The Lower Mac 125s moved to 5-0 with a 36-0 win over Mountainville setting the stage for a division title showdown with rival Emmaus on Saturday at noon at the high school stadium. Stefan Rollins threw for three first half touchdowns, connecting with Drew Dunbar for 22 yards and 54 yards on scores. The other touchdown pass was to Zach Kociban for a 45 yards. Izaiah McPherson had one of his patented long touchdown runs of 38 yards and Josh Artis added the game's final score with a five-yard plunge.
A devastating knee injury sidelined Emily Elek the summer before her freshman season at Canisius. It was an unlucky situation for the 2009 Emmaus graduate, who was looking to continue the success of her senior year, winning First Team All-State honors and the District 11 MVP award.
But she didn't get down or sulk, she worked through it and looked toward the following year.
It was an exciting weekend for the Emmaus youth football teams as they took three games against North Parkland, including splitting a pair of overtime contests.
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.