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.
The local wrestling scene had their version of controversy last week when news broke of new divisional alignment in the East Penn Conference.
The league replaced its three-division format, with two divisions consisting of nine teams each.
Whitehall athletic director and co-chair of wrestling in the EPC, Bob Hartman, spoke at length with the Press on Thursday about the changes for next season and how the process unfolded.
Everyone has their own idea of Doug Flutie playing quarterback throughout his college and professional career.
Whether it's the famous 'Hail Mary' pass he threw for Boston College to defeat Miami in the Orange Bowl, or winning the 1984 Heisman Trophy or playing 21 years of professional football in the NFL and CFL, the pint sized quarterback with a lot to prove has overcome the many obstacles needed to perform at one of the highest levels of athleticism.
The Via All-Star Basketball Classic Super Saturday of games will be held this weekend, and the week kicked off with the 40th annual Via All-Star banquet on Wednesday night.
Doug Flutie was the keynote speaker at the March 25 event, as the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem hosted the annual basketball celebration of 37 local high schools from the Lehigh Valley.
It appears a proposal that would move the PIAA football playoffs from four to six classes in 2016 has some legs to it.
District 9 representative Bill Tonkin first presented the proposal to the PIAA in December and was met with an overwhelming approval by the directors of the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association, who voted in favor by a 30-3 margin.
Whitehall running back Saquon Barkley is in the running for the title of Mr. PA Football 2014.
The statewide contest, which pits the best players from around the state against each other, has fans voting for their favorite athlete in order to determine who will hold the distinction of being Mr. PA Football.
Ranked by 247sports.com as the 14th running back in the country and 117th in the nation for football players overall, the Penn State commit has been one of the top players in the area over the past two years for the Zephyrs.
The District 11 team wrestling tournament begins Thursday night and the official pairings for the tournament were released Monday afternoon, as wrestling opens at four different venues Panther Valley, Blue Mountain, Nazareth and Whitehall.
With snow canceling many matches slated for Monday, the power ranking locked all the teams in place heading into Thursday's opening rounds.
Here's how the 3A and 2A brackets break down.
With the District 11 wrestling tournament getting set for a January 29 start, teams are entering their final week of competition that will count towards their power points for the 12 team tournament in both classifications.
That means this week is a race to the finish line, as six teams have already qualified in 3A and 2A, leaving six teams in both classifications vying for seeding and qualification. This year's entrants will solely be compiled by the power point system, rather than having committee involvement.
A pro-Penn State crowd took in the Nittany Lions 73-68 victory over Drexel Saturday afternoon at the PPL Center in Allentown and the event was one that helped further a new era of basketball entertainment in the Lehigh Valley.
With Villanova and Lehigh squaring off in an early season opener at the PPL Center back on November 14, Saturday's affair had a hometown feel for the Nittany Lions (12-1), who are off to their best start since the 1995-96 team opened their year at 13-0.
It's the final week of the top ten and the season has flown by.
We started with warm weather back in August and now the harsh reality of winter coming signifies the end of pigskin dreams for many teams throughout the state.
However, we still have a few battles left this week and since we won't have a top ten next week, my two picks for the annual Thanksgiving day clashes will also be included.
I see Easton taking care of business all the way through Parkland and Phillipsburg next week. Rovers could be a legitimate opponent for District 12 in the state playoffs.