The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
Last Thursday, Lehigh Valley once again met Burlington County. This time it was in the opening round and the result was much like the 2006 meeting.
Northampton's Sam Gaye ended the fall soccer season with a Lehigh Valley Conference First-Team selection because of his contributions on the field.
Over the weekend, Gaye backed up that selection with his performance in the 33rd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic at Whitehall High School's Zephyrs Sports Complex. He was one of four Northampton seniors selected as Lions All-Stars in Sunday's double-header game.
Julian Santos joined Gaye on the boys' team, while Leandra Sterner and Erica Filipovits were named all-stars for the girls' squad.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference officially put their name out there last Wednesday at Woodstone Country Club, as the 18 joining members of the former Lehigh Valley Conference and Mountain Valley Conference all met in harmony to introduce the "EPC 18."
The details of the day were more of recycled news originally reported by the Bethlehem Press back in October.
Wednesday's outing was full of the proverbial fluff that press conferences like this adhere to, as all parties played the part to be in accordance with each other.
This year's Northampton Connie Mack team is merging with Lehigh Township's team for the 2014 season.
While Northampton was just 3-14 a year ago, Lehigh Township went 12-7 to finish seventh in the very competitive Lehigh Valley League. They eventually lost in heartbreaking fashion in an exciting series with Fullerton, which advanced the Ramblers to the state playoff tournament.
Playing under the Lehigh Township name, the team will be under the direction of first-year coach Tom Onusconich.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup announced their roster last week as the team gears up to open the tournament on Thursday against Burlington County at Richie Ashburn Field.
Parkland leads the roster with five players featuring seniors Zach Merkle, Gabe Mosser and Chris Rabasco. Juniors Connor Higgins and Jeff Strisovsky round out the Trojan faithful.
For the first time in tournament history, the tournament restricted rosters to a maximum of 12 seniors, which made for some tough decisions for general manager J.F. Pirro.
Lehigh Valley will be in the national spotlight when ESPN visits SteelStacks June 16 as part of the official FIFA World Cup™ SoccerFest and Viewing Party. (Check out lvsoccerfest.com)
The internationally respected sports network has selected SteelStacks as one of a handful of destinations around the country where it will offer live look-ins at the crowds gathered to watch the USA versus Ghana game, set for 6 p.m. that evening.
Moore Township head coach Robert Brooks is excited about his group of Connie Mack players this season.
With some strong leaders, and the team recently notching its first victory of the season, it's all for good reason.
"We have a lot of potential, I just need to get it out of them and hopefully continue our winning ways," Brooks said. "Every game in Connie Mack season is important. Every team is competitive."
Moore is led by Jesse Yeuntch, and Brooks has high praise for him.
This year's Northampton legion team is full of youth, which means the few elder statesmen on the club will need to carry more of the load this summer.
Northampton was 1-3 through Monday's action and head coach Mike Bodnar understands the dynamics he's facing with this year's team.
"Only having three seniors means I have a very young team and will need some other guys to step up," Bodnar said.
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.