Emmaus shortstop Marah Sisonick decided to try out for the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup team after her high school coach, Brittany D’Agostino, made the suggestion.
“I want to keep playing and keep improving,” said Sisonick, who will also play second base and has experience as a catcher.
“For awhile, I caught and would often go back and forth,” she said. “The action behind the plate is a different point of view.”
Sisonick is one of five players who is a lone representative of her school. There are 15 players on this year’s Lehigh Valley roster.
Easton center midfielder Bethany Hall and Emmaus center back Callen Reid were named the 2018 Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athletes on Sunday at the annual awards banquet in Northampton.
“It was exciting,” said Reid. “I was very honored because there are a lot of people in this room who are very intelligent and very skilled in soccer.”
Reid played varsity soccer for three years and was named 2018 All Conference First Team. Academically, Reid is a member of the National Honor Society and Math League.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team, which included Emmaus players Maddy Clark, Hannah Palinkas and Alexis Ruth, finished the Carpenter Cup tournament in fourth place last month at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
Lehigh Valley’s last game, which was against Delaware County North, ended in an 8-7 loss for Lehigh Valley, its second loss in the double-elimination tournament.
“A lot of us thought we had it in the bag,” said Clark. “It was stressful because they started hitting the gap.”
Emmaus softball players Hannah Palinkas, Alexis Ruth, and Maddy Clark have been named to the 2017 Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball tournament team.
“I heard a lot of great things about it, and I wanted to see what it was like,” said Palinkas, a sophomore pitcher.
The Carpenter Cup is a Philadelphia Phillies-sponsored tournament, which will be played the week of June 19 at FDR Field in Philadelphia. It features teams comprised of high school sophomores and juniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
Salisbury High School center midfielder Ethan Heydt and Quakertown High School forward Victoria Sturgess were named 2016 Soccer Scholar Athletes at the Lehigh Valley Soccer Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet on Jan. 29 at Northampton Memorial Community Center in Northampton.
Heydt and Sturgess were among 76 nominees from 40 high schools throughout the area who were selected jointly by their coaches and the school administration. The Soccer Scholar Athlete Committee then selected the overall winners.
Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team ended its run last Wednesday with a 2-1 loss in 10 innings against Tri-Cape after defeating Chester County 8-3 at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
“We were hitting right at people, or they made some good defensive plays,” said Lehigh Valley coach Blake Morgan. “It was just one of those days. We just didn’t get that break.”
Emmaus High School softball players Brooke Iobst, Madi Clark and Cassie Burke have been named to the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup Softball Tournament team, which will be coached this year by Parkland High School assistant Blake Morgan.
Former Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup coach John Eyer, who was the head coach for 11 years, will assist at some practices. Eyer is also the Emmaus High School softball head coach.
Emmaus cross country coach Dan Wessner told sophomore runner Katie Bacher to shoot for the top five at the Lehigh Valley Conference cross championships last week at Bethlehem Municipal. But Bacher surprised even herself when she took second place in 20:05 behind winner Mikayla Stoudt of Parkland.
"I was shocked I got second," Bacher said. "It's pretty exciting. I was trying to stick with the front and see what happens. I know [Mikayla's] really good, so I was trying to keep my eye on her and keep her in sight."
Emmaus High School's Olivia Marcks pitched the final four innings in the Lehigh Valley Carpenter Cup softball team's 10-5 victory over Philadelphia Catholic's Carpenter Cup team on Monday at FDR Park in Philadelphia.
"I felt pretty good, but it's extra hot out," Marcks said. "I've played down south, and it's not even as bad down there as it is up here."
Marcks and the rest of the Lehigh Valley team got a reprieve as they were about to warm up for their second game of the double-elimination tournament when thunderstorms postponed the rest of the day's games.