In two weeks, Pennsylvania's only true outdoor show opens where many of the exhibits and attractions are, where else, outdoors.
The Lehigh Valley Hunting & Fishing Extravaganza will again set up shop Aug. 23-25 at the Kempton Fairgrounds in Kempton, Pa. This year marks the shows 8th season of the show whose motto and philosophy is to maintain the fishing and hunting tradition in Pennsylvania.
The Whitehall Waves recently concluded its summer swimming season with a record of 4-3, and a fifth-place finish in the Suburban Swim League Championships, scoring 597 points.
Waves who placed in the top three at Championships included the 11-12 girls 100 medley relay team of Martha Giletto, Julia Thomas, Katie Lutterschmidt, and Michaela Hendricks, finishing second, and the 9-10 boys 100 medley relay team of Lucas Zintel, Niki Martinovic, and Andrew Gawad, finishing third.
Jonathan Bender was emailing Mark Cuban back and forth about his ideas. Bender, the fifth overall draft pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 1999 NBA Draft, was emailing the Dallas Mavericks owner about a product he had developed.
Cuban was looking for a product himself, a seven-foot, big-man, instead of what Bender was trying to pitch him.
"I told him about my product and he told me I needed a big man," said Bender. "It's tough to get owners to look at you as more than just athletes."
One local soccer team lost out on a chance to play for a national title, while another actually won a national title.
Lehigh Valley United 93 brought home the clubs first-ever national title last weekend, outlasting the Chicago Fire academy 1-0 in the United States Youth Soccer Association's under-19 boys national championship game.
Shane Campbell scored the games only goal for LVU in the 34th minute, while the Fire missed a penalty kick wide left in the 80th minute.
With the Stellar High School Summer Basketball League winding down, the Whitehall boys varsity team still has an opportunity to make the playoffs.
They're currently 7-3, clumped together with Liberty and Muhlenberg who share the same record. These three are currently slotted 6-7-8 in the standings. The top eight teams advance.
While making the postseason would mean a few additional games, head coach Jeff Jones is more concerned about what emerges from their time at Cedar Beach.
And that has been senior leadership.
Two of Pennsylvania's biggest names in high school wrestling have made bombshell announcements recently regarding Penn State's national championship program, albeit for different reasons.
Chance Marsteller, a senior at Kennard-Dale High School in York County, and Thomas Haines, a senior at Solanco High School in Lancaster County, are among the top-ranked wrestlers in the nation.
For the Whitehall varsity girls basketball team, this summer has been more about getting to know one another than wins or losses.
Even though they won four games in the Allentown Central Catholic Summer League, newly hired coach Dwight Repsher said the focus has been on getting to know his players.
"Winning games hasn't been the emphasis," said Repsher. "It's more about seeing what we have, seeing their personalities, working together."
Through that process, Repsher said that they've still been able to put in the work they needed.
According to the popular BASS, a bass fishing organization, a local Allentown angler won its recent "Fish With Skeet" sweepstakes.
Douglas Oswald of Allentown entered the fishing sweepstakes close to 40 times when his name was recently drawn. When he got a call from BASS Membership Director Mitch Frank, he knew something was up.
"I was hoping that was what the call was about," said Oswald. "There aren't too many times when the membership director calls and asks you to call back. I was ecstatic."
It's easy to run out of superlatives when describing Kayla Cunningham's season, let alone career, as a student athlete at Whitehall High School.
During her senior season, Cunningham was named the Lehigh Valley Conference's Most Valuable Player in field hockey and girls soccer, both of which were played in the fall this year for the first time, forcing the senior to divide her time between the two sports.
Fullerton's Connie Mack team had a tale of two seasons this past year.
First, there was the regular season in which it made a late-season rush to the playoffs and eliminated Lehigh Township in two consecutive games. Second, there was a disappointing showing in the Connie Mack state playoffs.
Overall, Fullerton finished with an overall 12-8-1 mark and gained some satisfaction along the way.