For most of the area's soccer teams, the high school season ended roughly three months ago.
But while the 2014 season has come to a close, a number of local players have been busy with a club soccer season that has been memorable to say the least.
The Lehigh Valley United (LVU) 98 U-16 boys team, composed of players from 13 different high schools, has won three college showcase tournaments since November 21. The team has won seven of the 10 games it has played in those tournaments to go along with three ties.
The duo of Sabrina Mertz and Sarah Segan played vital roles in helping Northwestern win last year's Colonial League championship in their junior season.
This year, in their final season on the court, the two want to end their league slate with another league title.
The Tigers took another step toward achieving that goal on Tuesday night.
If Northwestern had any hope of playing in Saturday's quarterfinal round of the Colonial League girls basketball tournament, a victory over Salisbury on Tuesday was necessary.
The Tigers kept those aspirations alive with one conference game remaining.
When the Colonial League boys and girls basketball tournaments begin in a little more than two weeks, the setup will look a bit different than it has in the past.
With the addition of Moravian Academy to a number of Colonial League sports, including boys and girls basketball, the tournament now includes six teams compared to four in previous years. Additionally, there will be a wildcard round in which the two top teams receive byes.
A win against Southern Lehigh last week would have positioned the Northwestern girls basketball team in a good spot to make a run at the Colonial League playoffs.
But that task got a bit more difficult following Thursday's meeting with the league's top squad.
Despite pulling to within 34-33 with 5:08 remaining after trailing from the opening tipoff, the Tigers could never overtake the host Spartans. Erika Thomas' drive brought the Tigers within a point, but Southern Lehigh scored 11 of the next 14 points to down Northwestern, 45-36, at Southern Lehigh High School.
Holding an eight-point lead with 1:02 to play, Northwestern and head coach Billy Hallman could almost taste his team's fifth Colonial League win of the season.
But Palisades had other plans for that final minute.
After trailing 51-43, the Pirates scored 10 of the next 12 points, including two three-pointers in the final 47 seconds. Both of those daggers came from Landon Mueller, including the second with 10.7 ticks remaining that sent the game into overtime at 53-53.
Northwestern head coach Chris Deutsch didn't want to use the absence of one of his key players as an excuse during last week's Colonial League West Division tilt against Palmerton.
And despite missing Sarah Segan due to injury, the Tigers held their own for much of the game. They just weren't able to come up with that all-important basket when they needed it most.
It wasn't just another Northwestern pin. It was a statement. A statement to let the rest of the Colonial League know the Tigers a team to be taken seriously.
His teammates didn't give Jacob Murray much of a chance against Salisbury's Alex Nicholas, who clearly outweighed him at the 285-pound bout. But that didn't deter the junior's confidence one bit.
For Northwestern graduate Scott Clymer, it's been bittersweet.
Moments before a Tiger wrestling match last week, Clymer, a 2007 graduate of Northwestern High School, stood just feet from the team's wrestling room. It was a sanctuary he grew accustomed to over his Tiger wrestling career. But on this night, he took a moment to watch as his brother Caleb, along with the rest of the Northwestern team, emerged from the doors to take the mat against Pen Argyl.
That's the tough part for Clymer. His days as a wrestler are behind him.
Sarah Segan drove to the basket a little more than a minute into the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game against Salisbury. Her feet, unfortunately, got tangled up with a Falcon defender, sending Segan to the hardwood without a foul call.
But instead of harping on that no call, Segan stayed with the play to provide the Lady Tigers the spark they desperately needed.