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Lehigh Weekend: Huge Tests for Men's and Women's Hoops

"Unselfish" greets you when you visit Lehighsports.com to preview this weekend's basketball games, starting with a No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown up at the Hart Center in Worcester, MA.

The 16-5 Lady Hawks (Real Time RPI: 111) travel to a place where they haven't won since 2004 and have only won twice in twenty tries - and also playing against the team who beat in the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament last year.

Lehigh enters this game red-hot, winners of six of their last seven games - including their latest victory, a 66-53 win over Bucknell. Sophomore G Erica Prosser "only" had 13 points on the evening, but it's the other two of the guard trio - junior G Alex Ross and senior G Tricia Smith - who would score 10 and 17 points, respectively, to blow past the Lady Bison.

But 7-12 Holy Cross (Real Time RPI: 230) have always given Lehigh problems, and their record is misleading with losses to No. 1 UConn (96-37), Boston College (82-69) and other power…

A Calvalcade Of Lehigh (And Patriot) Football Recruiting News

The movie Cavalcade, which won three Oscars in another business-challenged year (1933), has pretty much nothing to do with the overload of recruiting news that is flooding the internet these days (it's actually about a British couple's lives from the late 1800s to 1933). But a cavalcade of recruiting news it truly is, and I'll try to make sense of it all in the paragraphs that follow - including some commits I found for other Patriot League football schools as well.

Why so much recruiting news? Because it's only five days from the Super Bowl for football recruiting geeks, National Letter of Intent Day. That's the day when kids sit down in high school auditoriums all across the country and sign pieces of paper (complete with local media members) saying where they plan to go to school next year. It coincides generally with official statements from the colleges and universities themselves listing their "commits" - and allowing folks to drool over the poss…

Lehigh Football Alumni in the News

Thought I'd take this time to highlight some prominent news regarding Lehigh football alumni (and former staff) today.

You may not have been aware that former linebacker Jason Stokes was named Bloomingdale High (FL) 2008 Coach of the Year and the first-time head coach has started to build a sucessful high school program in Florida, but now you do.

A slew of former Lehigh football assistant coaches just recently made some news at a slew of MAC schools. Start with former Lehigh assistant coach Casey Creehan, who will be coaching the defensive line at Eastern Michigan; former Lehigh assistant coach and recruiting coordinator John Powers, who just recently was promoted to offensive coordinator at Ball State; and former defensive coordinator Shannon Morrison, who left his alma mater at Marshall to become the co-defensive coordinator at Bowling Green - to serve under new head coach (and former Lehigh assistant coach) Dave Clawson.

[UPDATE: The NFL's Minnesota Vikings promoted a former…

Weekend Wrapup: Lehigh Sweeps Opponents In Wrestling and Basketball

I'm trying to remember the last time that Lehigh won five different sporting events on the same weekend. I can't think of any time it's ever happened... and if it has, it's doubtful if it involved not one, but two sweeps of "that school in Easton".

I'm also trying to remember the last time the Lehigh men's and women's basketball teams all competed in front of crowds more than 1,000 strong. With 1,748 packing into Stabler to see the Lady Hawks, over 3,000 in Easton to see the Lehigh men beat "that school in Easton", and an average of over 1,700 fans in Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall for three wrestling duals on campus - that's got to be some sort of record.

Start with the wrestling trifecta this weekend - and while it's not totally unexpected that the Lehigh grapplers beat Drexel, Harvard and Brown on Friday and Saturday, the way they did it - with only six defeats in twenty-seven matches - has to leave smiles with Lehigh wrest…