The first few weeks of the season were supposed to be the toughest for Emmaus tennis. With matches against teams like Northampton and Nazareth, battling through the Lehigh Valley Conference figured to be tough right from the start.
That fact makes the 6-0 start that Emmaus is off to that much more impressive, since the Layd Hornets picked up wins over Northampton, the team that beat them in team districts last season, a Nazareth team that was undefeated until running into Emmaus and a solid Freedom team all in the first two weeks of the season.
The East Penn Emmaus Hornets football team kicked off the youth foootball season on Sunday, Sept. 1 against the East Side Youth Center Huskies with an impressive four wins and one tie.
The Hornets Flag team won 21-14. Eliel Torres and Jonathan Serrano ran for touchdowns of 60 yards and one yard, respectively. Serrano also scored on a 50 yard kickoff return. The Hornet defense held strong in the final two minutes with key plays from Joseph Glover and Michael Chies.
Junior Pee Wee
With half of her college field hockey career still in front of her, Ally Evans has already accomplished more than most players could hope for in a four-year collegiate career.
The 2011 Emmaus graduate helped her team to a national title last year while making an All Ivy League team for the second straight year at Princeton University.
The junior striker heads into her third season hoping to continue the success she's enjoyed over her first two years.
"I'm definitely satisfied with my first two years," Evans said. "It's more than I ever could have asked for."
Friday night Randy Cuthbert will be stepping onto the football field in Perkasie.
Friday night the Pennridge football team will be stepping on to the football field in Perkasie.
Both of those events have happened often in the last few years when Randy Cuthbert was the Rams' head coach. It will be a bit different this Friday as Cuthbert will be taking the field as head coach of the Emmaus football.
The ABE League Swimming and Diving Championships were held recently.
Brookside and Lehigh country club teams finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the meet.
Six different Brookside swimmers won events, including Andrew Lamack (8 and under freestyle), Bobby Perose (8 and under breaststroke), Ryan Gertner (9-10 year old breaststroke), Brendan McCourt (12 and under diving), Lila Kohler (9-10 year old breaststroke) and Chelsea Gravereaux (11-12 year old freestyle and butterfly).
When Carly Lenett was just three years old, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Now, Carly is eight and she has learned to handle the disease and even monitor her blood sugar and operate her insulin pump all with only minimal supervision. She has also helped to raise $9,000 for the American Diabetes Association and is helping others become aware of the disease.
In some respects, Carly was lucky, because her father, Mitch Lenett has also dealt with Type 1 diabetes since he was a child, giving her an instant support system and mentor in dealing with the disease.
Local cyclists from Sprinters Edge Track Development Team, coached by Andrew Harris, took the podium for several events at the recent Junior National Track Championship at Trexlertown's Valley Preferred Cycling Center.
After qualifying in the top spot with a time of 11.089, James Mellen (above left), rising senior at Parkland High School, took gold in the match sprint. James followed the match sprint victory with a win in the team sprint on day two of the competition.
Mellen also secured a bronze medal in the keirin event.
A year after winning the 2012 Lehigh Valley Summer Soccer League championship, the Emmaus boys soccer team was in position to make a similar run this season.
However, the Hornets, which finished in second place in the LVSSL B Division this season, suffered a tough 1-0 loss to Saucon Valley in the first round of the playoffs, erasing any thoughts of a repeat.
Despite the loss, head coach John Cari saw plenty of solid play that has the team on the right path heading into fall practices that are quickly approaching.
The Emmaus High School track and field teams are coming off their best seasons in a long time and part of the reason for that is a program called the Green Machine Track Camp, which just completed its third year.
The camp culminated with a Meet of Champions where the 90 campers competed in events for medals in front of family and friends on the high school track.
Emmaus track coach Shannon Petrunak organizes and runs the camp, which is for kids entering grades three through nine and is open to children from any school district.
One local soccer team lost out on a chance to play for a national title, while another actually won a national title.
Lehigh Valley United 93 brought home the clubs first-ever national title last weekend, outlasting the Chicago Fire academy 1-0 in the United States Youth Soccer Association's under-19 boys national championship game.
Shane Campbell scored the games only goal for LVU in the 34th minute, while the Fire missed a penalty kick wide left in the 80th minute.