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Carbon Co. ends LM’s season

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

While much of Saturday brought beautiful weather to the Lehigh Valley, a quick storm roared through late in the afternoon, bringing just enough rain to put the scheduled Lehigh Valley Legion playoff game between Carbon and Lower Macungie in doubt.

A squad of coaches and parents from both teams worked over an hour to clear the field and make it resemble somewhat of a baseball field ready for a playoff game.

Both teams were hoping for a quick, low scoring game since the time...

Hornets fall in LVL playoffs

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

One might say that the Emmaus Legion team limped into the postseason after going just 4-6 in its final 10 games of the regular season. That, plus a history of playoff frustration over the years, left a difficult task ahead of the Hornets as they played a single-elimination game at South Parkland in the first round of the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs.

Some early miscues and the lack of being able to get a big hit at the right time led Emmaus to a 6-3 loss, ending the Hornets’ season...

LV goes 4-2 in Carpenter Cup softball

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by KATIE McDONALD in Sports

Lehigh Valley’s Carpenter Cup softball team, which included Emmaus players Maddy Clark, Hannah Palinkas and Alexis Ruth, finished the Carpenter Cup tournament in fourth place last month at FDR Park in Philadelphia.

Lehigh Valley’s last game, which was against Delaware County North, ended in an 8-7 loss for Lehigh Valley, its second loss in the double-elimination tournament.

“A lot of us thought we had it in the bag,” said Clark. “It was stressful because they started hitting...

LM to face Coplay in LVL

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

After a fierce storm moved through the Lehigh Valley Saturday, forcing the postponement of most of the day’s Lehigh Valley Legion games, Lower Macungie had to regroup on Sunday, the final day of the regular season, and play two games at different locations.

After a 7-2 win over North Parkland early in the afternoon, the team reassembled about 30 miles to the north to face Carbon County at Lehighton High School, where things didn’t go nearly as well with the Monarchs downing Lower Mac...

Emmaus Connie Mack wins seven straight games

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER HIPPENSTEEL in Sports

At the beginning of the season, the Emmaus Connie Mack Baseball Team didn’t strike many as a championship contender.

Dropping four of its first seven games, the Hornets initially struggled to keep themselves above .500, unable to find their footing in the league standings. In their eighth matchup, however, Emmaus finally changed tracks, doing so practically overnight. Coming off a 7-4 loss to Wilson the day before, the Hornets devastated Moore Township 11-5, barely recognizable as the...

Hornets draw So. Parkland in legion playoffs

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Just as most coaches are after a loss, Emmaus Legion manager Tom Cichocki was admittedly not feeling too great after a 4-1 loss to South Parkland in the regular season finale on Sunday.

The loss brought out more frustration than anything in Cichocki, because of how the team lost, thanks in part to bad calls from umpires early in the game and an uninspired performance from his team.

On back-to-back plays in the second inning, the field umpire missed two obvious calls and refused...

LM Connie Mack looks for strong finish

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CHRISTOPHER HIPPENSTEEL in Sports

In its opening matchups, the Lower Macungie Connie Mack baseball team seemed the pre-eminent contender for the league title. Lower Mac opened the season by dominating its first four opponents, scoring a cumulative total of 37 runs and blowing out two opponents, Catasauqua and Bangor, by 10-run margins.

Lower Mac owed its early success to its command behind the plate.

““To start, we’re hitting the ball pretty well, which is opposite of previous years,” said head coach Tim...

Emmaus hovers around .500 in LVL

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

With the Emmaus Legion team hovering right around the .500 mark this season, a Sunday doubleheader against rival Lower Macungie seemed the perfect spot for the team to try to burst out for a late season run.

After taking the opener 6-5, Lower Macungie rallied back in the second game to grab a 7-6 win over Emmaus, splitting the two games.

In the opener, Emmaus got an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning when Eric Cichocki led off the game with a ground ball to short...

EHS boys play to Sunday at Cedar Beach

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CJ HEMERLY in Sports

The Emmaus boys basketball team proved to the Lehigh Valley that it would be just fine without two of the program’s all-time great players in David and Matthew Kachelries, who graduated this past May.

New leaders have emerged this summer, and the Green Hornets haven’t skipped a beat.

During the first big test of the summer, the inaugural Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach, played last weekend, Emmaus achieved its yearly goal of advancing to play on Sunday. Not only were the Hornets...

Young Lower Mac team gains experience

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

As it turned out, when the Emmaus and Lower Macungie Lehigh Valley Legion rosters were set for the 2017 season, Lower Macungie got much of the younger talent. The Mustangs did get some quality pitching, including Matt Lanzone, who was the ace of the Emmaus varsity staff this past season. They also got senior Todd Moxey, who can contribute both at the plate and on the mound, and first baseman/pitcher Adam LeMaster.

That wealth of pitching has been a key for Lower Macungie as it...