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Chris Michael

The SportsTalk Shop: Summer Hoops 2016 – Girls News

  When I first saw the Easton girls team play in an early summer league game, I was this close (imagine my fingers about an inch apart) to saying that they were unequivocally the "team to beat" for the upcoming scholastic season--only to see them lose to Nazareth the next day. Since then I've seen the Blue Eagles play a few times, including capturing their second "Allentown Throwdown" Championship in the last three years.  This is a very special team.  This year’s Nazareth squad seems even deeper than some of the previously successful Blue Eagles teams that brought home … [Continue Reading ...]

Gary Laubach

Behind the Mic: Lesson Learned?

Last week, I discussed the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) by Russian athletes during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.  An investigation showed excessive manipulation by Russia’s sports ministry in the drug testing back to the 2011 and 2015 Olympic Games as well as the 2014 games in Sochi.  Twenty-eight sports were implicated in the Russian investigation. A ruling came down on Sunday of this week from the International Olympic Committee that will allow the individual sports federations to decide which Russian athletes would compete in Rio.  The ruling also said that Russian athletes … [Continue Reading ...]

Chris Michael

The SportsTalk Shop: Summer Hoops 2016 – Part 2

Last week here at “The Shop,” we examined the biggest summer hoops teams and tournaments in the Washington, DC and Eastern Pennsylvania regions.  This week, we focus on more of the underrated storylines to our local scholastic basketball action this summer. Northampton &  Pocono Mountain West Perhaps no single game I've seen this summer was more physical than when these two EPC teams squared off against each other.  I counted at least four times when players went down hard on the concrete in order to secure a loose ball in a contest eventually won by … [Continue Reading ...]