You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.
The 1988 Freedom graduate grew up in Bethlehem and eventually went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led by legendary Auburn and national team coach David Marsh.
Six divers from the Parkland Diving program recently returned from the USA Junior Olympic Diving Championships in Minneapolis.
The competition is the most prestigious and competitive meet in the United States for young divers and is where future Olympians compete. The meet was used as a selection meet for the Team USA, which will compete in the upcoming Junior Pan Am Games in September. Divers who do well at the meet are selected for international competitions and national training camps.
North and South Parkland youth football teams opened play in the Suburban-Blue Mountain Youth Football League.
Varsity (140 Pounds)
North Parkland 42, Forks 27
Dominic Nelson ran in touchdowns of 60 and 45 yards. David Polanki scored on runs of 15 and 10 yards. Dylan Rahm scored on a 25-yard catch from Jake Yannes, who also ran for a 15-yard touchdown.
Junior Varsity (120 Pounds)
North Parkland 21, Forks 0
Katy Fexa was in her final season playing soccer at Parkland in 2010. She had been on some successful Trojan teams playing in Lehigh Valley Conference and District 11 championships. During her senior season she did not expect to be playing on the pitch any longer after her high school career ended, until her Parkland teammate Tara Huber brought up the idea of playing together in college.
Parkland graduate Rob Dvoracek is in the process of getting back on the field where he saw immediate success. He was one of only three true freshman to play in all 11 games last year for the Temple University football team, making 10 tackles and one sack.
The sophomore is awaiting word from a doctor as to when he can return to the field from a hand injury that has kept him from practicing the last couple of weeks. Once he's fully healthy, Dvoracek is ready to raise his numbers from his freshman campaign.
Five Parkland High School golfers took first place as a team at the 19th Annual Owen McCall Memorial Golf Tournament.
The event was held at Green Pond Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 18. The tournament served as an official qualifier for the Lehigh Valley Amateur Junior Division. A total of 44 players battled for 16 coveted spots in the the LV Amateur Jr. match play.
All five Parkland golfers earned a spot in that tournament. Senior Chad Hess took first place in the McCall Tournament.
Finally, the Lehigh Valley Conference and Mountain Valley Conference appear to be joining forces.
During an LVC meeting on Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, league officials formally ratified their constitution to allow expansion.
It was the final hurdle from an LVC standpoint in order to move forward to join forces with the MVC to form the proverbial "super conference" that folks in the Lehigh Valley have been hearing about for months.
The ABE League Swimming and Diving Championships were held recently
Two Westwood Heights swimmers and one from Stone Crest took first place in their events.
Joshua Anderson (Westwood Heights) won 13 and over diving with a score of 128.45, more than 30 points higher than the second-place finisher.
Harris Nagle (Westwood Heights) too first place in 15-18 year old breaststroke, posting a time of 32.23 seconds.
Jillian Walls (Stonecrest) took first place in the 25-meter butterfly with a time of 20.43 seconds.
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.
Local cyclists from Sprinters Edge Track Development Team, coached by Andrew Harris, took the podium for several events at the recent Junior National Track Championship at Trexlertown's Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
After qualifying in the top spot with a time of 11.089, James Mellen (above left), rising senior at Parkland High School, took gold in the match sprint. James followed the match sprint victory with a win in the team sprint on day two of the competition.
Mellen also secured a bronze medal in the keirin event.