Embrace Your Dreams is a non-profit organization located in Bethlehem whose mission is to teach life skills and core values to children between the ages of 8-18 through the games of golf and tennis.
“We expose kids to those games, but once we get them in, we teach things like honesty, respect, responsibility, and how to be better kids,” said Fred Keller, executive director of Embrace Your Dreams.
When Liberty High School graduate, Matt Leon, and his friends, Zach Schellenger, Andrew Lentini, and Chris Talbott, walked into Mark and Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream in West Orange, N.J. this past fall, what they also walked into was an episode of ABC-TV’s “What Would You Do?”
“We overheard a guy raising his voice a little bit,” said Leon. “He was telling his son that he wasn’t getting ice cream because losers don’t get ice cream.”
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup team ended its Carpenter Cup Softball Classic run last Wednesday with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings against Tri-Cape after defeating Chester County 8-3 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“We were all fine,” said Whitehall’s Mackenzie Guzy. “We knew it was a fair game, but their last batter up hit it over our heads.”
Tri-Cape scored a run in the first inning and held that lead until Emmaus’s Cassie Burke doubled and then scored on Parkland’s Shauna Frank’s single in the top of the seventh inning.
Lehigh Valley won two out of three games on Monday, the first day of the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
The double-elimination tournament was scheduled to resume on June 22 and end on June 23.
“There are good teams down there,” Lehigh Valley Coach Blake Morgan said, “and we have as good a team as any.”
Lehigh Valley won its first game against Delaware North 9-3.
Whitehall’s Kay Solderitch was the winning pitcher, and Ashlee Brosky hit a double in that game.
Zachary Shaff and Naomi Li were named District XI tennis scholar-athlete winners at the 17th annual banquet held on June 1 at the Best Western in Bethlehem.
“It feels great. This is such a great award,” said Shaff, Moravian Academy’s number one singles player. “I never had an opportunity to win a tennis award without playing.”
Li, Southern Lehigh’s number three singles player, was also very pleased.
“I am really, really honored, and shocked, and surprised,” she said.
Li was chosen among 18 female nominees, and Shaff was chosen among 17 male nominees.
Whitehall High School softball players, Ashlee Brosky, Kay Solderitch, and Mackenzie Guzy were recently chosen for the 2016 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team.
The team is comprised of Lehigh Valley area sophomores and juniors. Blake Morgan is head coach, replacing longtime Carpenter Cup softball coach, John Eyer, who will assist at some practices.
The team will play in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic next week. The tournament is sponsored by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Guzy and Solderitch are returning players, and Brosky is a newcomer.
Mairead Doyle, Stephanie Setar, and Daniel Jablonski were individual event medalists at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships this past weekend at Parkland High School.
Doyle clinched a silver medal in the 50 free.
“It feels amazing,” said Doyle. “The medal feels amazing.”
Doyle swam the 50 in 24.94.
“Each day I would go through and just picture the race, and tapering helped a lot,” Doyle said. “Today was my best time. I had so much adrenaline.”
Teammate, Grace Sullivan, came in 11th in the 50 free with a time of 25.78.
Whitehall High School’s cheerleaders took third place in the small division at the 2015-2016 PIAA District XI Competitive Spirit Cheerleading Championships on Jan. 9 at Easton Area Middle School.
“We just wanted to get to states,” said senior, Taylor Beer. “Even though we had one fall, we did the best we could have done.”
The Zephyrs, in fact, did qualify for states, which will take place Jan. 23 in Hershey.
“There are a lot of emotions. It was a rough season with injuries and changes,” said senior, Ashley Botak.
Persistence throughout the losers' bracket at the Stellar Basketball Tournament last week at Cedar Beach Park led Whitehall High School to the tourney final against Parkland, only to be defeated 33-14, but with good reason.
It was the Zephyrs' fifth game of the day having knocked off Parkland JV, Allen, Pocono Mountain East, and Dieruff, all on Sunday.
The Zephyrs won their first game of the tournament against Northwestern 41-34 last Thursday. A 28-21 loss to Dieruff on Friday, however, sent Whitehall to the losers' bracket.
Lehigh Valley's appearance in the Carpenter Cup Softball Classic ended last Wednesday after losing for the second time in the double elimination tournament at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Mercer County was the team that ultimately knocked out Lehigh Valley with a 7-4 victory.
"They were really solid, but we played our hardest," said Lehigh Valley and Whitehall High School catcher Mackenzie Guzy.