Amanda and Lisa Wallitsch spent two years at Emmaus High School playing on the same volleyball team.
The two, who now play on the DeSales University women's volleyball team, are continuing their playing career at the collegiate level.
But that's not where the similarities end.
Both are students in DeSales' Sport and Exercise Science Program. Both have aspirations of ending the Bulldogs' three-year drought to Eastern University in the Freedom Conference championship game. And both are now on the verge of historical careers as members of the Bulldogs' team.
After Bloomsburg wrapped up the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division chamionship in November, the focus was shifted to the 2014 and a new slate for each of the eight teams in the east.
All eight teams were represented by their head coach and two or three captains at the PSAC media day held last Monday afternoon at Kutztown University.
Each team was introduced by its respective sports information director, and that was followed by the preseason poll.
The Keystone State Games were held in Harrisburg July 31-Aug. 3 2014. The Lehigh Valley team took the bronze medal in the Junior Division (9th-10th grade players) by going 4-2 and then beating Capital Juniors in the bronze-medal game. Coaches for the team were Joe Candelino, Ted Plessl and Cody Weiss.
St. Luke's and District 11 formally teamed-up for a partnership Tuesday morning during a press conference held at St. Luke's Campus in Cetronia.
The announcement comes on the heels of the upcoming fall season, which gets underway on August 11, as District 11 joins District 7 in Pittsburgh, as the only two PIAA zones that have partnerships with medical providers.
St. Luke's won the bid for the partnership and District 11 chairman Bob Hartman couldn't be happier about the merger.
If it wasn't for the wrong bounce of the basketball, the Emmaus boys basketball team could have been playing in the final four of its second straight Allentown summer tournament.
Two weekends ago, the Green Hornets lost in the semifinals at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament. And it took an extra period, but Reading High School took down Emmaus in the quarterfinals of the Sportsfest A-town Throwdown Tournament last weekend at Cedar Beach.
The Lehigh Valley Road Runners recently presented their annual scholarships to several high school runners and one gymnast.
The LVRR awards scholarships each year to a pair of Emmaus runners as well as four of the top runners from around the Lehigh Valley. The organization also gave out a new scholarship this year that is planned to become and annual award. It goes to an athlete whose family is a member of the LVRR, but, unlike the other awards, the athlete does not have to be a high school runner.
There were a lot of new parts to the Emmaus girls basketball team seen at the Stellar Catch A Rising Star Tournament this past weekend at Cedar Beach in Allentown. First-year head coach Jeff Williams was forced to insert some younger players into his starting lineup with the absence of Destinee Watkins, who was at a lacrosse tournament, and Kiyae White, who was at an AAU tournament.
The Green Hornets finished the weekend 1-2 with a win over Pen Argyl and losses to Palisades and Freedom.
In its first season competing in the Lehigh Valley summer soccer league at Lehigh University, the Emmaus girls soccer team went 6-2 and was able to use a different experience to prepare for the fall season, which begins in less than two months.
"They've done fairly well," said summer coach Rich McGinnis. "They really wanted to get some live games in before the fall. Previously, Emmaus hasn't played summer league soccer. This can give them a bit of a head start."
Emmaus broke a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 come-from-behind win over South Parkland late last week, only to suffer another loss Sunday to Fullerton, losing 7-1 and putting Emmaus at 5-8 on the season.
Manager Mike Anderson returned to the team after having to miss a couple games and wasn't happy with the reports that he heard on their games against Coplay and Northern Valley.
No matter what the sport, teams always want to go into the playoffs on a hot streak. Unfortunately, that's not the way things are working out for the Emmaus Hornets of the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League.
The Hornets opened the season 5-2 and were tied for the top spot in the league at one point in the season. Since that point, the Hornets have gone 2-9 and are losers of three straight games as they limp into the postseason.