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.
The Parkland Trojans boys basketball team finished a strong regular season with a 57-19 thrashing of Faith Christian Academy inside Muhlenberg College last Thursday night in the finale of the Lehigh Valley Stellar Summer Basketball League.
After leading 11-8, Parkland (10-1) went on a 22-2 run to finish the half and lead 33-10 at halftime. Nick Rindock led the way with nine first-half points. Eight different Trojans found the score sheet that half, and 10 Parkland players had at least one basket in the game.
The Parkland boys basketball team has been in this position before. Last year, coming off an impressive SportsFest title, the Trojans were riding high into the Lehigh Valley Stellar Summer Basketball League playoffs only to be beaten by rival Emmaus.
This year, Parkland was once again victorious at SportsFest and dominated summer league play by going 10-1 and capturing the No. 2 seed in the Stellar playoffs.
This time around, the Trojans wanted to prove their worth and keep playing through the summer time, especially with five seniors on the roster.
Few teenagers are able to experience what Parkland High School rising junior Joey Hawkins has.
After successful track and field seasons as a freshman and sophomore, Hawkins qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Nationals over the summer by finishing first in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles in a state meet that qualified him for regionals.
Two recent Parkland High School gradautes and former Trojan cross country runners were recently presented with scholarships from the Lehigh Valley Road Runners.
Cassidy Newman and Will Nemeth received their scholarships at a July 10 Summer Series race.
Newman was the girls cross country team captain in 2011-12 and received the most valuable player award for 2011. She was named a cross country Lehigh Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference All Star in 2011. She held a GPA of 4.1, is a member of the National Honor Society and earned the 2013 LVIAC Scholar Athlete Award.
A little over a week after claiming their second straight Sportsfest tournament championship, the Parkland boys basketball team was back to their winning ways in the Stellar Lehigh Valley summer league.
Seniors Justin Zajko and Nick Rindock helped fuel an offense that was able to pull away late and defeat a pesky Dieruff team to give the Huskies their first loss of the summer league, 55-45 at Cedar Beach last Tuesday night.
For the past four years, one of Kelly Robertson's biggest inspirations wasn't just one of her parents, he roamed the sidelines throughout her career at Parkland High School too.
William, Kelly's father, has been one of her biggest supporters during her high school years. As Robertson's jumping coach during the track and field season, he has helped her achieve countless awards and records along the way.
A year ago, Jarel Elder was a bit unknown on the gridiron after playing behind All-LVC tailback Rob Dvoracek in 2011.
Last season, Elder broke out in a big way. The two-way standout was a major reason why the Parkland football team won a share of the Lehigh Valley Conference football title and District 11 championship.
Parkland athletes are used to being a part of rivalries and nail-biting contests that leave spectators and players alike on the edge of their seats until the final play.
However it was a bit odd for a few of them when they were locked in an extra inning playoff game with, their brethren.