While it doesn't have the fanfare or crowds of the trout opener, Pennsylvania's June 14 bass season opener on area lakes and rivers has a larger year-round following that faithfully practice catch-and-release.
When seeking top bass waters in Lehigh Valley, veteran anglers hit the big three of Lake Wallenpaupack in the Pocono's, Blue Marsh Lake in Berks County and Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County.
Alexander Specht may be the 24-year-old coach of Bath, but he also runs one of the best teams in NORCO this season.
Coming off a 16-7 season last summer, which saw Bath finish third in NORCO, the team is one of the favorites to come away with the league title this year, thanks to one of the best pitching staffs available in legion play.
With Liberty's Matt Leon and Mike Horvath at his disposal, as well as Bethlehem Catholic's Jimmy Downey, Specht has plenty to celebrate this summer, along with his birthday this past Monday.
Northampton's softball season is over, and all-in-all, it was a pretty good season.
The Konkrete Kids defending District 11 4A champs fell 5-3 to Parkland in this year's semifinals and finished the season with a 17-7 record.
Coach Kevin Mann's Kids went 10-4 in the Lehigh Valley Conference and wound up losing to Parkland 10-0 in the league's semifinals.
Then after beating Easton and Liberty in district play, the Northampton girls lost to Parkland for the fourth time this year.
On May 29, Sheckler Elementary School was the site of a BMX bike show. The show was put on by Dialed Action Sports and provided the kids in attendance with an awesome bike display. However, it also taught them about the importance of bicycle maintenance - like checking brakes, tires and chains before pedaling - as well as helmet safety. The show was a result of fundraising from the annual Sage Stauffer Memorial Soccer Tournament which takes place in August. Sage passed away on Aug. 30, 2010, after suffering severe head trauma in a bicycle accident.
With an overall 10-10 record, Northampton head baseball coach Mick Sugra easily can look back at his season at being either half-empty or half-full.
It can also be equivalent to a sophomore year in high school, one that was prominent for the K-Kids this season.
NHS began the season with an overall 2-5 mark before the team had a run, winning seven of their next eight contests. From there, the K-Kids spun their wheels down the stretch, dropping four of their last five games.
Allison Horn and Erica Filipovits are best friends, teammates and training partners.
Last week they were also travel buddies as the two made the trip to the PIAA track and field meet, along with Hannah Marth, to Shippensburg University to compete in the two-day meet.
Horn, who qualified for the meet in both the 100 meter hurdles and the triple jump failed to make the finals in the hurdles, but finished ninth in the triple jump with a jump of 37-03.75.
The senior came in to the event as the 18th seed and made it to the finals, which is only the top-10 competitors.
The Northampton-Parkland game, slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Allentown's Patriots Park was postponed until the same time Wednesday due to thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. The game now falls past Press deadlines.
The Kids-Trojan game will follow the other District 11 semifinal between Pleasant Valley and Bangor.
"I hope it was a good omen," said Kevin Mann late Tuesday afternoon after he got a phone call that Northampton's District 11 softball semifinal with Parkland was postponed.
Northampton head coach Mick Sugra knew his team likely would be embroiled in a pitchers' duel Monday afternoon that wouldn't involve many runs, and he wasn't disappointed.
Unfortunately, his team wasn't on the winning side.
Stroudsburg pitcher Dillon Dunne limited the Konkrete Kids to three hits and helped his team to a 2-0 victory in the opening-round of the PIAA District 11 Class AAAA playoffs. With the defeat, Northampton ended its season with an overall 10-11 record.
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.