Shelly Laudenslager expects an intense battle when four women's powder puff football teams take to the field in Hokendauqua.
More importantly, though, women will be playing for a fight toward a worthy national cause during the month.
Teams from Catasauqua, Emmaus, Hokendauqua, and Northampton will participate in the third annual Football for the Cure Powder Puff games at the Bob Warke Fields in Hokendauqua this Sunday.
The regular season came to a close last Wednesday for the Whitehall girls volleyball team, ending their 2013 campaign that featured a return to the postseason.
With that berth secure, it's now just a waiting game as they prepare for the District XI tourney that begins Oct. 24.
Their final game was against Parkland High School who entered the match undefeated. The Trojans retained their unblemished status, sweeping the Zephs 25-12, 25-11, 25-16.
While the Zephyrs walked out of J. Birney Crum Stadium with a win last Friday night, head coach Brian Gilbert felt the game served as a cautionary tale.
"It was a lot of missed opportunities, that's the headline," said Gilbert after their 28-19 win over Allentown Central Catholic High School. "We didn't capitalize on the opportunities we had."
After advancing to last year's regionals golf tournament, Whitehall's Loran Pritchard had similar visions as this season's District 11 Golf Championships got underway.
However, in large part to severe weather conditions on Monday that postponed the remainder of the tournament until early Tuesday, Pritchard's score through 10 holes on Monday put her in too much of a hole to make a second straight regional appearance.
The Federal government may have shut down last week, but the Golden Hawks defense couldn't pull the same trick on the Zephyr offense with quarterback Jeff Charles presiding over the 48-27 victory last Friday.
The Zephs relied on a crisp passing attack that rolled up 194 yards, and then supplemented that aerial assault with 254 yards on the ground to pull away in the second half for their fifth win of the season.
To commemorate and recognize National Hunting and Fishing Day (Oct. 28), which, unfortunately, is not on many calendars, Harold Luther, Retail Manager at Cabela's Hamburg, invited 20 kids who are enrolled in Camp Compass Academy in Allentown, to a European-type tower hunt at Clover Hollow Farms in Slatington.
The 20 children had 20 mentors accompanying them, some with trained field dogs who retrieved downed birds for the young hunters.
In conjunction with the heat wave that settled into the Lehigh Valley last week, the Zephyr field hockey team is also certifiably hot.
Winners of their last eight consecutive games, the Zephyrs keep building on the momentum that was initiated after their loss to Emmaus High School. They have won the close games, as well as those by comfortable margins, to extend their record to 11-5.
After losing 2-1 to Northampton Area High School in their initial meeting to begin Lehigh Valley Conference action, the Zephs had a chance for a little revenge on Saturday.
Monday's volleyball match with Northampton Area High School had some major implications for the Zephyrs.
A win meant that they would qualify for the district tournament, according to head coach Rob Gardner. Heading into the season Gardner knew they were going to be good, and a postseason appearance affirms that belief.
As they prepared for the match against the Kids, Gardner said that the critical factor to winning was making sure they didn't beat themselves.
Hey, it's 80 degrees in October. I'm still wearing Sperrys and have been tempted to put on the AC.
I could take this weather for another month, but I can also keep taking easy picks that the poll has generated for the past two weeks.
Not much will change this week, but there is a big game in the MVC, that has power point ramifications all over it.
So, go lay on your hammock and find your own beach as you read this week's top-10.
1. Parkland (5-1)
Last week's rank: 1
Trojans look cemented here for awhile.
The Pick: Parkland 42- Freedom 13
The Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference officially has some new friends.
LVIAC president Chris Schiffert and Mountain Valley Conference president Jeff Sodl held a conference call last week to announce that the six current members of the MVC are set to join the LVC, beginning the 2014-2015 calendar year.
The six schools that will join the already 12-team LVC include Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg South, East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West and Pleasant Valley.