Rising senior Katie Bacher wanted to be the best she could be in cross country. In the end, the hard work and dedication paid off as she took home the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference MVP honors during the 2014 season last fall, even while battling health issues.
Bacher was also named the East Penn Press Female Athlete of the Year for her achievements in cross country and track and field.
Andy Davidson expected to see a lot of the football heading into his senior year, but his work load even exceeded his own lofty expectations.
In Emmaus' 12 games played in 2014, Davidson rushed 310 times for 2,002 yards and 29 touchdowns in helping the Green Hornets go 6-6 and play for the Eastern Conference championship for the second time in the last five years. But the 2015 Emmaus High School graduate is a team player and relishes the opportunity to help his team win in any way that he can.
It was a new week, and it was a different week for the Emmaus girls basketball team.
Moving from one prominent summer tournament to another. After competing in the Stellar Construction Tournament two weeks ago, the Hornets moved on to the SportsFest A-town Throwdown last weekend. They achieved their main goal of making it to Sunday once again.
Emmaus won two games in the pool play style format, different from the double-elimination style at Stellar. They defeated Catasauqua on Thursday night and took down Shenandoah Valley on Saturday morning inside Parkland's gym.
The Emmaus boys soccer program has been known to be successful, and one of the premier programs in District 11.
Even when the game's outcomes don't mean as much, and the roster isn't set in stone, the players perform like it is the state final, with great touches and ball movement, creating easy scoring opportunities.
The Green Hornets went 8-1-1 in the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League regular season, and followed up that impressive run with a 4-0 win over defending Class AA District 11 champion Saucon Valley last Monday night at Lehigh University's Stabler Campus fields.
It was a new week, and it was a different week for the Emmaus boys basketball team. Moving forward from one prominent Cedar Beach summer tournament in the Stellar Catch A Rising Star event, to the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown tournament, the Green Hornets achieved their main goal of making it to Sunday once again.
But just like at Stellar, the Hornets never had a full team for any of their games.
Early in the summer, the boys basketball landscape looks nothing like what it will in mid-July, leading up to the winter season.
With the Stellar and Sportsfest tournaments, and summer league playoffs, games heat up and teams usually will have their entire teams, including the head coaches.
During the summer league regular season games, players are involved in other things like vacations, AAU games and legion baseball.
For almost 30 years now, Emmaus has had a girls team compete in the National High School Physical Fitness Championships and 2015 marked the 14th season that the team has captured first place. Junior Meghan Cilento finished second nationally in the individual competition, trailing the top scorer by 10 points.
The girls team also consisted of seniors Taylor Bednar, Kristen Bray, Grace Linder and Sammi Roth and juniors Amber Gross and Shaelyn Weida. In addition to being on the fitness team, Bednar and Roth were also honor graduates, with grade point averages over 4.0.
The Emmaus boys volleyball team was one of the last eight Class AAA teams still alive in the state playoffs heading into last weekend.
But the Hornets' season came to end Saturday afternoon at Mechanicsburg Area High School as they lost to Hempfield, the third place team out of District 3, in four games (25-16, 25-18,23-25, 25-13).
It was a welcome sight for head coach Scott Ketcham and his Emmaus boys lacrosse team last Wednesday night. Ketcham said before the opener of the PIAA tournament that this year's squad was the most prepared team he has had in the last three years, with those two other teams also reaching states.
And the Green Hornets showed that they came in prepared. After having to scratch and claw back from deficits in the District 11 semifinals and finals, Emmaus (14-8) held a 3-2 advantage at halftime.
Another year, another district championship for the Emmaus boys lacrosse program. And this one was well earned.
It may not have been head coach Scott Ketcham's most talented team in the last three years, but it worked hard to earn this year's District 11 championship trophy.
The Green Hornets (14-7 overall) bounced back from a three-goal deficit at halftime behind the stout play of their experienced defense and a game-winning goal by Colin Mason to take down No. 2 seed Southern Lehigh last Thursday night at Nazareth High School for their third consecutive District 11 title.