St. Luke's and District 11 formally teamed-up for a partnership Tuesday morning during a press conference held at St. Luke's Campus in Cetronia.
The announcement comes on the heels of the upcoming fall season, which gets under way on August 11, as District 11 joins District 7 in Pittsburgh, as the only two PIAA zones that have partnerships with medical providers.
St. Luke's won the bid for the partnership and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman couldn't be happier about the merger.
Initially, there was a sense of sadness. There was exhaustion from playing baseball nearly the entire summer. And there may have even been some disappointment.
But after looking past their 11-2 season-ending loss last Thursday in the Pennsylvania State American Legion Baseball Tournament against Boyertown, there was a feeling of accomplishment for the North Parkland players. There was a bit of satisfaction.
There was history made.
Local track cyclists from Sprinter's Edge Track Development Team, coached by Andrew Harris, took the podium for numerous events at the recent Junior Track National Championships in Carson, California.
Trista Cunningham's cousin, Tara Gemmel, was a 1,000-point scorer on the Catasauqua girls' basketball team.
With some encouragement from one of her middle school teachers, she decided to give basketball a shot. But when she started playing the sport in seventh grade, Cunningham was unsure of the success she may have going forward.
"I don't really have that good hand-eye coordination or shooting skills," Cunningham said. "I didn't think I would do well in that aspect. I wasn't really sure about how I would do in the paint with layups or anything.
Cole Miller has been Northwestern High School's best golfer since he joined the team as a freshman.
But over the past two school years, Miller proved he is more than just a great golfer. His success on the Tiger track and field team prove that Miller is one of the school's top all-around athletes. He is also this year's Northwestern Press Male Athlete of the Year.
Months after capping another great golf season and signing his letter of intent to play at Penn State, Miller signed up for the Northwestern track and field team for his second season in a row.
Heading into the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL) playoffs, the Northwestern boys had not lost a game since a 2-1 defeat to Liberty Blue on the season's opening night.
Since then, the Tigers won seven of their nine regular season games with two ties, tying them for first place with Robinson Plumbing A in Group B as the playoffs started last Wednesday.
Before last weekend's SportsFest American Arch Girls Basketball Tournament at Cedar Beach, the Northwestern girls had not been together as a full group at any point in the summer.
When their run in SportsFest began on Saturday morning, the Lady Tigers had everyone in uniform for the first time in a competitive environment, giving the Lehigh Valley a sense as to what will come in the winter season.
And the showing was certainly impressive for head coach Chris Deutsch's Lady Tigers squad.
The Lehigh Valley Road Runners recently presented their annual scholarships to several high school runners and one gymnast.
The LVRR, an Emmaus-based running club, awards annual scholarships to four high school track and cross country runners from Lehigh or Northampton counties, while also giving out three awards to Emmaus High School athletes.
The four regional scholarships, which are worth $4,000 each, were awarded to a pair of Northwestern runners in Haley Yost and Ryan Cerrone, along with Parkland Lucas Crampton and Suacon Valley's Liz Chikotas.
The Lady Tiger basketball team is four-and-a-half months removed from a 15-1 conference record and its first Colonial League championship since 2007.
Despite that success, which included a trip to the District 11 Class AAA semifinals, this summer the Lady Tigers are already gearing up for another successful winter season.
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.