Cam Richardson leaves Northwestern Lehigh High School having left his mark on the sports program.
Richardson played a key role in turning around the football program that earned an Eastern Conference title in the 2013 season and a district championship this past season.
In track, Richardson collected two medals in this year's district events, finishing fourth in the 100-meter and second in the 200.
Northern Valley made a nice run in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, but ultimately, the Chargers' season ended short of where they wanted to be. On Sunday, in the first game of two potential games that they would have had to play that day, Northern Valley was blanked by South Parkland, 7-0, ending their season.
You've heard the old Abbott and Costello "Who's on First?" routine. Well, the Northern Valley Chargers have played a version of that almost all season and Tuesday night, their pitcher was their catcher and it helped to produce a strong outing for the pitcher.
For the first time in about four months, Dante Salerno put on catching gear and went behind the plate. He's spent most of his time on the mound, but coach Brad Rauch needed him more behind the plate and that's where Salerno wound up.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.
The 30th Annual Howard E. Deppe Senior All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday at Limeport Stadium, with the Pink team, comprised primarily of players from the EPC downing the Blue team of all-stars, primarily from the Colonial League, 5-1. Dieruff's Shane Seibert got the win, while Northampton's Noah Durnin suffered the loss.
The game raises funds for the American Cancer Society while giving high school senior players the opportunity to get together for one, final game.
What a difference a couple days can make. On Tuesday, Northwestern got lead-off runners on base in five of the six innings that they came to bat. On Thursday, the Tigers were able to do that just once and that wasn't until the seventh inning. The result on Thursday was a 6-2 loss to Southern Lehigh in the semifinals of the District 11 Class AAA Playoffs.
While the Tigers weren't able to get lead-off runners on, they did get two-out baserunners in four innings. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they stranded 14 base runners in the game and they allowed four unearned runs.
It had been a while since Josh Williamson had pitched to anybody outdoors. With the harsh weather barely subsiding, the Northwestern Tigers were on a baseball field for just the second time on Wednesday and Williamson enjoyed the opportunity, even though the conditions weren't perfect.
With a brisk wind blowing throughout the game, Williamson and the Tigers picked up a 6-4 Colonial League win over Palmerton.
There are a lot of local divers who will be glad to see Nicole Sagl head off to college next fall. For the fourth straight season, Sagl, who attends Central Catholic High School, captured the Class AA District 11 Diving Championship and did it in grand style, setting both an Emmaus High School pool record and a new Class AA district record with a final score of 511.10.
Sagl led the entire way and was well ahead of Southern Lehigh's Erin Donnelly, who finished with a score of 386.45, good enough for second place and a trip to the PIAA Championship next month at Bucknell University.
Sabrina Mertz was pretty sure Lehigh University was going to be the place for her, and after visiting the campus, she was completely sold. The soccer, basketball and track standout officially became a Mountain Hawk Wednesday when she signed her Letter of Intent to play soccer in Bethlehem next season.
"There were a couple of others, including Marist in New York, but right when I walked on the campus, I knew. I never really thought that there was that thing that you'd get that feeling, but I definitely got it there and I knew that was where I wanted to go," she said.
Cam Richardson knows football. He also knows about the tradition of Lehigh University football and the famed rivalry with Lafayette. Richardson's success both on the football field and in the classroom have allowed him to now become part of that tradition.
After shattering most of the receiving records at Northwestern and helping drive his team to the District 11 Championship this past season, Richardson had plenty of opportunities ahead of him for college, but liked what he saw at Lehigh both athletically and academically.