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."
Knowing they didn't have the firepower to compete with the state's top cross country teams, the only goal for the Emmaus girls team at last weekend's state meet was to run its best.
The Lady Hornets did that as all seven runners showed improvement from the last time they ran the course. They placed 17th out of 18 teams in Class AAA at Saturday's PIAA Championship race in Hershey.
Linsdey Bray has been on the Emmaus cross country team all four years of high school. She always wanted to run in the PIAA State Championship meet, but was unable to qualify her first three years.
Last Wednesday's District 11 Championship Meet was her last chance to earn a trip to states, and the senior came through.
Bray ran the race in 20 minutes and 21 seconds to finish in eighth place and earn a spot at this weekend's state meet in Hershey.
Last year Kelsey Patterson competed in the District 11 Golf Tournament against a strong field of upperclassmen and talented young players.
With many new faces in this year's tournament, the Emmaus junior played as well as almost all of them. She shot 135 over 27 holes Monday at Shawnee Golf Course to earn this year's District 11 Class AAA silver medal, finishing nine shots behind this year's champ, Helen Hsu of Freedom.
Mike Lessl knew he was good enough to qualify for districts. But his confidence level stopped about right there.
Heading into Monday's District 11 Golf Championship Qualifier at Woodstone Golf Club in Danielsville, Lessl didn't think he could finish among the top players at the event. Not until he posted the second-lowest score in Class AAA and third-lowest overall in the event.