The PIAA's Strategic Planning and Football Steering Committee presented eight different classification proposals last month for athletic directors to chew on in regards to the future of high school football across the state of Pennsylvania.
All of the proposals passed the first reading during the May 20 meeting, which Whitehall Athletic Director and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman fully expected.
"The PIAA just wants to keep things moving along," Hartman said. "We'll meet again in July and go from there, but as of right now, there's nothing official."
The 2015 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup rosters were announced last week, as general manager J.F. Pirro selected 25 players from across District 11 for this year's tournament.
The roster is made up largely of East Penn Conference selections, as there are only four players on the team outside of the EPC.
Parkland has the most players on the team with four, followed by Allen and Northampton each bringing in three players apiece.
The Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party, which became an area hot-spot during the 2014 FIFA World Cup last summer, is returning to SteelStacks next week, with the anticipation of massive crowds expected to fill the former Bethlehem Steel plant as they watch the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team.
Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup baseball will be back in action this weekend when the club kick starts their tryout process for the all-star team's hopeful run in the summer baseball tournament.
Franchise founder and general manager, J.F. Pirro, had initial tryouts get under way last Sunday, May 10, at 9 a.m. at DeSales. The second tryout will occur on May 17.
Tryouts will run through the month of May, as teams will be selected by June 1.
The franchise opens Carpenter Cup play on June 17 against Tri-Cape (NJ) at 12:30 p.m. at Ashburn Field at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Kevin White made history during the NFL Draft last Thursday night and Mike Coccia had his football dreams come true over the weekend too.
White became the highest drafted player ever from the Lehigh Valley in the modern day NFL, when the Chicago Bears took the former Emmaus and West Virginia wide receiver with the seventh selection of the 2015 draft.
Freedom graduate, Mike Coccia, joined a long list of players from the area to then sign as an Undrafted Free Agent, following the conclusion of the draft Saturday evening, as the Philadelphia Eagles picked up his rights.
The waiting game is nearly over for all football fans when the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN and the NFL Network, but the nerves for several local football prospects will last throughout the weekend when the draft ends Saturday evening.
One local player that won't have to wait long to hear his name called is former Emmaus wide receiver Kevin White, as the West Virginia Mountaineer could become the highest drafted NFL player to ever come from the Lehigh Valley, since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.
Everyone has their own idea of Doug Flutie playing quarterback throughout his college and professional career.
Whether it's the famous 'Hail Mary' pass he threw for Boston College to defeat Miami in the Orange Bowl, or winning the 1984 Heisman Trophy or playing 21 years of professional football in the NFL and CFL, the pint sized quarterback with a lot to prove has overcome the many obstacles needed to perform at one of the highest levels of athleticism.
Chuck Bednarik, one of the most iconic members of the Philadelphia Eagles and the NFL, passed away over the weekend at the age of 89. The Bethlehem native and Liberty High School graduate was known as one of the toughest players in the NFL during his 14 seasons (1949-1962) with the Eagles and was apart of two NFL championship teams, as well as being a first ballot member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
The Via All-Star Basketball Classic Super Saturday of games will be held this weekend, and the week kicked off with the 40th annual Via All-Star banquet.
Doug Flutie was the keynote speaker at the March 25 event, as the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem hosted the annual basketball celebration of 37 local high schools from the Lehigh Valley.
It appears a proposal that would move the PIAA football playoffs from four to six classes in 2016 has some legs to it.
District 9 representative Bill Tonkin first presented the proposal to the PIAA in December and was met with an overwhelming approval by the directors of the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association, who voted in favor by a 30-3 margin.