Heading into Thursday's 44th McDonald's Lehigh Valley All Star Football Classic, the Gold team (Northampton, Palisades and Phillipsburg) had won three straight games, and four of the last five after a 7-7 tie in 2010.
When the game kicked off on Thursday, the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties) sent a message early on that a reverse in that trend was in store.
The Northwestern and Northern Lehigh junior varsity baseball teams didn't fare too well during the high school season.
But don't tell the Northern Valley Connie Mack players that as they approach the final week of the regular season. The team is comprised of mostly players from those high school JV teams.
Sitting at 9-5 as of Sunday with five games remaining in the regular season, all of which are scheduled for this week, Northern Valley controls it's playoff destiny and hopes to be one of 10 teams that qualify for the upcoming tournament.
With two games remaining on the schedule, Northern Valley continues to endure the many ups and downs of its roller coaster season.
The Chargers defeated second-place Fullerton on Monday night, 11-2, in one of their more impressive wins all season. But less than 24 hours later, the Chargers were held scoreless in a 1-0 shutout against South Parkland, a team they had beaten earlier in the season.
After seeing a team he thought was capable of winning a legion title on Monday night, the team's play took a turn in a different direction the next day.
Looking to end its two-game losing streak in the regular season, the Northern Valley Legion baseball team sought to get back on track against last-place Salisbury on Sunday.
Facing a 3-2 deficit heading into the seventh inning, a lead-off single from Dante Salerno put the tying run on with no outs. Unfortunately, the rest of the inning didn't pan out as head coach Brad Rauch's team had anticipated.
Chargers get back to .500 with win
An up-and-down season has left Northern Valley in search of a signature victory over the past few weeks.
The Chargers may have gotten that breakthrough win Tuesday against Emmaus.
The Chargers (5-5) used eight runs in the first three innings to rout the Hornets (5-6), 16-6 in six innings, on Tuesday evening at Northwestern High School. The Chargers, losers of three of their last five contests, got their best offensive outing of the season against the Hornets.
Henry Paiste was just seven years old the first time he picked up a tennis racquet. The rest, as they say, is history.
Paiste is now headed to the University of Alabama Birmingham on a Division 1 tennis scholarship. Every athlete, especially the elite athletes, usually have interesting stories about how they got started playing their respective sport.
Paiste is certainly no exception to that.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third, and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural game four years ago.
By the time the high school soccer season rolls around, Northwestern will be without eight seniors, including six starters, from last year's team that won the Colonial League championship.
Cody Gangaware, an incoming senior, is a returning two-year starter for the Tigers. Judging by his play in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League, Gangaware is ready to take on an even bigger role than he endured last season.
During Northern Valley's legion postseason run last year, North Parkland broke a scoreless game in the seventh inning to earn a 1-0 victory.
That was the last time the Chargers faced North Parkland previous to Monday night's meeting.
By the time the final out was made last night, it seemed all too much like déjà vu for the Chargers.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion offensively coming from the batter's box.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show on Saturday, June 7.