In two weeks, Pennsylvania's only true outdoor show opens where many of the exhibits and attractions are, where else, outdoors.
The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will again set up shop Aug. 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa. This year marks the shows 8th season of the show whose motto and philosophy is to maintain the fishing and hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.
According to the popular BASS, a bass fishing organization, a local Allentown angler won its recent "Fish With Skeet" sweepstakes.
Douglas Oswald of Allentown entered the fishing sweepstakes close to 40 times when his name was recently drawn. When he got a call from BASS Membership Director Mitch Frank, he knew something was up.
"I was hoping that was what the call was about," said Oswald. "There aren't too many times when the membership director calls and asks you to call back. I was ecstatic."
Jonathan Bender was emailing Mark Cuban back and forth about his ideas.
Bender, the fifth overall draft pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, was emailing the Dallas Mavericks owner about a product he had developed.
Cuban was looking for a product himself, a seven-foot, big-man, instead of what Bender was trying to pitch him.
"I told him about my product and he told me I needed a big man," said Bender. "It's tough to get owners to look at you as more than just athletes."
The Northampton summer swim team took fourth in the recent Suburban Swim League Championships. Hanover Township won the event with 1,213 points while Northampton earned 773 points. Below are the results of the meet:
Suburban Swim League
1. Hanover (H) 1213, 2. Quakertown (Q) 1189, 3. Soleca (S) 992, 4. Northampton (NH) 773, 5. Whitehall (W) 597, 6. Lower Macungie (LM) 554, 7. Macungie (M) 274, 8. Palmerton (P) 262, 9. Northern Lehigh (N L) 139.
Playing number two singles for the Konkrete Kids, Josh Schoenberger posted an overall 10-6 record, his most impressive mark in his four-year career, and formed a respectable number one doubles team with top singles player Geoff Rybitski. The duo won its opening match in the PIAA District 11 Class AAA championships before it fell in the second round.
It was a memorable season.
People say that peer pressure usually isn't a good thing for most kids growing up in high school.
For Northampton's Kyle George, it may have been the best thing to ever happen to him.
As George entered his junior year at Northampton, a few of his friends who were becoming seniors decided to join the football team for one last ride. George decided to hop on the train with them, and as they say, the rest is history.
Northampton head girls' basketball coach Jeff Jacksits has a litany of stories about Leandra Sterner, arguably one of the most determined and gritty players.
In one instance, Jacksits recalled how Sterner played an intense playoff game against Bethlehem Catholic, and he later amazed how she was active and intense in a basketball workout. It was one in several cases where Sterner again proved to be a leader on and off the court.
While the goal in the SportsFest "A-town Throwdown" boys basketball tournament is to try and advance to the Round of 16, there's more to it than just wins and losses for head coach Coy Stampone.
That's why the second-year coach didn't hesitate to play the Konkrete Kids' Saturday afternoon game against Constitution, which showed up half an hour late to the tournament. The opportunity to play teams from out of the area would only benefit them moving forward.
For Northampton boys basketball head coach Coy Stampone, the word surviving comes to mind during the Stellar "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase.
Like most teams, the goal heading into the tournament is to advance as far as possible. The same mindset was on the agenda for the Konkrete Kids, who were hoping to earn a spot in the field on Sunday.
And the Konkrete Kids were able to make it to the last day, despite the fact that inclement weather late Saturday night postponed those games into early Sunday morning.
After losing the season opener, the NAA Angels won 13 consecutive games to win the 2013 Pixie League championship. Thanks to the great pitching of Destiny Stumpf and Jennifer Milisits, clutch hitting by Natalie Andrew and Cassidy Bordonareo, and excellent defense by Jenna Millheim, Kaylee Morales, Alexes Chordas and Haley Cavallo. This was a great season and the coaches wish all the 10-year-olds all the best. Special thanks to all the parents for their support as well.