There weren't enough players for Lower Mac to have a legion baseball team this season, but the team's run through Lehigh Valley Connie Mack regular season has certainly been impressive.
With two games remaining in the regular season, Lower Mac sits at 12-4 in the standings as one of the top teams in the league. Following Wednesday's game against Nazareth and Friday's tilt against Moore Township, Lower Mac will have its eyes set solely on the playoffs.
The Emmaus girls' soccer team didn't participate in last year's Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League (LVSSL). But as the incoming seniors sought a way to prepare themselves for the upcoming fall season, joining the LVSSL seemed like a no-brainer.
Led by Reilly McGinnis's two goals, Emmaus downed CSG Falcon Blue (Salisbury High School) last Wednesday, 3-0, at Lehigh University Fields at Goodman Campus and Stabler Arena. The win stationed the Lady Hornets at 3-2 on the season with a goal-differential of plus-nine.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural contest four years ago.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion of offense.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show.
David Kachelries just turned 16 years old. At 5-11, he's often one of the smaller players on the basketball court. He was only a freshman when Emmaus advanced to the District 11 Class AAAA title game last winter.
Despite all of that, Kachelries continues to impress as a rising star in the Lehigh Valley basketball landscape. If people hadn't taken notice of the incoming sophomore before, they're becoming familiar with him now.
The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
On Thursday, Lehigh Valley looked to start its journey to get back to the championship game as the 2013 Lehigh Valley team reached the final game of the event. But standing in the way once again was Burlington County, and the result was much like the 2006 meeting.
Prior to a potential District 11 Class AAA semifinal clash against Northampton, the team responsible for ending Emmaus' run in the Lehigh Valley Conference volleyball playoffs, the Hornets first had to take care of business against Wyoming Valley West.
And after a close first game, the Hornets were able to do just that during last week's quarterfinal matchup.
During their first matchup early in the high school girls' lacrosse season, Parkland took a quick 3-0 lead over Emmaus. The Lady Hornets were able to respond from that deficit and tie the game on a number of occasions, including at 11-11 with less three minutes to play, before the Lady Trojans pulled away.
The rematch last week saw the Lady Hornets in a familiar situation, facing a quick 4-0 deficit. Unlike last time, the Lady Hornets never recovered from that early Trojan onslaught.
Saturday afternoon's boys' lacrosse matchup against North Allegheny had a little bit more meaning than just another nonconference game.
Emmaus assistant coach J.D. Wilson coached in the western area of the state, and he became quite familiar with the Tigers of North Allegheny over his career there.
On Saturday, it was all smiles for the Hornets and their coaching staff.
It was a game that Emmaus needed, and one that the Hornets were supposed to win.
Losers of three of their last four games, including two at the beginning of last week to Wilson West Lawn (14-6) and Nazareth (11-10), the Emmaus girls' lacrosse team needed a boost to get back on track.
During Thursday's game against Freedom, that lift came from one of Emmaus' senior leaders, Dakota Walck.