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.
Liberty High School softball players, Emily Cecchini and Nicole Iasiello, have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team roster for 2013.
Comprised of 16 sophomores and juniors from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, this is Cecchini's second consecutive year on the team and Iasiello's first.
Iasiello said, "I was a little nervous at first, but I had a good try out, so I was hoping."
Saturday's Women in the Outdoors (WITO) held at Ontelaunee Rod & Gun Club in New Tripoli, was another successful outing for the National Wild Turkey Federation Association, the title sponsor of this national program.
2013 Freedom graduate, Brooke Munion, has signed a letter of intent to continue swimming at Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fl.
Munion had been a swimmer for the Patriots since her freshman year, most recently swimming the 100 fly and the 500 free.
"I picked Nova Southeastern because it had marine biology, and the swim team was competitive. They did well this season, and I thought I could contribute to their team," Munion said.
Munion took a recruiting trip to the university for three days in December.
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.
Bethlehem Catholic's quest for a state softball championship came to an end last week when the Hawks fell to Nazareth Academy, 2-1, in the Class AAA PIAA state quarterfinal at Lyons Field in Hamburg.
Becahi scored first in the top of the second inning when Joelle Morey's courtesy runner, Ann Li Dietrich, touched the plate on close play on an RBI by Jean Markovic.
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.
Bethlehem Catholic's softball season came to an end on Thursday afternoon in Lyon Station, as the Hawks fell to District 1 champ Nazareth Academy 2-1.
Becahi had plenty of chances in the contest but could only score once, which came in the top of the second to give them an early 1-0 advantage.
Joelle Morey started the rally with a hit and Ann Li Dietrich pinch ran for her. Dietrich would eventually come around to score on a close play at home as catcher Jean Markovic got the RBI.
But that would be it.