For the first time in a long time in his golfing career, Evan Notrao is in unchartered waters.
Notaro, who won the 2010 District 11 championship, the 2011 Lehigh Valley Tournament of Champions and the 2012 Lehigh Valley Medal Play Championship during a stellar four-year career at Northampton High School, has admittedly been struggling with his swing this summer.
One local soccer team lost out on a chance to play for a national title, while another actually won a national title.
Lehigh Valley United 93 brought home the clubs first-ever national title last month, outlasting the Chicago Fire academy 1-0 in the United States Youth Soccer Association's under-19 boys national championship game.
Shane Campbell scored the games only goal for LVU in the 34th minute, while the Fire missed a penalty kick wide left in the 80th minute.
The Northampton Kids recently completed its summer swimming season with a 6-2 record, and a fourth-place finish in the Suburban Swim League Championships with 773 points.
The Kids opened Championships with a victory in the 200 free relay swum by Olivia Green, Alyssa Gerstenberg, Paige Knouse, and Becky Nothstein in 2:04.97.
In 8 & under girls, Lianna Schultz, Maya Bond, Gabi Oswald, and Green took second place in the 100 free relay.
In individual events, Green placed second in the 25 breaststroke, and Schultz came in third in the 25 butterfly and the 25 backstroke.
It would only make sense that the year the PIAA has instituted a three-day heat acclimatization period for football only, we'll probably see the coolest August summer camp in years.
Nevertheless, as the first official day of fall practice is slated for August 12, schools across the state have the option to complete their mandatory, three-day heat acclimatization program starting on August 7 through August 9.
The PIAA web site lists these core principles as staples of the program.
In two weeks, Pennsylvania's only true outdoor show opens where many of the exhibits and attractions are, where else, outdoors.
The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will again set up shop Aug. 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa. This year marks the shows 8th season of the show whose motto and philosophy is to maintain the fishing and hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.
According to the popular BASS, a bass fishing organization, a local Allentown angler won its recent "Fish With Skeet" sweepstakes.
Douglas Oswald of Allentown entered the fishing sweepstakes close to 40 times when his name was recently drawn. When he got a call from BASS Membership Director Mitch Frank, he knew something was up.
"I was hoping that was what the call was about," said Oswald. "There aren't too many times when the membership director calls and asks you to call back. I was ecstatic."
Jonathan Bender was emailing Mark Cuban back and forth about his ideas.
Bender, the fifth overall draft pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, was emailing the Dallas Mavericks owner about a product he had developed.
Cuban was looking for a product himself, a seven-foot, big-man, instead of what Bender was trying to pitch him.
"I told him about my product and he told me I needed a big man," said Bender. "It's tough to get owners to look at you as more than just athletes."
The Northampton summer swim team took fourth in the recent Suburban Swim League Championships. Hanover Township won the event with 1,213 points while Northampton earned 773 points. Below are the results of the meet:
Suburban Swim League
1. Hanover (H) 1213, 2. Quakertown (Q) 1189, 3. Soleca (S) 992, 4. Northampton (NH) 773, 5. Whitehall (W) 597, 6. Lower Macungie (LM) 554, 7. Macungie (M) 274, 8. Palmerton (P) 262, 9. Northern Lehigh (N L) 139.
Playing number two singles for the Konkrete Kids, Josh Schoenberger posted an overall 10-6 record, his most impressive mark in his four-year career, and formed a respectable number one doubles team with top singles player Geoff Rybitski. The duo won its opening match in the PIAA District 11 Class AAA championships before it fell in the second round.
It was a memorable season.
People say that peer pressure usually isn't a good thing for most kids growing up in high school.
For Northampton's Kyle George, it may have been the best thing to ever happen to him.
As George entered his junior year at Northampton, a few of his friends who were becoming seniors decided to join the football team for one last ride. George decided to hop on the train with them, and as they say, the rest is history.