While it doesn't have the fanfare or crowds of the trout opener, bass season kicked off June 15 to a smaller cadre of anglers, but ones who are extremely dedicated to their species. The opener allows creeling fish however few anglers do, while wisely practicing catch-and-release.
Without a doubt, more angler money is spent on tackle, gear and boats for bass fishing than any other Pennsylvania fish species. The largemouth bass is king on local lakes while the smallmouth reins in rivers.
The McDonald's All-Star Football Classic is set to kickoff again this Thursday night at Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium. For the 43rd season, the annual charity event brings together players and coaches from across the Lehigh Valley to play one final high school contest for a good cause.
It also brings players together to compete for one last victory.
That's the case for everyone involved in Thursday's encounter, as the charity contest is built upon the foundation for a good cause, but still delivers the competitive punch that football fans are accustomed to.
Playing the most games entering this week, Northampton's Mike Bodnar doesn't have too many worries about the progress of his team's season in the Northampton County Legion (NORCO).
Northampton began the week with an overall 6-3 mark and among a logjam at the top of the division standings along with Bath, East Stroudsburg, the Birches, Nazareth, and Kemp Post, as all six teams are within 1 to 1 _ games of each other.
Sometimes too much talent can cause inflated egos.
That may not be the case with Bath, but manager Gene Sostarecz wanted to make sure that doesn't become an issue for his club this summer.
Bath is currently the only undefeated team in NORCO this year, sitting atop the standings with a 6-0 mark heading into Monday's action.
Sostarecz isn't surprised by the start, as his team began last summer 7-0 before losing to Nazareth, but he knows this squad can do better.
Like the gradual development and growth of field corn during June and July, Northampton head Connie Mack coach Glen Benes sees his club maturing in a similar fashion.
The K-Kids version in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack league had been hovering around the .500 mark throughout the season before a recent slide left them with an overall 3-7 mark to begin this week's play.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team is set to take the field next week when they open up tournament play and seek their fourth championship in their 21st campaign.
The franchise is set to take the field June 17 at 12:30 pm against Delaware-South at Ashburn Field in FDR Park in Philadelphia.
A victory next Monday would land them with a contest against either Olympic-Colonial or Suburban One National-Bicentennial on June 21 at 9:30 am at Ashburn Field.
Saturday's Women in the Outdoors (WITO) held at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, was another successful outing for the National Wild Turkey Federation Association, the title sponsor of this national program.
The NY/NJ Comets are kicking off their inaugural season this month as the newest member of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), and the only member of NPF in the entire Northeast. A special outreach series will be played at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. and Thursday June 20 at 7 p.m.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday, June 1, at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (the red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (the blue team) 11-4.
The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game for the red team as he found ways to contribute throughout the game.
"It was a phenomenal season and I'm proud of the girls," is Sally Whittaker-Kahan's reaction to the Northampton softball team's season.
Whittaker-Kahan is "so very proud" of the Konkrete Kids who rode a 22-2 season to Northampton's first District 11 championship in 17 years - the last was in 1996 when the Kids also won the PIAA state title.
"I felt we could beat everyone … and we almost did. Our 17-0 start was unreal. I didn't expect that kind of start, but the girls were very dedicated. Of course, I'm biased, but our girls were fighters all season," added Whittaker-Kahan.