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.
Sam Gaye has only lived in the United States for two years, but the impact he made at Northampton will last for years.
The Ivory Coast born Gaye, spent most of his childhood living throughout Africa, moving to Ghana at six-years-old before his family moved to war-torn Liberia in 2008.
In June of 2012, Gaye stepped on United States soil when his mother married an American, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Bath swept their way through the NORCO Legion postseason and are now trying to stay alive in the Region 2 American Legion Baseball Tournament.
After sweeping the Birches in two games and finishing the series with a 5-4 victory last week to win the NORCO crown, Bath focused their efforts on regionals, which started with a loss.
Norchester dealt the local champions a 4-3 loss in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament last weekend to pit them in the losers bracket.
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.