If there was one overwhelming sentiment that came from last week's meeting at Whitehall High School in regards to the PIAA moving to six classes in football, it's that the idea to increase classes has a long way to go.
District 11 chairman Bob Hartman and District 11 football chairman Jason Zimmerman spoke for nearly an hour to local football coaches, principals and media members about the road ahead in the eyes of the PIAA and having class reform for the 584 schools in Pennsylvania that participate in varsity football.
It may have been a lukewarm start to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest at SteelStacks, but things should get better just as the USA squad's play.
The USA women defeated Australia 3-1 on Monday night in their opening group play match, as Bethlehem's South Side viewing party became an indoor affair for the energetic crowd that showed up.
Dave Weitzman will have more time to focus on Whitehall's girls' soccer team this season after resigning as head coach of FC LVU SONIC this month.
Weitzman had become a staple with National Premier Soccer League club, which grew every year under his six-years at the helm. The club went 60-6-15 during his tenure and appeared in four NPSL final four championships, winning their last national title in 2012. The club also won in 2008 under former head coach Todd Ervin when they were called the PA Stoners.
The PIAA's Strategic Planning and Football Steering Committee presented eight different classification proposals last month for athletic directors to chew on in regards to the future of high school football across the state of Pennsylvania.
All of the proposals passed the first reading during the May 20 meeting, which Whitehall Athletic Director and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman fully expected.
"The PIAA just wants to keep things moving along," Hartman said. "We'll meet again in July and go from there, but as of right now, there's nothing official."
With the Carpenter Cup set to kickoff next week, Whitehall will be represented by two of their own in the prestigious cup.
25 players from across District 11 were announced to the roster, as it's made up largely of East Penn Conference selections. Only four players on the team are from outside of the EPC.
Parkland has the most players on the team with four, followed by Allen and Northampton each bringing in three players apiece.
The Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party, which became an area hot-spot during the 2014 FIFA World Cup last summer, is returning to SteelStacks next week, with the anticipation of massive crowds expected to fill the former Bethlehem Steel plant as they watch the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.
It was a tale of two stories during Tuesday night's semifinal round of the District 11 3A volleyball playoffs. Both were completely different, but ultimately led to the conceived title fight that fans will see tonight when Parkland and Emmaus square off at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium for the district crown.
The Trojans (19-0) kept their season perfect in relatively easy fashion, sweeping Nazareth 25-12, 25-17, 25-21 and marching onto the district championship as they were supposed to.
Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball will be back in action this weekend when the club kick starts their tryout process for the all-star team's hopeful run in the summer baseball tournament.
Franchise founder and general manager, J.F. Pirro had the initial tryouts get under way on Sunday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at DeSales. The second tryout will occur on May 17.
Tryouts will run through the month of May, as teams will be selected by June 1.
The franchise opens Carpenter Cup play on June 17 against Tri-Cape (NJ) at 12:30 p.m. at Ashburn Field at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Kevin White made history during the NFL Draft last Thursday night and Mike Coccia had his football dreams come true over the weekend too.
White became the highest drafted player ever from the Lehigh Valley in the modern day NFL, when the Chicago Bears took the former Emmaus and West Virginia wide receiver with the seventh selection of the 2015 draft.
Freedom graduate, Mike Coccia, joined a long list of players from the area to then sign as an Undrafted Free Agent, following the conclusion of the draft Saturday evening, as the Philadelphia Eagles picked up his rights.
The waiting game is nearly over for all football fans when the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the NFL Network, but the nerves for several local football prospects will last throughout the weekend when the draft ends Saturday evening.
One local player that won't have to wait long to hear his name called is former Emmaus wide receiver Kevin White, as the West Virginia Mountaineer could become the highest drafted NFL player to ever come from the Lehigh Valley, since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.