Emmaus linebacker Andy Davidson was named to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAAA All-State team.
Davidson, who also played running back, led the Hornets with 94 tackles, 15 of which were for a loss. He also forced three fumbles, recovered two, had an interception and blocked three kicks. Davidson may have been more important to Emmaus offensively, however, as he rushed for 2,042 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Several other Eastern Pennsylvania Conference teams had players make the all-state team as Whitehall, Parkland and Easton each had two selections.
It was a second-half display that gave Liberty and Emmaus coaches opposite reactions following last Friday night's 42-33 victory by the Hurricanes at Frank Banko Field.
Emmaus (2-3) saw a 27-14 lead with 9:53 left in the third quarter evaporate over the next 22 minutes en route to stifling defeat, but a joyous victory for the Hurricanes (3-2).
For Emmaus head coach Randy Cuthbert, the result was frustrating as they come when you're holding a second half lead.
It was a big game for Freedom's football program last week and the Patriots used their big boys up front to turn a halftime draw into a 35-14 victory over Emmaus at East Penn School District Stadium.
Joe Santos rushed for three touchdowns and 94 yards on the night, as Freedom collected three turnovers as well, en route to starting the season 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
St. Luke's and District 11 formally teamed-up for a partnership Tuesday morning during a press conference held at St. Luke's Campus in Cetronia.
The announcement comes on the heels of the upcoming fall season, which gets underway on August 11, as District 11 joins District 7 in Pittsburgh, as the only two PIAA zones that have partnerships with medical providers.
St. Luke's won the bid for the partnership and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman couldn't be happier about the merger.
The Lehigh Valley Conference announced their scholar-athletes for the 2013-14 calendar Monday morning at Moravian College and the list proved to be as impressive as it is every year.
With 23 different sports representing the conference, the two awards that made the most impact were the Character and Sportsmanship awards given to Whitehall's Ryan Bonshak and Liberty's Emily Cecchini.
The duo came away with a healthy slate of hardware during the ceremony, as Bonshak took home honors in football, while Cecchini won in softball and girls' swimming.
A fourth time in a row as defending district champions wasn't the charm for Emmaus last week, as the Green Hornets fell to rival Parkland in the District 11 Class AAA volleyball championship in four games 25-19, 20-25, 15-25, 19-25.
Winning the first game of the series put Emmaus back down memory lane of their recent title frenzy, but Parkland proved to be the better team in the next three games, sweeping in deciding fashion to push the Hornets into a runner-up battle against District One champion Neshaminy in the PIAA tournament Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Abington High School.
To say that Deb Schlosser was disappointed in her team's effort Monday night in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball semifinals would be an understatement.
The Green Hornets were swept by Northampton 24-26, 13-25, 19-25 to crash out of the LVC title race.
Parkland and Northampton will square off for the title Wednesday at 7 pm at Liberty's Memorial Gymnasium, which leaves a sour taste for Emmaus.
Greg Ramos had been applying since 2008 to get Lehigh Valley United acceptance into U.S. Soccer's development academy.
On April 1, the region's top youth soccer club finally became a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the U-14 age group of players born in 2000 and 2001.
For Ramos, the Executive Director of Soccer Operations at LVU, the news came on April Fools Day, but he was pretty sure it wasn't a joke when he got the call.
Thomas Alcaro was the last hope for Emmaus during Saturday's 220-pound consolation final round of the Northeast Regional Class AAA tournament.
And it appeared that Alcaro was heading on his way to Hershey with a third-place finish, as he led Parkland's Omar Haddad 2-1 in the second tie-breaker scenario with time running out.
But just before the buzzer went off, Alcaro was hit for his second stall warning of the match, giving Haddad a breath of life, evening the score at 2-2 going into the ultimate tie-breaker.
You could say that Dr. Jason Batley has had a successful career.
The 1988 Freedom graduate grew up in Bethlehem and eventually went on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Now, he's part of a new swim team located just outside of Charlotte, NC, that is preparing some of the top swimmers in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Batley, who has lived in Davidson, NC, for the past five years, is the head team doctor for an organization called Team Elite, which is led by legendary Auburn and national team coach David Marsh.