It's hard to believe that summer is almost over and the first part of the small game season is about to get underway.
Sept. 1 is the customary start of the dove-hunting season in Pennsylvania, and this year hunters are getting some extra time to hunt them.
Along with the approval of the early migratory bird seasons established by U.S. Fish & Wildlife frameworks, the total season length has increased from 70 to 90 days.
The Northampton girls' basketball team had their backs against the wall before the SportsFest "American Arch" Girls Basketball Tournament began exactly two weeks ago.
After graduating six senior players from last year's team, the Konkrete Kids had just two seniors dressed for play during SportsFest.
Three Lehigh Valley schools made Max Preps' Top 20 Most Dominant Football Programs in Pennsylvania.
You can probably assume which three schools made the list, as all three are Class 4A opponents, with Liberty, Parkland and Easton heading the list of teams across the state to be selected since the Max Preps era started in 2004.
The East Allen Township Blast played in the Parkland Youth league in the Biddy Division. They finished the regular season with a record of 10-2. In the playoffs the team defeated Laurys Station and Hamilton Park Blue to go to the championship. East Allen played Orefield in the championship on June 25 in Coplay. On top of it being a championship game, the contest went extra innings and was tied 3-3 in the top of the 8th when lighting struck. The game was called and both teams were crowned co-champions. The Blast had 10 players and 5 of them had never played the game before.
While most outdoor sportsmen shows are held during the freezing months of January and February, the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza (LVHFE) is held in August when fall fishing begins to heat up and hunting seasons are forthcoming.
This year the show opens Aug. 23-24 at Kempton Fairgrounds, one day shorter than in the past to allow distant vendors sufficient time to set up their booths and attractions.
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.
The road to college for athletes is no longer lined with traditional mile markers.
It used to be that batting averages, points per game or yards per carry paved the way for sports stars. Nowadays, one more percentage is carrying more and more weight. It's called the grade point average.
The days of athletes dreaming to "Be Like Mike" and parents' dreams of having it pay for an education and a lucrative future for their child-student-athlete have vastly changed over the last generation or so. In fact, there is a lot more work to hitting a home run than just hitting home runs.
It's been a long summer for Bath's Legion team and it finally came to an end last week in the Region 2 American Legion Baseball Tournament.
The locals fell to Norchester 9-0 last Wednesday to lose their second game of the double-elimination tournament, as both of their losses came by the hands of Norchester and their talented right-handed pitcher Steve Muscovitch.
Muscovitch led Norchester to a 4-3 victory over Bath in both teams' opening game of the tournament and he ended their tournament last week with a seven-hit shutout.
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.