You never quite know what you're going to get when you play Emmaus. That fact could make the Hornets a dangerous team heading into the Lehigh Valley Legion tournament.
At times, Emmaus (8-10) has looked it they can beat just about anybody and at other times, it has struggled mightily. The tools are there, it's just a matter of putting things together to make it all work.
Cameron Widdoss knows what is expected of him this coming season, his final year playing for the Emmaus boys basketball team. Last year as a junior, Widdoss, along with his junior classmates, had a large hand in the leadership category because Tyler Prescott was the lone senior on the team.
Widdoss was doing just that last Thursday night inside Allen High School's gymnasium, leading his Green Hornets team to a 54-36 win against Easton.
Emmaus Legion had its four-game win streak snapped by North Parkland in an 11-1 loss last Sunday. Emmaus stands at 8-8 on the season and has clinched a spot in the Lehigh Valley Legion playoffs, which begin next week.
The recent win streak saw Emmaus outscore their opponents 27-10 in the four games and has sent a bit of a message to the rest of the league. The four wins were all against likely playoff teams, including rival Lower Macungie, which makes the streak all the more impressive.
The Lehigh Valley and Berks-Schuylkill Legion All-Star teams battled to a 5-5 tie in 10 innings of baseball at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium Monday night. Both teams had opportunities to win the game, but just when one team would gain an advantage, the other would come fighting back.
Tamaqua's Matt Roberts started for Schuylkill-Berks and put down Lehigh Valley in order in the top of the first and North Parkland's Nate Kern did the same against Schuylkill-Berks in the bottom of the inning.
A 3-0 extra-inning loss to South Parkland on Sunday served as a snapshot of what the season has been like for Lower Macungie. The team has gotten good enough pitching to beat anybody, but the question is, will it hit enough?
On the season, Lower Macungie is averaging just under five runs per game, but one problem has been that the runs seem to sometimes come in bunches or not at all. Lower Mac has been shut out twice this season, with both coming in its last six games. In the other four games during that stretch, they've scored 25 runs, including a 10-0 shutout over Salisbury.
After starting the season 8-1, Lower Macungie's Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball team has run into some tough times. After having a player deemed ineligible, Lower Mac had four wins erased, not to mention that Jeff Moore, one of LM's stronger players, is now no longer a member of the team. Add to that the presence of senior week and there was no real surprise to the fact that the team looked flat against rival Emmaus and dropped a 3-0 decision.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has had a strong start to its summer season. With only one loss on the year, coming in an overtime game against Central Catholic, the Green Hornets have been getting contributions from several players, including some newcomers to the varsity program.
Josh Artis is one of those newcomers who came up big in a 54-43 summer league win over Quakertown last Tuesday night at Parkland High School as games were played inside because of rain.
Tyler Kish wanted the ball against Lower Macungie on Sunday and he made the most of the opportunity. Kish threw a complete-game shutout, allowing just three hits in a 3-0 Emmaus win in Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball. The win moved Emmaus to 5-7 as the team looks to stay alive in the hunt for a playoff spot.
The main reason Kish wanted the start against Lower Macungie was the opportunity to face a lot of players who he knew as teammates from the high school season. It was a chance for Kish to earn some bragging rights among his friends.
The waiting game is nearly over for all football fans when the NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night at 8pm on ESPN and the NFL Network, but the nerves for several local football prospects will last throughout the weekend when the draft ends Saturday evening.
One local player that won't have to wait long to hear his name called is former Emmaus wide receiver Kevin White, as the West Virginia Mountaineer could become the highest drafted NFL player to ever come from the Lehigh Valley, since the AFL-NFL merger in 1966.
Former Emmaus basketball standout Drea Watkins couldn't have asked for a better start to her college basketball career, especially considering the circumstances. Not only did Watkins have to adapt to the college game playing for Penn State Lehigh Valley, but she had to do so playing point guard, a position that she had never played before. The results turned out better than anybody could have hoped.