For Nick Maff, it was definitely about the mental part of the game.
The Bethlehem Catholic junior admitted that he struggled with his overall game during the summer, but he regained his confidence and focus to stake his claim as one of the better golfers in the Lehigh Valley.
Maff capped his claim when he recently captured the inaugural Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) boys' title when he fired a five-over-par 77 (39-38) to win the title by one stroke over Pocono Mountain East's Ryan O'Malley. He hit 13 greens and had 37 putts in the process.
J.T. Barker has high expectations for himself on the golf course this season. With a successful summer, the Bethlehem Catholic senior has plenty of reasons to believe his year will be on the upswing.
Barker fired an 11-under, 139 to capture the 14th annual Sportsfest title and also teamed with teammate Nick Maff to capture the Wasser Cup. He then went on to qualify and play in the Pennsylvania Amateur.
Rachel Finn admittedly doesn't feel additional pressure to excel in the pole vault as her older sisters shine in the event at Liberty High School.
Instead, the junior continues to seek ways to extend a rich family tradition and lineage in the sport.
"I don't see it as pressure to do as well as my sisters," said the youngest of four sisters who have created their family name as a household one in Lehigh Valley high school pole vaulting. "It just makes me work a little bit harder to get as high marks as they did.
"There is no pressure, just motivation."
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Catasauqua's Tournament of Champions has another memorable summer.
In the end, hometown business Pammer Chiropractic defeated Certified Chemical, 87-67 to capture the championship at the Catasauqua Playground. It proved to be a tournament filled with a series of stellar individual performances.
Former Allen High star Darnell Braswell scored 34 points in the championship game and was named the tournament MVP. Former Freedom standout Joe Lococo added 20 points for Pammer, which won the North Catty League.
Sue Hrkach realizes she won't be cooking too many dinners throughout the remainder of August and through November.
Instead, she likely will be serving in her role as treasurer and supporter for the Bethlehem Raiders Football Organization, a role she has cherished for the past 16 years.
"I honestly don't know what I would do if I wasn't here during that time," she stated. "My husband knows there aren't many times where there is food on the table for dinner. I have always been there for the kids.
The last team Keith Lehman and his Lehigh Bethlehem likely expected to see in the opening round of the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs was Bangor.
On the last day of the regular season last Saturday morning, Lehigh Bethlehem won a two-hour, 45-minute, eight-inning, 13-10 slugfest to cap a season-ending, five-game winning streak.
Freemansburg head coach Keith Buss frankly has seen his season as a tale of two chapters.
He is optimistic the latter one can result in a strong carry-over next year in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs as his team finished 8-11, just shy of qualifying in the top-10.
Buss's club won only one game in their 10 contests, but then they reversed the field and won six of their next eight games.
"We did a complete turn around," noted Buss. "We have been playing much better over the past few weeks."
Bath's extra-inning, 5-4 victory over Freemansburg in Lehigh Valley Junior Legion (LVJL) regular season action recently could prove to infuse some added confidence into the club as they head through the playoffs.
Ty Conrad had the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth with runners on second and third, as his single plated a pair of runs after undefeated Freemansburg (13-1) took a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning. Conrad also picked up the coveted win in the process for Bath.
Lehigh Bethlehem Connie Mack head coach Keith Lehman has watched his team come full circle in a season that arguably has been a campaign of two seasons.
Through their first eight games, Lehigh Bethlehem blitzed through their schedule as they posted an undefeated mark. Since then, they have won only one of their previous six games, the latest ending in a 4-2 defeat to Lower Macungie Monday night.
The loss left them with an overall 9-5 record.
Lehigh Bethlehem Connie Mack head coach Keith Lehman knew he has a club filed with many players in their final year of eligibility. Still, he didn't envision this year being a breakout season.
Through his team's first six games, Lehman has been pleasantly surprised with his squad having an unblemished, 6-0 record and sitting atop the league standings. Lehman admittedly had doubts returning two junior varsity players apiece from Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic, the four lone players with high school experience.