When he was only six years old, Javaughn Hussett remembers scoring one of his most memorable goals in his career that has grown substantially through some strong family ties.
"I was playing for Tri-Boro and had just started playing soccer," recalled Hussett. "I had a chance at a corner kick and just kicked it toward the net. I ended up scoring a goal and then I knew soccer was going to be my sport."
Kourtney Cunningham likes to stay busy.
The Whitehall senior knows she only has one weekend off during the fall when she doubles as a field hockey and soccer standout for the Zephyrs' programs. While her schedule is busy, it also is one that is productive.
Recently, Cunningham scored her 100th career goal, and she has been a mainstay on a team that sits near the top of Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with an impressive 10-2 record.
Cunningham also has kept in step with her sister Kayla, who set the school and district record with 168 career goals.
Whitehall's girls' soccer team already may be turning its attention to next week when they have two key Eastern Pennsylvania Conference showdowns with Emmaus and Parkland, two that presumably will test the team's mettle.
In the meantime, though, the Zephyrs can temporarily bask in the limelight on an 8-0 start, one in which they have allowed just one goal in the process.
Seeing his team getting off to a fast start, Whitehall first-year head girls' soccer coach Dave Weitzman has been cautiously optimistic.
The Zephyrs, who have been a fixture in the postseason over the past few seasons and made a trip to the PIAA Class 3A final a few years ago, have recently slipped somewhat out of the limelight.
With a core of returning seniors, Whitehall suddenly retained more of the spotlight as the Zephyrs have stormed out to a 4-0 start in the new Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC). In the process, the Zephyrs have allowed just one goal overall.
When he made a verbal commitment to Villanova before his senior season at Whitehall, Chris Polony relieved some of the pressure that came with his team being considered a contender for the PIAA District 11 Class 4A crown.
It apparently worked for the 6-foot-3, 213-pound Polony who appeared to be on the right track to take over the reins of one of the more successful 1-AA programs on the east coast.
If their first two games are a barometer for the rest of the season, Whitehall's boys' soccer team will be in the thick of the race in the new East Penn Conference (EPC) this fall.
The Zephyrs opened their season last Saturday when they split a pair of games at the Brandywine Tournament. It proved to be a productive weekend for the Zephyrs and their first-year head coach Chris Bastidas.
Whitehall dominated host Brandywine, 5-1, in their opener, before they dropped their second game on the afternoon to Kutztown, 2-0.
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.
In more than one capacity in his sports circles, Eric Snyder has seen it all and also has wondered how the time has flown.
Along with leading as Catty's head boys' basketball for more than 20 years, Snyder has seen the equal range of truths and consequences as director of the town's annual Tournament of Champions.
This summer, the tournament, which has developed into one of the most anticipated and prestigious hoop events throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Finishing their season on some high notes, Fullerton is confident it can maintain its momentum in the upcoming Lehigh Valley Connie Mack (LVCM) playoffs.
Fullerton finished with an overall 13-5-1 record and secured a third-place finish in the league. They opened the best-of-three playoff series against Northern Valley late this week. They won their last two games of the regular season, but dropped the previous two games that supposedly cost them a shot at the league title.
Playing together for the first time, the Fullerton-Coplay Lehigh Valley Connie Mack entry couldn't have asked for a better transition.
With the two communities combining their efforts for the first time in league history, Fullerton- Coplay has been among the top of the league standings all season.
They began the week with an overall 11-3-1 mark, staying on the heels of first place Pocono Mountain East.