As he takes the first step toward his third season as head coach of the Northampton basketball program, Coy Stampone appears to be as confident as he has ever been.
Stampone, a former Nazareth assistant and Pen Argyl head coach, has patiently watched his program develop with its share of bumps and bruises along the way. Despite a three win campaign last winter, Stampone saw progress on several fronts as the team's underclassmen gradually began to adapt to a new system in place.
Moore Township's Connie Mack team had a big victory Monday night, knocking off Freemansburg 10-5.
The win came thanks to some fantastic pitching from Daniel Thomas and Nick Demeiri, according to head coach Bob Brooks.
Thomas went three-and-two-thirds innings, and was on the short end of some calls, according to his coach. Demeiri came in with the bases loaded and the game tied at 5-5 and didn't allow another run to score to help give Moore the momentum the rest of the way.
While the solid pitching was going on, the bats also came alive.
The Northampton Black Knee-Hi team won the CWL National Division Championship this past weekend over a very tough Hokey squad in a double-elimination playoff series which spanned three weeks.
Black struggled early in the season with a 2-3 record until the team found chemistry winning 10-straight, only to loose to Hokey for the second time in the regular season, finishing 10-4 and going into the playoffs as the three seed.
Through the first half of the NORCO season, it appears to be a tight race atop the standings, with four teams leading the way.
Bath and the Wanderers are two of those teams as action sets into the middle of June.
Bath sits at 7-3 and Wanderers 8-4 through June 22, and both managers understand that the race for the top spots will remain competitive till the end.
"I can't really complain about where we're sitting at right now," said Bath head coach Alex Specht. "I'd rather be undefeated, but we've done well so far."
Rosters have been released for the 2014 McDonald's Lehigh Valley Football Classic to be played on Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m., at Nazareth High School's Andrew Leh Stadium.
The GOLD Team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg (NJ) is coached by Bethlehem Catholic's Joe Henrich, and is the home team. His assistants are Kevin Ronalds of Palisades, Phil Stambaugh of Pius X, Kyle Haas of Bethlehem Catholic, Marc Zimmerman of Bethlehem Catholic and Jon Glass of Bethlehem Catholic.
Lehigh Township head coach Tom Onusconich is optimistic his team's initial start of the second half of the season of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack season can be a trigger for the remainder of this year's campaign.
They opened the second-half Tuesday night with a 4-0 victory over Roseto, a few days after the league's All-Star Classic. It was a first half filled with a series of rainouts and rescheduled games that left them with only eight games in the opening part of the season.
With their win Tuesday, Lehigh Township raised its record to 4-5 overall.
The 2014 Give Back Charity Softball Tournament will take place, July 26, at Hokey Park.
Proceeds benefit the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Cost is $25 per person.
Local young business professionals Joe Brunovsky and Aurora Beani are once again putting their creative minds together to help give back to their local community. After a successful year raising over $15,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis foundation a local young couple is organizing a softball tournament helping to fundraise for local cancer organization.
It was the most picturesque landscape anyone can ask for to watch a sporting event Sunday night, as the USA took on Portugal in the World Cup.
Seated on Copacabana beach in Rio, over 15,000 people marched their way onto the sand in Brazil to watch soccer at the FIFA Fanfest.
A giant, big-screen was the focal point and a massive beach was it's accent. It was the most surreal sporting event I ever endured and it's part of the reason I love attending the FIFA World Cup.
It has been said that in late spring a man's fancy not only turns to love, but to buying a new car or boat. And the latter may bring out the worst when not buying from a reputable boat dealer.
According to Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatUS), boat buyers are getting ripped off by boat buying scams as reported to its Consumer Protection Bureau.
BoatUS offers the following way to greatly improve your chance of a smooth sale or purchase of a boat – and when to walk away.
The 4th Annual Chris Attieh Foundation Memorial Softball Tournament will take place Sunday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with the championships held June 30.
The tourney will host 16 slowpitch softball teams of all different calibers which are each sponsored by many local businesses.