Heading into Thursday's 44th Lehigh Valley All Star Football Classic, the Gold team (Northampton, Palisades and Phillipsburg) had won three straight games, and four of the last five after a 7-7 tie in 2010.
When the game kicked off on Thursday, the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe counties) sent a message early on that a reverse in that trend was in store.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs of their own in the bottom of the third, and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural game four years ago.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion of offense.
And while that was the case for one team at the recent Howard Deppe All-Star Classic, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show.
Height is a valuable commodity in the game of basketball.
The Parkland Trojans certainly have a lot of that. All five starters for the Trojans during their summer season are listed at 6-3 or taller, including Sam Iorio, a 6-6 rising-sophomore who is just 15 years old and can play either forward position or center.
Scott Trumbauer understood the task at hand as he prepared his Parkland volleyball team for its PIAA playoff game over the weekend.
The hitters of Central Bucks West, in particular Brigham Young University-bound Christian Rupert, were a focal point for the Trojans after a win over District 1's Pennridge in the first round on Wednesday.
But while Rupert and the rest of the Bucks' front line held an advantage height-wise and produced a number of points, the Trojans had an opportunity to win each set.
A heavy rain and constant lightning strikes postponed last week's District 11 lacrosse double-header at Emmaus High School for over a half an hour.
When the Parkland girls' lacrosse team took the field, they brought a storm of their own against Southern Lehigh.
Parkland broke a 5-5 tie in the opening 25 minutes and scored the final five goals of the half to take a 10-5 lead into intermission. That lead only grew larger, and the No. 1 seeded Lady Trojans disposed of the No. 2 seeded Lady Spartans, 20-13, to capture their first district championship in program history.
A year ago, Parkland senior Nishad Gothoskar paired up with sophomore Nate Lyman at No. 2 doubles during the Trojans' district title match.
This year, squared off against No. 2 seed Stroudsburg in the District XI Class AAA championships, Gothoskar was once again competing in No. 2 doubles action. But this time he lined up with a different partner sophomore Alex Wu.
The switch didn't have any effect on the Trojans capturing a third consecutive district trophy.
For as much success as this senior group of Lady Trojan lacrosse players has endured over their careers, they've yet to win the a district title.
But every year, they've made strides amongst Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 competition.
The Lady Trojans have grown from a team that was bounced from the semifinals in leagues and districts in 2011, to a team that won leagues and was a win away from a district championship in 2013.
This year, they have their eyes set on that elusive district crownespecially this senior class.
Last week's game against rival Emmaus figured to be Parkland's lone remaining threat keeping them from an undefeated Lehigh Valley Conference girls lacrosse season.
It turns out that threat wasn't much of one when all was said and done.
The Lady Trojans (14-3 overall; 10-0 in LVC) took a quick 4-0 lead and handled the Lady Hornets (10-8 overall; 7-3 in LVC), 13-6, last Thursday at Troxell Middle School.
During this year's college sports seasons, Parkland saw a number of alumni put together standout campaigns.
Boston College senior running back Andre Williams put together a Heisman-nomination season on the football field, while Kutztown University senior Ziad Haddad was a Division II national wrestling champion at the heavyweight bout. Those were just two former Trojans that highlighted the collegiate ranks.