavarnway–not necessarily a bad idea IMHO–with a couple ground-outs and a K.  Embattled reliever Kyle Simon entered to redeem Friday’s horrific loss.  He yielded a lead-off double to Alex Hassan, who eventually scored, but got the ground-outs necessary to preserve the lead, 5-4.

While the ‘Pigs couldn’t get any insurance, Luis “The Barber” Garcia was able to close it out in the bottom of the ninth to salvage a 2-2 split in the IronPigs opening road series in Pawtucket.  There were many opportunities for the ‘Sox to score–and to prevent scoring–but it was that one pitch to Rupp (and Rupp’s huge bat) which won the game.  By one.  5-4 was the final.

As we made our way to the ‘Hawk perch high above Stabler, rumors swirled about the SteelHawks and their competition.  As I wrote this morning, the young weapons at QB Adam Bednarik’s disposal were unproven and untested.  Could the SteelHawks score enough points?  Weapons signed for the defensive side of the ball could make the difference, but news that key free agent DL Larry Ford (#92) had been called up to the AFL tempered our expectations.  He was to play, but how well?  And then rumors about the kickers.  Who cares? you say… But a source reported a pre-game injury to Trenton’s kicker and the relative strength of the SteelHawks’ #10 Michael Barnard who had been in camp with the Eagles and Packers.

DL Larry Ford gives it up.  Good luck in the AFL!  Photo: Noise Nation

DL Larry Ford gives it up. Good luck in the AFL! Photo: Noise Nation

The game was a typical back and forth affair, which we’ve grown accustomed to in the PIFL.  The Freedom, who had already played a game–and won–looked to have the more diverse offensive attack initially.  They scored first, but missed the extra point as the kicker hammered the kick into the back of an O-lineman.

However, the SteelHawks had the better QB as Adam Bednarik used touch passes, timing routes, and rifle shots to move the ball and score touchdowns. A late over-throw on a sluggo (slant and go) was the only bad pass I saw him throw all evening. The SteellHawks had a 28-26 half-time lead as the hard-hitting defense picked one off and then prevented a late bid from the Freedom to take the lead before the half.

QB Adam Bednarik signs after the game. Photo: Dan

QB Adam Bednarik signs after the game.
Photo: Dan

The rumor of an improved defense was realized.  I was able to make it to four games last season, and didn’t see as many hard hits from either team in those four games combined as I saw from the SteelHawks tonight.  They were able to gather two interceptions on the evening, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they force some fumbles in the games ahead.  There were a couple instances early where some guys went for ‘kill shots’ when they should have “wrapped up” better, but they’ll get that cleaned up.

In the fourth quarter, a couple drives stalled for the ‘Hawks, and they missed a FG attempt.  Junior was ready to go home.  DiPro and I warned him–and we were right:  these games come down to the end and scoring can happen quickly.  the SteelHawks coughed up a couple like that last season.  This time it happened to Trenton.  Welcome to the PIFL, fellas.

In their last two possessions, the Freedom attempted to run the ball to bleed the clock.  But against the big, athletic D-line of the SteelHawks and with the hard-hitting LBs and DBs backing them up, it wasn’t going to happen.  Their QB wasn’t good enough given limited opportunity to convert first downs.

On Trenton’s penultimate possession, the SteelHawks were able to stop a run play, get a sack, and shut down a short pass with a solid tackle to force a 4th and 4 deep in Trenton territory.  Without a quality kicker, they were unable to attempt a long field goal up by six, which would have put them up by two scores had it converted–and pinned the ‘Hawks deep had it not.  Worries of blocks and returns led the Freedom to get cute with a short pass.  It was stuffed, giving the SteelHawks’ possession in scoring position with just over a minute to play.

Photo: Noise Nation

Photo: Noise Nation

At the time, I was thrilled to see the ‘Hawks get the ball back, but worried they might score too quickly.  I guess they heard me, because they took it all the way to fourth down before Adam Bednarik found #6 Brandon Renford in the back of the end zone for the TD.  Michael Barnard converted the crucial one-point conversion to give the SteelHawks a late one-point lead.

On the ensuing kick-off we debated the proper strategy:  Squib it?  Try for the Uno?  Kick it deep?  Kick it into the end zone stands?  Ultimately, they kicked it deep, with plenty of hang time, to the Freedom returner positioned deep in the end zone.  The return only got as far as the four yard-line as #4 DB Stanley Dunbar, Jr. made a text-book open field tackle to pin the Freedom deep, with less than a minute on the clock.

The Freedom couldn’t convert a first down, and a late deep pass was intercepted.  SteelHawks win 48-47.  One missed kick.  One made kick.  One pure tackle.  The power of ONE.  1-0 SteelHawks!

Here’s the SteelHawks official account:

Bethlehem, PA:  After a hard fought see-saw match up between the Trenton Freedom, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks came out on top in an exhilarating home opener. The win puts the Steelhawks at 1-0 and atop the National Conference standings as the only undefeated team in their division early on in the 2014 season.

