Evan Kauffman has been wrestling since he was 4-years-old.
But during his final match of junior season, Kauffman may have felt like he had enough. With one second left in his fifth place bout at the PIAA 3A championships, Kauffman had to bow out because of a knee injury. An injury that he battled through his freshman, sophomore and junior years.
It was a dislocated kneecap that kept popping out of place for the wrestling and football star.
The middle of July is the peak of the summer basketball season for many teams, as the Stellar showcase and SportsFest's A-town Throwdown dominate the local scene this time of the year.
It's also the same time of year that Freedom head coach Joe Stellato believes his teams start to turn the corner.
Freedom didn't make it to Sunday's action of tournament play, going 1-2 in pool play last week, but it did give its head coach something to take away from the summer encouragement.
Molly Magnan is one of those people you just love to love.
"She had a joke for me every day, but when it was time to work, she would work," said Freedom girls' soccer coach Jamie Halper.
A four-year letter winner and four-year starter on the soccer team, Magnan was a captain for two years and most recently played the midfield, leading in scoring for the Patriots this season and having an assist in almost every game.
"She's very good at setting up plays, and she's a strong player in the middle. She brings drive, determination, and she got the girls moving," Halper said.
Before the final of the varsity boys basketball game on Sunday night, Tony Stellar said it best when he stated that, "All of these teams played against the best, because this is the number one basketball tournament in the country."
The Freedom girls basketball team was able to take part in the annual Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament, which began on Wednesday and concluded on Sunday. The weekend consisted of many of the local teams in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Colonial League, and Mountain Valley Conference, but also featured teams from outside the Lehigh Valley.
The first time Chris Bastidas saw Bridget Smith play soccer, he was an assistant coach at Catasauqua High School, and she was simply a tall, red-headed girl from Bethlehem Catholic who was good at soccer.
Fast forward one year when Bastidas became the head coach at Becahi, and he realized there was nothing simple about Smith at all.
"It was her intensity and toughness, and it made everyone else intense and strong. She's so versatile too," Bastidas said.
Smith had been playing the forward position until Bastidas arrived. Then, he put her in the midfield.
Darian Cruz admitted that it was nice to run the show at Bethlehem Catholic for a season. And while running the show weren't his exact words, the process of having his senior season to lead Bethlehem Catholic's wrestling program was something that Cruz enjoyed.
With his older brother Randy always being apart of his wrestling life, Cruz admitted that it was refreshing to be the boss for one year.
Lehigh Valley United SONIC FC clinched their third playoff berth in four years last weekend following a 5-1 victory over Bux-Mont Torch to send them into the Northeast Conference Playoffs.
It was the eighth straight victory for the Sonic, who finished their regular season 9-3, following a 1-3 start to their summer.
Head coach Dave Weitzman now hopes his team can continue their fury on the pitch by working their way through the playoffs, onto the National Premier Soccer League final four later this month.
The Lehigh-Bethlehem Connie Mack baseball team captured its second Lehigh Valley crown in three years when they knocked off Nazareth last Wednesday in game two of their best-of-three series.
It marks the third-straight year the team has reached the finals, and as head coach Keith Lehman said, the entire team stepped up.
One of Mike Frew's goals before heading into the Stellar Co. "Catch a Rising Star" Basketball Showcase was to have Bethlehem Catholic reach Sunday's basketball action.
The Golden Hawks did that by going 3-0 to start the tournament, but couldn't finish strong, as they lost their final two games of the event.
Despite the ousting from the tournament, the weekend of basketball was a reminder of what Becahi can become this winter, as well as a mental boost that one of the area's smallest schools can compete with the Lehigh Valley's elite.
The semifinals of the NORCO legion playoffs turned out to be a bracket buster, as two of the top seeds in the eight-team tournament were eliminated over the weekend.
Top-seeded Birches (18-6) and third-seeded Bath (16-8), the favorites to reach this week's finals, fell in sweeping fashion last week to Easton and Nazareth to set up a NORCO final against the two regional rivals.
Easton (17-8), the fifth seed, swept Birches with a 6-4 win in game one and a 5-2 series clincher in the second game of the best-of-three series Sunday.