The Emmaus girls volleyball team is off to a perfect start to the 2013 season.
The Lady Hornets started 5-0 in conference play and are now 6-0 overall after picking up a meaningful nonleague win Monday, beating Southern Lehigh in five games, 11-25, 25-17, 25-21, 15-25, 15-10.
"This is a great win for us," said Emmaus libero Sydney Pickering. "Southern Lehigh is such a good team. They're ranked in the state. It's awesome to beat them. We really played together as a team well and talked a lot."
When the Hornets had all their starters on the field and were playing mistake-free football, they were clearly as good, if not better than Pennridge in a very evenly-matched season opener.
But when they committed penalties or had players leave the field with cramps, it was just enough to tip the scales toward the Rams.
After building a 15-point lead in the first half and holding onto that margin into the fourth quarter, Emmaus saw it's entire lead slip away over the final 6:34.
With half of her college field hockey career still in front of her, Ally Evans has already accomplished more than most players could hope for in a four-year collegiate career.
The 2011 Emmaus graduate helped her team to a national title last year while making an All Ivy League team for the second straight year at Princeton University.
The junior striker heads into her third season hoping to continue the success she's enjoyed over her first two years.
"I'm definitely satisfied with my first two years," Evans said. "It's more than I ever could have asked for."
After just nine wins in the last two Lehigh Valley Legion seasons, Emmaus' first-year head coach Mike Anderson is looking to rebuild the program's once-proud tradition.
After struggling in the season's first two games, Emmaus has played five competitive games through Monday night's 4-2 loss to Northern Valley, but is still just 2-4 heading into Tuesday's doubleheader against Salisbury.
Every once in a while, the right coach gets together with just the right team at exactly the right time.
Like Belichick and the Patriots. Phil Jackson and the Bulls. Bill Saban and Alabama.
Randy Cuthbert and the Emmaus High School football program could be just that kind of combination.
"I picture a day when everyone is looking up at Emmaus," said Cuthbert last week at a press conference to announce his hiring as the school's 18th head coach. "I'm looking forward to getting ready to take that next step."
The Emmaus boys tennis team ended the season at the most important team match District 11 has to offer.
The Hornets took on Parkland in Saturday's District 11 title match, falling to the Trojans 3-0.
"Parkland has a great team as far as depth on their team," said Emmaus head coach Dimitri Diamandopoulos. "They constantly reload with top players. Our team definitely has some stars. Walking into this match, I knew we lost in the regular season, I thought maybe with this match we could have had something going."
Emmaus tried to put the game out of a reach again and again in the second half of Monday's Lehigh Valley Conference boys lacrosse championship game.
The Hornets took a two-goal lead three times in the second half. Each time Parkland answered to get back within a goal.
Finally with 12.5 seconds left, Parkland's Josh Pope tied the game for the first time since early in the second half. Two and a half overtimes later, Trojan senior Brett Kudlak popped in the game-winner to give the Trojans their first LVC boys lacrosse title.
Hanna Brosky has made large strides, literally and figuratively, in just two years as a competitive high school runner.
The Emmaus junior seems to get faster with each meet she runs.
She began her mid-distance running career last spring with great success. She continued that success this season and plans for it to continue through the postseason.
Brosky ran a personal best time of 2:13.82 last Friday to win the 800-meter gold medal at the Allentown School District Invitational at J. Birney Crum Stadium.
Emmaus crowned one champ and had all five of its entries finish in the top three at Monday's Lehigh Valley Conference tennis tournament.
The Hornets' No. 2 doubles team of Ryan Jaeger and Mike Hensler won their bracket in the flighted event, while two singles players and two other doubles teams took second place.
Ryan Hobson earned the silver medal at No. 2 singles after falling to Parkland's Roshan Joshi, 10-5 in the final.
Now Emmaus has to wait.
After finishing the regular season Saturday, the Emmaus boys basketball team will have over a week off until it's next game, a District 11 Class AAAA tournament game.
"I don't like it," said Hornet head coach Steve Yoder. "We've gone months now and played consistently. Having a couple days off is one thing, but we're off until next Tuesday."