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Noise Nation on WFMZ Newscast!

During a report by Jim Vaughn of WFMZ, Coach Chris Thompson looks forward to this Sunday’s game by mentioning the Noise Nation!  We’re ready Coach and we know you are too! It’s gonna be LOUD!

Go Hawks!!

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Steelhawks Getting Ready for 2013! Announcements!

BLACK-GOLD SCRIMMAGE-2013

SEASON TICKET HOLDER PARTY 2013

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LeSean McCoy in Lehigh Valley October 27th!

STEELHAWKS AND PIG PEN PRESENT COMMUNITY DAY BENEFITING THE CARING PLACE IN ALLENTOWN

********* Heard today that LeSean McCoy backed out of this charity event. No reason was given. **************

Featuring Philadelphia Eagle LeSean McCoy
Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks are very excited to announce that they will be working with the Pig Pen Family Entertainment Center (previously known as the Pig Pen Sports Bar & Grill) to present a Community Day benefiting The Caring Place in Allentown on October 27th, 12pm-5pm.

Our very own Tammy Santiago, Director of Performance Partnerships, will be co-hosting and MC for the event that will feature a special appearance by NFL running back LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles. Lehigh Valley Steelhawks Mascot, Talon will be there and our very own Precious Metals will be performing.

Other events on the day will include a Bowl-a-thon, a Halloween costume contest for ages 12 and under (must be accompanied by an adult). McCoy will be participating in the bowl-a-thon and raffling off Eagle tickets and other memorabilia. All proceeds will benefit The Caring Place. McCoy will be rolling one ball in the bowl-a-thon and sponsors will be making donations based on the number of pins he knocks down. Please contact Tammy Santiago (tsantiago@lvsteelhawks.com) or the Pig Pen for sponsorship information or need any other information regarding the event.

In other news, the Steelhawks will be holding their first open team tryouts as members of the PIFL on November 17that Iron Lakes Sports Complex. Stay tuned for the Steelhawks to announce their 2013 PIFL game schedule, coming soon! The team is hard at work recruiting for the 2013 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!

Fans are reminded that 2013 season ticket deposits are being accepted now to reserve your seats for the 2013 PIFL season. You can reserve your seats by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100. Ticket packages start as low as $48!

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The Steelhawks are a PROFESSIONAL Arena Football team that plays in The Professional Indoor Football League. The PIFL (www.proifl.com) is a eight team league with franchises in six states. The league holds a 12-game regular season schedule that runs March through June. The PIFL’s playoffs culminate in late June with the PIFL Championship Cup. Season ticket packages start as low as $8 per game (or $48 for the full season) and games are an exciting event for people of the Lehigh Valley to attend on weekend nights.

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“SALUTE TO HEROES” NIGHT MAY 19th

Sponsored by Cohen & Feeley

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks are excited to announce that their May 19th Home game versus the Omaha Beef is “Salute to Heroes” Night sponsored by Cohen & Feeley Attorneys at Law. The night will be full of activities and all money raised will be given to the Veterans Sanctuary of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council.

Leading up to the game, the Steelhawks will be participating in a Celebrity Bartender Night hosted by Starters Riverport. Join the Steelhawks and Precious Metal dance team on May 17th from 7pm-9pm to help raise funds for local military families of the Lehigh Valley. All tips during this time will be donated to the Veterans Sanctuary of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council.

The day of the game, the doors to Stabler Arena will open at 5:30pm for a special Silent auction with items ranging from gift cards to autographed sports memorabilia with ALL proceeds going to Charity to benefit local military families. The first 1,500 fans through the door will receive a free Steelhawks/Cohen & Feeley drawstring bag.

The game on the 19th kicks off a three game home streak. Prior to that, the Steelhawks will take a trip to Green Bay this week for a Friday night matchup. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. (CST). For those who wish to view the game online, please visit http://www.b2livetv.com and look up the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks under the “TEAMS” Section. Fans unable to watch the games live can purchase a season viewing pass.

Tickets for the remaining home game are still available and can be purchased by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100, via the Steelhawks Website (www.lvsteelhawks.com), or by visiting the Stabler Arena Box Office at 124 Goodman in Bethlehem. For further information on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks please contact Executive Vice President Mike Clark at 610-282-3100.

Flex season ticket packages, starting as low as $8 per game, are still available but great seats are limited so reserve your seats close to the action and call the team’s front office at 610-282-3100. Don’t miss out on the fun and exciting atmosphere that is Steelhawks Professional Indoor Football!

