The next generation is taking over at the Stellar Construction "Catch A Rising Star" Basketball Showcase.
Tournament director Glen Klein, lead sponsor Tony Stellar and staff stalwarts such as Bob Wootsick and John Hrebik, all have their children involved in running the tournament.
In fact, Klein's son, Nick, is running the Stellar girls basketball tournament this year.
Dana Stellar Holmes, a former Northwestern Lehigh and Lehigh University standout athlete and Tony's daughter, has carved her own niche.
In memory of her mother, Debbie, Stellar has made the "Steps 4 Stellar" 5K a big part of Stellar weekend at Cedar Beach.
The fourth annual event will take place on Saturday at 9 a.m in memory of Debbie Stellar, who died in March 2010 at the age of 56 after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Dana, her brothers T.J. and Derek and her father all went through a difficult time as Debbie waged her courageous fight. Almost any battle with cancer comes with a financial strain along with all of the physical and emotional stress.
That's why Steps 4 Stellar raises money that is presented in the form of a scholarship to a family that is dealing with cancer.
Six scholarships were awarded over the past two years. Last year, three $3,000 scholarships were given to three brothers — Kentyn, Kaden and Landon Chambers — ranging in age from recent high school graduate to rising third-grader. Kentyn was a football player at Northampton High School last year.
Their mother, Candace, had to leave her job after being diagnosed with colon cancer last September.
"There were quite a few medical expenses adding up, so I know the family was quite grateful for the help from Steps 4 Stellar," Dana said.
She describes the 5K as fun for the whole family, including dogs and those in strollers.
The top three male and female finishers get a gift card to the Aardvark Running Store. The top three in each age group also receive prizes, and there's a raffle with door prizes.
Online registration closes on Thursday, but participants can still register on Saturday morning between 7:30 and 8:30.
For more information, go to the organization's website at Steps4Stellar.com.
The Morning Call coverage area was well-represented on the all-state softball teams released over the weekend by the Pennsylvania High School Softball Coaches Association.
Those honored included:
First team: Mariah Kondravy (Liberty), first base; Courtney Miller (Parkland), outfielder; Morgan Rentzheimer (Parkland), pitcher. Honorable mention: Jordy Augustus (Parkland), catcher.
First team: Arastina Barry (Saucon Valley), shortstop; Julia Madison (Bethlehem Catholic), outfielder. Second team — Melissa Albe (Palisades), catcher. Honorable mention: Elyse Cuttic (Bethlehem Catholic) pitcher.
First team: Samantha Sweigart (Brandywine), second base; Taylor Brintzenhoff (Brandywine), shortstop; Amanda Hess (Brandywine), outfielder; Hannah Edwards (Catasauqua), outfielder; Emily Smull (Pen Argyl), designated player. Second team: Amanda Hess (Brandywine), third base.
All of the girls mentioned above were seniors with the exception of Edwards and Cuttic, who were both sophomores in the just-completed season.
STEELHAWKS HEADED TO PIFL TITLE GAME
An up-and-down season for the Lehigh Valley Steelhawks could end with the ultimate high — the Professional Indoor Football League title.
The team, which calls Stabler Arena home, began the season with four wins, but then lost five straight.
The Steelhawks have won two in a row at just the right time.
They defeated Richmond 63-57 in their regular-season finale on June 28 to qualify for the playoffs and then defeated the host Trenton Freedom 49-38 to win the National Conference title on Saturday night.
The Steelhawks (7-6) will travel to Nashville to meet the Venom at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The Venom defeated the Steelhawks 52-38 at Stabler Arena on May 17 in their lone meeting.
Against Trenton, Shane McSweeny, who has taken over at quarterback after the departure of Bethlehem Catholic graduate Adam Bednarik, completed 16 of 24 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 30 yards and a score. Troy Pascley has emerged as the team's top receiver after catching seven passes for 157 yards and four TDs in the team's first-ever playoff win.
This is the first time in the team's four-year history that they are playing for a league title.
GOLDEN HAWK TO BECOME LEOPARD
Bethlehem Catholic defensive end Dante Lonardo has verbally committed to continue his football career at Lafayette.
The rising senior is listed at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds. He chose Lafayette over Army, Cornell, Temple, and Villanova. He is expected to play tight end as well as defensive end for coach Joe Henrich this fall, but will play defense only for the Leopards.
"It was nice to get this decision out of the way early because I can focus more on my team right now," Lonardo said. "We have high aspirations for the coming season.
Lonardo, who also punted for the District 11 3A champion Golden Hawks last season, said he visited several places all over the Northeast, including schools in the Ivy League, ACC and Big Ten.
"The family atmosphere at Lafayette was a little stronger than anywhere else," he said. "I just really felt comfortable there. I sat down with my parents and coaches and decided on Lafayette."
Before he arrives on College Hill, however, Lonardo has his focus on this fall with the Golden Hawks.
"We went from 1-9 in 2012 to winning the district championship last year," Lonardo said. "I am beyond thrilled about the coming season and really anxious to play football again. We have a significant number of starters coming back on both sides of the ball. We're excited."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun