The 40th annual Via All-Star banquet will feature Doug Flutie as their keynote speaker, as the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem will host the annual basketball celebration of 37 local high schools from the Lehigh Valley.
Flutie has been a football hero, receiving honors such as All American at Boston College, 1984 College Football Player of the Year, the 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner, 1991-1994/1996/1997 Grey Cup Most Valuable Player, NFL Pro Bowl, and NFL Comeback Player of the Year.
With the PIAA field hockey tournaments nearing a close, a number of area teams are still fighting for a state championship. But for many, the season ended weeks ago.
Salisbury's 2014 campaign came to a close against one of those squads vying for state gold. The Falcons' 7-1 loss back on October 8 against Moravian Academy cemented a 3-13 record. But while the wins were few and far between for Meredith Makoul, the first-year head coach watched her team grow until that final whistle against Moravian over a month ago.
As head coach Rick Babyak is in the midst of his third season at the helm of the Salisbury girls soccer team, the Lady Falcons have yet to taste the sweetness of the Colonial League playoff.
0That all changed last week as the regular season came to an end.
Even entering the Lady Falcons' regular season finale against Southern Lehigh, their league position was already determined. Despite a 2-0 loss to Southern Lehigh on Thursday, Salisbury remained the No. 4 seed entering the playoffs.
Sean Adams had a very successful high school soccer career at Salisbury. He was one of the all-time leaders in goals scored, and he played on teams that consistently were contending for league and district championships each and every year.
But it did not come so easy in his first year of college. The 2013 graduate always found playing time as a Falcon, and was a contributor to the varsity roster from the get-go, but that wasn't the case his freshman season last year at Catholic University in Washington D.C. Adams saw time in four games in 2013.
Last week, Salisbury played its best half of football since head coach Andy Cerco's took the helm three years ago. it came in the final 24 minutes against Saucon Valley.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, the road doesn't get any easier even though they'll be returning to their home turf.
A week after facing last season's Eastern Conference Class AAA champion Panthers, the Falcons host a Palisades (0-1) squad that finished as District 11 Class AA runners-up and won eight games in 2013.
The Salisbury girls' tennis team wasn't dealt any favors early in the season, as the Lady Falcons hosted one of the top Colonial League teams in Moravian Academy on Monday.
But despite dropping the match 5-0, Falcon head coach Rob Benson saw plenty of positives as his squad faced a number of the top players in the district last season.
Northampton's Cody Kramer just missed on a pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 3 of last week's Blue Mountain League championship series that would have propelled the Giants to a series win.
When he saw the same pitch one throw later from Limeport's Adam Maini, he made the Bulls pay for it.
With that swing also came history for the Northampton Giants.
When Central Catholic High School athletic director Mike Kopp approached Salisbury athletic directory Monica Deeb about the possibility of a cooperative sponsorship because of the Vikings' low turnout for the field hockey program, it seemed as a win-win situation for both sides.
The Vikings, who didn't have enough interested players for the upcoming fall season, sought a way for players to continue playing the sport. The Falcons, meanwhile, weren't able to suit up enough players for a junior varsity and varsity squad in 2014 with Salisbury players alone.
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 under way 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.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Catasauqua's Tournament of Champions has another memorable summer.
In the end, hometown business Pammer Chiropractic defeated Certified Chemical, 87-67 to capture the championship at the Catasauqua Playground. It proved to be a tournament filled with a series of stellar individual performances.
Former Allen High star Darnell Braswell scored 34 points in the championship game and was named the tournament MVP. Former Freedom standout Joe Lococo added 20 points for Pammer, which won the North Catty League.