The Super 2 Challenge, as it has unofficially been called, began in fall of 1998 as a result of the break-up of the East Penn Conference.
In desperate need of independent games for the 1998-99 season, the five remaining conference members (Allen, Becahi, CCHS, Dieruff and Emmaus) developed a challenge concept pitting the EPC against the Philadelphia Catholic League in a variety of sports. The sports selected for that first year were cross-country, field hockey, boys soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball and track.
Nick Shafnisky didn't want to have a huge weight on his shoulders heading into his senior year at Whitehall.
The top returning quarterback in the Lehigh Valley Conference wanted to get his college destination out of the way before the upcoming 2012 season and Shafnisky decided Lehigh was the best fit for his athletic and academic standards.
With Colgate and New Hampshire as other possible ventures, Shafnisky always knew what place was best for his interests.