Lehigh University junior Matt Laub fought through a shoulder injury early last season that forced him to miss a number of games on the Mountain Hakws' defense.
But after that recovery process, Laub got the opportunity he was waiting for since his freshman season. Laub finished his sophomore season as the Mountain Hawks' starting linebacker/standup defensive end in the final three games.
That exposure gave Laub plenty of experience and confidence going into his third season at Lehigh, one that includes a position switch for the 2012 Parkland High School graduate.
The Parkland football team opened the season just like expected, rolling over Dieruff 49-7 in its first game of 2014.
The Trojans rolled up 366 yards of offense while holding the Huskies under 100 yards.
"I think we played very well," said senior nose guard Amir Wallace. "There's always things we can improve on and things we should improve on as a team. Just being together and practicing will make us play better as a team."
The Philadelphia Eagles partnered with Santander Bank on Monday afternoon for a field goal challenge amongst participating members of the media.
Nearly 20 entrants, including myself, participated in the name of bragging rights, but more importantly, for charity.
Going into the competition, I didn't know which charity I would donate to until I saw a Sports Center feature on Peter Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who is battling ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and who started the viral social media phenomenon, which is the ice bucket challenge.
Parkland's golf team opened the season with wins in two matches.
On Monday, the Trojans topped East Stroudsburg North, 397-592 as Alec Swienkala and Tanner White led the way with 752 at Wolf Crossing Country Club.
Parkland swept a trimatch a day later, beating Bethlehem Catholic (421) and Pleasant Valley (423) with a team score of 389 at Blue Shamrock, formerly Blue Ridge Country Club.
Greg Zahour led the way in the trimatch, shooting one under par 71.
Parkland heads into matches this week against Liberty, Pocono Mountain East and Blue Mountain.
Kutztown junior Rich Lichtenwalner was impressive on the tennis court in 2013, winning 12 matches in singles play, 10 of which came at No. 4 and No. 5 positions. He won 14 additional matches in doubles play for the Golden Bears.
DeSales sophomore Jessica Wetherhold capped off a standout first season on the women's soccer team. She was tied for second on the team in points (10) and goals (4), while also adding two assists for the Bulldogs. She played in 13 games (10 starts), and fired 14 shots on goal.
After Bloomsburg wrapped up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division championship in November, the focus was shifted to the 2014 season and a new slate for each of the eight teams in the east.
All eight teams were represented by their head coach and two or three captains at the PSAC football media day, held last Monday afternoon at Kutztown University.
Each team was introduced by its respective sports information director, and that was followed by the preason poll.
The Lehigh Valley Junior Division and Scholastic Division teams came home with bronze and silver medals, respectively, from last week's Keystone State Games in Harrisburg.
The Lehigh Valley also brought home the highly coveted Karwoski Cup Trophy, which is presented to the best Pennsylvania region that compiles the most amount of wins and points throughout the competition.
The Junior team, which was comprised of players in ninth and tenth grades, beat Capital 5-3 in the bronze medal contest.
St. Luke's and District 11 formally teamed-up for a partnership Tuesday morning during a press conference held at St. Luke's Campus in Cetronia.
The announcement comes on the heels of the upcoming fall season, which gets underway on August 11, as District 11 joins District 7 in Pittsburgh, as the only two PIAA zones that have partnerships with medical providers.
St. Luke's won the bid for the partnership and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman couldn't be happier about the merger.
The 2013-14 school year was a successful one for both Morgan Rentzheimer and her Parkland sports teams. In the fall, the Trojans volleyball squad won another Lehigh Valley Conference title, and in the spring Parkland's softball team brought home league and district championships.
Rentzheimer had to work hard to get to where she is. Yes, she has received many accolades and praise for her play on the court and the field, but nothing came easy. And just last year before the start of her senior year of volleyball showed just that.
"A Girl and a Gun" and steel plates is not a kitchen dilemma. Far from it.
This past Saturday 18 girls and their handguns showed up at Guthsville Rod and Gun Club in Orefield for some steel plate shooting. They shot at metal plates on posts set at various distances and in a prearranged array with a single, red colored plate post being a stop plate. The stop plate in the group has to be shot last. Hitting it before the other plates results in a score deduction.