When asked what she enjoyed most about the field hockey program at Virginia Commonwealth, junior Meredith McNelis didn't have to think long.
"We're like a family," the 2010 Emmaus grad responded. "We're not just a team and we're together all of the time and get along really well."
Well, it's all in the family for McNelis. Former Green Hornet saw action in 14 games her freshman season, starting three.
The defensive-minded McNelis also made two defensive saves her first two seasons, which she stated is always her main individual goal each season.
The 3-0 Lower Mac 125s dominated the Bethlehem Steelers by racing out quickly for the second week in a row to a 20-0 halftime lead and holding on for a 26-6 win.
They overpowered the Steelers up front with their big linemen Dennis Csensits and Josh Gross leading the charge. Josh Artis ran the ball with authority putting it in the end zone three times. The highlight of the game was a 65-yard touchdown pass from Stefan Rollins to Cody Gross, who made a spectacular over the shoulder running catch for the touchdown.
The Emmaus Lil' Hornets continued their stellar play in SYFL action, picking up wins at the 125-, 110- and 95-pound levels.
Alexa Campbell is coming off of a strong junior campaign in 2011 for the Pitt volleyball team.
She played in all 33 of the Panthers matches, and recorded career-highs in digs (260), service aces (26), assists (19) and block assists (5). So there isn't much else the senior outside hitter could accomplish, right?
So far in the young season, Campbell, a 2009 Emmaus graduate, has earned a place on the Pitt Invitational All-Tournament team and to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic team. Her University of Pittsburgh volleyball team also started with an 8-2 mark.
For the second week in a row the Emmaus Lil' Hornets swept their opponents, winning games on all levels of the Suburban Youth Football League. This week the Hornets hit the road to take on the Bethlehem Steelers.
The Lower Macungie Mustangs began play in the Surban Youth Football League on Labor Day weekend, matching up with Northampton. Last week, the team took on Upper Saucon.
The 125-pound Mustangs started their season with a 34-0 pummeling of Northampton. The offensive attack was led by Zack Kociban and Isaiah McPherson with two touchdowns each, as offensive guard Zack Higgins led the way with strong blocking.
Bridget and Katie DeSandis are used to being together. The twins looked at some of the same colleges before their freshmen years in 2009. But if it wasn't for their love of Columbia, one might have been swayed the other way.
The difficult recruiting process began when they sat down with their parents to talk about schools. The 2009 Emmaus graduates knew they didn't have to go to the same school, but it would have been convenient for their parents. It was their mother, Ann, who urged them to take a strong look at Columbia. The rest is history.
Emmaus' SYFL teams all earned victories over Hokendauqua in their season openers over the weekend.
The 80-pound Hornets started their season off on the right track by beating the Hokey Eagles 20-13. Outstanding play by offensive linemen Nick Davidson, Danny Ahne, Jake Fotta, Chase Fotta, Trevor Gitski, Andrew Harmon and David Iobst paved the way for a well-balanced backfield. Austin Schaffer sealed the victory for the Hornets by intercepting an Eagle pass in the closing seconds of the game.
Choosing a college for high school students is tough, especially if there are several Division I options that are offering scholarships for student-athletes. The choice for Zach Allinson, however, was fairly easy. Lehigh stuck out for a variety of reasons.
"I was looking very strongly at Lafayette," Allinson said. "But in the end, I wanted to come to a school that had a good business program. Lehigh has that over Lafayette. And both of my parents went here so its nice to try and follow in their footsteps and play for a solid Division I school."
Derrick Watkins chose Lock Haven because of it's academic history, not its football history. Last year's 0-10 football record, didn't take away from Watkins' success on the field. He played in all 10 games, recording 28 tackles.
Now the rising sophomore is ready to make a name for himself.