Lehigh Valley Conference officials had a chance to meet last week to discuss the future of the league and some clarity is now coming into focus. The league met on Monday in an emergency meeting to discuss the Mountain Valley Conference invitation of 10 of the league's schools, while excluding Bethlehem Catholic and Central Catholic.
Principal's and athletic directors met last Wednesday as well in a regularly scheduled meeting and all indicators point to the LVC staying intact with all of its members.
If you're an avid bass fisherman, did you know there's a new species of black bass swimming in southeast waters according to the Outdoor Pressroom.
Scientists from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have discovered these new species while DNA testing a species found in Florida's Chipola River in 2007. The accompanying photo of the bass, that is destined to be called the "Choctaw bass" (more on that later), was collected from Florida's Holmes Creek in February 2012.
Bethlehem Catholic's Tyler Horton not only won a gold medal in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the LVC Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School last Tuesday, but broke the meet record with a time of 38.71.
"I gained my momentum and did really well going over the hurdles. [Parkland's Kareem Williams] was running really fast, but I was waiting for [Nazareth's] Carter Taylor to come up on my left side, but he never did," said Horton.
Horton's teammate, Freddie Simmons took the silver medal with a time of 39.27.
Liberty thrower, Gracie Hargrove, won the gold medal in discus at the LVC Track and Field Championships at Whitehall High School last Wednesday.
The Hurricane senior's distance was 124-10.
"I'm pretty excited. The school record is 129, so I'm right up there where I want to be. [Parkland's Oksanna Wittbrodt and I] have been throwing discus quite awhile together, so I had to watch her in practice, and Whitehall too, who came in third," Hargrove said.
After a significant rain delay, Hargrove also took the gold medal in the shot put with a distance of 40-9.
Freedom's softball team won two close games last week, putting the Patriots in contention for an LVC Wildcard slot, their first in recent years.
Carly Deichman's homerun in the second inning, combined with Emily Gundrum's ten strikeouts led the Patriots to a 1-0 victory over last year's district runner-up, Emmaus.
"It's a new season, so we went in like it's our first time playing Emmaus. It was my first at bat, and I think [the pitch] was a little bit outside or down the middle. It happened to be a good swing, and it worked out for the team," said Deichman.
Maceo Connor may not have been the most dominating, or stat driven guard in the Lehigh Valley Conference last season, but Connor certainly was the most positive teammate.
Connor recently received the "Most Positive High School Athlete" award in boys basketball for the state of Pennsylvania.
Liberty's girls track and field team defeated archrival Freedom 90-60 last week.
The Hurricanes swept the sprinting events while the Patriots swept distance.
Rynisha House won the 100 meter (13.1), and Kali Shumock was first in both the 200 meter (27.9) and the 400 meter (1:03).
Shaina Palmer clinched first place in the 800 meter (2:39), the 1600 meter (5:38), and the 3200 meter (12:39). Teammates, Alexa Deemer and Bridget Tarnowski, were second and third in each event, respectively.
It was a quick affair Monday night at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, as Bethlehem Catholic took a three-game sweep over Liberty in boys volleyball.
The Hawks (10-3, 8-3) cruised their way to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-14 win to avenge an early season loss to the 'Canes (10-4, 8-3), as well as draw a first-place tie with Liberty atop the division standings.
In its final dual track and field meets of the regular season, Bethlehem Catholic fell to Easton, 99-41, boys, and 87-54, girls, while the boys also lost to Nazareth, 100-50, and the girls defeated Nazareth, 78-71.
Hawks who took first place for the boys against the Red Rovers were Donovan West in the 100 meter (11.1), Sean Moroney in the 400 meter (53.9), John Donchez in the 800 meter (2:11), and Tyler Horton in the 110 high hurdles (15.4) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (42.9).
It's almost summer and that means Carpenter Cup action is just around the corner. The Lehigh Valley team held their first of three tryouts on Sunday, May 5 at DeSales.
Two other tryouts will take place on Sunday, May 12 and May 19. All sessions are slated for 9 am.
The Carpenter Cup is one of the nation's premier scholastic tournaments that takes place at Ashburn Field at FDR Park and Citizens Bank Park.
Founder/General Manager of the Lehigh Valley team, J.F. Pirro, has been involved with the team for 21 years and shows no signs of slowing down.