It wasn't that long ago that Emmaus was looking like one of the top teams in the Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League. They were sitting atop the standings at 5-2 after winning two games in one day against South Parkland and Southern Lehigh. Over the last week though, the Hornets went 0-3 and things got so out of hand against Coplay that state police were actually called to the game.
Lehigh Valley faced a 3-0 deficit after the top of the third inning during last night's legion all-star game.
But that lead for Schuylkill-Berks was short lived. And once the Lehigh Valley bats got going, the offense didn't let up.
Lehigh Valley responded with six runs in the bottom of the third and added a run in the fifth and sixth innings to secure the 8-2 victory on Monday Night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It was the Lehigh Valley's third consecutive victory in the all-star game after dropping the inaugural contest four years ago.
In an all-star game, most people probably expect a heavy explosion of offense.
And while that was that case, at least for one team, it was the dominant outing of the Colonial League and Mountain Valley Conference's pitching staff that stole the show.
David Kachelries just turned 16 years old. At 5-11, he's often one of the smaller players on the basketball court. He was only a freshman when Emmaus advanced to the District 11 Class AAAA title game last winter.
Despite all of that, Kachelries continues to impress as a rising star in the Lehigh Valley basketball landscape. If people hadn't taken notice of the incoming sophomore before, they're becoming familiar with him now.
The last time Lehigh Valley's Carpenter Cup run came to an end in the first round was in 2006. Their opponent was Burlington County out of New Jersey.
On Thursday, Lehigh Valley looked to start its journey to get back to the championship game as the 2013 Lehigh Valley team reached the final game of the event. But standing in the way once again was Burlington County, and the result was much like the 2006 meeting.
Last season, the Emmaus legion team suffered through a 5-14 campaign under first-year manager Mike Anderson. Just seven games into the 2014 season, the team has already equaled its win total from all of last season, posting a 5-2 record, which puts them in a tie for the top spot in the league with North Parkland.
This past Sunday was an especially impressive day as Emmaus picked up a 5-2 win in extra innings over South Parkland and then came from behind to down Southern Lehigh 4-3 in a night game.
The Lehigh Valley Legion Baseball League is underway, but it's left the starting gate with one less entry this season. The Lower Macungie Mustangs were unable to field a team this season, leaving the LVLBL with nine teams.
According to Curt Wieder, the travel coordinator for the Lower Macungie team, only four players signed up to play legion ball this season and two of them were still age eligible for Connie Mack baseball, which is for players on the younger side of the eligibility ages for legion play.
Greg Ramos had been applying since 2008 to get Lehigh Valley United acceptance into U.S. Soccer's development academy.
On April 1, the region's top youth soccer club finally became a member of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the U-14 age group of players born in 2000 and 2001.
For Ramos, the Executive Director of Soccer Operations at LVU, the news came on April Fools Day, but he was pretty sure it wasn't a joke when he got the call.
The Emmaus boys basketball team has been on a roll since the holiday break. Since a loss to Central Catholic back on December 20, the Green Hornets (14-5 overall, 8-4 Lehigh Valley Conference) have won 11 of their next 12 games.
That run came to a sudden, abrupt hault last Friday night at the Hive.
Heading into her fourth year at DeSales University, Lydia Younger wasn't quite sure if she would return to the Bulldogs' women's soccer team for the 2013 season.
Enrolled in a three-plus-two program at DeSales, Younger understood the demand and dedication such a program entailed. After completing her bachelor's degree in three years, she understood that working towards her master's degree in the Physician Assistant program over the course of her final two academic years would require much hard work.