Editor's note: The Carpenter Cup baseball finals take place Tuesday after Press deadlines. Be sure to check out next week's edition for coverage.
Tri-Cape had plenty of opportunities to stifle the Lehigh Valley Monday morning in the Carpenter Cup semifinals, but every time the door opened, the LV squad shut it quickly.
The Lehigh Valley took advantage of errors, played great defense and used quality pitching to knock off Tri-Cape 4-1 at Citizens Bank Park to reach their second final in three years.
The NORCO Legion standings have seen a shake up over the past week, as one time front-runners Bath have taken a dip to the red-hot Birches.
The Birches (10-1) lead the league at the moment, while Bath (8-2) slipped up over the weekend with a 4-2 loss to Kemp Post to fall in second place.
East Stroudsburg (9-3), Kemp Post (7-2-1) and Nazareth (9-2-2) all round out the top five in the standings.
Sometimes too much talent can cause inflated egos.
That may not be the case with Bath, but manager Gene Sostarecz wanted to make sure that doesn't become an issue for his club this summer.
Bath is currently the only undefeated team in NORCO this summer, sitting atop the standings with a 6-0 mark heading into Monday's action.
Sostarecz isn't surprised by the start, as his team began last summer 7-0 before losing to Nazareth, but he knows this squad can do better.
It was a torrid start for the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team Monday afternoon, as they torched Delaware South 11-3 in the opener of the 16-team tournament at Richie Ashburn Field in Philadelphia.
The Lehigh Valley blew things open with a four-run third inning, helping them take a 5-0 lead into the fourth, which only ballooned following a two-run double by Tyler Buskirk to help build a 7-0 lead.
The McDonald's All-Star Football Classic is set to kickoff again this Thursday night at Nazareth's Andrew Leh Stadium.
For the 43rd season, the annual charity event brings together players and coaches from across the Lehigh Valley to play one final high school contest for a good cause.
It also brings players together to compete for one last victory.
That's the case for everyone involved in Thursday's encounter, as the charity contest is built upon the foundation for a good cause, but still delivers the competitive punch that football fans are accustomed to.
It's summer again and Bethlehem teams are hitting the blacktop for another month of basketball at Cedar Beach.
Freedom, Liberty and Bethlehem Catholic are all off to good starts this summer to give everyone some positives in the Cedar Beach Summer League.
Freedom and Liberty are each 3-1, while Bethlehem Catholic is 2-2 as well.
For Patriots head coach Joe Stellato, he's just waiting to see what his team is capable of against some of the Lehigh Valley Conference competition.
The Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team is set to take the field next week when they open up tournament play and seek their fourth championship in their 21st campaign.
The franchise is set to take the field June 17 at 12:30 pm against Delaware-South at Ashburn Field in FDR Park in Philadelphia.
A victory next Monday would land them with a contest against either Olympic-Colonial or Suburban One National-Bicentennial on June 21 at 9:30 am at Ashburn Field.
It hasn't been the type of start that FC LVU Sonic were hoping for to kick off their 2013 NPSL season, but it's also not the end of the world.
The Sonic shrugged off an 0-2 start to the season to last week when they defeated the Pocono Snow 3-0.
Head coach Dave Weitzman has seen his team miss six penalty kicks in league play and in open competitions thus far this season and hoped to iron out the details as they try to defend their league crown from a year ago.
Bath is looking to replicate a memorable 2012 summer this time around with another crop of talented players on their legion roster again.
Following a 28-5 season a year ago, which saw them win the NORCO title and reach the Region 2 finals last year, head coach Gene Sostarecz expects his team to be in similar position this season, as the team is off to a 2-0 start following wins over Northampton and Nazareth.
It's been a battle of close matchups thus far for Bethlehem Jeff's in the NORCO legion campaign this month.
Jeff's currently sit at 1-3 through the calendar, with most of their contests being within striking distance of varying results.
Outside of a 14-1 loss to Freemansburg, Jeff's have been in every contest, losing 8-7 to Hellertown, 5-4 to Northampton before salvaging their first win of the season, a 2-0 victory over the Wanderers.
Head coach Paul Henning wants to make the playoffs with this group after coming up short last year following a 9-12 finish.