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.
The Northwestern Knee-Hi travel baseball team defeated Freemansburg 14-6 on Sunday, June 8, to improve to 8-3-1 on the season and qualify for the Lehigh Valley League playoffs.
With two weeks left in the regular season, there is a log jam at the top of the LVL standings with four three-loss teams (Northwestern, South Parkland, Emmaus, and Northampton) and three four-loss teams (Freemansburg, Bethlehem, and Salisbury) vying for the regular season crown.
Ever since Brad Rauch took over as Northern Valley head coach in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League, the Chargers have been a top-four team at season's end. The Chargers finished with the league's fourth-best record at 11-7 last season before going 1-2 in the playoffs with two one-run losses.
Now entering his fourth season at the helm, Rauch expects much of the same success from this year's Charger squad. And with six of the team's starters in the field from last year returning, Rauch's expectations are not out of the question.
Thanks to a few days of warmer weather, this year's trout opener that kicks off March 29 in 18 southeastern counties, should not have snow covered banks if they get direct sunlight. The remainder of the state has an April 12 opening.
The Northwestern varsity girls' basketball team is a young squad. Head coach Chris Deutsch started two sophomores and two juniors this past season. That youthful varsity lineup has a trickle-down effect on all the lower-level teams in the program.
The junior varsity squad has a lot of girls that see action in both games on a given night and the junior high team's roster is nearly half eighth graders.
That left the middle school program, which cannot pull from anyone younger than seventh grade, with only five eighth graders this past winter.
Progress is sometimes all a coach wants to see from a player, especially in the developmental ranks.
Northwestern Junior High girls' basketball head coach Shannon Kistler saw not just one player improve during this past season, she saw her entire squad elevate their game.