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HAWKS CLIPPED IN OFFENSIVE BATTLE

Steelhawks Fall to Blizzard, Prepare for Three Game Homestand

Bethlehem, PA: In a matchup that before the game seem destined to be a defensive battle, the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks and Green Bay Blizzard combined for 137 points in front of a raucous crowd inside the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The end result was unfavorable for the visiting Steelhawks, as the team fell 76-61. Coming into the game the Steelhawks were ranked as the #2 scoring defense in the IFL and Green Bay was ranked third.

The Steelhawks, still trying to find consistency since they lost starting Quarterback Bryan Randall, were able to put up their best offensive output in many weeks behind a strong performance by their receiving crew. Wide Receivers Jeff Willis (106 yard, 3 touchdowns), Irani DeAraujo (38 yard, 2 touchdowns), and newcomer Isaac West (58 yards, 3 touchdowns) were able to combine for eight receiving scores on the night. Dale Fink and Aubrey Norris both shared the Quarterback duties for the Steelhawks in the game

Green Bay was able to use a strong first half to catapult them to their eighth victory on the season. The Steelhawks loss drops them to 4-6 and in a three way tie with Chicago and Omaha for the final playoff spot in the United Conference with four games to go. The Steelhawks now gear up for a three game homestand starting this Saturday against the Omaha Beef.

“It has been a frustrating last couple weeks to find consistency,” stated Steelhawks Head Coach Chris Thompson. “It was tough coming into this game a man down from a 21 man roster, and missing five starters due to private CFL tryouts and work issues for some of the guys, but hey that happens in Indoor Football and we have to plan accordingly. Green Bay is an amazing franchise and a team we will have to beat down the road if we want to achieve our goals. We get another shot at these guys again inside Stabler, but our focus is now one game at a time, starting with Omaha.”

The Steelhawks now set their sights on SALUTE TO HEROES NIGHT and is being presented by Cohen & Feeley Attorney’s at Law. The first 1,500 fans will receive a free Steelhawks/Cohen and Feeley drawstring backpack. Also, both parties will conduct an extended pre and in-game silent auction to benefit local military families in the Lehigh Valley. Many great items, and a local business donations will be available for fans to bid on with ALL proceeds going back to the Veterans Sanctuary and Leigh Valley Military Affairs Council. Tickets for the next home game are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100, via the Steelhawks Website (www.lvsteelhawks.com), or by visiting the Stabler Arena Box Office at 124 Goodman in Bethlehem. For further information on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks please contact Executive Vice President Mike Clark at 610-282-3100.

Season ticket flex packages, starting as low as $8 per game, are still available but great seats are limited so reserve your seats close to the action and call the team’s front office at 610-282-3100. Don’t miss out on the fun and exciting atmosphere that is Steelhawks Professional Indoor Football!

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STEELHAWKS LOSE CLOSE ONE IN READING

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks (4-5) dropped another close game, this one to Reading (2-6) this past weekend. With a final score Express 37, Steelhawks 34; this is the 3rd Steelhawk loss by three points or fewer this season.

The game started out as a defensive battle as both teams were held scoreless the entire first quarter.

The second quarter had a little more action as the teams traded touchdowns. The Steelhawks coming off a 35 yd pass from QB Dale Fink to WR Aaron Higdon. Higdon had a great game, scoring three of the Steelhawks five total touchdowns. Express took a 13-6 lead into halftime as they returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

Lehigh Valley came out to play in the third quarter, scoring with a WR Irani DeAraujo touchdown catch on their opening drive. The Express answered with a field goal. The Steelhawks had an answer of their own, this one coming from RB Ryan Leafey who ran it in from three yards out. On the ensuing kickoff, a squib kick was turned into an unintentional onside kick as Reading fumbled the ball and Lehigh Valley recovered giving them the ball back. Unfortunately the offense stalled out and wasn’t able to capitalize on the turnover. The Express managed to find the endzone before the end of the quarter as well.

The Steelhawks had a rough start to the fourth quarter as a fumble recovered in the endzone became a costly turnover as the Express lead was extended to 10, 30-20. As the Steelhawks got the ball back, they scored 14 unanswered points. All coming off Fink passes to Higdon who found the back of the endzone each time. This streak made it 34-30 Steelhawks with just under six minutes left in the game. Reading were able to score a quick touchdown to put them back in the lead, 37-34. The Steelhawks had 3:33 to counter but another turnover, the team’s fifth of the night, gave Reading the ball back where all they needed to do was take a knee to run the clock out and get their second win on the year.

