Former Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers made a career out of kicking footballs in the NFL, but Akers certainly showed that he has a knack at scoring in public speaking too.
Akers spoke for nearly 45 minutes to a large group of Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce members last Friday afternoon at the Holiday Inn Conference center in Breinigsville about more than just football.
More than 8,500 people showed up at Bethlehem's SteelStacks on Sunday to soak up the USA Women's soccer team's epic World Cup title by defeating Japan 5-2.
It was the monthlong culmination to the tournament on Bethlehem's South Side, which started with thunderstorms and indoor attendance for the USA's group stage opener against Australia, but finished with blue skies and plenty of fanfare for Sunday's final.
The Lehigh Valley lost a wrestling legend last week with the passing of former Bethlehem Catholic coach Tony Iasiello.
Iasiello, 72, was buried on Monday and the heavyweights of the sport all came to pay respects to a man that has given so much, not only to Bethlehem Catholic, but to the sport of wrestling and the Lehigh Valley.
Darrun Hilliard got a phone call from his agent and left his Bethlehem living room right before the Detroit Pistons selected him with the 38th pick in the second round of last Thursday's NBA Draft.
The Liberty graduate knew his name was going to be broadcast across the country, but wanted to watch the reaction of his family through the window of his home.
Shortly before midnight, you can say that the Hilliard household made a lot of noise and Hilliard took it all in from a distance. It was a surreal night for one of Bethlehem's sons, and one that he will always remember.
Jake Kober knew his friends were going to enjoy themselves at the beach for Senior Week this month, but Kober would rather do nothing but enjoy playing football.
The former Catasauqua wide receiver gave up sun and sand for two weeks of football practice, culminating in last week's 45th annual Lehigh Valley McDonald's All-Star Classic.
If there was one overwhelming sentiment that came from last week's meeting at Whitehall High School in regards to the PIAA moving to six classes in football, it's that the idea to increase classes has a long way to go.
District 11 chairman Bob Hartman and District 11 football chairman Jason Zimmerman spoke for nearly an hour to local football coaches, principals and media members about the road ahead in the eyes of the PIAA and having class reform for the 584 schools in Pennsylvania that participate in varsity football.
The 2015 NBA Draft gets underway this Thursday night at 7pm at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and former Liberty-star Darrun Hilliard has a chance to hear his name being called.
The Villanova guard also has a shot of watching the telecast on ESPN throughout its duration and not hearing his name called.
By all accounts, it's really a 50/50 proposition for Hilliard to be drafted Thursday night.
Tryouts for the Keystone State Games baseball team will begin this weekend and run through the middle of July for this summer's tournament in York, PA, which will run from July 30- Aug 2.
The Keystone Games feature competition in two different divisions: Junior (grades 9-10) and Scholastic (grades 11-12).
Last year's Lehigh Valley teams took home medals in both divisions, as the Junior side won bronze medals, while the Scholastic group took silver medals.
The 2015 McDonald's All-Star Football Classic will kick off its 45th edition this Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Nazareth's Andrew S. Leh Stadium.
The Gold team (Northampton County, Palisades and Phillipsburg (NJ) will be coached by Phil Stambaugh (Pius X), while the Red team (Lehigh, Carbon and Monroe) will be led by Stroudsburg's Jim Miller.
In last year's contest, the Red team took down the Gold 55-21 in a contest that was never really in question, as the Red led 28-0 at halftime in aerial affair that featured nearly 1,000 yards of passing offense.
It may have been a lukewarm start to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup for the Lehigh Valley SoccerFest at SteelStacks, but things should get better just as the USA squad's play.
The USA women defeated Australia 3-1 on Monday night in their opening group play match, as Bethlehem's South Side viewing party became an indoor affair for the energetic crowd that showed up.