Runners from across the Lehigh Valley participated in the Third Annual Emmaus Splash and Dash 5K July 22.
Forty-runners ran the 3.1-mile course that started at Emmaus Community Park, meandered through the streets of the town's south side, and finished at the park. After the early evening race that began at 6:30 p.m., runners could also cool off with an optional use of the community pool.
This summer, Lehigh Township's Junior Legion baseball team peaked at the right time.
Lehigh Township won a key late regular season game, and it served as momentum to carry them to the Lehigh Valley Jr Legion title.
As a result, Lehigh Township advanced to the Junior Legion Regional Tournament in Berks County. Their recent stay there was short, but their overall run proved to be a memorable one.
"It was a little bittersweet for us at the regional tournament," said manager Rod Christman. "But I told every one of them how proud we all are of what they had accomplished.
In terms of timing of an athletic high school path, Megan Wiest possibly had one of the smoothest throughways to success.
The Northampton High School field hockey standout recently ended her stellar career with several significant contributions into the program's record books. In turn, Wiest will begin another chapter of her career this fall when she will begin studies at Drexel University.
Despite all of the circumstances, Jeff Jackists is watching his team grow this summer.
The veteran Northampton girls' basketball coach has witnessed his team have a successful season in the Catasauqua Girls' Summer Basketball League and recently posted a respectable finish in the Stellar Basketball Tournament.
Lehigh Township manager Rod Christman hasn't been surprised by his club's performances in the Lehigh Valley Junior Legion this summer. In fact, his club is on a roll.
During the regular season, Lehigh Township finished with an overall 12-6 record. It was a club that played together in the past and had continued their surge.
"This season wasn't a surprise to us," said Christman. "We have a number of boys who have played together in the past. Most of them also played on the Northampton (High School) JV team this year.
"So, they are used to playing with each other."
Northampton head boys basketball coach Coy Stampone was satisfied with his team's play in the recent Stellar Basketball Tournament.
The Konkrete Kids dropped their opening game to eventual champion Archbishop Carroll in the opening round. They rebounded with a win over Medical Academy in the first round of the consolation bracket before they lost to Washington, NJ.
Lehigh Township's season in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack League has surprised some, but not all.
Heading into this week's action, Lehigh Township had a 10-1-1 record, a mark that kept them in the hunt with the Central Vikings for the top spot in the league. Having a number of their players moving on to Legion ball this season, Lehigh had mixed feelings about this season after a 9-9 slate last year.
Northampton head girls' basketball coach Jeff Jacksits is utilizing his summer program to continue to watch his team mature.
Last season, the Konkrete Kids graduated three seniors from their 7-15 season, one that was marred by a noticeable lack of experience.
Giovanna Martinez capped her senior season with a standout performance in the VIA All-Star Classic, and fellow seniors Fran Sanchez and Ali Reppert also left their impressions on the program.
During his sophomore year at Muhlenberg, Tyler Bauer began to understand how athletics can be a mental game and one that helped him turn a new page.
It was then that he discovered how he could begin a path that eventually would lead him to consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Track and Field championships in the javelin. He also recently ended his career as a two-time All-American and three-time Centennial Conference champion in the event.
Entering his fourth year at the helm of the Northampton boys' basketball program, Coy Stampone has watched his team develop to the point of them gaining a district berth for the first time in five years last season.
In the process, the Konkrete Kids had re-established themselves among the Lehigh Valley basketball powers.
However, many of the cast that helped the Kids advance graduated in June. As a result, the Kids will continue in some aspects and also look to retool in others during their annual summer league program.