arrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of last Thursday's NBA Draft. The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home.
Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem's sons, and one that he will always remember.
The 2015 NBA Draft gets underway this Thursday night at 7pm at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and former Liberty-star Darrun Hilliard has a chance to hear his name being called.
The Villanova guard also has a shot of watching the telecast on ESPN throughout its duration and not hearing his name called.
By all accounts, it's really a 50/50 proposition for Hilliard to be drafted Thursday night.
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.