The 2013 Hokendauqua Park & Playground - Bob Warke/Dale Horn Memorial Scholarships were recently awarded to Kelly Erie along with Connor Bydlon and Matthew Bonshak.
These two $1000 scholarships are awarded to male and female HPPA sports participants who have graduated from high school and will continue their education at a university, college or trade school.
Criteria for scholarship selection include high school academic performance, extracurricular activities and community service.
The 28th Annual Howard E. Deppe All-Star Baseball Classic was played Saturday, June 1, at Limeport Stadium, with a team comprised primarily of players from the Lehigh Valley Conference (the red team) downing a team assembled generally from teams in the Colonial League (the blue team) 11-4.
The game raises money for the American Cancer Society and also provides a final high school memory for graduating seniors from area schools. Easton's Nick Beinlich was chosen as the Outstanding Player of the game for the red team as he found ways to contribute throughout the game.
The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference announced their scholar athletes last month at Moravian College.
Every varsity sport over the year was represented, as 23 student-athletes took home the prestigious honor to represent their sport for excellence on the field and in the classroom.
Bethlehem Catholic's Bridget Smith was the only representative to take home two awards during the morning ceremony, as she won honors in girls' soccer and girls' basketball.
With both the boys and girls soccer seasons in the fall for the first time this year, the 32nd Annual Lions All-Star Soccer Classic was played nearly six months after the final kick for many of these local high school area players.
The Mountain Valley Conference/Colonial League boys gave up three goals in losing 3-0 to the Lehigh Valley Conference all-stars. The girls teams tied 2-2 in a rain shortened game. Both games were played last Sunday afternoon at Whitehall High School.
The Zephyr softball team's hopes for advancing in the district tournament got scuttled by some lumber-packing Mountaineers last week, ending the 2013 campaign for Whitehall.
Stroudsburg High School won the opening round game, 9-2 in the District XI softball tournament held at Whitehall High School. It marks the second consecutive year the Zephs weren't able to win their initial game in the AAAA tourney.
The chance for the Zephyr qualifiers to make the finals of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's Track and Field Championships was derailed May 24, ending their season for 2013.
Both the boys 4x800 relay team and 800 participant, Angela Stella, missed the cut for the final round, closing the chapter on an excellent season for the Whitehall contingent.
Baseball has a way of tearing your heart out.
When Jacob Meyers laced a single to right, the Whitehall faithful at Coca-Cola Park stood in anticipation, holding onto that glimmer of hope that their title hopes were still alive.
His hit was delivered in the bottom of the seventh with Whitehall trailing 5-2. It was the Zephyr's last chance to rally against Parkland High School in the District 11 4A finals, but after two quick outs their prospects looked dim.
It was a shocking victory that left Whitehall rattled, but one that made everyone supporting Emmaus feel young again.
The Green Hornets made a miraculous comeback in the fifth game of the District 11 3A volleyball finals last Thursday, to shock everyone in Whitehall's gymnasium for the district crown.
Emmaus stared down the barrel of a 13-6 deficit in the fifth and final game and didn't blink, as the Hornets finished the game on a 9-0 run to steal the fifth game by a 15-13 score.
The Zephyrs boys baseball team's quest for a district championship stayed on track as they leveled the Mountaineers last Saturday at Hackett Park.
The 11-3 win over Stroudsburg High School in the semifinals propels them into the championship game, and sets up another title rematch with Parkland High School on May 29 at Coca-Cola Park.
Editor's note: The game takes place after Press deadlines.
The International Association of Lions Clubs from Lehigh and Northampton counties recently announced the schedule and players for their 32nd Annual All Star Soccer Classic.
This year's event will be held on Sunday, June 2 at Whitehall High School. The games will again feature graduating high school senior all-star boys and girls from the Mountain Valley Conference, Colonial League and the Lehigh Valley Conference.
Starting time for boys game will be 3 p.m. and the girls game will begin at 5 p.m.