Austin Beidelman knew that he would get an opportunity as a freshman to impact the Kutztown University men's basketball team.
And once given that chance to begin the 2013-14 season, Beidelman hasn't looked back.
The 2013 Parkland High School graduate has started all 16 games for the Golden Bears, and has been a vital part of what the team has done this season. In 16 starts, Beidelman has averaged 10.9 points per game, good for fourth on the team. He has dished out 52 assists, which is more than double any other Golden Bear.
The Lehigh Valley is certainly aware what Andre Williams can do out of the backfield after watching him at Parkland High School.
Now the entire nation is getting a clear view of the Boston College senior running back.
While Williams continues to make history in the collegiate ranks at Boston College, in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and in the entire Football Bowl Subdivision, he remains humble.
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.