The Lower Macungie Impact Elite 14U softball team won the 2019 USSSA Eastern National Championship tournament, held July 23-28 in Salisbury, Maryland. Impact Elite is the first Lower Macungie Youth Association team to win that title.
The tournament featured 64 teams, including teams from as far as Michigan, Indiana and West Virginia.
LMI Elite is made up of 12 players, including 10 who reside within the East Penn School District and two from the Northwestern Lehigh School District.
Summer basketball is all about getting better as a team and the Emmaus girls basketball team has improved with each passing game. That continued in its second major summer tournament at the A-town Throwdown at Cedar Beach Park two weeks ago.
The Green Hornets did not have the type of tournament that they wanted, losing all three games in pool play.
Emmaus was on the wrong end of games against Moravian Academy, University of New Jersey and Sankofa. But it’s not all about wins and losses during the summer and third-year head coach Kelsey Gallagher knows that.
After building upon his accomplishments year after year, you kind of have to wonder what Brendan McCourt is going to do for his senior season as a diver at Emmaus High School. As a freshman, he finished third at districts and followed that up with gold medals in each of the next two seasons. At states, he finished seventh in 2018 and then jumped to the top in 2019, easily winning a gold medal by a margin of 55 points in the competition.
The two Emmaus boys soccer teams, Hornets Green and Hornets Gold, were evenly split with varsity and JV members as head coach John Cari tried something different this summer. Each team competed in one of the two different divisions, both finishing at or near the top of the standings, with Green going 9-0 for the top spot and Gold going 6-2-1, good for second place.
Recent Emmaus High School graduate Taylor O’Brien knew what she had to do on the lacrosse field for her team to be successful. And it was a lot.
She was a special player, a four-year starter, and led the Green Hornets in several statistical categories during the 2019 season including goals (59), assists (27), draw controls (84), ground balls (56) and caused turnovers (16), on her way to being honored as the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Most Valuable Player.
O’Brien was also named this year’s East Penn Press Female Athlete of the Year.
The Emmaus boys basketball team had an unlucky summer for a majority of its games. With the main highlight being a Sunday postseason run in the major tournament Cedar Beach Bash at the Beach tournament, the Green Hornets have mainly found themselves coming up just short in their regular season games in the Cedar Beach Summer League.
Both Emmaus boys soccer teams advanced to the playoffs of the Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League playoffs.
Hornets Green went 9-0 and was in first place in Group A, while Hornets Gold was 6-2-1 and placed second in Group B.
With the two squads competing in the same time slot of the opening round, Cari coached the Gold team and assistant coaches Andy and Matt Squire were in charge of the Green team.
While both teams came out on the winning end of their first-round matchups, they took different routes to end up on top.
Lower Macungie entered the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in Lehigh Valley Legion. After a furious second-half charge, Lower Macungie wound up on the losing end in its two playoffs games and being bounced from the LVL playoffs in surprising fashion.
The Mustangs came into the postseason seeded fourth and faced a tough Northern Valley team in the first round. After a stumble in late June and early July, Northern Valley was arguably just as hot late in the year and coming into the playoffs as was Lower Macungie, leading to a good first round contest.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a tough summer when it comes to wins and losses. With the graduation of its entire starting lineup, the Hornets knew it would take a lot to get back to the success of the 2018-19 season. But even in losses this summer, the team has been in each game and just a few bounces here or there from having a few more wins.
After a 5-11 season, Emmaus came into the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs as the eighth-seeded team, having to face undefeated South Parkland in the first round of the double-elimination tournament. The Hornets played a tough game against the Trojans, with South Parkland coming away with a 2-1 win, sending Emmaus to the loser’s bracket.
The Trojans went on to win the league title Monday evening, defeating Northern Valley in the title game.