Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Catasauqua's Tournament of Champions has another memorable summer.
In the end, hometown business Pammer Chiropractic defeated Certified Chemical, 87-67 to capture the championship at the Catasauqua Playground. It proved to be a tournament filled with a series of stellar individual performances.
Former Allen High star Darnell Braswell scored 34 points in the championship game and was named the tournament MVP. Former Freedom standout Joe Lococo added 20 points for Pammer, which won the North Catty League.
For Derek Hall, his new life continues to be a series of adjustments and discoveries both on and off the basketball court.
The former Northampton High School and Albright College basketball standout is back home this summer after he spent his second season playing in a Hungarian professional league. While there, the 7-footer dealt with his share of a range of experiences.
In more than one capacity in his sports circles, Eric Snyder has seen it all and also has wondered how the time has flown.
Along with leading as Catty's head boys' basketball for more than 20 years, Snyder has seen the equal range of truths and consequences as director of the town's annual Tournament of Champions.
This summer, the tournament, which has developed into one of the most anticipated and prestigious hoop events throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
With their continued improved play during the summer, Northampton's boys' basketball team continues to grow optimism toward the upcoming winter season.
The Konkrete Kids recently finished play in the Allentown Sportsfest Tournament with an overall 2-1 record, earning impressive victories over Philadelphia-based Ben Franklin as well as Saucon Valley and losing a heart-breaking game to Reading. The Kids also just missed advancing to the sweet sixteen of the tournament due to their point differential.
For Leandra Sterner, it's all about playing the game and winning, too.
That's the way it has been for the recently graduated Northampton senior since the days of her early youth. Sterner's spirited attitude has driven her to new personal heights as well as raised the bar for teammates from each of the three sports she participated as a Konkrete Kid the past four seasons.
Her efforts this year helped her gain the Northampton Press Athlete of the Year Award. It was the second consecutive year she received the award.
Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone continues to be pleased with the ongoing progress of his team as they take steps toward their upcoming season.
The Konkrete Kids recently participated in the annual and prestigious Stellar Tournament, one that draws recognized programs from the greater Lehigh and Delaware Valleys.
Bath's extra-inning, 5-4 victory over Freemansburg in Lehigh Valley Junior Legion (LVJL) action recently could prove to infuse some added confidence into the club as they prepare for the upcoming postseason.
Ty Conrad had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth with runners on second and third, as his single plated a pair of runs after undefeated Freemansburg (13-1) took a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning. Conrad also picked up the coveted win in the process for Bath, which raised its record to 13-2 overall heading into the final week of regular season action this week.
As he takes the first step toward his third season as head coach of the Northampton basketball program, Coy Stampone appears to be as confident as he has ever been.
Stampone, a former Nazareth assistant and Pen Argyl head coach, has patiently watched his program develop with its share of bumps and bruises along the way. Despite a three win campaign last winter, Stampone saw progress on several fronts as the team's underclassmen gradually began to adapt to a new system in place.
Lehigh Township head coach Tom Onusconich is optimistic his team's initial start of the second half of the season of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season can be a trigger for the remainder of this year's campaign.
They opened the second-half Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory over Roseto, a few days after the league's All-Star Classic. It was a first half filled with a series of rainouts and rescheduled games that left them with only eight games in the opening part of the season.
With their win Tuesday, Lehigh Township raised its record to 4-5 overall.
With an overall 10-10 record, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra easily can look back at his season at being either half-empty or half-full.
It can also be equivalent to a sophomore year in high school, one that was prominent for the K-Kids this season.
NHS began the season with an overall 2-5 mark before the team had a run, winning seven of their next eight contests. From there, the K-Kids spun their wheels down the stretch, dropping four of their last five games.