If you're reading this column because fishing has piqued your interest, but you don't know how to start, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has solved that problem for you.
On Memorial Day, May 26, the PF&BC has set the first of two free fishing days in the state for residents and non-residents who want to try fishing but are reluctant to buy a license and equipment for fear that the sport may not be for them.
On these free (no license required) days, the PF&BC will furnish the necessary gear and provide guidance on all aspects of fishing.
An old quote from Robert Burns goes, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."
For Hannah Marth, it was actually quite the opposite as the junior wanted to achieve the state qualifying distance in the AAA girls' javelin - and she did just that.
Marth threw 129-10, earned silver, and qualified for states at last week's District 11 track and field meet at East Stroudsburg South High School.
Allison Horn and Erica Filipovits will also be joining Marth at the PIAA meet on May 22 and 23 at Shippensburg University.
"We started flat, but picked up the pace," said Kevin Mann after his Northampton softball team rallied for a 4-3 District 11 first-round playoff victory.
The Konkrete Kids trailed Easton 3-0 going into the bottom of the fifth inning before riding Leandra Sterner's three-run double to cap the Kids' four-run inning.
Freshman Gillian Muthard weathered three, tough innings at the start, but retired 13-straight Rovers from the third to the seventh inning.
Northampton's volleyball season ended without any hardware, as the K-Kids lost in last week's Lehigh Valley Conference championship to Parkland and failed to get a second chance at the Trojans in Thursday's District 11 3A title game, following an epic collapse during Tuesday's semifinals against Emmaus.
The Kids appeared ready to qualify for their first district final and state berth, winning the first two games 25-13 and 25-16, but Emmaus turned the heat up and rattled NHS, taking the next three games 25-14, 25-21 and 15-13 to send Emmaus players into a frenzy.
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Northampton clipped one of the Lehigh Valley Conference kingpins Monday night in the LVC volleyball semifinals, but they hoped to slay the ultimate dragon during last night's championship at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium.
The K-Kids swept Emmaus 26-24, 25-13, 25-19 on Monday and took on Parkland in last night's finals, which were past Press deadlines.
It marks the first time Northampton has ever reached the LVC finals and head coach Doug Fehnel hoped that his team could equal their dominating performance on Monday against the Trojans last night.
Allen (A), Bethlehem Catholic (BC), Central Catholic (CC), Dieruff (D), Easton (EA), Emmaus (EM), Freedom (F), Liberty (L), Nazareth (NZ), Northampton (NH), Parkland (P), Whitehall (W).
Team Standings: 1. Parkland 112.5, 2. Whitehall 94, 3. Nazareth 86, 4. Liberty 81, 5. Easton 68, 6. Emmaus 57.5, 7. Bethlehem Catholic 57, 8. Central Catholic 43.5, 9. Northampton 35, 10. Dieruff 34, 11. Freedom 25, 12. Allen 6.5;
If you can't attend the World Cup in Brazil this summer, SteelStacks Bethlehem will be the closest experience a fan can get once the tournament kicks off on June 12.
During a press conference last week, Artsquest announced it will be hosting a free FIFA World Cup SoccerFest and Viewing Party at SteelStacks from June 12-16 and 19-22.
The Northampton boys tennis team closed out their 2014 season with an 8-8 overall record (6-5 within the league).
Northampton finished with a mirror image of their 2013 season record and placed seventh in the league overall.
In one of their final contests for the season, the team claimed a victory over Whitehall on April 25. Northampton's Tyler Nicholas led the charge for Northampton's singles winning 6-4, 7-6.
Erica Filipovits began competing in the triple jump, full-time, at the beginning of this season.
With only a few months of competition under her belt the senior competed in the event last week at the Lehigh Valley Conference track and field meet at the Zephyr Sports Complex at Whitehall High School.
She emerged as the top participant in the entire LVC.
Filipovits earned gold for her mark of 35-03. Afterwards she talked about working her way to the top.