The NYAA program had been pushing to get a volleyball team at the high school level for six years before it finally happened in the fall of 2012.
When it finally did become a sport at Northwestern Lehigh High School three years ago, the interest grew so much that around 40 girls went out for roughly 20-25 varsity and junior varsity spots combined.
"Every year we would go to school board meetings and try to convince them," said Jenny Von Holt, who played two seasons for Northwestern. "And finally in my junior year there was enough interest."
The jump from high school to college is a difficult one. The path is even more demanding when students choose to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.
Lauren Horner, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School, is no different. Following a remarkable field hockey career with the Lady Tigers, she used her first season at Monmouth University as one to acclimate herself with the change in scenery, like all collegiate athletes.
A year ago, Horner was polishing her skills to cement a position switch to left back on the Hawks' defensive line.
A season ago, the DeSales University womens cross country team finished third in the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships and 21st out of 52 teams in the NCAA Division III Mid-East Regional Championships.
With the Lady Bulldogs looking to take a few steps forward this season, as they have raced in three meets thus far, head coach Gordon Hornig made a few changes to his team's offseason preparation. In addition to an increase in distance the team was asked to run, the Bulldogs' practices have been more intense than recent years.
The saying goes: the higher the stage, the bigger the reward.
But that stage can also produce some of the toughest heartbreaks.
Unfortunately for the Misericordia University field hockey team, it experienced what it was like to go through the latter last season.
Junior defender Samantha Partington, a 2012 graduate of Northwestern High School, was a member of that Cougars team that came up a goal short to Wilkes University in overtime of the Freedom Conference championship game. It was the first time since 2008 that the Cougars qualified for the conference tournament.
The Philadelphia Eagles partnered with Santander Bank on Monday afternoon for a field goal challenge among participating members of the media.
Nearly 20 entrants, including myself, participated in the name of bragging rights, but more importantly, for charity.
Going into the competition, I didn't know which charity I would donate to until I saw a Sports Center feature on Peter Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who is battling ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and who started the viral social media phenomenon, which is the ice bucket challenge.
Northampton's Cody Kramer just missed on a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 3 of last week's Blue Mountain League championship series that would have propelled the Giants to a series win.
When he saw the same pitch one throw later from Limeport's Adam Maini, he made the Bulls pay for it.
With that swing also came history for the Northampton Giants.
Lissa Munley knows the history of Northwestern Lehigh's field hockey program.
The first-year coach sees the sign for the 1990 state title every day at the far end of her team's practice field. And she's confident the Tigers can return to the elite and become a perennial league and district title contender like they were in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
While her players are too young to remember Northwestern's last championship teams, they, too, see the sign. They know what the program once was.
If you're a soccer enthusiast or simply looking for an intriguing hobby, Olde Homestead golf course in New Tripoli might have what you need.
In addition to its beautiful 18-hole championship golf course, Olde Homestead now has a FootGolf course, which was expanded onto its nine-hole pae-3 course.
FootGolf is big sport in Europe and South America. Two years ago the American Football League brought it to the United States and it's now an growing sport here with the American FootGolf League (AFGL) as its governing body.
The Lehigh Valley Junior Division and Scholastic Division teams came home with bronze and silver medals, respectively, from last week's Keystone State Games in Harrisburg.
The Lehigh Valley also brought home the highly coveted Karwoski Cup Trophy, which is presented to the best Pennsylvania region that compiles the most amount of wins and points throughout the competition.
The Junior team, which was comprised of players in ninth and tenth grades,beat Capital 5-3 in the bronze medal contest.
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.