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.
One area team remains alive in the NORCO Legion playoff race, as Bath opened the championship finals Tuesday night against the Birches and came away with a 13-1 victory.
The Wanderers, who had a 1-0 lead in their series over the Birches, lost in three games Sunday evening, losing both contests on Sunday to fall in the series 2-1 and end their season at 14-10.
Bath head coach Alex Specht wasn't sure if he wanted to see the Wanderers in the finals, but is happy his team has been able to move on, sweeping their first two series against Big Pocono and East Stroudsburg.
As we're in the height of the vacation season, it's also a time when homes get burglarized since the bad guys seem to know when there's no activity at a residence. And because of this, and if you're an outdoor sportsman who owns a variety of hunting and personal protection firearms, they need to be secured in a safe.
For many years I procrastinated about buying a safe. But in today's world, and if you own firearms or are concerned about a fire at your residence, a safe is a good investment.
The 2014 Grand Slam Baseball Combine, sponsored by St. Luke's Sports Performance, Chandler Bats and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was held at Coca-Cola Park July 9.
There were 98 boys from approximately 60 schools in attendance. To accurately judge the athletes against their peers, three age groups were formed this year: ages 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.
The Lehigh Township Connie Mack team is headed to the playoffs.
While games were rained out Monday, things are expected to get under way Tuesday - if the weather permits.
LT will take on Nazareth in a best-of-three series. The winner will advance to states.
"One thing that I love with this team is they are fighters," said first-year head coach Tom Onusconich. "We have had nine, one-run games with us being on the losing end six times. But these kids, they don't give up. I am glad we made it into the playoffs because these kids deserve it.
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.
The 4th Annual Steps 4 Stellar 5K Run & Walk event is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. It was started in 2011 in memory of Debbie Stellar, who lost a battle to ovarian cancer in 2010.
The event, which benefits students whose family is fighting ovarian cancer, will begin at 9 a.m. next to the basketball courts. Following the race's completion, the top three male and female finishers in each age group receive prizes. The top three males and females overall will earn an Aardvark Running Store gift card.
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.
Zack Bradley was fairly confident that the Red team would defeat their Gold counterparts in the 44th annual McDonald's Lehigh Valley All-Star Classic.
Following a 55-21 victory by the Red team, you could see why Bradley wasn't worried.
The former Catasauqua quarterback proved his worth on the big stage, completing 13-of-16 passes for 308 yards and four touchdowns.
The Red's 55 points set an offensive record for the contest and the 76 total points also became a record.
It'll be a jam-packed week of baseball action in NORCO Legion, as the playoffs officially kicked off last night for the top eight teams in the seedings.
The best-of-three series action includes three Bethlehem teams, as Bath, Freemansburg and the Wanderers qualified for the postseason.
Bath (12-6) earned a third-seed and opened the tournament on Tuesday at home against sixth-seeded Big Pocono (11-7).
Matt Leon paved the way for a game one win, no hitting Big Pocono in a 6-0 victory.