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.
For Northampton head boys' basketball coach Coy Stampone and his program, it's about continuing to take meaningful steps in his program.
Last season after the program won a total of five games in its two previous seasons, Northampton ended the year with an overall 13-10 record.
The Konkrete Kids made districts for the first time since 2010 and barely missed making the league playoffs.
Over the past five years, Northampton's baseball team has worked to raise the level of the program.
This past spring, the Konkrete Kids took a major step when they registered 15 wins and advanced to the PIAA District 11 Class 4A semifinals where their season ended in a 4-2 loss to Parkland. Still, the Kids have apparently grown through the process.