Editor's note - this is the first of a three-part series on students who signed to continue their athletic and academic careers at the next level.
The next chapter in the lives of a number of Whitehall High School student-athletes unfolded recently during a meeting in which they made those intentions known to schoolmates, families and friends.
Danielle Smith has blazed a historic trail since leaving Whitehall High School four years ago, forging a college career that saw her win multiple championships as well as overcoming some hardships.
The Coplay Legion baseball team got the win it needed on Sunday, preserving their chance for a postseason berth when the playoffs begin next week.
Just like their neighbors to the south, the Coplay Legion baseball team needs a win, something positive to get back on track heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Right now they're in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, but manager Jim Murphy still believes they can turn things around and mount a playoff charge. As with Fullerton, close games have been their Achilles heel. Five of those losses have been by a run. That was the case again Monday night when they lost to Southern Lehigh, 4-3.
The Stellar Summer Basketball League went indoors Tuesday night as severe weather was forecasted for the Lehigh Valley, prompting the change.
While the thundershowers never materialized at least they hadn't by 8 p.m., the time Whitehall was slated to play Bethlehem Catholic the storm that actually emerged was the constant defensive pressure which came at the Hawks in waves, giving them fits on the offensive end the entire game.
Right now the Fullerton Legion baseball team needs a win.
They've dropped six games in a row (one game was suspended), putting them in a tie for eighth place in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. That puts them perilously close of missing the playoffs for a team that's been a perennial postseason competitor the last few years.
After another year in which they made the postseason, the Whitehall softball team's prospects remain extremely bright as they now turn their attention to 2016.
For a team that finished 12-11 and made both the district and league playoffs, the future is quite promising since they'll only lose two seniors heading into next season.
After a slow start in which they were winless in the first five games, the team rebounded and went 12-6 the rest of the way, including a first-round win over Emmaus in the District XI playoffs.
The Fullerton Legion baseball team has found itself in a bit of a rut, but even with their recent struggles they're still in the middle of the pack in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League.
After beating Coplay on June 10, they lost their next two games to Emmaus and South Parkland. Additionally, they dropped a game to Salisbury prior to their win against Coplay.
Even though they've hit this snag, they're currently 2-4 in the LVLBL which puts them just percentage points out of fifth place.
The Coplay Legion baseball team was hoping to reverse their fortunes when they took the field against Emmaus on Tuesday night.
Coplay was looking to halt a four-game losing skid when they traveled to Emmaus Community Park to meet the 3-6 Hornets. That task grew more difficult when they only had the minimum nine players in uniform, forcing them to put kids in unfamiliar roles.
Head coach Jim Murphy said that they didn't know about the game versus the Hornets until the last minute, a scheduling change that was further complicated by a number of players on vacation.
Part of the soundtrack of summer includes the steady beat of basketballs thumping against the concrete courts, along with the accompaniment of whistles blowing at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown.
Crowds gather along the chainlink fence to get a more intimate view of some of the players that will be playing inside high school gymnasiums this winter.
And while it's not officially summer, the off-season is in full swing as teams are looking to acclimate some new faces as they gear up for varsity competition.