An exciting first quarter from Stabler Arena with two touchdowns within 2 minutes of the start of the game. The Trenton Freedom jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after scoring on the very first play of the game with a 35-yard touchdown pass from QB Warren Smith to Antoine Rivera. The Steelhawks answered back quickly with an 8-yard touchdown run by Brandon Renford (6 rec, 83 yards, 3 td) on their second play. After a successful PAT and uno by Steelhawks kicker Michael Barnard, Lehigh Valley took an 8-6 lead. The Freedom’s offense drove down the field, leading to a touchdown pass from Jaquan Bryant to Roger Jackson. Following a successful two-point conversion, Trenton held a 14-8 lead half way through the opening quarter. The Steelhawks were quick to answer once again with a strong drive ending in a touchdown pass from QB Adam Bednarik (16-27, 182 yds) to Brandon Renford. An even match after one quarter with the game being tied 14-14.

The Freedom started the second quarter deep inside Steelhawk territory, scoring immediately with a 7-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Bryant to take a 20-14 lead. After an out of bounds scrimmage kick from Trenton, the Steelhawks were awarded the ball in good position on the Freedom 20-yard line. Bednarik quickly found WR Scott Pillar in the end zone for a touchdown, and after a successful PAT, Lehigh Valley led 21-20. On the Freedom’s next possession, Steelhawks DB Dwayne Hollis (10 tackles, 2 int) intercepted Warren Smith’s pass giving the Steelhawks their first interception of the season and solid field position. This led to Bednarik throwing his third touchdown pass of the game, connecting once again with Renford, giving him his third touchdown as well (one rushing, two receiving). The Steelhawks held a 28-20 lead until Freedom QB Warren Smith scurried into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown run, shortening the deficit to only two points. The Freedom quickly regained possession after a missed field goal attempt by the Steelhawks, but were stopped deep in Steelhawk territory to end the half. Steelhawks lead 28-26 at the midway point of the game.

Lehigh Valley started the second half off with a long possession, resulting in a second consecutive missed field goal by kicker Michael Barnard. On the ensuing possession, the Freedom pushed the ball down field resulting in a powerful touchdown run by FB Melik Brown. Following the PAT, the Freedom held a 33-28 lead. Lehigh Valley quickly answered back as Bednarik found Pillar for the second time in the back corner of the end zone to regain the lead late into the third quarter. After three quarters of play, the Steelhawks held a 35-33 lead.

Trenton once again started the quarter in great field position, resulting in a touchdown pass from Smith to Jackson on the first play to take a 40-35 lead. The Freedom defense held the Steelhawks to minimum yardage on their next possession, resulting in a third missed field goal by Barnard. With momentum on their side, the Freedom worked their way down field for another touchdown pass from Smith to Rivera. This touchdown and PAT gave them the largest lead of the game at 47-35, halfway through the final quarter. On the following drive the Steelhawks moved the ball down field as Bednarik connected with OL Darryl Kurtz for his fifth touchdown pass cutting the Freedom lead to six with 2:43 remaining in the game. A Steelhawks defensive stand gave the offense one last chance at the time of the one-minute warning. One chance was all they needed as Bednarik found Renford once again for his fourth touchdown of the game, followed by a made PAT giving the Steelhawks a 48-47 lead with 33 seconds remaining. After a strong defensive effort and a game ending end zone interception the Steelhawks found themselves victorious after the intense season opening match up.

Tonight’s Offensive player of the game is awarded to Brandon Renford having a total of three touchdowns, including the go ahead score with 33 seconds left, and 113 total all-purpose yards. The Special Teams and Defensive award goes to Dwayne Hollis for his consistent efforts on the return team as well as a dominant defensive effort recording 10 tackles and two interceptions.

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.

 

See you at the park, tomorrow!  Rain or Shine!

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What to Watch for at the SteelHawks Game Today

I didn’t get a chance to do a full preview or roster post for the SteelHawks this week. Nor did I find the time or the guest for a pre-season pod-cast.  But I will tell you what I’m looking forward to as the SteelHawks open their season today:

  1. Fans:  It’s a great day today, and you’ve got time to get some stuff done before the 4PM start.  Get to it and then get out to the game.  Good seats are still available.
  2. Adam:  Adam Bednarik might be the best QB in the league.  And, he’s a local.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  His second season in the league; he should look even better.
  3. WRs:  A new crew of wide-outs will be crucial to Adam’s–and the team’s–success.  Here’s hoping they can rise to the occasion.
  4. DEE-Fense:  The ‘Hawks added a couple of big names on the defense, particularly along the D-line and linebackers.  Look for them to get good and quick pressure on opposing QBs.
  5. DBs:  The secondary fell apart a few times last season.  Here’s hoping they can hold it together and keep the ball in front of them today.
  6. First game versus second:  Trenton has already played–and won.  The SteelHawks need to come out in their first game ready to play, against a team that is already battle tested.
  7. Attention to Detail:  Late-game collapses and close losses were more common than we would have liked last season.  I trust the coaching staff has drilled the detail and the commitment to playing the entire game hard–every play.  Just one let-down can cost the game.

Go Hawks!

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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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