Factually speaking, Mason Boyd is a winner. His Emmaus High School career as a sprinter on the track and field team proves it. Tenacious and focused, the recent graduate had a four-event podium finish at the 2019 District 11 meet. He also ventured west to Shippensburg last year to compete in the 400m-meter run against the best Pennsylvania had to offer in the PIAA Class 3A category.
Boyd liked his trip to Shippensburg so much he decided it would be a great place to call home for the next four years. This fall, he’ll enter Shippensburg University as a track decathlete.
When Lily Schmitt started to look for colleges, she cast a wide net and considered a number of schools. Some of them were close to home, some would have provided more of an adventure away from home. Some were big schools and some were on the smaller side of the spectrum.
In the end, the recent Emmaus High School graduate found her perfect fit at Dickinson College in Carlisle.
It’s true, sports are fun and games. But they can be much more.
Emmaus High School graduate Kaia Berrio, a distance runner on the track and field team and a member of the cross country team, lost her senior track season due to the pandemic, but did not lose sight of lessons learned from her Green Hornet athletic career.
Mackenzie Dries, a talented former sprinter with the Emmaus track and field team, was a member of what some called the “Fab Four.” This group didn’t change the 20th century’s course of popular music, but it was certainly memorable.
Alanna and Kayla Smith, Breyanna Roper and Dries comprised a mean green sprinting machine that was within .28 seconds of the school record. It was a .28 seconds they, of course, never broke.
Emmaus High School graduate Jayden Walsh was a newcomer to the varsity boys basketball team during the 2019-20 campaign. In his first season with the Green Hornets, he shone bright enough to garner interest to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level. When it came down to deciding which school he would attend next year, one school stood out among the rest.
As the Lehigh Valley looks to move further away from the slumber imposed by COVID-19, a week-long version of a high school baseball season could take place before summer comes to an end. Area coaches and athletic directors have put together a plan for a high school baseball tournament that would be played in early August. The tournament would have 32 teams from local schools placed into eight pools of four teams each, with teams guaranteed of playing at least three games.
However you look at it, .28 seconds is not a long time. But it’s a time that will never be reached for Breyanna Roper.
Roper, a graduating senior at Emmaus, wanted to break a school record in the 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Alanna and Kayla Smith and Mackenzie Dries by that scant amount this spring. As we all know, that opportunity never came for Roper and her teammates as the season was canceled.
Emmaus High School senior girls soccer player Sydney Cole helped lead the Green Hornets to one of their best seasons this decade last fall during the 2019 season. Emmaus finished with a 16-5-1 overall record and qualified for both the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District 11 Class 4A tournaments, making an appearance in the EPC championship game and falling to eventual district champion Freedom in the quarterfinals round.
When Jude Negron started looking at colleges, in addition to getting a good education, he had two items on his checklist. The first was to have a good baseball program and the second was that the school was close to home. The first option was so that he could extend his baseball career and be in a strong athletic environment like he was with the Emmaus baseball team.
As for proximity, Negron knew he wanted to be close so friends and family could see him play and he could make it home for some weekend fun with his family and friends.
Emmaus High School senior Kelsie Baus may not have gotten the headlines of her classmate Macy Van Den Elzen, but she worked just as hard and loves the game of volleyball just as much. So when it came to continuing her playing career at the collegiate level, a few schools wanted her on their roster. Baus quickly fell in love with one and signed a letter of intent last fall.