While the Steelhawks weren’t their best this last game, they are still in the playoff hunt as they retain a half game lead over Chicago in the United Conference for the 4th and final playoff spot with five games remaining in the season.

Offensively, WR Aaron Higdon had 6 rec for 102 yds, 3 tds… WR Irani DeAraujo had 6 rec for 31 yds, 1 td… RB Ryan Leafey had 44 yds, 1 td on 12 att… DB Jesse Cooper 48 return yards on 1 att… Defensively… LB Mat Cohen 9 tackles… DL Brian Brikowski 7 tackles… Team had 2 forced fumbles.

The Steelhawks return to the Lehigh Valley on May 19th for the first of three home contests in a row as they take on the Omaha Beef in the two teams first meeting ever. The game is being deemed as “Salute to Heroes Night” and is being presented by Cohen & Feeley Attorneys at Law. The game will feature an auction throughout the contest with ALL proceeds going to local military families. In addition, the first 1,500 fans will receive a free Steelhawks/Cohen & Feeley drawstring bag. Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100, via the Steelhawks Website (www.lvsteelhawks.com), or by visiting the Stabler Arena Box Office at 124 Goodman in Bethlehem. For further information on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks please contact Executive Vice President Mike Clark at 610-282-3100.

Season ticket packages, starting as low as $8 per game, are still available but great seats are limited so reserve your seats close to the action and call the team’s front office at 610-282-3100. Don’t miss out on the fun and exciting atmosphere that is Steelhawks Professional Indoor Football!

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Big Game on Saturday!

We love our Steelhawks!

Bethlehem, PA: The Lehigh Valley Steelhawks will be taking on the Chicago Slaughter for the second time this season in a rematch of the Steelhawks season opener. This time the Slaughter come to the Steelhawks as Lehigh Valley will be looking to continue their recent winning streak. This will be a big game for the Steelhawks as they vie for a playoff spot and hope to maintain their winning record.

In their first meeting this season, the Steelhawks beat the Slaughter 30-28. More recently, Chicago (2-6) is coming off a big upset win over the Green Bay Blizzard in last week’s game. The Steelhawk defense will need to watch QB Perry Patterson (1083 yds, 21 tds, 8 ints) as he leads the offense. WR Ernest Jackson (355 yds, 9 tds) and RB Daniel DeFrene (276 yds, 11 tds) are also threats for the Slaughter.

Lehigh Valley (4-3) had a bye week this last weekend, but picked up a big win in a tough defensive game against Cedar Rapids in week eight. The Steelhawks key offensive threats lie in their receivers who are led by Irani DeAraujo (41 catches, 387 yds, 7 tds). Ryan Leafey continues to lead all IFL running backs in yards per carry (5.5 yds) and is second in the league in rushing yards. DB Marvin Johnson continues to lead the defense with 54 tackles and 3 interceptions. A strong Chicago rushing game will be up against the IFL’s leading defense (only giving up 37.9 pts per game) and a 2nd ranked rushing defense (giving up 39.3 rushing yds per game).

This weeks Steelhawk game has been deemed Health Awareness Night and is presented by St. Luke’s University Health Network. Halftime will feature a special performance by Lehigh Valley Jazzercise. The Precious Metal dance team will also be holding a Dance Clinic earlier in the day and all the participants will be performing with the Precious Metals in their half time show. As always, fans are invited to come out and tailgate with the Birds of Prey providing live music starting at 4pm, doors will open at 6pm.

Kick off will be at 7:05pm this Saturday night. The game will be broadcast on Service Electric TV2 Sports. They will be broadcasting all Steelhawk home games again this season. For those fans that are out of the area and wish to view the game online, please visit http://www.b2livetv.com and look up the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks under the “TEAMS” Section. Fans unable to watch the games live or on Service Electric can purchase a season viewing pass.

The Steelhawks schedule for the next couple weeks features a short trip to Reading to face the Express for the third time this season, a trip to Green Bay, and then returning to the Valley for three home games in a row beginning May 19th against Omaha, Reading, and Green Bay. Tickets for the next home game are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Steelhawks front office at 610-282-3100, via the Steelhawks Website (www.lvsteelhawks.com), or by visiting the Stabler Arena Box Office at 124 Goodman in Bethlehem. For further information on the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks please contact Executive Vice President Mike Clark at 610-282-3100.

Season ticket flex packages, starting as low as $8 per game, are still available but great seats are limited so reserve your seats close to the action and call the team’s front office at 610-282-3100. Don’t miss out on the fun and exciting atmosphere that is Steelhawks Professional Indoor Football!

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